Pamban Bridge refers to both the road bridge and the cantilever railway bridge which connects the town of Rameshwaram on Pamban island to the mainland India. Opened in 1914, this was the first and the longest sea bridge in India till 2010 when the Bandra- Worli sea link was opened. On 24 February 2014, the Pamban bridge marked its 100th anniversary, a fact which we were unaware of when we had our trip.
The central part of the bridge has been designed to open to allow ferry movements. It is not the same effect as the Tower Bridge in London, but German engineering marvel at its best at your doorstep, who can complain?!!! While the entire town of Dhanushkodi was destroyed in the cyclone, the bridge withstood nature’s fury as a true testament to mankind’s triumph and advancement.
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