Mannar Island

Mannar Island
—  Island  —
Mannar is located in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 9°03′0″N 79°50′0″E / 9.05°N 79.833333°E / 9.05; 79.833333
Country Sri Lanka
Province Northern
District Mannar
DS Division Mannar

Mannar (Tamil: மன்னார்) Island, formerly called Manar Island, is part of Mannar District, Sri Lanka. It is linked to the rest of Sri Lanka by a causeway.It has an area of about 50 square kilometres, mainly covered with vegetation and sand.

Between 1914 and 1964, there was a train and ferry link from mainland India via Dhanushkodi and Talaimannar to Colombo, but this was not resumed after the disastrous damages caused by a cyclone in 1964.

The island is dry and barren; fishing is economically important.[1]

It main settlements are Mannar and Erukkulampiddi on its eastern coast and Pesalai on its northern coast, all connected by the A14 road which leads across the bridge to mainland Sri Lanka[2][3]

Mannar Island and adjacent Adam's Bridge

Coordinates: 9°03′N 79°50′E / 9.05°N 79.833°E / 9.05; 79.833


  1. ^ Britannica article.
  2. ^ Google. Google Maps (Map). 
  3. ^ Microsoft and Harris Corporation Earthstar Geographics LLC. Bing Maps (Map). 

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