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Gulf of Mannar

  • It is a large shallow bay forming part of the Laccadive Sea in the Indian Ocean.
  • It lies between the west coast of Sri Lanka and the southeastern tip of India, in the Coromandel Coast region.
  • The chain of low islands and reefs known as Ramsethu also called Adam's Bridge, which includes Mannar Island, separates the Gulf of Mannar from Palk Bay, which lies to the north between Sri Lanka and India.
  • The Malvathu Oya (Malvathu River) of Sri Lanka and the estuaries of Thamirabarani River and Vaippar River of South India drain into the Gulf.
  • The dugong (sea cow) is found here.

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