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-century welcoming arch to the harbour.

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Nearby Batticaloa attractions

2. Methodist Church

0.18 MILES

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

3. St Anthony’s

0.18 MILES

The vaguely Mexican-looking, earth-toned St Anthony’s is one of Puliyanthivu's most striking churches.

4. Auliya Mosque


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

5. St Michael’s College

0.21 MILES

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

6. St Mary’s Cathedral

0.22 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…

7. Dutch Fort

0.23 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…

8. Imperial Saloon

0.32 MILES

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…