Mannar Island

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Mannar Island

மன்னார்  (Tamil)
මන්නාරම  (Sinhala)

Manar Island
Mannar Island is located in Northern Province
Mannar Island
Mannar Island
Mannar Island is located in Sri Lanka
Mannar Island
Mannar Island
Coordinates: 9°03′0″N 79°50′0″E / 9.05000°N 79.83333°E / 9.05000; 79.83333
CountrySri Lanka
DS DivisionMannar

Mannar Island (/məˈnɑːr/ mə-NAR; Tamil: மன்னார் தீவு, romanized: Maṉṉār tīvu; Sinhala: මන්නාරම් දූපත, romanized: Mannāram dūpata), formerly spelt Manar Island, is part of Mannar District, Sri Lanka. It is linked to the main island of Sri Lanka by a causeway. It has an area of about 125 square kilometres, mainly covered with vegetation and sand. Adam's Bridge (Tamil: ஆதம் பாலம், romanized: Ātam pālam), is a chain of limestone shoals, between Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, off the southeastern coast of Tamil Nadu, India, and Mannar Island, off the northwestern coast of Sri Lanka. Geological evidence suggests that this bridge is a former land connection between India and Sri Lanka.

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 Palk Strait bridge was proposed in June 2015, to link mainland India to Mannar.

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

Its 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[citation needed]

Mannar Island and adjacent Adam's Bridge

Coordinates: 9°03′N 79°50′E / 9.050°N 79.833°E / 9.050; 79.833

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