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|Year and Month||August, 2014|
|Number of Days||Two|
|Accommodation||Four Tees Inn Thoddaveli, Mannar|
|Activities||Archaeology / History / Scenery / Photography|
|Route||D1: Chilaw -> Nochchiyagama -> Oya madu -> Thantirimale -> Madu -> Mannar -> Talaimannar
D2: Mannar -> Arippu -> Murunkan -> Oya madu -> Puttalam -> Chilaw
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This was my first ever visit to Mannar and one of the most awaited trips. Initially I wanted to join Niroshan on his Mannar journey but had skipped it because of my wedding. Though I missed out on it I did a good copycat journey. For further information on locations please do read his report. This will be more of a picture report.
We left early as possible from Chilaw and reached Thantirimale around 7.30am. After having breakfast we took off towards Madu church. The church was about 10Km’s from the A 14. After visiting Madu we headed towards Mannar and on the way we didn’t forget to stop by and have a glimpse of Giant tank which was dried out.
Just before entering the Mannar causeway we took the Pooneryn road and at one point took another left hand turn which brought us towards the historical Thiruketeeswaram kovil. After visiting the kovil we took the road to the right which took us towards Manthota ancient temple. If you are a Buddhist don’t forget to visit this place.
By crossing Thallady Bridge we reached the main island of Mannar and visited the Old Dutch church which was found at the end of the bridge. It had a superb view towards the ocean and Thallady Bridge. After visiting the fort we took the first road to the right which took us towards the ancient Biobab tree. There are about 30 trees scattered around the island and most of these trees are found while traveling to Talaimannar.
We arrived at Four Tees Inn at around 12pm and had a superb meal prepared my Mr. Rohan’s chef. Mr. Rohan was a terrific guy and had a good knowledge on birds too. After having a small nap we decided to head towards Talaimannar. Our first attraction was Talaimannar light house close to the jetty.
On our way back from Talaimannar we took the road between Talaimannar police station and the school which led us towards Urumalee. On the way we came across a by road to the left which had a statue of Christ at its beginning. We took this road and ended up at the Giant tombs called Adam’s Mausoleum. Next we set off towards Urumalee beach where one could view an old light house. If the skies were clear we could have even seen Rameshwaram. This is one beech I would revisit. The sand was like concrete and we drove very close to the ocean and spent many hours in to the night before getting back to Mannar. That night we had a wonderful dinner consisting of “Poori” and “Sambaru”.
Next day after thanking Mr. Rohan for his great service we departed towards Silavatura. On our way we came across the Arippu fort which was few hundred meters away from the road. After visiting it we went towards the famous Dorric which was been washed away to the ocean with time. After having a chat with the navy guys we returned back to the A 14 and took off towards Chilaw to end up our brief visit to Island of Mannar.