This bridge is on one hand a railway bridge and on the other a road bridge which was sconstructed in the year 1914. This is however more of the Cantilever Railway Bridge which was the first one of its kind in India and was also the longest till the time the Bandra- Worli Sea link was constructed in Maharashtra. The Pamban Bridge is on the Palk Strait and connects Rameshwaram on the Pamban Island to the main subcontinent of India. This is also a prime tourist attraction since the people going and coming back from Rameshwaram have to pass this to enter Kanyakumari. This is a typical commercial bridge however there is also space for ships band barges to pass through.
If you want to feel what it’s like to be at the edge of India, then Dhanushkodi is the place to be. Just looking at its location will send chills down your spine. Getting here is only possible through the mighty Pamban Bridge that connects the mainland of India to the stunning Rameswaram Island. Ready for a ride to remember?Best Time To Visit: SeptemberOther Things To Do: Ramanathaswamy Temple, Dhanushkodi Beach and Ram Sethu Point. 17. Shikara Ride At Dal Lake In Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
This is one of the holiest Shiva Shrines and is the southernmost shrine out of the 12 lingams of outh India. This is near the Rameshwaram Sethu on the Pamban Island. This is the same place where Lord Rama is said to have performed sacrifice for Lord Shiva to seek salvation after having killed the Demon King Ramana. This is when Lord Rama sent Hanumana to bring an idol of Lord Shiva from Benaras but he did not come on time. So, Mother Sita made a lingam out of sand and this was known as the Ramalingam. This is the main idol in the Ramanathaswamy Temple. The Gandamadam or Hanumaneshwar idol is also inside one of the shrines and the Vishveshwar Linga which was brought down by Hanuman is also there. This lingam is worshipped even before the Ramalingam everyday. This temple is often compared with the Kashi or Benaras Vishveshwar Temple.
This is one place from where you can reach Sri Lanka just by a ferry. The Ram Setu or the Adam's Bridge is the same we have read about in the Ramayana. This was the same bridge which the Hanumana clan made by laying bricks with the name of Lord Rama on each of them so they could cross the sea to bring back Mother Sita. The beach here is awesome and the waters on the confluence of two water bodies look beautiful. The sea here is so deep that there seems no end to it. The shores are good for relaxing or a picnic. The nearby Shiva Temple is extremely revered and this will also be a part of your jeep ride if you are exploring Dhanushkodi Town.
I reached my hotel (Hotel Vinayaga), friendly staff. I went into the room , refreshed and moved towards the temple, it was morning 8:30 I guess. It was 1.2 Kms away from the hotel. I decided to walk, following the Google maps. I went through a local bazaar, looked at people. It was all very calm, noone was staring at me. People were busy with their daily routine stuff. I reached the temple and decided to follow the suit. Before going to the temple, its a custom to first take a dip in Agnee Teertham (i.e. Bay of Bengal) and then take shower in the 22 wells inside the temple and then change and then you can do darshan.I walked towards Bay of Bengal, saw many people were bathing. I decided to walk a little towards right, away from the crowd. I saw there were many fisherman pulling the jaal (fish net). I was delighted to see the way they were pulling the net. The synchronization of the feet, the chorus, it was such a balanced effort, the words of the songs, the hand movements, the foot movement, amazing synchronization.
Holy Island Water Sports
They had water sports on the beach and had everything from a simple boat ride and playing on the beach to jet skiing and snorkeling. The ocean floor around this part is filled with different species of coral and the water looked pristine. It wasn’t too hot out and we ended up kayaking on the Bay of Bengal. However, we couldn’t do snorkeling since they told us that since it had rained the previous day, the water was too muddy and we wouldn’t have a good experience. They promised us snorkeling the next day and my friend was most excited about free diving into the ocean. I can’t swim and while I was excited about snorkeling, I was worried.We ended the day heading back to the hotel, ordering fries, and falling asleep since the bus journey to Rameshwaram had taken its toll on us.
We visited the Marine National Park near the Mandapam base camp based on suggestions I found online. It was actually just okay and while I’m not that much of a marine enthusiast, my friend is and even he found it okay in comparison to the other options we had in hand. My suggestion would be to visit this place if you are on your way to Rameshwaram; it isn’t really worth it to drive to it once you’re already at Rameshwaram since it’s quite far and you may end up feeling like it wasn’t worth the effort of getting there. But, for people who are fascinated with remnants of marine life, you might enjoy it since their museum has several jars of preserved marine life that to me looked … um, interesting.
Vivekananda Memorial House
Since we were left with ample time, we drove to Swami Vivekananda’s ashram where he was supposed to have set foot upon his arrival from the west. It was incredibly windy and we took several photos on the beach to kill time. I loved how the water was rough and splashed all over my clothes … by “loved” I mean hated since my clothes got all muddy and had me rubbing sand off on our way back to Bangalore.
I went on to take a one day trip to Dhanuskodi, Tamilnadu off from Madurai. Take any train journey to Rameshwaram and that's where you cross a hell of a rail-bridge, the more than '100 years old' Pamban bridge which connects you to the Rameshwaram Island.I dare you feel the sea underneath your feet on a slow moving train on Pamban. Exotic!!!Plus you get a beautiful glimpse of the Pamban road bridge alongside.
Kathadi North Kiteboarding School
If you are missing the outdoors, and are looking for a secluded getaway, then head to the sunny beachside at Kathadi North, a destination near Rameshwaram, where you can embrace the outdoors in absolute abandon.Feel the sand in your toes and get into a tropical state of mind at the Kathadi beachside, located 32km away from Rameshwaram. The Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Bay here offer incredible opportunities for adventure lovers, who like hitting the beach for a break. Check out the video to get a glimpse of life in deep south.