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Mannar, Sri Lanka



Mannar causeway overlooking Mannar town in the distance
Mannar causeway overlooking Mannar town in the distance
Mannar is located in Sri Lanka
Country Sri Lanka
Province Northern
District Mannar
DS Division Mannar
 • Type Urban Council
 • Chairman Santhanpillai Gnanaprgasam (TNA)
Population (2011)
 • Total 35,817
 • Density 308/km2 (797/sq mi)
Time zone Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+5:30)

Mannar (Tamil: மன்னார், Sinhala: මන්නාරම), formerly spelled Manar, is a big town, and it's the main town of Mannar District, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. It is located on Mannar Island overlooking the Gulf of Mannar. It is home to the historic Ketheeswaram temple.

Mannar is known for its baobab trees and for its fort, built by the Portuguese in 1560 and taken by the Dutch in 1658 and rebuilt; its ramparts and bastions are intact, though the interior is largely destroyed. Formerly the town was renowned as a center of pearl fishing, mentioned in the 2nd-century CE Periplus of the Erythraean Sea.[1] Visually, the modern town is dominated by its Hindu temples, mosques and churches.[2]


  1. ^ Noted in Edwin William Streeter, Pearls and Pearling Life 1886:24.
  2. ^ Edward Aves, Sri Lanka (Footprint Travel Guides, 2003: ISBN 1-903471-78-8), p. 337.

External links

  • Information on Mannar (Tamil)
  • Official (Tamil)

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