Baobab Tree information
An offbeat attraction, this ancient baobab tree was allegedly planted by Arab traders. It has a circumference of 19.5m and is believed to be over 700 years old. In Africa the baobab is sometimes called the upside-down tree (because its branches look like roots); locals in Mannar refer to it as the ali gaha (elephant tree) since its tough, gnarled bark resembles the skin of an elephant. It's 1.2km northeast of the town centre.