Old Talaimannar Lighthouse (Urumalai Lighthouse)

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Old Thalaimannar Lighthouse (Urumalai Lighthouse)
Old Thalaimannar Lighthouse (Urumalai Lighthouse)

The Old Talaimannar Lighthouse (Urumalai Lighthouse) is located at that south of the island at the start of the Adams Bridge, the natural sand bank which stretch all the way to India.  This area is called Urumalai, thus this is also known as Urumalai Lighthouse.

This is a Iron Structure where  fire was used as the navigation light at the top. It is said to have been constructed in the colonial era, specially between 1850-1900 period. Currently only this iron Structure built on 7 long steel pipes stands tall with no indication of it being a light house.

This structure today lies inside a Naval Base and you cannot go to this structure. Yet you can get a good view of this light house from the entrance of the camp.


  • අසංග, එම්. වී. පී. කේ. සහ නිශාන්ත, අයි. පී. ඇස්., 2018. මන්නාරම දිස්ත්‍රික්කය – පුරාවිද්‍යා දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව. 1වන සංස්කරණය. කොළඹ: රජයේ මුද්‍රණ දෙපාර්තුමේන්තුව,පිටු .80-81

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Driving Directions of Old Talaimannar Lighthouse (Urumalai Lighthouse)

From Colombo to Urumalai LighthouseFrom Anuradhapura to Urumalai Lighthouse
Through : Chilaw – Puttalam – Mannar
Distance : 290 km
Travel time : 6.5 hours
Time to Spend : about 30 mins
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Through : Medawachchiya – Mannar
Distance : 145 km
Travel time : 3 hours
Time to Spend : about 30 mins
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