Kallaru Lagoon, Batticaloa

The "Kallaru Lagoon" is part of the Batticaloa Lagoon (the southern end of the Batticaloa lagoon) and is locally known as "Kallaru Lagoon". It  is gifted with high natural richness, but yet to be explored.

Kallaru lagoon crosses the main road at two points—Koddai Kallaru and Oanthachimadam. Legend says that the Kallar lagoon was created as a result of a tsunami in 1600's. During the 2004 tsunami, several geological features in and around the lagoon were devastated including the main access road from Kalmunai to Batticaloa. However, the main road has been reconstructed with two nice bridges in the recent years.

The lagoon stretches 32 km where it meets the main lagoon of Batticaloa and either side of the lagoon is surrounded by beautiful villages, cultivated lands, coconut cultivation, shrimp catching areas, fishing areas, fishing boat anchor points, different varieties of sea plants, mangroves, sea grass beds, and a wide variety of birds.

You can explore many agriculture & fishing villages, a few islands, bird viewing points and several interesting features of fauna & flora along this lagoon. If you can  make your trip early morning or evening, you would also be stunned with the sun rise and sun set from the bridges. Fishermen involved in prawn catching in the late evening hours under the kerosene/gas lantern light would be another magnificent experience.  

Kallar Lagoon is ideal for introducing and promoting Community Tourism. 

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Latitude: 7.475502 Longitude: 81.803181
the best travel advice comes from the people who live here
Sarasagopal Sellathurai

Recreational Opportunities

Boat tours, fishing, bird watching, bathing & swimming, photography, etc. etc. 

Be careful when swimming or stepping into the lagoon as certain areas are very deep and have sudden slopes.

Seasons Accessible

Can access through out the year. Better to avoid heavy rainy season as the water level goes up.


no entrance fees but charges will depend on your requirement

Accessibility Notes

The Kallar lagoon is located by the side of Batticaloa-Kalmunai Main Road and can accessed by any kind of vehicles. It is around 30 km from Batticalao and 7.5 km from Kalmunai towns and roughly 30 minutes and 10 minutes drive respectively.  

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are not encouraged.

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