The first picture that comes to mind on hearing the word “Maanipaai” is verdant green paddy fields that stretch as far as eye can see. The area retains its natural beauty, charm, simplicity and tranquil atmosphere which makes it a perfect paradise location.

Manipay originally known as “Periyapulam” is a town located 12 kilo-meters south east of Jaffna, bordering Valikamam North, South, West and Nallur.  Origin of Manipay is so ancient that it has been veiled in the mist of time.  One can see many profiles of nature in this area which is noted for its scenic beauty.

This bustling affluent town of Manipay is located in the Valikaaman division in the Jaffna district. Valikaamam literally known as “the sandy village” has a land area of 278 square kilometers representing twenty seven percent of the Jaffna district.  A Large part of Valikaaman is dry and sandy with brilliant sunshine all year round. The most common tree is the palmyrah palm with its elegant fan like fronds.  The vegetation in the area comprises of semi and thorny scrub with pockets of dense forest.

Manipay which belongs to the Sandilipay divisional secretariat has a population of 56,520.  The region is the fourth most populous division in Jaffna peninsula. The people of Manipay have their unique character.  They are a kindred society unified by a common history.  The ties and obligations felt by individuals to their community reflect the tradition of strong family ties. Intelligent as well as hard working the people of the area are tolerant and respectful of each other. People of the area indulge themselves in some form of art such as dancing, music or painting.

The area was ruled by the Chola empire, Ariya chakravathi dynasty, the Portuguese (1617 to 1658), the Dutch (1658 to1795) until the British conquest.  The British period of colonial rule shaped the future of Manipay in significant ways.

Manipay has historically been the home of many significant individuals.  Mudaliyar E Nannithamby , father in law of Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan and Mudliyar Namasivayam, father in law of Ponnambalam Arunachalam, Sir Arunachalam Mahadeva and Honourable Justice Siva Selliah, V.Manicavasagar were the prominent personalities hailing from Manipay.

Manipay offers abundant human resources at a competitive cost, with a literacy rate of almost 89 percent backed by an excellent educational frame work.  There are forty one primary and secondary schools and sixty one pre schools in the area.  Manipay Hindu College and Manipay Ladies College are the prominent educational institutes in the surrounding area.  The Manipay Public Library is an important place symbolically.  There is a well kept play ground known as “Sella muththu play ground” for the youngsters of area to engage in various sports activities.

The three prominent land marks dating from British times are the Green Memorial Hospital founded by Dr Samuel Fisk Green in 1864, the Roman Catholic church of Saint Peter and Paul and the Anglican church.

The surrounding area of Manipay is dotted with ancient kovils ranging from sprawling complexes with towering grupams and madapams. The large open aired complex of Marathady pilliyar kovil situated in the centre of the town and the Suthumalai Amman kovil North of Manipay are the best known and most significant kovils in the area.

Away from Manipay town has a wealth of magnificent inland landscape for nature lovers.  The scenery as it unfolds during the trip to “Idekundu” is breathtaking.  The sleepy paddy fields in the “Idekundu” area come alive with an abundance of indigenous and migratory birds and is simply amazing.  The “Valukkai Aru” a seasonal river located few kilometers south of the town is encircled by variety of walk paths.  From here you can get a good view of the country side.  From Manipay one can also visit Jaffna, Kopay, Chunnakam ,Tellipai and Kokkuvil.

Manipay is renowned for its agriculture. The area has the basic attributes for successful agro based industries namely rich alluvial soil, an adequate water supply and abundance of cheap labor. The area has divided agro industry into food crops, cash crops, long term crops, and vegetables and fruits.  It is aided by irrigation from limestone wells.  Paddy, coconut, chilies, onions and palmyrah are the main agro based industries.  The area is also famous for its distinctive tasty mangoes.

In Manipay all field crops are raised largely by natural rain fall.  Water from the underground water tables lies near the surface. The area has more than thirty lakes and several ponds.  True to their endeavor to protect unspoiled ecological wonders, Manipay farmers use mainly organic fertilizer and crop rotation cultivation.  Planting for most parts occurs during the north east monsoon season.  The months of March to July are also the season for palmyrah to flower.  The tappers climb these trees twice a day and slice the flower and collect a fresh drip of syrup in to the pot.  The palmyrah syrup is used for producing toddy and treacle.  Manipay is a leading area in the production of cows and goats milk.  Poultry is another sector which is improving in quality and quantity.  Fresh water fisheries are carried out in perennial and seasonal tanks.

Manipay offers one of the most business friendly environments in Jaffna.  The four Banks, the Manipay public market, the countless boutiques and small and medium businesses located in the area play a vital role in the day to day lively hood of the community.

An excellent administrative framework has been outlined by the Valikkamam South West Pradeshiya Sabha located in the centre of the town.  The Pradeshiya Sabha initiated various projects to alleviate the problems and improve standards of living of the community.

A wide range of accommodation is available in the area to suite different lifestyles.  One feels welcomed by the hospitality of the smiling people of Manipay.  With its remarkable history and unrivalled settings, no wonder Manipay has always been a prime destination for travelers from all corners of the country.

From a six seated twin otter plane, out of Wellington International Airport, came an exhilarating view of the glorious New Zealand coastline, spectacularly beautiful landscape, vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, lush rain forests, wilderness lakes and much more attractions. New Zealand is an Island situated two thousand kilometers South East of Australia across the Tasman Sea .  The 268,021 square kilometer Island nation is separated into North and South Islands. Wellington often called windy Wellington is the capital city of the country.  It is located at the southern edge of North Island.  The country with a 4.3million population has a unique and vibrant culture with eleven official languages.  Nearly eighty percent of the population are Europeans, fourteen percent are Maoris and rest are Asians and Pacific Islanders.

In New Zealand majority of the population is concentrated to sixteen main towns. The country is one of the most recently settled major landmasses in the world.  According to the recent findings the Maoris inhabited the country around 800AD.  Around eight hundred years later the Western world discovered New Zealand in 1642.  The first European to set foot on New Zealand soil was Captain James Cook of Great Britain in 1769.  Settlers from Britain started to arrive in the 1830’s, and by 1840 Treaty of Waitangi handed sovereignty of the country to Britain.  One hundred and seven years later, in 1947 the country declared independence.  Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of State and Prime Minister John Key has been governing and overseeing the countries administration since 2008.

The country hosted and won many sporting events.  The 2011Rugby World Cup is one of the premier events on the New Zealand and world sporting calendar. The national rugby team, the All Blacks are well known for the haka a traditional Maori dance that is performed before the start of international rugby matches.  The country also has traditionally done well in the sports of cricket, rowing, yachting and cycling.

In the North Island of New Zealand there are road journeys that will keep you in touch with the sea every step of the way.  Touring country by train is an exercise in relaxation, plus you’ll see parts of the country that aren’t visible from the road.  Auckland is often called “the city of sails”.  The city’s landscape is dominated by volcanic hills, the twin harbors, bays, beaches and islands. Auckland is today one charismatic and cosmopolitan city.  The city is blessed with a massive racing and cruising ground that’s wrapped around a fabulous collection of islands.  Strolling through the city one can expect the unexpected and enjoy sounds of Auckland’s street musicians.

Wellington the capital of the country has a reputation for its picturesque natural harbor and green hillsides .Visitors are charmed by a city which gracefully combines eras and cultures.  The circular conical executive wing of New Zealand parliament building known as “Beehive” on the corner of Lambton Quay and Moles worth Street , the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum ,the National Library, the Westpac Stadium, Victoria University, St James’ Theatre and the 116 meter high Majestic Centre on Willis Street are iconographic land marks in the city.  The State Highway 1 and 2, Ngauranga Interchange and Johnsonville-Porirua Motorway are the main four major high ways that connect Wellington with rest of the towns in the North Island.

One can make the leap to the South Island by ferry from Wellington.  The Cook Strait ferry docks in the historic port town of Picton, where you can catch the Tran Coastal railway south to Christchurch.  At first you’ll enjoy views of the Marlborough wine area before the track turns to follow the coast.  The scenery is remarkable, with the Kaikoura Ranges rising steeply on one side and the Pacific Ocean swells washing over a rocky coastline on the other.  This fantastically scenic rail trip is one of the world’s greatest journeys across the Southern hills that link the city of Christchurch to the rugged West Coast.  The Transalpine covers 223.8 kilometers.  Christchurch called the Garden City is the largest city in the South island and perhaps the most attractive city in the country.  The city with widespread public gardens and parks with shallow river twisting though the city centre and paved walk paths on Cathedral square is a place to go for some in line skating.

The Queenstown is ravishingly beautiful to the visitors and is blessed with an ideal climate. The countless mountains, rivers, lakes, with forests are the perfect place to wonder and browse. Northland, Rotorua , Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu-Wanganui, Marlborough Nelson, Tasman, West Coast, Canterbury, Otago, are other main towns not to be missed.

New Zealand is a developed country with a literacy rate of 99 percent and is the greatest asset of the country with an abundant supply of resources.  The economy of the country has grown at an annual rate of 4 percent GDP (Gross Domestic Production).  The per capita income (nominal) of the nation is $27,017 in 2008; New Zealand is a developed country that ranks highly in international comparisons on the Human Development Index (HDI).  It is ranked among the world’s most livable countries in the world. The service sector is the largest sector in the economy contributing 68.8 percent of GDP to the economy.  Dairy products accounted $7.5 billion of total merchandise exports in 2007.  The three hundred million dollar fashion industry has expanded rapidly from hand full of factories ten years ago.  The expansion of tourism in the country continues to achieve spectacular gains.

The country and the people have the perfect attributes and credentials as a warm and generous host.  It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and entertainment as well as a recreational area for thrill seekers and adventurers.