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The Kiting Hot Spot

Words by Chathuri Dissanayake

Photos by Vayu Resort Mannar

Adam’s Bridge - On a clear dawn, you can see the far end of the Southeastern coast of India from Thalaimannar in Sri Lanka. During low tide season, with prior arrangements, you can visit some of these islands, to trace the footsteps taken by Rama and Hanuman and their troops to find Sita as tolled in the ancient epic The Ramayana.

For easy access to the area, the Vayu Resort is a great point of contact. Named after the father of Hannuman, God Vayu is the Lord of wind according to Hindu mythology. The tranquility of the virgin beaches in Mannar is only broken by the sounds of the swirling winds making it the epicenter for Kite surfing during the South West Monsoon Season.

During the kiting season, there are many enthusiasts keen to learn the sports that come to the area to take lessons. Even if you are not a kiter, just watching the pros do mid air somersaults is worth a visit to this beach. The evening session when the kiters line the sky against the setting sun is definitely a good way to end your day.

If there is not enough wind for kiting, the resident trainers who are aced in Yoga will have you bending in all directions giving you a good work out, helping you relax. Mannar is not just known for its historical appeal, it also attracts large number of migratory birds making it a bird lovers’ paradise. Perhaps the most famous visitor among thousands of birds flocking to the Northern wetlands is Greater Flamingos’ who flock in numbers during the latter part of the year. Mannar, with its thriving wildlife attracts many visitors keen to spot turtles, snakes and even the almost extinct dugongs.

The resorts and workers in the area are conscious of conservation, and give back to the community. They are currently involved in a mangrove-replanting project to help protect the beaches in Mannar. The Resort also gives much needed employment opportunities when there is none available. So next time you find yourself in this corner of the island be sure to check out this mystical landscape and meet the locals who are passionate about its preservation.

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