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Mannar Excursion

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Explore the Real North with Guided Tours – MANNAR

– From LKR 42,950/= (US$ 230) p.p.

 

Tour Details

Traveling with a private guide ensures personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace, getting to know about the unique culture and the natural environment of the Northern Province while asking plenty of questions along the way. Learn about the British, Dutch, Portuguese, and Chola history of the islands through guided commentary.

Departure & Return Location

Colombo city (Google Map)

Departure Time

0600 hrs

Price Includes

  • Hotel accommodation at Mannar Palmyrah Hotel with Dinner and Breakfast (Superior Rooms)
  • First Day Breakfast at a restaurant
  • Lunches at restaurants
  • Third day dinner a restaurant
  • Transport with chauffeur (Car, Van, and Coach)
  • Transport with tour guide, driver and assistant (Buses)

Price Excludes

  • Entrance fees

Complementaries

  • Bottled water
What to Expect

Traveling with a private guide ensures personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace, getting to know about the unique culture and the natural environment of the Northern Province while asking plenty of questions along the way. Learn about the British, Dutch, Portuguese, and Chola history of the islands through guided commentary.

Itinerary

Day 1Colombo - Mannar

The Bus will be parked at the main bus stop located in the seaside (Opposite Taj Hotel Galle Road Entrance) of Galle face green Colombo from 05.30 hrs.

The journey will be started to Mannar sharp at 06:00 hrs.

Bus will stop at the Grand Wennappuwa around 07:00hrs for breakfast and drive toward to Mannar at 8.00hrs. (170kms-4 hrs.) Bus will stop at Anuradhapura for lunch around 12:30hrs.

Visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu,

Which is the one of the oldest and most visited churches in Sri Lanka (90kms-2hrs) at (15.30hrs)

❖ Visit the Giant’s Tank and the surrounding sanctuary

Which is another breathtaking location in Mannar. (30kms – ½ hrs.) at 17.00hrs

Arrive in Mannar around 17.30hrs.

Visit the Mannar Fortlocated in the heart of the city overlooking the Indian Ocean. This fort was built by the Portuguese in the year 1560 to provide security for the trading activities. (25kms- ½ hrs.) at 17.30 hrs.

Check in to Palmyrah House Mannar in the afternoon.  (12kms -16 minutes) at 18.45hrs

Dinner and Overnight stay at Palmyrah House, Mannar

Day 2In Mannar

Have early Breakfast at Palmyrah House, Mannar around 07:00hrs

THALAIMANNAR PIER AND LIGHTHOUSE (18KMS-40 MINUTES) AT 09.00HRS

Proceed to Thalaimannar Pier and Lighthouse. The pier was used as a dock for the ferry service that existed between Sri Lanka and India until it was destroyed by a cyclone in 1964

BAOBAB TREE

This tree was brought as a gift by the African slaves who were traded in Jaffna and Mannar by the Portuguese. (31kms – 1 hour) at 10.30 hrs.

PALAVI

Palavi is the most iconic holly place in the Mannar since it relates to the Thiruketheshwaram Shiva Temple. The water cutting ceremony takes places in this pond during the annual feast. It is a branch of Malwaththu oya. (8kms-15 minutes) at 11.15 hrs.

THIRUKKETHESHWARAM

Thirukketheshwaram is an ancient Hindu temple which is also known as one of the Old Shiva temples of Sri Lanka. It is located 08.7Km away from the Mannar town. It is one of the ancient temples which were mentioned in their poems.

Lunch at 12.30 hrs.

DORIC BUNGALOW

Doric bungalow is one of the colonial monuments depicts the historic architectural aspects.  (33kms – 1 hour) at 14.30hrs

ARIPPU DUTCH FORT

The Arippu fort is in the Muththaripputrhthurai where the ancient habitation of locals found.

VANKALAI LAGOON & BIRDS SANCTUARY (21KMS- ½ HRS.) AT 16.30HRS

We can see hundreds of beautiful migrant birds during the session. The Vankalai lagoon and sanctuary also such important place to have the bird’s experience.

Reach the hotel Palmyrah House evening at 18.00 hrs.

Dinner and Overnight stay at Palmyrah House, Mannar

Day 3Mannar - Colombo

Breakfast at 07:30hrs in the Palmyrah House 

The bus could be ready in front of Palmyrah House, Mannar to depart to Colombo by 08:00hrs.

THANTHIRIMALE CAVE PAINTINGS AND RECLINING BUDDHA (90KMS-2HRS) AT 10.00HRS (SPENT 1 ½ HRS. AT THE MONUMENTS)

One of the first eight offshoots of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi was planted here by Thivanka Bamuna during the 3rd Century BC. The monastery is surrounded by huge boulders and thick forests. There are beautiful Samadhi and reclining Buddha statues carved from the large rocks. Five meditating caves scattered in the deep forest of Tanthirimale have Brahmi writings as old as 4000 years!

Lunch at 12.30 in Nochchiyagama

MUNESHVARAM TEMPLE AT CHILAW (110kms-2 ½ hrs.) at 16.00hrs

Lord Rama after his victorious battle left for Ayodhya in one of King Ravana’s vimana’s  stopped the vimana at this juncture because he felt at this place the `Brahma hasthi Dosham” was not following him. He ascended from the vimana and asked God Shiva for a remedy. God Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised him to install four lingams at Manavari, Thiru Koneshwaram, Thiru Ketheshwaram and Rameshwaram in India and pray, as the only remedy to get rid of the “Brahmahasthi Dosham”.

 

Depart from Chilaw to Colombo and arrive at Gale face Green Colombo around 08:30 hrs. (82kms – 2 ½ hrs.)

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