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.
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.
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.
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.
Hotel MCM Towers
One of the best hotels to stay in Rameshwaram, this is just minutes from the Rameshwaram Temple and also the beach. The Rameshwaram Temple being the most important attraction of this town is almost always crowded but in spite of being at such a close proximity to the temple, this hotel is in a peaceful location. The car parking is a problem but the staff are extremely helpful and courteous. The rooms are very comfortable and the facilities are standard enough. You get pretty decent food here too and thus you will not regret chosing this hotel at all.
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.