Heritage Museum of Kattankudy

Top choice in Batticaloa

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 centuries of culture through models, displays, recreations, artefacts and more. The English-speaking staff are very happy to show you around.

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Nearby Batticaloa attractions

1. Dutch Fort

3.09 MILES

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…

2. Methodist Church

3.23 MILES

This sturdy 1838 Methodist church is an atmospheric part of Batti's colonial heritage.

3. Thiruchendur Murugan Alayam Temple

3.24 MILES

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…

4. Auliya Mosque

3.27 MILES

The tiny Auliya Mosque has a curious green minaret. It's a great place to observe the Dutch Fort over the water.

5. Mahatma 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…

6. Anipandi Sitivigniswara Alayar

3.32 MILES

Of the many Hindu temples, the expanding Anipandi Sitivigniswara Alayar is visually the finest, with a magnificent gopuram (gateway tower) that’s…

7. St Michael’s College

3.34 MILES

An old colonial survivor that's so drenched in vines and creepers that the brickwork is starting to break away.

8. St Mary’s Cathedral

3.38 MILES

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…