Manner is famous among locals for its donkeys moving freely along the roads. It is also famous for fish. Almost all the facilities for tourists are available in this city.
Thallemannar is well famous for its Ferry port. Earlier there had been Jetty operate there and the train comes and stops on that Jetty. Then people and the goods were loaded into a boat and it travelled to India (Rameshwaram Port). Because of large sand bays in the sea, the sea around Thallimannar is not much deep and the waves are very much low. You can hire a boat to visit few of such sand bays inside the sea.
Thallimannar is the most windy place in the whole Sri Lanka , hence well famous kite surf and kite board destination. Also a well-known destination for bird watching.
This church is a Portuguese type building .Thousands of Catholic pilgrims’ visits here during Madu festival in August. The most reverent feature here is the statue of Our Lady Madhu. This is considered to be the most sacred Church of Catholics in Sri Lanka.
BIO BAB TREE
It is believed that this tree has been planted by Arabian Sailors around 1477. Their circumference is 19.5 m and the height is 7.5m.
DANCING ISLETS IN MANNAR
There are many sand dunes in Mannar Sea which are continuously shifting one location to another. Therefore given the Dancing Islets. Normal ocean process shifting & rolling the sand from one location to another, as per the past records, series of these islets was passable on foot. Some historical records found in India also recorded it as “Ramas Bridge” which was completely above sea level until it was broken by a cyclone in year 1480.
This Fort was built first by the Portuguese in 1560. Later it was captured by Dutch in 1658 and they rebuilt it. Although the interior of the Fort is heavily destroyed, its rampart and bastions are well preserved.
Pork Strait is situated in between Thamilnadu of India and Mannar of Sri Lanka. It connects to the Bay of Bengal with the Gulf of Mannar. It is really difficult for large ships to past through the shallow water and the sand dunes of the strait. Therefore large ships passing the landmass of Sri Lanka have to sail around the country.
PORT OF MAHATITHA (MANNAR)
It was a grand emporium in ancient days, As per the legends , it is been said that Prince Vijaya’s queen from the city of Madura arrived Sri Lanka in 6th century BC through this port. This port was known to mariners and traders of India even in the pre –Aryan era.
POMPARIPPU BURIAL SITE
A number of urn burials were found and excavated spreading over four acres of the land on Puttalam –Mannar coast. Urns are about 40-90 cm in diameter, had been placed in pits and sealed with limestone boulders. The skulls had been placed in dishes of Black and Red ware. The grave goods buried with the skeletal remains reveal a highly developed material culture .Artifacts discovered include metal jewelry such as copper bracelets, paste beads, chert tools and a leaf shaped iron blade.
This is one of the famous kovils dedicated for Hindu deity Ishvara. As per the legends, this kovil was built by Moyan, the uncle of Ravana. It is also believed that Rama had worshipped this temple before he left to India with Seetha. God Ishvara had performed many miracles here again a famous legend.