Discovering The Not-So-Discovered Batticaloa With Uga Bay


Pasikudah, Batticaloa from the sky
Pasikudah, Batticaloa from the sky

Based on the East Coast of Sri Lanka, Batticaloa is a province that hasn't gained much popularity for some reason, but is nonetheless still quite interesting. Known as “the Land of The Singing Fish” thanks to local folklore, Batticaloa is surrounded by waters the colour of the most transfixing blue, is an ideal place to enjoy activities like snorkeling and scuba diving, savour some signature Sri Lankan seafood dishes, and all in all, to experience the best of the East Coast.


Since the end of the civil war in 2009, Batticaloa has seen a number of hotels and resorts popping up over the years in response to the growing interest of tourists in the area. One of the most luxurious among them is Uga Bay! Wondering where to stay in Batticaloa? Look no further.


Why Choose Uga Bay?


Though Batticaloa as a province is very underrated as a tourist destination, one area in the province has been in the spotlight for some time now and that's Pasikudah. A 20-minute drive from Batticaloa Town, it deservingly gets a multitude of visitors thanks to the clean, golden beach that stretches as far as the eye can see and because it plays host to many hotels as well. One of the most splendid and lush beachfront resorts you'll find in Pasikudah is Uga Bay.



Bird’s eye view of Uga Bay, Pasikudah
Bird’s eye view of Uga Bay, Pasikudah

With an expansive 3km of private beach, the sprawling property features a large pool overlooking the sea and is peppered with trees all over, providing shade and escape from the sun on hot days.



A delicious seafood dish prepared by Uga Bay
A delicious seafood dish prepared by Uga Bay

Another beaming aspect of Uga Bay would be its exquisite culinary affair. Known to whip up some of the best dishes in the area, you will undoubtedly be taken on a gastronomical adventure not only because of how good everything tastes, but also as a result of their unique dining experiences!


Additionally, the hotel features a one of a kind underground spa with a team of well-versed Balinese therapists. So if you’re hoping to properly embrace the RnR component of your holiday in Batticaloa, the Uga Bay Spa is bound to be of assistance.


Accommodation at Uga Bay


When staying at Uga Bay, your choice of accommodation is between their Studios or Villas. Both options guarantee amazing views, utmost comfort and the pinnacle of luxury!



The Beach Villa was our vacation home during our stay at Uga Bay. This particular villa is two-storied and very generous in size! Comfortably accommodating 4 people, it also has an open-air plunge pool for a bit of private splendour, 2 magnificent bathrooms and bedrooms, a living and dining area, a private garden, and much more! If you're ever on the hunt for villas in Pasikudah for a luxurious getaway, this is definitely one to keep an eye out for.


Things To Do In Batticaloa


Home to a number of historically significant landmarks, there’s much to see and do in Batticaloa.


1. Explore the Batticaloa Lagoon by Boat Safari


Fishermen cast out their nets in the Batticaloa Lagoon with the Kallady Bridge in the background
Fishermen cast out their nets in the Batticaloa Lagoon with the Kallady Bridge in the background

Hop on a boat and cruise down the Batticaloa Lagoon for a perfect opportunity to observe a little bit of everything that the area has to offer! You’ll come across fishermen working to get their catches for the day, the estuary where the lagoon meets the sea, the old Portuguese Fort, just to name a few.


2. Swing by the Kallady Bridge to Hear the Singing Fish


The long-standing Kallady Bridge built by the British
The long-standing Kallady Bridge built by the British

Have you questioned why Batticaloa is called “the Land of The Singing Fish”? Well, legend has it that you can hear a fascinating sound at the Kallady Bridge and this sound is said to be from singing fish in the Batticaloa Lagoon!


The “singing” can apparently be heard considerably clearly at night, so drop by the Kallady Bridge in the even hours if you’re curious.


3. Visit the Batticaloa Lighthouse & Batticaloa Fort



Batticaloa Lighthouse from the Lagoon
Batticaloa Lighthouse from the Lagoon

Two spots you’ll really appreciate if you happen to be a history buff are the Portuguese-built Fort and the Lighthouse erected by the British. Both locations offer lovely views and are well-maintained, keeping intact the essence of how things must’ve been back in the day!


4. Witness the Weaving of Handloom



A Handloom Weaver hard at work at the Aathiththi premises
A Handloom Weaver hard at work at the Aathiththi premises

Handloom is stunning and unique wearable art in a plethora of vibrant colours and is a mesmerizing process to watch. It has been a rich component of Sri Lankan culture dating back to the time of King Vijaya's first visit to the country. Unfortunately, it seems that this art form is dying one in this day and age.


Clothing and accessories made from handloom are not only incredibly beautiful but are also comfortable to wear, whether it be a sarong, top, dress or even saree. It is also an industry that contributes towards sustainable, slow fashion and supports many women as it largely consists of female weavers.


5. Watch a Breathtaking East Coast Sunrise

Sunrise breakfast by the beach at Uga Bay