Batticaloa (Tamil: மட்டக்களப்பு, Sinhala: මඩකලපුව) is a city in Northeastern Sri Lanka. It is the administrative capital of the Batticaloa District. It is on the east coast, and it shares borders with Trincomalee, Ampara & Polonnaruwa. It is located 301 km away from the country's capital, Colombo. The city and the district was suffered due to civil war and natural disasters such as tsunami, cyclone, flood, etc. Pasikudah is a popular tourist destinations, with beaches and flat year-round warm-water shallow-lagoons. There are inexpensive hotels and food.

Get in

The bus station is located in the center of city, known as "Puluyanthivu" and buses travel from major cities of Sri Lanka to Batticaloa.

The train station is about one kilometer from town. The Batticaloa railway station is last station on Batticaloa Line which starts from northern town of Mahawa (Maho) and make stops at many station along the way before reaching Batticaloa.

There is air service to and from Batticaloa. Cinnamon Air and Helitours both fly from Colombo.

Get around

Batticaloa is a very compact town, and walking is a suitable way to see the town. Rickshaws are available at nearly every place for long trip. Also, Sri Lankan Transport Board bus service and private bus/van service are available.


Batticaloa Fort seen from Northeast.

Religious places







Old Kallady Bridge




Batticaloa Clock Tower


List of major hospitals and health care centres in Batticaloa town:


List of Pharmacies in Batticaloa town:

Go next

Two daily direct buses at 6am and 10am. 135 rps. 5-6 hours. Stops for 1 hour in the town of Akuraivili. Tuk-tuks offer to take travelers directly from there to Arugam Bay for LKR 1500, but you could just wait for an hour for the bus to continue and not spend any additional money. The bus ride ends in town of Putuveli, which is about 3-5km to most guesthouses in Arugam Bay. Tuk-tuks ask for 200-300, but 150 is fair price. Or you could walk if no luggage; it's pleasant and flat.

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