The Pamban Bridge, which belongs to India, is a cantilever bridge that spans the Palk Strait between India and Sri Lanka. It is one of India’s most fascinating engineering wonders, not only because of its breathtaking design but also because of its unique location and history. This bridge was built in 1914 to connect Rameshwaram Island with mandapam town.
It is considered a marvel of engineering, as it was built at a time when such technology was still in its infancy. The Pamban Bridge is a testimony to the power of human engineering and is a must-see for anyone interested in India’s rich culture and history. It is the first sea bridge of India and it is the second longest bridge after the Bandra-Worli sea link on Mumbai’s west coast.
2 trains from Chennai Egmore to Rameshwaram run through Pamban bridge. The bridge transports hundreds of pilgrims to the temple on Rameshwaram island. Ramanathaswamy temple on the island in the state of Tamilnadu is a very famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shivas. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India.
A German engineer structured the central part of the bridge that opens up to permit ferry movement. On average, ten to fifteen boats and small ships pass beneath the bridge monthly.
As India’s first sea bridge, it has also become a major tourist attraction by itself as people watch in awe when the two leaves of the bridge open up to let ships pass through. In 1964, a major cyclone hit Dhanushkodi, which is an established port town. It caused huge damage to the Pamban-Dhanushkodi passenger train leaving many deaths that night. Later, the bridge was strengthened in 46 days. Have a look at these Breathtaking photos of Pamban Bridge.