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Nallur Temple

Nallur Kandasamy Temple is one of the popular places in Jaffna where lot of people visit here daily for to offer prayers to Lord Muruga.

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Nainatheevu is an Island with worshiping places which were built in the ancient times. It is called Nagadeepa in Sinhala.

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Mannar is one of the important places in Sri Lanka, which is located in the Northern part of Sri Lanka. Most of the Mannar city is surrounded by sea. Also there is a sea port too available in this district.This place is very important place for the Hindu religion followers as there is an ancient temple named Thiruketheswarm with Lord Siva and Parvathi is located here. Near to Mannar is another religious shrine is available for the Catholics and it is called as St. Mary's Church of Madu. Mannar and Colombo are connected by road and railways. Earlier there was a ferry service was operating between India and Sri Lanka. At that time it served as a gateway for the foreign tourists too between India and Sri Lanka. As per Sri Lanka tourism promoters, they say that Mannar should be visited by Europeans as lot of European related buildings and, Churches and Burial Grounds with thier identity is available there.

Mannar is in the dry zone and the hot sun can affect your health. So take suitable measures to avoid the excess heat effects. Mannar Town is so close to India and you can see lightings in Rameswaram from here in the nights. most of the youngsters used to get Government's permissions and used to cross the Palk Straight by swimming. Those who want to cross Palk Straight sea from Mannar point to India point must get permission from both India and Sri Lanka Authorities. This should be done prior to the planned swimming event.

Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu, Mannar, Sri Lanka Festival.

Annual festival used to be celebrated around the month of July.
Also the August 15th festival in the year 2024, it is expected 500,000 devotees to come over here for the festival.

2024 06th August till 15th August 2024 the Mother's Day.

Recently Pope Francis Francisco; the 266th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, did visited this shrine and held a Mass for the local worshipers in the Madu Shrine. For the annual feast of this Church, millions of people used to come over here and used to stay here till the festival ends. The Madu Church Administrators provide temporary shelter, and sanitary facilities during the Madu Shrine Festival.

Mean while lot of tourists come over here to see the dry lands and its shining sun, during their Sri Lanka Tours. There are lot of hotels and Guest Houses are available in and around the Mannar City. There are good roads and trains service that used to provide access to this land from Jaffna and Colombo. People living here used to speak Tamil, Sinhala and English. You can find good public and private bus services and private tuk tuk hire service to travel around this area. There are regular bus services to Madawachchi and Jaffna from the Mannar bus stand from morning to night.

Mannar is popular for its Arabian Baobab trees, that are now seen as another tourist attraction. There are lot of Donkeys wandering in the Mannar District. You too can find them on the streets. Their babies are so beautiful, but don't try to touch them as their mothers are aggressive ones when you try to touch the younger ones. Actuly, these donkey's were used in the transport sector during the European rule in Mannar.

Mahasivarathiri Festival in Mannar.

2024 Maha Shivratri festival had taken place on March 08, Friday, 2023 at the Thirukeeswaram Sivan Temple.
All night poojas and celebrations were held on that day by Hindu devotees. Special BUS services was operated between Jaffna Town and Vavuniya Town to Thirukeeswaram Sivan Temple on this special day. Next Maha Shivratri festival will be held in the year 2025. During the Maha Sivarathiri event thousands of youngsters from Jaffna used to visit here on their motorcycles.

Year -- Date - Day
2024 08 Mar - Friday
2025 26 Feb - Wednesday
2026 15 Feb - Sunday


Important places to visit here.

  • Arabian Baobab trees
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Madu
  • Remains of the Doric Bungalow at Arippu
  • Remains of the Mannar Fort (Built by Portuguese in 1560. Took over by the Dutch in 1696, and then by the British in 1795.
  • Thiruketheeswaram Kovil (Temple) Fully Constructed with Black Stones.
  • Thanthirimale.
  • Adams Bridge (Ramar Palam) in Thalai Mannar Pier Area.

Popular Hotels in Mannar.

Hotel Agape,
Ahsh - Hotel Ahash,
Palmyrah Garden Hotel,
Hotel Flomingo.


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