Coordinates: 09°06′00″N 79°43′00″E / 9.10000°N 79.71667°E / 9.10000; 79.71667
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Taliamannar pier
Taliamannar pier
Talaimannar is located in Northern Province
Coordinates: 9°06′0″N 79°43′0″E / 9.10000°N 79.71667°E / 9.10000; 79.71667
CountrySri Lanka
DS DivisionMannar

Talaimannar (Tamil: தலைமன்னார்; Sinhala: තලෙයිමන්නාරම) is a settlement in Sri Lanka located on the northwestern coast of Mannar Island.


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reopening the railway at Thalaimannar, c. 2015.

Sri Lanka's northern railway line was destroyed, disrupted or neglected during the 30-year Sri Lankan civil war, which ended in May 2009.[1] The Mannar railway line, rebuilt by an Indian company, was reopened by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015.[2] The pier is served by a station of the Sri Lanka Railways with railway terminus at Talaimannar which connects Talaimannar to rail network in Sri Lanka via Medawachchiya.[1]

The town can be reached by a road from Mannar which links the island to the rest of highway network in Sri Lanka through a causeway.


Being a windy location, Talaimannar is a kitesurf and kiteboard destination. The government proposed a wind farm but was opposed by the local community as the area is a bird sanctuary.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Lanka Business Online". Sri Lanka gives northern rail rebuilding deal to India’s IRCON. 2010-08-18. Archived from the original on 2011-10-04.
  2. ^ "PM Narendra Modi Flags off Train Service at Talaimannar in Sri Lanka". NDTV.com. 14 March 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Tension in the air with proposed wind plant".

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