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Batticaloa Ligthouse (Mattuwaran)

  Province Eastern
  District Batticaloa
  Nearest Town Batticaloa


1913. Active; focal plane 27 m (89 ft); white flash every 3 s. 28 m (92 ft) round masonry tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. A good photo is available, Bill Barkle has a closeup, M. Thirumaran has a view from the water, and Google has a satellite view. Batticaloa, a small fishing town on the central east coast, was devastated by the tsunami. The lighthouse suffered only minor damage, but on a post-tsunami visit Preethi Burkholder found it to be neglected and in very poor condition. A big part of the problem is that the Batticaloa area had been contested for a long time between the government and Tamil forces. In early 2008 the lighthouse was restored with USAID tsunami relief funds; Markus Spring has a May 2008 photo of the results. Mattuwaran is the Tamil name of the lighthouse. Located at the end of Bar Road on the north side of the harbor entrance in Batticaloa. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SLI-003; Admiralty F0846; NGA 27260.

Batticaloa Light House

Nearest Town or City : Batticaloa Sri Lanka

Location : East coast of Sri Lanka, Bay of Bengal

Managing Organization : Sri Lanka Ports Authority

Tower Height : 93

Description Tower : White conical masonry tower

Operational : Yes

Date Established : 1913

Date Present Tower Built : 1913

Current Use : Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public : Grounds only.

Characteristic Range : White flash every 3 seconds;nautical miles.

Height Focal Plane : 89

National Register : No

Alternate Name1 : Mattuwaran Light