Welcome to Mannar Island & Around
Once a prosperous pearling centre, today Mannar is one of the poorest corners of Sri Lanka. The island was once a major exit and entry point to India, just 30km away, but those services are now a distant memory. Thousands of Muslims were driven out by the LTTE in 1990.
Way out here, the island still feels like a world apart, with dusty streets, a slightly forlorn appearance and more than its share of trash and mosquitoes. That said, the people are welcoming and there's a hint of adventure.