Batticaloa is the seat of a government agent and district judge; criminal sessions of the supreme court are also held.
All the forests around Batticaloa and Trincomalie, and as far north as Jaffna, are thickly set with this valuable tree.
At Batticaloa, the capital of the eastern province, there is a lake in which "singing fish" are found.
Hot springs equally remarkable are found at or near Bintenne, Batticaloa, and also at Badulla.
In 1832 several Europeans settled at Batticaloa, expressly for the purpose of cultivating this palm to a large extent.
I have heard of another near the Patipal Aar south of Batticaloa.
We had quitted the Batticaloa track, and we immediately dismounted, unsaddled, and turned the horses loose upon the grass.