The district is named after the mythical Kyrgyz national hero, Manas, who is said to have been born in the Alatau mountains in the raion. A few kilometers outside Talas lies a mausoleum, supposedly that of Manas, called the Kümböz Manas. However, the inscription on its richly-decorated facade dedicates it to "...the most glorious of women Kenizek-Khatun, the daughter of the Emir Abuka".
The building, known as "Manastin Khumbuzu" or "The Ghumbez of Manas", is thought to have been built in 1334. It now contains a museum dedicated to the epic. A ceremonial mound also lies nearby.
In total, Manas District include 22 settlements in 5 rural communities (aiyl okmotus). Each rural community can consist of one or several villages. The rural communities and settlements in the Manas District are:
Kaiyndy aiyl okmotu (center - village Aral, and also villages Kaiyndy, Nyldy, Sary-Bulak, and Chech-Debe)
Kirghizia aiyl okmotu (center - village Talas, and also villages Kek-Debe and Manas)
May aiyl okmotu (center - village Mayskoe, and also village Novodonetskoe)
Pokrovka okmotu (center - village Pokrovka, and also villages Balasary, Jayylgan, Kara-Archa, and Seget)
Uch-Korgon aiyl okmotu (center - village Kyzyl-Jyldyz, and also villages Ak-Tash, Jiyde, Kenesh, Chong-Kapka, Tash-Bashat, and Uch-Korgon)