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Top Choice Sri Lankan in Batticaloa

RN Buffet & Take Away

A wonderful find, this hyper-busy little eatery run by a delightful, industrious couple has an excellent takeaway section (vegie/meat meals Rs 120/200) popular with office workers. Upstairs is a buffet restaurant; t…
Fort in Batticaloa

Dutch Fort

This once-mighty fort is now home to administrative offices, and though large sections of the structure are crumbling it's still an evocative sight. It was built by the Portuguese in 1628, but the Dutch took over af…
Sri Lankan in Batticaloa

Riviera Resort

Dining here evokes memories of colonial times, as waiters fix you up with a drink (ideally a gin & tonic) on the verandah, take your order and beckon you into the dining room, set up with all manner of dishes an…
Shrine in Batticaloa

Imperial Saloon

Consider a haircut and head massage (Rs 400) at this utterly bizarre salon, a monument to kitsch. Every inch is covered in decorative painting, fake flowers, sequins, filigree, stained glass or tinsel garlands, and …
Cafe in Batticaloa

Café Chill

A meeting point for Batti's bright young things, this hip little cafe serves coffee, tea (including herbal varieties), juices and lassis in a relaxed semi-alfresco setting close to the lagoon. Snacks such as French …
Lighthouse in Batticaloa

Batticaloa Lighthouse

At the end of a sandbar, surrounded by lagoons and mangroves, this lighthouse dates from 1913. The coastline around here is a popular family excursion (avoid weekends) and there's a play area for kids. Swimming in t…
Western in Batticaloa

Tomato Restaurant

When the tropical heat becomes too much, the sanctity of air-conditioned Tomato is refreshingly welcome. This refined restaurant has Western food (pasta, sandwiches, salads, seafood and grilled lamb chops) as well a…
in Batticaloa

Our Lady of Sorrows

Of the dozens of churches, the most eye-catching is the huge blue, eight-sided, unfinished Our Lady of Sorrows.
Church in Batticaloa

St Anthony’s

The vaguely Mexican-looking, earth-toned St Anthony’s is one of the most eye-catching churches in Puliyanthivu.
Church in Batticaloa

St Mary’s Cathedral

The grand, turquoise-coloured St Mary’s Cathedral is one of the most eye-catching churches in Batti. St Mary’s was rebuilt in 1994 following its partial destruction during fighting between local Tamils and Muslims.