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    Towards the old Dutch fort from the...
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    Damaged Hindu temple at Batticaloa
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    Dutch cannon and modern day pillbox
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    LAGOON SUNRISES

    by mtncorg Written Feb 27, 2005

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    Sunrise over the lagoon and pillbox from the fort

    The western coasts of Sri Lankan are well-known for their glorious sunsets. Here on this side, the sunrises are equally fine. Here, the sunrises over the lagoon and the pillboxes out in front of the old fort.

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    CANNON

    by mtncorg Updated Feb 27, 2005

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    An old Dutch 12 pound cannon at the ready

    Both out in front of the fort entry and atop the northeastern bastion are cannon emblazed with the VOC symbol. Those on the northeastern bastion lying next to a more modern era Sri Lankan Army pillbox watching out over the lagoon and the lagoon bridge across the way.

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    FORT BASTIONS

    by mtncorg Written Feb 27, 2005

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    Overgrown walls and bastion on the Batti fort

    In true fashion of the era, there are bastions on the four corners of the fort. The lagoon borders on the north and east with a moat on the west and part of the south sides. Cannons were originally mounted in the bastions, though today there are pillboxes mounted by the Sri Lankan Army.

    see this website for much more on the history of recent fighting in this area: http://www.atimes.com/ind-pak/DF15Df01.html

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    DUTCH FORT

    by mtncorg Written Feb 27, 2005

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    Dutch cannon and modern day pillbox

    This was the main reason for the town’s importance, the fort. Superceding an earlier Portugese fort, the fort became the center of Dutch power along this part of the coast. From both this fort and the earlier Portugese, the unique colonies of Batticaloa Burgher evolved - see the website below. The emblem of the Dutch East Indies Company is still above the fort’s entrance. We ventured into the fort courtesy of a full colonel in the Sri Lankan Army. The entry is blocked by sentry gates on the road just across from the main mosque and next to the post office. I am not sure how accessible, if at all, the fort is to the normal tourist. It was the site for very heavy fighting throughout the civil war.

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    TSUNAMI DAMAGE

    by mtncorg Written Feb 27, 2005

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    Damaged Hindu temple at Batticaloa

    Batti was another East Coast town that was hard hit by the waves of the 26 December tsunami. Waters crushed over the sea barrier island to the east and pushed up into the lagoon as well. See the accompanying travellogue for more on this. Remember that the pictures date from two months after the event.

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    SINGING FISH

    by mtncorg Written Feb 27, 2005

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    Towards the old Dutch fort from the lagon bridge

    This is the town of the Singing Fish. I have seen both fish and shellfish as the originators of the sounds that take place between April and September near the full moon. The long lagoon bridge is where you can hear the phenomena the best, or so I am told. I was here in February and was quite exhausted from clinic work and preferred to stay at the hotel and try the local drink - arrack - with the locals.

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    FORT CHURCH

    by mtncorg Written Feb 27, 2005

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    Old Dutch dedicatory monument for the fort church

    Within the fort there are several local governmental administrative offices along with the monument stone for the original Dutch church that was built here in the mid 18th century.

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    FORT ENTRY

    by mtncorg Written Feb 27, 2005

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    Dutch inscription above the Sinhalese sign

    Above the entry to the fort, you can still make out the VOC symbol of the Dutch East Indies Company which dates back to 1638 when the Portugese were ousted.

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