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Batticaloa Lagoon

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Batticaloa Lagoon

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Seevali D wrote a review Dec 2019
Colombo, Sri Lanka8,424 contributions224 helpful votes
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Our group of 15, travelling with Flamingo Lanka, visted the Batticloa Lagoon on 2nd December 2019. The lagoon opens onto the sea. The Batticloa Lighthouse overlooks the lagoon that is fed by a number of small rivers. Although visitors can normally enjoy a boat-ride in the lagoon, no rides were available on that day as the lagoon was filled to the brim after the recent rains. The lagoon provides a livelihood to shrimp farmers and fishermen in the surrounding villages. A small hexagonal cottage provides shelter and rest to visitors. There is a paid carpark to accommodate visitors. Mangroves along the shoreline of the lagoon protects the banks from erosion, winds, waves and floods. Birdlife is abundant.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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fjp4564 wrote a review Mar 2019
Sunshine Coast657 contributions339 helpful votes
Tourists can see and photograph local fishermen going about their daily work. It is a very peaceful and relaxing spot
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Kamal P wrote a review Feb 2019
Byron Bay, Australia2,271 contributions55 helpful votes
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This lagoon is an extensive body of brackish water best seen and enjoyed by doing a boat tour that will give access to most of the interior pockets. Boat tours of about one hour duration were available from the Batticaloa light house precinct. Operator was using 8 seater fishing boat style boats and in January 2019 I was given a quote for Rs.4000/- for a tour of the lagoon that would cover the area beyond Kallady bridge, Dutch fort, Gandhi park, Eco park and sand islands of the lagoon. Sailing close to the mouth of the estuary was also included. In the lagoon there were different types of fishing going on, some on small catamaran boats, some throwing nets etc., but I failed to see a large fish being caught by anyone. During the day the water movement was towards the sea and the area close to Kallady bridge was very wavy and rough. I was told that by evening when the tide is up the flow moves towards the opposite direction. It was a very interesting natural set up and this lagoon exploration was some thing to remember for a few years.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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