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Heritage Museum of Kattankudy

Located a few kilometres away from the city centre of Batticaloa, is the Heritage Museum of Kattankudy. This museum is a relatively new museum complex, and is dedicated to the Muslim and Arab settlers that have taken refuge in Batticaloa since the 17th century. In fact, the suburb of Kattankudy is a stark resemblance to the boulevards that can be seen in countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia, complete with fruit bearing Date trees. Thus, making it an otherworldly experience. It is a three-storey building, which contains many exhibits, so be prepared to spend sometime inside the complex, as it gives great insight into the days of old.

Opened in 2015, the three storied building contains relics that date back to the earliest arrival of Arab traders and settlers to the island of Serendib (the name used by the old Arabs). From olden household items to the ceramics used, and from the trading goods brought by the Arabs to the re-enactments of cultural events, there is a lot to learn when in the museum. The museum is a testament to the multicultural identity that is espoused by the local town folk. This museum gives you a glimpse into the diverse communities in the island.