Attractions

Top Choice Fort in Mannar Island & Around

Dutch Fort

An imposing Portuguese-Dutch construction, this fortress is situated right by the causeway to the island and is ringed by a moat. It's a bit shambolic, but the walls are atmospheric and contain the roofless remains …
Church in Mannar Island & Around

Our Lady of Madhu Church

This church is Sri Lanka’s most hallowed Christian monument (though it's thought to be have been constructed over an ancient Hindu shrine). Its walls shelter Our Lady of Madhu, a diminutive but revered Madonna-and-c…
Hindu Site in Mannar Island & Around

Thirukketeeswaram Kovil

On the mainland, 10km east of Mannar Town, Thirukketeeswaram Kovil is one of the pancha ishwaram, the five historical Sri Lankan Shiva temples established to protect the island from natural disaster. It’s an imposin…
Landmark in Mannar Island & Around

Baobab Tree Pallimunai

An offbeat attraction, this ancient baobab tree was allegedly planted by Arab traders. It has a circumference of 20m and is believed to be over 700 years old. In Africa the baobab is sometimes called the upside-down…
Lighthouse in Mannar Island & Around

Lighthouse

A lonely lighthouse stands near the old rusty ferry pier.
Beach in Mannar Island & Around

Keeri Beach

The island is not endowed with beautiful stretches of sand, but Keeri Beach has good swimming, though no shade. Expect some trash. It's fringed by a small palmyra palm forest that's home to monkeys; it's located 5km…