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…
- Top ChoiceDutch Fort
- HTop ChoiceHeritage Museum of Kattankudy
This fine new museum plunges deep into the history of Muslims and Arab traders locally. Spread over three floors, it tells a compelling story about…
- Kallady & Navalady Peninsula Beach
This long beach follows the peninsula all the way north to the end. The swimming is usually good. With a bike, you can explore the beach, which has access…
- MMahatma Gandhi Park
This lovely modern park along Old Batti's waterfront is popular with strolling couples and includes features such as the Batticaloa Gate, which was a 19th…
- BBatticaloa Lighthouse
At the end of a sandbar, surrounded by lagoons and mangroves, this 28m-tall lighthouse dates from 1913. The sheltered coastline around here is a popular…
- TThiruchendur Murugan Alayam Temple
Built in 1984 as a stopping point on the Pada Yatra pilgrimage to Kataragama, the temple's Murugan image is said to have opened its own eyes before the…
- IImperial Saloon
Consider a haircut and head massage (Rs 400) at this utterly bizarre salon, a monument to kitsch. Every centimetre is covered in decorative painting, fake…
- AAnipandi Sitivigniswara Alayar
Of the many Hindu temples, the expanding Anipandi Sitivigniswara Alayar is visually the finest, with a magnificent gopuram (gateway tower) that’s…
- SSt Mary’s Cathedral
The grand, turquoise-coloured St Mary’s Cathedral stands out among the many churches in Batti. St Mary’s was rebuilt in 1994 following its partial…
- OOur Lady of Sorrows
Of the dozens of churches, the most eye-catching is the huge cerulean blue, eight-sided, unfinished Our Lady of Sorrows.
- AAuliya Mosque
The tiny Auliya Mosque has a curious green minaret. It's a great place to observe the Dutch Fort over the water.
- SSt Michael’s College
An old colonial survivor that's so drenched in vines and creepers that the brickwork is starting to break away.
- SSt Anthony’s
The vaguely Mexican-looking, earth-toned St Anthony’s is one of Puliyanthivu's most striking churches.
- MMethodist Church
This sturdy 1838 Methodist church is an atmospheric part of Batti's colonial heritage.
- CClock Tower
A central landmark.
- SSt Sebastian’s Church
Beside Kallady Bridge is the fairly modern and relatively unattractive St Sebastian’s Church, built somewhat in the shape of a whale.