New Talaimannar Lighthouse – තලෙයිමන්නාරම ප්‍රදීපාගාරය

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Thalaimannar New Lighthouse

Thalaimannar New Lighthouse – Photo by Dr. Ashan Geeganage

Mannar is one of the most barren and driest islands of Sri Lanka connected through a 3 km causeway to mainland. But this was one of the busiest towns in the ancient past when this area (Gulf Of Mannar) was one of the biggest pearl banks in the world, supplying massive amounts of pearls to the kings and queens throughout the world for over 2000 years. Over harvesting destroyed the pearl industry Hundreds of years ago and recently a ferry operated from this island to India but stopped operation in 1984 due to the security situation in the country.

The new Talaimannar lighthouse ( Thalaimannar lighthouse) in was built in 1915 and was 19m high. The tower has not been maintained for during the recent past due to the war situation which existed for the last 30 years. After the defeat of the Tamil Tiger Rebels, this area is now accessible by the general public.

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Map of  New Talaimannar Lighthouse

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Travel Directions to Talaimannar Lighthouse

Route from Colombo to Talaimannar Lighthouse

Route from Anuradhapura Talaimannar Lighthouse

Though : Chillaw – Puttlam – Pomparippu
Distance : 290 km
Travel time : 4-5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Madawachichiya
distance : 150 km
Travel time : 2.5-3.0  hours
Driving directions : see on google map

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