Mannar Island, Mannar

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Mannar Island formerly called Manar Island, is part of Mannar District, Sri Lanka. It is linked to the main island of Sri Lanka by a causeway. It has an area of about 50 square kilometres, mainly covered with vegetation and sand. Ram setu, is a chain of limestone shoals, between Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, off the southeastern coast of Tamil Nadu, India, and Mannar Island, off the northwestern coast of Sri Lanka. Geological evidence suggests that this bridge is a former land connection between India and Sri Lanka.Between 1914 and 1964, there was a train and ferry link from mainland India via Dhanushkodi and Talaimannar to Colombo, but this was not resumed after the disastrous damages caused by a cyclone in 1964. The Palk Strait bridge was proposed in June 2015, to link mainland India to Mannar.The island is dry and barren; fishing is economically important.Talaimannar is a small fisherman village located at west side of Mannar Island and is the most windy place in the whole Sri Lanka, recently the government propose a wind farm but in contrast with the local community as the area is a Bird sanctuary. Talaimannar is also a famous kitesurf and kiteboard destination this last can be a real business develop solution for the local communityIts main settlements are Mannar and Erukkulampiddi on its eastern coast and Pesalai on its northern coast, all connected by the A14 road which leads across the bridge to mainland Sri Lanka
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  • I am sure that a visit to Mannar in sunny weather would be a very different experience. However we travelled out of season, the skies were gray with occasional rain, and generally it was a bit miserab...  more »
  • You arrive on the island of Mannar by a bridge this Sunday, March 11. First thing, we're trying to find a hotel or a guest house but we see no signs anywhere. We go back to the North of the island of Mannar by Pesalai. The road is monotonous, bordered by thorny. Everything is dry. No migratory birds because the period is from October to December. Living in Kandy, we have our car that allows us to travel on the railways along the very rough sea. The beaches are lined with fishermen's huts and covered with trash. Pesalai a local bar is open and youth of the island had to meet up for booze, as probably every Sunday. They whine, cry, quickly run away! Arrive at the end of the end at Talaimannar Pier where the legendary Adams'Bridge, kind of a jetty into the sea towards the close India of 32 kms. There is a small white lighthouse near a railway track that ends up on the beach. Everything is surrounded by barbed wire and guarded by the Navy. Pictures to be taken. Not a small restaurant in the corner, not a store, nothing is done for tourists. We are hungry and on the way back at last a sign of hotel restaurant: Palmyrah House whose rooms are at + 20.000Rs. There is no tourists at the moment. We eat there. It's very basic food. Not welcoming this hotel, at least in this dry season. Back on Mannar after finally finding a hotel that we recommend: a real wedding cake Sri Lanka by its architecture and unusual colours. We visit Mannar walk through the small alleys where walking, like everywhere on the island, the wild asses. One is to have the torn ear and the wound is bloody and I ask a merchant, by gestures, how it happened. He says, showing me the other donkey which would have bit him and he would have torn ear. What surprises me in this small town, these are unusual houses, tender and pastel colors. On the main road a beautiful all white Church: St-Sébastien where coming from a crowd of faithful. The Mannar Tamils are in the majority Catholic. Many pilgrims come to Mannar before or after he went to the famous shrine of Madhu. When leaving the next day for Kandy by the road to Paraiyanalankulam, we stopped to visit Giant's tank. It was empty, it was like a huge meadow. For a short stay in Sri Lanka, no need to go to Mannar unless you come specially to observe migratory birds at year end, see a large baobab and Adams'Bridge. Personally, I will not return before long.
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  • The Mannar area is mainly aimed at bird watching. If you arrive at your accommodation early then take a drive out to the lighthouse and see the jetty at Adams Bridge which is the closest part of the c...  more »
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  • A beautiful place surrounded by sea. You can see lot of Donkeys here. Roads are not smooth and have lot of pit holes on them
  • Mannar Island it the biggest island in Sri Lanka. It’s situated in Mannar District, Nothern Province. It is linked to main island by causeway. This part of the Sri Lanka has semi arid conditions so the island is mainly covered with sand and vegetation which mainly include thorny bushes and shrubs. And there’s chain of limestone shoals, between India and Mannar Island that geological evidence suggests it’s the former land connection between India and Sri Lanka.
  • nice quite place to stay n roam around
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