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The arid district of Mannar, dotted with umbrella of thorn and baobab trees, lies in the northwest of the country. Mannar Island is Sri Lanka's largest, covering 130 sq kms and has one of the oldest ports in the country. The island is connected to the main land by a 3 km long causeway. Mannar has a well preserved fort originally built by the Portuguese in 1560 and later improved by the Dutch.

An important religious center Tirukketishvaram Hindu Temple lies on the coast of the mainland, north of the causeway to Mannar Island. Sight seeing includes  for the naturalists the baobab trees, introduced from Africa centuries ago by Arab traders are especially impressive. The Madhu Sanctuary, which is situated 40 km west of the town of Vavuniya to the north of the main road to Mannar, plays a major role for wild life lovers / naturalists.



Present Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph

Diocesan Director

 Rev. Fr. Reginald Francis 


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Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Savundaranayagam

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 Rt. Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph

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