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Best Things to do in Mannar,Sri Lanka

When we speak about Sri Lanka we cannot forget Mannar.There some attractive places in Mannar. other than that Mannar is a hotspot for bird watching. Mannar is the main town in Mannar district and is governed by Urban council.In early days town was famous for pearl fishing and is mentioned history records. Visually, the modern town is dominated by its churches, Hindu temples and mosques.

Below mentioned are best things that you should do when you are in Mannar.

1. Visiting Mannar Island

Aug 27, 2019 | by Krishan

Mannar Island is a prt of Mannar district and is joined to the mainland by a causeway,It covers around 125 sq Kilometers and it is covered with mainly sand and vegetation.there is a limestone bridge called Adams bridge is a chain of limestone shoals.This lies between Rameshwaram Island and is connected to South India. Geological evidence suggests that this bridge is a former land connection between India and Sri Lanka.This land is barren and dry in appearance and fishing is the main practice in the area.

2. Bird watching in Mannar

Aug 27, 2019 | by Krishan

Amongst the best places to spot birds in Sri Lanka we cannot forget the Mannar Island . Mannar Island is one of the best spots in Sri Lanka for spotting migratory birds and for other animals also. There are giant tanks made about 1500 years ago which serves as best nesting places for both endemic and migratory birds. Here is a birdwatching region quite different from the wet forest of the Central Highlands, the hill country or the southern wetlands. The land is low, only a few meters above sea level, the climate is exceedingly dry and the area is sparsely populated. There is number of mud flats and saline lakes between the mainland and Mannar Island that attracts lots of wintering birds. The Venkalai sanctuary is one of the best places to spot wading water birds

In Mannar you will see birds such as Greater Flamingos, Black Tail Godwits, Gargneys, Pintail Ducks, Gulls, Plovers, Terns all in flocks of several hundreds. So many Raptors: White Bellied Sea Eagles, Brahamin Kites, Black Kites, Common Kestrels. In addition you can see Crab Plovers and Pied Avocets. Spending your time at Mannar Island will let you enjoy and observe aquatic birds which inhabit the turquoise water area in the surrounding.

3. Visiting the Boa Bab tree

Aug 27, 2019 | by Krishan

The Boa Bab tree or Monkey bread tree or upside down tree is a native tree for Africa, Australia and Madagascar.This Boa Bab tree is believed to brought by Arabian Traders and in local community is called as “Ali Gaha”.According to survey it is believed that there are 40 Boa Bab trees surviving in Sri Lanka. The oldest and the largest baobab is at Pallimunei which is said to be about 800 years old. The circumference of the tree is is 19.5 meters and its 7.5 meters tall.Eventhough it is a introduced species it is protected in Sri Lanka given its rarity and antiquity.

4. Visiting the Mannar fort

Aug 27, 2019 | by Krishan

The Mannar fort is mainly built by Portuguese in 1560 and was rebuilt by the Dutch in 1696 and later occupied by British.The fort was inaccessible during to the 30 years’ war in Sri Lanka and in 2009 the terrorist was destroyed so the place was open for public. Some parts are still in good condition including the four bastions. Although the buildings are not in good shape according to the poor maintenance you can roam freely inside the place. Access to the top of the ramparts is on the left after entering the fort. From here you can walk all around the fort getting a bird’s eye view of the ruined buildings inside. On two ends of the building square, you will see two rooms with no door or windows. The top has been covered by a now broken slab on large iron bars. The only access to these rooms is some tiny steel steps mounted on one side of the wall. These two rooms might have been prison cells at one time.

5. Visitng Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu

Aug 27, 2019 | by Krishan

The Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu is a Roman Catholic Marian shrine in Mannar district of Sri Lanka. With a history of over 400 years, this shrine acts as a center for pilgrimage and worship for Sri Lankan Catholics The site is considered as the holiest Catholic shrine in the island and is a well known place of devotion for Sinhalese Catholics. The church has been a symbol of unity between people of different religions, Pope Pius XI granted the image of Our Lady of Madhu a Canonical coronation on 2 July 1924.

6. The Doric Bungalow

Aug 27, 2019 | by Krishan

This place was planned by the first governor Frederick North and later known as the derrick bungalow because of the architectural column which is similar to the ancient Greek Dorick Order. Other than being used as the residence for the governor, it was later used by "other governors, government agents, and other officials, including superintendents of pearl fishery. The two story building was constructed using bricks and mortar[1] though the exterior walls were decorated with chunam which was made from the lime of burnt oyster shells and was described as appearing like 'marble'. There is a folklore that says a legendary queen named AlliRani had a palace in the site .

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