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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  • August 18, 2017
    Mannar is an Island off the mainland Sri Lanka. However district of Mannar covers parts the mainland. Key sites you may be interested include 1. Silavaturai, Arippu, Coastal wetlands and archaeologica...  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    We rented two bycicles to explore the island. There are no real special things to see but its just a wonderful way to get to know mannar and its people. Everyone we met was really nice and helpful. Th...  more »
  • June 21, 2017
    The sea is gorgeous, not an over crowded town, so peaceful and beautiful. Now there are few hotels. You can drive to Talaimannar where the sea is also so gorgeous. Real out of the ordinary place.  more »

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