Some photos of my journey to Mannar

In Wilpattu national park the road changes to deep red sand and stays that way for 75kms.

These photos are from my recent journey from Puttalam through Wilpattu national park to the island of Mannar, in Sri Lanka’s north-west region.

En route smaller lanes disappear into the undergrowth and shrines mark the junctions.
I passed only one other car and two trucks.
Leading nowhere and surrounded by small dusty villages of palmfrond-lined huts was a new 10km stretch of road. There were few users apart from a wandering herd of goats.
Nearing Mannar the landscape changes to shimmering vistas of salty sand plains.
In the distance the old railway to Mannar island shows the battle scars of Sri Lanka’s civil conflict.
Mannar harbour from the new road bridge is colourful and bustling.




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