or Vangalai (வங்காலை) is a predominantly fishing and farming village situated in Mannar District
of the Northern Province
of Sri Lanka
. It lies along the Naanaattan Road with the sea on its west connects to Indian Ocean
. Its northern boundary is the historic Hindu
shrine of Thiru Ketheeswaram
Vankalai is a blend of sandy and agrarian lands. Apart from fisheries and farming there is also an educational and professional tradition. There are a number of teachers, government officials, clergymen, nuns and professionals from the area.
Vankalai is a Christian village with Roman Catholics
being more than 99 % and Protestant groups comprising the remainder. Vankalai has become now one the largest village in Mannar. Currently its population figure is a little over 8000. Vankalai is inhabited mainly by members of the Bharatha
In the center of this village there is a huge ancient Catholic church called Our Lady of St. Anne's Church.