Today is our longest drive of the rally, 304Km. From Jaffna we took the coastal south passing many army camps and road blocks again. Although this was Independence Day in Sri Lanka there was very little evidence of this in the north of the island.
We turned off at Mannar and drove through the fishing villages until we reached the tip of the peninsular. This is the closest point to India and in the 15th century it was possible to walk this stretch of sandbank all the way to India. However the coral reef and sandbank was destroyed in a cyclone leaving parts that can clearly be seen from the sky linking the two countries. This series of reefs and sand banks is now known as Adams Bridge (or Ramas) bridge.
The tide was out when we arrived and we were able to walk some distance on the sand peninsular and had a good view of the sandbanks in the direction of India.
On leaving Mannar there was a brief lunch stop and an army check point stop (security appears to have stepped up on the North on Independence Day). We made good time on the route into Anuradhapura and passed many of the relics on our way to the Palm Garden Resort.