The Batticaloa Lagoon stretches between two of Sri Lanka’s main districts (Batticaloa and Ampara), for a total distance of 56 km. Its stunning landscape and seascape make it one of the island’s most picturesque and scenic spots whilst it’s lazy, laidback nature is ideal for those who are looking for an escape from the rigorous demands of daily life. This part of the country is very much different to its coastal counterparts such as Hikkaduwa, Galle and Unawatuna where the pace of life is more upbeat and quicker.
This particular lagoon is one of three in the Batticaloa district. The other two are known as Valaichchenai Lagoon and Vakari Lagoon respectively and together, all three collectively contribute to a very diverse and critical estuarine ecosystem. The surrounding region of the Batticaloa Lagoon is packed with people who depend on the well-knit environmental factors that allow them to cultivate a multitude of crops such as rice (a staple) and coconut which is also widely used in local cuisine. This area is also known for shrimp farming which is a booming business and one of the primary modes of livelihood.
Due to its unique setup, the Batticaloa Lagoon attracts a fair few species of wildlife including various types of birds which is particularly great for ornithologists. Academics and researchers alike are also drawn to the area for its thriving biodiversity that enables them to conduct studies both for their own personal projects as well as for conservation purposes. Fishing boats lined up along the coast are a popular sight here in Batticaloa and the spectacular sunsets that sweep across the sky make for one-of-a-kind photo opportunities.
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