Sept. 13, 2018: Scenes from the Batticaloa Waterfront

 

Situated on Sri Lanka's east coast, the small city of Batticaloa was all but neglected by tourists until the country's Civil War ended a few years ago.   Fortunately for the region, that's changing and valuable tourist dollars are flowing in.

Most people who visit Batticaloa go to see its historic fort, which we've previously featured on TravelGumbo.  The city is situated on the Indian Ocean, to which it is connected by a series of lagoons, and there are many great scenes to enjoy from the water.

Here are some scenes from the city's waterfront, including of its harbor....

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Fishermen busy at work in one of the lagoons...

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Below is the bridge from which you hear the "singing fish" -- apparently best heard on a still night with a full moon (I never heard them but some local swear it's true).

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Some of the wildlife from the lagoon....

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Many people just park their boats on the sand beaches of the city....

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And lastly, a stop at the city's lighthouse, more than a century old.

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