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Pamban Bridge Rameshwaram Address: Pamban Bridge, Pamban, Tamil Nadu, 623519, India
Pamban Bridge is another attraction in Rameshwaram that is worth visiting when on a Rameshwaram tour. It is located at a distance of 7 km from Rameshwaram. It is the first sea bridge to be constructed in India. With a length of 2.3 km (road bridge) and 2.6 km (rail bridge), this bridge is built on artificial sandstone and has been created in the shape of an arch. It has about 43 pillars supporting the structure and around 64 pillars which have been built in the sea itself.
Built as a part of South Indian Railway project, this bridge was completed in 1912, its construction was started in the year of 1887. Around the same time, Neel Mandir temple was also constructed. In 1988, a road bridge was also constructed parallel to the rail bridge. This road bridge is also known as Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge. Pamban Bridge is the second largest bridge in India, after the Bandra-Worli sea link, which has been constructed recently. The Pamban rail bridge is also considered to be the longest rail bridge. This railway bridge has been upgraded to carry broad gauge trains by Indian Railways in 2007.
Pamban bridge is also associated to a legend; it is believed that this bridge has been constructed at a sacred place named Pamban. Pamban is the place where Lord Rama has an arrow to the ground so as to get the water to quench Goddess Sita’s thirst.
Withstanding the changing times since many decades, Pamban Bridge still stands strong, not only serving as a connecting point between Rameswaram island and the mainland but also alluring visitors from all over the world who come here to witness and admire its majestic structure. An interesting aspect of the bridge is that, even ships can pass beneath the bridge while other vehicles run on the bridge. Central part of the Pamban Bridge was designed by a German engineer Scherzer. This part opens for the ships and boats to cross under the bridge.
The sight of train passing through the Pamban railway line, of ships crossing under the bridge is breathtaking, making it one of the most memorable moments of your Rameshwaram tour. The view of the sea form the bridge is also equally mesmerizing. Hence, it is advisable to go on a private vehicle so that you can travel at your pace, enjoying the view.
When planning to visit Pamban Bridge, tourists can also go to sightsee nearby attraction. Pamban Beach is one such popular place to visit. With a few recreational choices, vast spread of ocean and a calm surrounding is a good place to spend a few relaxing moments. Glass boating is one of the most popular activity at Pamban Beach. Every tourist on Rameshwaram Tour must get an experience of riding in a glass boat. These enigmatic boats which have transparent bottoms offers a mesmerising view of the underwater world. The sight of corals and the clear sea water is worth remembering. It is advisable to check timings and availability of the glass boats before planning the trip to Pamban Beach.