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Family Friendly Excursions Everyone Will Love In Batticaloa

Batticaloa, best known as Batti, is a place which will interest just about anyone. This small beachside town is often overshadowed by the larger more populated seaside towns around the island, however, Batti has something that is guaranteed to please the whole family.

Boat Safari

Batticaloa is a picturesque town that is home to a fair share of mangrove surrounded lagoons. The largest lagoon is the Batticaloa lagoon which stretches out for over 50km before it finally leads into the sea. You and your family can go on a boat safari and cruise along the murky waters of the lagoon, children will particularly enjoy spotting different animals which include birds and water monitors.

Batticaloa Lighthouse

This is one of Sri Lanka’s smallest lighthouses and is 28m tall. The lighthouse was built by the British in 1913 and on a spit of land which is surrounded by lagoon waters and mangroves. You can get to the top thanks to a series of laddersРyou and your family will be awestruck by the view.

Pasikudah Beach

This is undoubtedly the most perfect beach to visit with children. More of a bay rather than a beach, the waters of Pasikudah are the calmest in the country; since it is a natural bay, the beach is protected from large waves and there is almost never a strong current, which makes it safe for swimming. Also, since the water is so calm, many hotels along Pasikudah beach offer a variety of watersports from jet skiing to banana boat rides and older children are sure to love this!


Sri Lanka boasts some of the best coral reefs in the world, and you can easily see this in Batticaloa. While Pasikudah is a great spot for swimming or lazing by the beach, it also has some great spots for snorkelling, however, the best snorkelling experience is at the offshore reefs. You and your family can go on a boat tour that will take you into the middle of the ocean where you can jump into the cool blue water and observe the underwater world.

Batticaloa Fort

One of the country’s ancient colonial forts, the Batti fort was built in 1628 by the Portuguese, however, ten years later the Dutch took over the country and heavily fortified it. The Batti fort is often thought to be the most picturesque ancient fort as it is surrounded by a lagoon and inlet of the sea. This is the perfect place to wind down with the whole family after a whole day of swimming!