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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  • We stayed in mannar for 2 days but we found that there was not a lot to see. One day is enough to visit the whole island.  more »
  • Mannar is a small forgotten town full of charm, 32 km from the Indian continent. Connected to the capital by a railway on which 2 trains per day. Mannar was an important trading port in Asia for the Romans, the Arabs, the Chinese, the Indians. In 543 BC she saw disembark the Prince Vijaya first King of Ceylon and invader. Known for its fine pearls which was the specialties, she has been the subject of many lusts and traffic. At colonial, it was occupied by the Portuguese who built the fort to control the navigation (1560), who, embarrassed by the sandbanks of the Adam's bridge, were along the coast. The Dutch took the baton in order to defend their colonial interests, to make room for the English who were suspicious of the French based in their counter Pondic hery, in front. Talaimannar, which is at the tip of the peninsula, is known for its proximity to the Adam's Bridge, a succession of sandbanks linking Sri Lanka to the India. Legend has it that this is Rama (Ramayana) which built the bridge to come and deliver the Princess Sita. the population of the peninsula of Mannar is more welcoming, more warm than that of Jaffna, although they have lived the same episodes of war, persecution, occupancy. The peninsula of Mannar is known for its wildlife: it is the land of wild asses. There is everywhere, even in the city. They are adorable. She is also a stopover for many migratory birds that many professionals and amateurs come to observe, from October to December. There are several very known as the bird sanctuary Vankalai bird-watching sites.
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  • The drive to Mannar from the main island of Sri Lanka is amazing! The ocean on both sides and the blue skies above it is almost like a postcard! The first attraction you will spot when you get into Ma...  more »

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