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Mannar

Mannar, Jaffna and North, Sri Lanka.
Location : Mannar
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Mannar is a dry island with a desert like climate, however do not let that fool you into thinking that this place has nothing to offer. Mannar was also involved in the civil conflict and therefore the place has not been able to develop to its full capacity since then. However it is still a very important place to visit and it is also a sacred place for catholics as most catholics make a pilgrimage to Mannar.
Once in Mannar, a must see is the Venkalai Bridge which is the longest bridge in Mannar. There is a bird sanctuary on either side of the bridge between Paliyanthiv and Thirikenilwert. This place is bliss for all bird watchers as more than 200 species of birds are said to gather here especially the migratory birds that escape the harsh winters. In addition to the birds rare species of pig and crocodile also have made Venkalai sanctuary their home. There are also mangroves and sandy stretches along with mini dunes around the area. Another must see is one of the most famous Hindu temples in Sri Lanka which is the Thiruketheeswaram temple one of the three most famous temples. There is also the Mannar Fort built by the Dutch and information on a stone inscription at Thamanhil island. No trip to Mannar is complete without viewing the famous Biobas tree which is the largest in the island. The most beautiful beach in Mannar is the Urumale beach, only a bright clear day one can see the light house in Rameshwaram, India. There are beautiful corals and marine life in this beach and its beauty unaffected. Mannar is famous for the sacred Madhu church one of the holiest churches in Asia and one that is visited by many devotees.
Mannar is a rural town and one that has seen a lot of hardship. The area is dry and besides these few spots there is nothing much to do than soak up the beauty of the North.Shopping malls and five star hotels as well entertainment is non existent as the area has not been fully developed yet.
 

 

 

 

 

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