Unnichchai is an agrarian village situated around 40 km to the west of Batticaloa town in the eastern province. The Unichchai Tank, well known for fishing and swimming, is one of the major reservoirs in the district with a water capacity of 41,500 acre feet and maintained by the Irrigation Department, Chenkalady. In 1957, the tank was breached by the cyclonic flood and got reconstructed in the year 1985. During heavy rainy season, the Tank spills water more than ten times of its capacity. Many parts of Batticaloa district receive drinking water supply from this tank.
The Unnichchai Tank is located in a wonderful landscape surrounded by graze lands, rocks, and tropical rain forest. You can have a superb view of the Tank if can make your visit during spilling of the tank. You can sit together with the villagers on the concrete wall of the tank and engage in fishing. The poor and friendly fishermen there will take you around the tank in their fishing canoe on your request. Enjoy a safe swimming session with your family & friends but with some caution if the water level is high.
On your way through the paddy fields and shrubs to the tank, you would enjoy watching species of birds and grazing cattle with smiling faces of innocent farmers. You would also meet the dancing peacock and wild elephants on your way if you are lucky.