Kattankudy Heritage Museum (කාත්තාන්කුඩි උරුම කෞතුකාගාරය)

RATE THIS LOCATION :1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (1 votes, average: 3.00 out of 5)

Kattankudy Heritage Museum is a centre which exhibits the rich cultural heritage of the Muslim community in the area as well as the Muslims in Sri Lanka in general.

The history of the Muslims on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka goes back to the period of King Senarath (1604 – 1635) of the Kandyan kingdom. Prosecuted by the Portuguese who invaded Sri Lanka in 1505,  the Muslims of the country sought refuge with King Senarath and he granted land on the eastern coast where they would be safe from the Portuguese. This community which was mostly farmers, fishermen, and traders has today grown to a large community with its own identity.

Kattankudy is one of the many Muslim-dominated towns in the Batticaloa district. It is said that Kattankudy is the most densely populated city in Sri Lanka with nearly 50,000 residents, calculated at 6,726 inhabitants per square kilometre in 2012. On August 3, 1990, the Muslims of the Kattankudy faced one of the most gruesome massacres in Sri Lanka’s recent history by the Tamil Tiger terrorist group, LTTE where 147 men and boys were gunned down inside a mosque.

The new forms of Islamic teachings spread by the Arabic nations are no more apparent in any other area than in Kattankudy.   Today this town looks like more like an Arabian village than a Sri Lankan. The streets are lined with fruit-bearing Date trees which makes Kattankudy the only known place in Sri Lanka where you can see these trees. The Arabic text on some billboards are more prominent than the national languages.

Along this unique road lies the Kattankudy Heritage Museum where the cultural heritage of the Muslim community is being attempted to be preserved.  The museum was opened on 15th April 2015 and lies in a 3 storied building. The museum carries a good collection of old, weapons, household items ceramics etc and life-size clay models display the cultural events of the community.

The museum is operated by the Department of Archaeology and is open from 10.30 am – 6.00 pm from Saturday to Thursday. (The Museum is closed on Fridays). The entrance fees are Rs 50 for local adults, Rs 20 for local children and Rs 500 per foreigner.

Also See

Map of  Kattankudy Heritage Museum

Please click on the button below to load the Dynamic Google Map (ගූගල් සිතියම් පහලින්)

The map above also shows other places of interest within a approximately 20 km radius of the current site. Click on any of the markers and the info box to take you to information of these sites

Zoom out the map to see more surrounding locations using the mouse scroll wheel or map controls.

Travel Directions to Kattankudy Heritage Museum

Distance from Galle Face Roundabout to the Kattankudy Heritage Museum
Distance :  7.0 m
Travel time : 20 min
Driving directions : see on google map

© www.amazinglanka.com

0-09 m (80) 10-19 m (69) 20-29 m (42) 30-39 m (47) 40-49 m (23) 50-99 m (43) Ambalama (152) Ancient Anicuts (31) Ashtapala Bodhi (5) Attraction Article (3) Attractions (200) Beaches (7) Biosphere Reserves (3) Botanical Gardens (3) Bridges (34) Caving (7) Church (11) Cities (9) Destinations (16) Dethis Pala Bodhi (15) Devalaya (41) Flora and Fauna (43) Forts (49) Heritage (1603) Heritage Article (28) Historic Events (5) History (7) Hot Springs (9) Hydro Heritage (85) Irrigation Article (4) Islands (15) Kovil (25) Lighthouses (27) Memorials (28) Mile Posts (6) Mosque (3) Museums (8) National Parks (22) over 100 m (15) Pabbatha Vihara (10) Personalities (7) Pillar/Slab Inscriptions (35) Pre Historic Burial Sites (19) Prehistory (37) Ravana (12) Reservoirs (44) Ruins in Wilpattu (5) Ruins in Yala (24) Santuaries (7) Sluice Gates (11) Stone Bridges (18) Strict Nature Reserves (3) Survey Towers (13) Tampita Vihara (238) Travel (3) View Points (9) Walawwa (12) Waterfalls (375) Wildlife Article (24) Yathuru Pokuna (4)

Abhayagiri Monastery (19) Ampara District (191) Anuradhapura District (194) Badulla District (105) Batticaloa District (19) Colombo District (62) Galle District (56) Gampaha District (49) Hambantota District (99) Jaffna District (69) Kalutara District (47) Kandy District (177) Kegalle District (146) Kilinochchi District (10) Kingdom of Anuradhapura (80) Kingdom of Kandy (14) Kingdom of Polonnaruwa (55) Kurunegala District (110) Maha Vihara (14) Mannar District (47) Mannar Island (10) Matale District (63) Matara District (26) Mihintale (22) Monaragala District (70) Mullaitivu District (19) Nuwara Eliya District (108) Polonnaruwa District (107) Puttalam District (24) Ratnapura District (142) Trincomalee District (43) Vavuniya District (28) z Jaffna 1 (20) z Jaffna 2 (22) z Jaffna 3 (11)

Leave a Reply