Manussa, also known as G139901KB, was, like its Manussan inhabitants, a melting-pot of innumerable cultural influences. It was the homeworld of the Mara.
Manussa was a type 314-S planet. Its atmosphere was 98% Earth normal and its gravity was 96% Earth normal. Part of the planet appeared to be desert. (TV: Snakedance)
The planet had snakes, roses, palm trees and tuk-tuks, although taxis were also used. The Naga hills had a reservation for snake herders. (AUDIO: The Cradle of the Snake)
When the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan were directed there by the Mara, it was a colony planet of the all-powerful Federation of Three Worlds, with an economy based on agriculture and tourism. (TV: Snakedance)
The Great Snake was one of the ancient emblems of Manussa. The Manussans were an advanced civilisation that developed zero gravity and matter realisation. (AUDIO: The Cradle of the Snake)
Manussa was the centre of two great star-empires: the Manussan Empire which existed in the Manussan year 2215, and the Sumaran Empire in 2326 which was ruled by the Mara. (AUDIO: The Cradle of the Snake) The Millennium Mardi Gras was held during the Sumaran Era. (AUDIO: Neverland)
A Federator defeated the Mara and banished it to the Dark Places of the Inside. Five hundred years later, the event was still celebrated every ten years. (TV: Snakedance)