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|Year and Month||June, 2014 (15th)|
|Number of Days||Two Day Trip|
|Crew||04 (Myself, Wuminda, Dushan and Nirosh)|
|Accommodation||Four Tees Inn Thoddaveli, Mannar|
|Activities||Photography and Just travelling|
|Route||Colombo -> Puttalama -> Sinharagama -> Oyamadu -> Mannar -> Thalaimannar -> Returned to Mannar -> Murunkan -> Silawatturai -> Doric Bungalow -> Return to A14 road -> Madu junction -> Madu church -> Oyamaduwa -> Puttalama -> Colombo.|
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This was a long awaited trip for Wuminda and me. I could gather enough information about Mannar and places on the way to Mannar by reading Lakdasun reports. We started the journey from Colombo around 7.30am due to my job commitments. On the way we have visited some other places and reached Mannar around 8.30pm. (I will discuss it later by a separate report). We were warmly welcome by Mr.Rohan at Four Tees Inn.
Places we visited in Mannar and Thalaimannar
- Thalaimannar pier, light house and beach
- Urumalee light house and Adam’s mausoleum
- Baob tree and Dutch fort
- Thiruketeeswaram Kovil and Manthota ancient temple
- Giant lake
- Doric bungalow.
- Madu Church.
We started our tour around Mannar and Thalaimannar in early morning from Four Tees rest inn. First we visit at Mannar beach which can be approached by beach road from Rest Inn in about 5minutes drive.
Then we came back to main road and drove towards Thalaimannar. Road condition from Mannar to Thalaimannar was good and development after war can be noticed.
First we came to Thalaimannar pier road and went to Thalaimannar beach.
On our way back we noticed the Buddhist temple at Thalaimannar. Urumalee road starts in between Thalaimannar School and police. This road ends at Urumalee Navy camp. We could see remaining of old light house of Urumalee. To reach Adam’s mausoleum, you have to come back and take right hand turn at Christ’s statue. This road ends there.
Then we came back to Mannar town to visit Baob tree. You have to go along a by road about 1km to reach there.
Tallady Bridge connects main land with Mannar Island. We have visited Old Dutch fort at Mannar before we leave the island. This fort was built by Portuguese in 1560 and it was captured Dutch in 1658 and rebuilt in 1696. This fort has four bastions.
After came to main island back, we visited at Thiruketeeswaram Kovil. You have to travel along Poonaryn road and take a by road to reach there. We were able to visit at Manthota ancient temple which is situated closer to the Kovil. Palavi tank is also situated close to Kovil.
We drove along A14 road further and next destination was Giant Tank-Yoda Wewa. This is a famous place for bird watching.
Then we came to Murunkan and drove to Silawatturai junction. Doric house is situated about 5km north from this junction. Road condition was good till Silawatturai but it is under construction from Silawatturai.
This was the house of first British Governor Sir Fredric North. This house had four small bed rooms and a dining room at down stairs. Master bed room was at up stair. This house was planned governor himself and built in 1804. The original construction had four Doric columns, that’s why it is called Doric Bungalow.
Initial building was situated about 1km away from the sea. It is under the threat of sea erosion.
We came back to Murunkan junction and went along A14 road till we come across Madu junction. The road to Madu church was in good condition and the distance was 10kms from there.
It ended our short visit to Mannar and we followed the same route to come back home.
Thanks for reading.