The Honey Experience
For travelers and tourists who are on the lookout for things to do in Batticaloa, they will definitely enjoy this experience where they can explore the outdoors and experience first-hand, how real organic honey is collected. Located north of Batticaloa, in the division of Vakarai, is the village of Mathurankerni, which is about 45 minutes away from the coastal town of Passikudah. Vakarai is known for its wild honey and this is also one of the most common ways the indigenous Vedda community make their living.
So, amongst the many things that can be done in Batticaloa, experiencing the way of life of this community and watching the process of collecting wild honey is worth the visit. Before starting with this activity, guests will be welcomed by a Vedda and taken to their home. This would be followed by an introduction and demonstration of what is to be expected during the proposed tour. Guests can also try some of their indigenous foods, made using harvested organic honey and guests can have the chance to get a deeper understanding of the Veddas' food habits.
The next part of this adventure will take the guest on a bushwalk where they can experience the true beauty of the outdoors and can enter the wilderness, passing through bushes and forests towards a tank, which is a body of water where they can board a canoe to reach the other side of this area in order to reach the honey collecting location.
This experience will provide the guest with an up, close and personal feel into the way Vedda people live on a daily basis, learn about the flora and fauna found in these parts of Batticaloa and gain a firsthand idea into how the live honey collection process is performed the indigenous way.
Before ending this tour, guests will have a chance to explore the Vedda's village if they wish, visit other homes in the area and check out the different types of activities the villagers engage in, such as the preparation of smoked dry fish. The tour concludes with a hearty local village lunch prepared at one of the villager's homes or at their Cultural Centre.