North Western
6.73 km2 (6.46 sq mi)
189 KM


Take a short tour of a forgotten landscape that wafts a history of maritime trade with Arabs and Africans as the sun berates down on a dusty terrain scattered with wild donkeys and baobab trees. Despite the 30 years of violence that had engulfed this place, Mannar continues to remain warm and welcoming.


Travel to Mannar Take the South Coast Road via Puttalam

  • Airport
  • Negombo
  • Dankotuwa
  • Marawila
  • Madampe
  • Chilaw
  • Bangadeniya
  • Madurankuli
  • Palaviya
  • Kalpitiya

Dutch Fort The island is peppered with the Dutch & Portuguese establishments. The Dutch Fort at Mannar was built around 1685 before its capture by the Portuguese who later added four extra bastions to it. Climb to the top of the fort for a captivating view of the surrounding land & the Gulf of Mannar.


Baobab Tree Pallimunai A 700-year-old Baobab tree, believed to have been planted by the Arab traders who would frequent the island, stands up today here at Pallimunai.


Thirukketeeswaram Kovil The Thirukketeeswaram Kovil is among the Pancha ishwarams. Located 10 km east of Mannar town, it is among the five temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva which were constructed to protect the island from natural calamities.


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