Pamban Bridge is another fascination in Rameshwaram which is worth visiting when on a Rameshwaram visit. It is situated at a distance of 7 km from Rameshwaram. It is the first sea bridge to be built in India. With a length of 2.6 km (rail bridge) and 2.3 km (road bridge), this bridge is constructed on artificial sandstone and has been formed in the shape of an arch. It has around 43 pillars supporting the structure and about 64 pillars that have been built in the sea itself.
Constructed as a part of South Indian Railway project, this bridge was finished in 1912, its construction was begun in the year of 1887. Pamban Bridge is the second biggest bridge in India, after the Bandra-Worli sea link that has been built as of late. The Pamban rail bridge is additionally thought 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 likewise related to a legend, it is trusted that this bridge has been built at a holy place named Pamban. Pamban is the place where Lord Rama has thrown an arrow to the ground in order to get the water to satiate Goddess Sita’s thirst.
Withstanding the changing circumstances since numerous decades, Pamban Bridge still remains strong, not just filling in as a connecting point between Rameswaram island and the mainland however, also fascinating tourists from all over the world who come here to witness and appreciate its superb structure. An interesting part of the bridge is that even ships can pass underneath the bridge while other vehicles keep running on the bridge. Pamban Bridge’s central part was designed by a German engineer Scherzer. This part opens for the boats and ships to cross under the bridge.
The sight of train passing all through the Pamban railway line, of ships crossing underneath the bridge is out of this world, making it one of the most unforgettable moments of your Rameshwaram visit. The view of the sea from the bridge is also likewise attention-grabbing. Thus, it is sensible to go on a private vehicle so that you can travel at your pace, enjoying the view.