The land of the singing fish. Their melodious sounds can be heard from the Kallady lagoon near the Lady Manning Bridge between April and September. The reason people consider the phenomenon ‘magical’ and ‘romantic’, is that the singing fish usually perform their serenades at night when there is minimal wind and at full moon. If you are lucky, you’ll be able to experience an enchanted evening with the singing fish of Batticaloa.
The Batticaloa District in the Eastern Province is bordered on the North by the Trincomalee District, Pollonaruwa and Ampara on the West and South respectively and the shoreline along its East. Among the three lagoons namely – Batticaloa, Valaichchenai, and Vakarai (Panichchankerni), the Batticaloa Lagoon is the largest. The District is also home to the pristine beaches of Kalkudah and Passikudah Bay.
There are several islands within the Batticaloa Lagoon such as Puliyanthivu, Buffalo Island, and Bone Island and many bridges have been built across the lagoon connecting them to the landmasses. The Lady Manning Bridge located at Kallady is the main access path to the city from the south of the district. Incidentally it is in Kallady, that the famous phenomenon of the ‘singing fish’ was heard in the lagoon on a full moon day. A priest named Father Lang recorded this musical charm and broadcasted it in the 1960s over the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Cooperation. However, the singing fish can no longer be heard today du e to the emerging infrastructure in their natural habitat.