Batticaloa is a coastal town which sits at the eastern edge of the island, centrally south of Trincomalee and north of Arugam Bay. Batticaloa’s local name is ‘Matakkalappu’ which is of Tamil origin and means ‘Muddy Swamp’. If you are searching for a Sri Lanka destination which will give you a sense of authentic living on the island, Batticaloa is an ideal destination. Here, fishing is the main industry and most people get around by bicycle. Hand-looming is another industry here, and is one of the oldest traditions in this region: you will be able to watch the vibrant threads being morphed into beautiful sarongs and saris at a factory, which is a mesmerizing experience.