Distance from Mannar – 4.5 km (7 minutes)
Vankalai Marine Wildlife Sanctuary is situated along the Medawachchiya-Talaimannar Highway in Vankalai, Mannar. It spans an area of 4,839 hectares and was designated as a wildlife sanctuary on 12 July 2010. It is also known as “Vankalai Sanctuary”. The sanctuary consists of a diversified range of ecosystems which includes grasslands, mangroves, lagoons, salt marshes, sand dunes and shallow marine areas. Vankalai Marine Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a wide range of flora and fauna which includes water bird species such as the Greater Flamingo, Northern Pintail and the Eurasian Wigeon. Thousands of migrant birds flock into the Vankalai Marine Wildlife Sanctuary, every year. It also consists of juvenile fish species such as Snappers and Trevally and many threatened species such as Saltwater Crocodile, Green Turtle and Dugong.
Getting to Vankalai Marine Wildlife Sanctuary
From Mannar travel along the Medawachchiya-Talaimannar Highway up to Vankalai to reach the Vankalai Marine Wildlife Sanctuary in Vankalai, Mannar.