Travel Guide to Mannar

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Mannar Overview

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About Mannar

If you have studied a Sri Lankan map you would have noticed the a small piece of land jutting out from the mainland which is known as Mannar. Mannar is a beautiful island lined with pristine beaches, majestic palm trees and wild donkeys. That's right, in the wee hours of the morning you'll not hear a rooster crowing but the hee haws of a donkey on the street! The 3km long causeway which leads to Mannar is ridden with breathtaking scenery on either sides. If you are travelling to the North then Mannar is ideal break to take during your trip.


Getting into Mannar

Mannar is situated about 254km away from Colombo and easily accessible by train, bus, or a private hire. You can board the bus to Mannar at the Pettah Bus stand, near Colombo Fort station. There are also trains to Mannar. Check for the times and the schedule.

If you are going to Mannar directly from the airport then it's easier to hire a taxi from the airport itself. Check for more information on rates.


Getting around Mannar

Most Sri Lankans travel around cities and towns by tuk tuk aka three wheelers. Note that it's a rule of thumb to fix the price before getting into a tuk tuk to avoid paying more than required unless of course the tuk has a meter. It will also help if you can ask locals how much it’s to get to your destination just to be sure you are paying the right amount. Having said that you can also travel by bus which is the most affordable way and you can ask locals to help you. The bus conductors will also be able to help you in any way that they can. Make sure you have small change in the form of coins and notes when going by bus instead of large notes. For example Rs.50, 20, 10 and a few coins.


Where to go and things to do in Mannar

There is much to see in Mannar from the Portuguese-Dutch star fortress to the exotic Baobab tree which is said to be have been planted by Arab traders in 1477. Towards the western side of the island is a place called Talaimannar which was once a port that harboured ferries to India. You'll also find the mythical Adam's bridge starting from Mannar which is a shallow coral stone pathway that leads up to India.

This is just a teaser of the things you can see and do in Mannar. Scroll above and click on our 'What to see' section to discover and explore more of Mannar.