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The Palmyrah House-Mannar Sri Lanka

Overview of The Palmyrah House-Mannar

Mannar is a relatively undiscovered part of North West Sri Lanka. For the last 26 years it has been off limits but with the whole island now open for travel, it offers a wonderful introduction to the North. Mannar is approached via Wilpattu National Park or the ancient city of Anaradhapura.

The Palmyrah House is a newly built guest house on Mannar Island. It has been thoughtfully designed for those who love to explore but still enjoy their creature comforts after a long day !

The Palmyrah House is the first of its kind on the island and offers travellers five very comfortable en suite and air conditioned guestrooms. The style is simple and welcoming and uses local resources and artisans where possible, for example the verandah floor and supporting pillars are all from the local Palmyrah tree. The boundary fencing has been constructed by the local method of drying the Palmyrah leaves. Guests are encouraged to meet and join each other on the verandahs for meals where local specialties are the pride of the house. A separate Games pavilion is the perfect place for an evening game of pool, carom and family board games or to catch up with the latest sports results or DVD.

Palmyrah House is dedicated to promoting and preserving the natural beauty, flora and fauna of the area. Mannar Island is especially important for Bird lovers as it is well situated on the migratory path for thousands of birds who arrive during the wet season, the island is now the only place in Sri Lanka where flamingos still drop in…! The house is a five minute bike ride from the pristine beaches, where the water just laps onto the deserted, white, shell covered sand.

Palmyrah House uses eco-friendly products and all hot water is generated through solar power. Palmyrah House is contributing to the local area through the employment and training of local staff and encouraging local enterprise. 

Palmyrah House is perfectly placed en route to Jaffna, (2 ½ hrs) and less than an hour from Sri Lanka’s largest national Park, Wilpattu. The area is flat and perfect for biking, the traffic is minimal, and the pace is slow giving you the feeling of being transported back to gentler era. Wild donkeys (originally from Somalia) and cattle relax in the middle of the road and bullock carts are still used for transport.

Surrounded by water and lagoons, Mannar Island abounds with delicious prawns and the freshest of fish. The Mannar causeway across the water makes for an impressive arrival and is the longest  causeway in the country. The history of Mannar is absorbing. Mannar was the centre of the Pearl Fishing industry in Ceylon from the 1st century and continued until 1906. 

Governor North, in 1804 built a house overlooking the Mannar Basin; although a ruin its location and remains are worth a visit.

The sacred Madhu Church is just 30 minutes from Mannar, a special place that survived the ravages of the last 26 years and was an important sanctuary for so many.

Talaimannar is an important ferry crossing point to India, and on a clear day the Indian coast is clearly visible across the Palk Strait. At the closest point Rameswaran in Tamil Nadu is a mere 32kms from Mannar Island. Just a few reasons to visit us, Read on for more!

Accommodation of The Palmyrah House-Mannar

Whether you are travelling with family, a group of friends or alone you will have a warm welcome at The Palmyrah House. The house has just five air conditioned en suite rooms on the ground and upper floor. Each room is simply but stylishly furnished in keeping with the natural surroundings.

Three rooms on the upper floor can accommodate an additional single bed at an extra charge. Balconies are attached to rooms at either end of the upper floor.

Two rooms on the ground floor are more suited to single travellers or couples.

Both ground and upper floor rooms open out onto a large living veranda, with comfortable lounging chairs and views towards the jungle and open spaces. The perfect place to unwind and watch the sun set after a day of exploring.

WIFI is available throughout the property. 

Harendra is our efficient and versatile Manger of the Guest House, who will look into the detail to make your stay at Palmyrah House most comfortable. He is always there to assist you whenever you need his services.   

Dining of The Palmyrah House-Mannar

Dining wherever you are should be a pleasurable and memorable experience.

We aim to do just that at The Palmyrah House by tempting you with authentic Northern cuisine made to the recipes of local population that have been handed down from one generation to another. These dishes have evolved over time and rarely written down.

The freshest ingredients, vegetables and seafood are locally sourced from the Market . Mannar Crabs and prawns are delicious and sought after....!

Eggs, preserves, chicken and additional fruits and vegetables arrive when available  from our sister property in Agrapatana, high up in the hills of NuwaraEliya. Northern dishes are best enjoyed shared, and therefore we encourage our guests to dine together on the Verandahs.

If you prefer to eat alone please let us know ......


We offer a choice of western or Sri Lankan breakfast. 


Most of our guests tend to be out enjoying the area during the day, please order in advance you wish to have lunch prepared for you.

We offer a Rice & Curry Lunch or snacks and sandwiches. 


3 courses of local specialties. Menus are seasonal. 


During the fine weather we aim to have a weekly BBQ in the garden

Facts of The Palmyrah House-Mannar

City - Mannar

Category - Holiday Bungalows for locals

Distance from Colombo - 250 Km (4 hour drive)

Distance from Airport - 220 Km (3 hour drive)

Price Guide - Rates on Request

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