Somewhat in the center of Mannar island lies a Muslim place of worship which is believed to be the tomb of Adam and Eve by some.
According to legend two tall siblings has landed in Mannar on a boat. No one knew where they came from and when they died they were buried at this location. With the passage of time these tall siblings became 40 feet tall giants and the Muslims in the area developed their own version of the lore for the two tombs.
According to local Muslim legends Adam and Eve has used the tiny islets connecting Talaimannar and Dhanushkodi (in India) now called the Adams Bridge to travel to Sri Lanka on the way to the peak of Sri Pada (ref. Mannar : Discovering a land of ancient lore ). When the Muslim merchants and Christians arrived in Sri Lanka, seeing thousands of Buddhists pilgrimaging to the mystic mountain top of Sri Pada where the Buddha left his foot print in his third visit to this island developed their own versions of religious legends regarding this peak. Muslims believe this as the foot print of Prophet Adam.
The site of the so called tomb is walled and inside a small rectangular area and inside the walled area lies two long semi cylindrical structures on the sand covered by a green cloth. One 40 feet long is said the be the grave of Adam and the the other 38 feet long is said to be of Eve’s.
On one side of the grave is an boat made out of cement with the engraving 786 – 1968.
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Route from Colombo to Tomb of Adam and Eve in Mannar
|On : Southern Highway – Puttalam – Oyamaduwa – Thanthirimale – Mannar|
distance : 350 km
Travel time : 7 hours
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