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Pamban Road Bridge

Pamban Road Bridge

Pamban Road Bridge This engineering marvel took 14 years to complete and was inaugurated in 1988. It is designed like a bow over the sea to allow ships to pass beneath it.

The bridge is 2.34 km. long, with a clearance of 24.4 mts. and it is supported by 79 pillars, 64 of which are built in the sea.

Pamban Rail Scissors Bridge

Pamban Rail Scissors Bridge Connecting the island of Rameswaram to the mainland, this 2.06 km. long rail bridge was built in 1913. with stones brought from a distance of 320 km. and sand from 160 kms. The bridge was constructed on 145 stone pillars. A portion of the bridgeopens up likes a pair of scissors to let the ship pass under it. On December 22,1964, a devastating cyclone destroyed part of this bridge. The Indian engineers rebuilt it in exactly 45 days and made it operational once again.

Kanchirankulam

Kanchirankulam (105 kms): A water bird sanctuary is located here and the season to visit it are during November to February, when the birds are in residence.

Tirupullani

Tirupullani (64 kms): Also known as Dharbasayanam, the Vishnu Temple here is dedicated to Lord Adi Jaganathaperumal.

Sethukarai

Sethukarai (68kms): This is a pilgrim centre.

Mandapam

Mandapam (18 kms): This place connects Rameswaram with the mainland. A boat ride to Kurusadai Island can be arranged from here.

Ramanathapuram

Ramanathapuram (55 kms): Apart from being the district headquarters, this is an ancient town where the Sethupathis ruled their territory. The Ramalinga Vilasam Palace has some good paintings and the tomb of the philosopher saint Thayumana Swamigal.

 

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