Saturday, 7 December 2013

Batticaloa, Eastern Sri Lanka

Travelling south from Trincomalee on the coast road, we see numerous signs of the Australian Govt's - NO VISA - NO AUSTRALIA campaign to deter illegally boats.

Giant Billboards - roughly translated meaning "NO VISA. NO ACCEPTED IN AUSTRALIA"
Wall Posters - which don't fare so well & subject to overnight vandalism

  THE DUTCH FORT


The Batticaloa Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1628 and was the first to be captured by the Dutch (18 May 1638). It is one of the most picturesque of the small Dutch fort of Sri Lanka, it’s situated in an island, with the battlements still in good condition.Unfortunately the interior was destroyed and now houses the modern Divisional Secretariat.

The remaining gate plaque with the Dutch East Indies (VOC) and date

 One of two Dutch cannons....all that is left

HMS HERMES & HMAS VAMPIRE SUNK - 9 APRIL 1942

Light Aircraft Carrier - HMS Hermes

Escorting Destroyer - HMAS Vampire

FISHING BY THE DOZENS


EVEN IN THE RAIN, WE MUST EAT - OUR FAVOURITE

 
Giant hot sandwiches in Turkish bread, giant hot filled roti rolls and Donner Kebabs


OUR ACCOMMODATION - RIVIERA RESORT


Our Cabana is an island....

but dry and pleasant......


The next day....Arugam Bay




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