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Introducing Batticaloa

Historic Batticaloa, Batti for short, enjoys a spectacular position surrounded by lagoons with palm-filtered sunlight glancing off the water. There's a mellow vibe to the town, and though there are no dramatic or must-see sights, a morning exploring the compact centre and its huge fortress and many churches is time well spent. It's not a large place and ideal to explore on foot. Sandy beaches are close by, but these were hit hard by the 2004 tsunami.