Passikudah is picturesque fishing village located in the lagoon enclosed region of the east coast of Sri Lanka. It is budding as a popular tourist destination with the emergence of many modern hotels. The soft, sandy beach is perfect for sunbathing and the bay is ideal for wind surfing. Passikudah is also characterized by a shallow fringing coral reef towards the outer bay which protects the inner line of the bay. It is one of the best known reef systems in the east. The bay was endangered due to coral mining and bleaching, fortunately it is now proposed as a Marine Sanctuary by NARA. Branching, tabulate, massive and encrusting coral forms are common, with the healthiest corals being found along the outer reef slope.
Fishing has been a traditional activity for inhabitants of this quiet area for many years. The calm conditions and clear waters that prevail within the inner reef lagoon make it ideal for swimming and exploring the shallow waters. However this small town is rarely visited due to the volatile security situation. Hopefully post war conditions will improve further and make this town safe once again for travel to Sri Lanka.
Things to do in Passikuda
- Visit the Passikuda Bay
- Visit the Batticaloa Lagoon
- Visit the Batticaloa Lighthouse