I’ve been traveling a lot lately. And if you are a member of my Instagram family, you might already know that I’ve been to Mannar like no other places. That’s because my dad used to work there.
At first I hated going there because of the heat and the hectic journey of 5 to 7 hours. But then I started loving it. And definitely became one of my favorite destinations.
Now you might wonder why! Stick with me till the end of this post to find out the reason.
Now let’s get into the places to visit when you are in Mannar.
1. Mannar Fort
This fort is basically a Portuguese-Dutch construction, located right at the end of the causeway to the Mannar island. You can see it on the right side when you enter the city. The remainings of the Dutch bell tower are recognizable and when you climb up the ramparts you can have a nice view of the Mannar city and the sea.
2. Manthai Church
Our Lady of Lourdes Church has a connection with the sacred statue of Our Lady of Madhu. This historical church was destroyed by Dutch anti-Catholics and also due to the civil war in the 1980s. But somehow in 2017, the church was rebuilt and today you can witness some amazing wooden creations and paint inside the church.
3. Doric House — Arippu
The building was known as ‘The Doric House’ because the architectural design of it was similar to the Ancient Greek Doric style. The reason for the governor to build it there was to ease the supervision process of pearl fisheries at that time. This has been a two-story building built with red bricks on a low cliff which we can witness mostly ruins today. Some of the parts have even fallen down on to the beach.
4. Adams Bridge — Thalai Mannar
Adam’s Bridge is a sand bridge that once connected Talaimannar and Rameswaram in India. It’s just 32 km away from Mannar town which takes around an hour to get there.
5. Lighthouse — Thalai Mannar
The lighthouse is located in Thalaimannar which is the nothern part of the island and it takes just around 45 minutes (30km) from Mannar to reach the destination. This is not tall as the one in Galle Fort. But this place is a must visit.
This is one of the most famous Hindu temples in Sri Lanka and in the festival season, this pace attracts a huge crowd and you can witness different types of their rituals. It;s architecture and sculptures deserve to be appreciated.
7. Mannar Buddhist Temple
This is one of my favorites on the list because I love calm and quite places. This temple was few minutes away from the town and it is located in a place full of trees and clear sand where you can peacefully spend some time. If you’re someone who loves to meditate, this place might be your choice.
8. Thalladi Bridge
This is not actually a place you can visit. But you can take your Instagram worthy photos standing here. This old Thalladi bridge has broken down to build the new one but still, the remainings are there. So you can go to the edge of it (be careful) and enjoy the view and take some cool photos. You can also see the blown-up bridge connecting the Mannar Island with the mainland from there.
9. Madu Church
This one is famous one and I don’t think I have to explain alot. But make sure you visit this sacred place on you way to Mannar.
10. Bayobab tree
The baobab tree also refereed to “Perukka” in Tamil and known as “Ali Gaha” in Sinhalese is believed to be native to Africa, Madagascar and Australia. According to studies there is around forty Bayobab trees and most of them are found in Mannar. The largest one among them is located in Pallimunei and it is more than 700 years old.
And now, the favorite part. I’ve never been in love with beaches like this before. Mannar has a lot to offer and the best thing is its beaches. Thalai Mannar, Keeri, Pesalei, Arippu, South Bar, and a lot more. Do not forget to spend your evenings in Mannar by the beach and relax. Or you can have fun playing beach games with your loved ones.
I hope you’re clear why i love Mannar this much. And you will too. I’m sure about it. Make sure you dress properly when you visit religious places and respect their cultures.
You can travel to Mannar either by bus or train if you prefer traveling on a tight budget. But I recommend using a private vehicle because you get to stop where ever you like and enjoy the journey in your own way and also you can travel within the city easily.
So that is a wrap on must visit places in Mannar. I hope you liked it. Don’t forget to share and comment what you think about this, so I can improve next time.
Have good day!