Mannar

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There are many worship, sight-seeing and natural places worth visiting around Mannar. In addition to them, splendid sea views, fishermen’s villages and beautiful beaches combined with shopping in Mannar town make each visit an unforgettable experience. It is the Sri Lanka as it was many years ago, with friendly people, animals walking in the street and tourists still being the biggest attraction.

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.

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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