Mannar trips

…… explore the mysterious North with us

Mannar Island, peninsula located in the district of Mannar, though called an islet, is in fact a peninsula formed in a shape of a tongue. At Talaimanar, the westernmost tip of the island, it is almost connected to the Dhanuskodi, the easternmost tip of peninsula of Southern India by a reef of corals submerged in the Palk Straits. Apart from the thin strip of land that joins the peninsula to the mainland, Mannar island is also connected by the causeway over the shallow waters forming a 3 km stretch of A14 Madawachchiya –Talaimannar main road. The small fishing port of Mannar is located on the southeastern shore. Mannar Island has been known historically by names of “Manthei”, “Mathota”, “Mahathiththa”, “Mahaputu” “Mawatuthota”. Mannar.
A trip to Mannar means you see many beautiful and interesting places along the way. Wilpattu national park, the Yodhawewa tank and the bird sanctuary with its many migratory birds, the Thiruketheeswaram Kovil with its tall Vel carts, the old Mannar fort, untouched beaches and the sacred Madhu shrine where many people come to worship their beloved Lady of Madhu.
Mannar is known for its baobab trees and for Allirani fort, built by the Portuguese in 1560 and taken by the Dutch in 1658 and rebuilt; its ramparts and bastions are intact, though the interior is largely destroyed. Formerly the town was renowned as a center of pearl fishing. All these places and beautiful beaches combined with shopping in Mannar town make the visit an unforgettable experience.

Biobab tree

In the heart of Mannar there is a famous Biobab tree 19,5m in diameter planted around year 1477 by Arabian sailors.

Thiruketheeswaram Kovil

Sacred Eeswaram of Mannar dedicated to the supreme Lord Shiva enriched by 2,500 years of history. Hindu festivals famous for their glamour are visited by thousands of believers and welcome others to participate too.

AlliRani Fort

Famous house of the first British governor of Ceylon built on a rock above the sea.

Adam’s Bridge

The most famous of Mannar’s trips is a boat trip to Adam’s bridge. Adam’s bridge is a chain of coral in splendid shallow waters between the island of Mannar and the island of Ramesvaram in the southeast of India. It is 48 km long and according to hindu mythology it was created by Rama’s allies Monkey army on floating sands which were later anchored to the sea-bed by gods and created a chain of rocky shallow waters.

This helped Rama to save his wife Sita who was kidnapped by demon king Ravan.


Bird-watching of Mannar

Wetlands of Mannar are the top bird-watching region with over 440 species of birds including 33 endemics and 53 Indian sub-continent endemics. Various bird habitats are present here including salt marsh, tidal mud flats, salt pans, estuaries, lagoons and seasonally flooded freshwater meadows.

Giant’s Tank

The cultivation in Mannar district is sustained by 347 minor ancient irrigation reservoirs and three major ancient reservoirs called Giant’s Tank, Akathimuripu tank and Viduyakulam tank.
Yoda Wewa, the Giant’s Tank, the largest ancient irrigation reservoir in the district of Mannar, sprawls over an area of 3800 hectares by the side of A14 Madawachchiya –Talaimannar main road. Bordering the tank from the north-east to south-east is the Giant’s Tank Sanctuary that has its southern boundary skirting the main motor road all the way: evergreen dry zone and densely wooded jungle.

On the other side of the road are paddy fields. The Giant’s Tank is a great place for watching wild birdswhile going for a boat ride.

Kuncuhuculam hanging bridge

beautiful stylish bridge over the river in Mannar forest area.

Mannar church Mannar fort

Dolphins in the Gulf of Mannar

Talaimannar light house

Lori safaris

Nocturnal and enigmatic mammal of Mannar.







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