Location: Located on the Palk Strait, Annai Indira Gandhi Bridge is a cantilever bridge that connects the town of Rameswaram on Pamban Island to the mainland.
Description: Pamban Bridge, officially known as Annai Indira Gandhi Bridge, is a road as well as cantilever road bridge. It was first Sea Bridge in India which was opened for traffic in the year 1914. This long bridge is resting on concrete piers and has a double leaf bascule section midway, which can be lifted and thus ships can easily pass under the bridge. The railway bridge is elevated at a height of 6,776 ft and was one of the longest sea bridges in India, till the year 2010. The bridge spreads over an area of 2 km between mainland and island. The bridge is so strong that about ten ships can pass though the bridge every month. Another amazing thing about the bridge is that it consists of 14 piers in total. It’s been about 100 years, since the bridge has been withstanding the drastic conditions, being located in a highly corrosive and high wind velocity zone.
Activities: While visiting Rameswaram, tourists must see the big Annai Indira Gandhi Bridge made using modern technology. Besides this, Villondi Theertham, a popular sacred place, is located near the bridge where Lord Rama threw an arrow to retrieve cool water and thus quenched the thirst of Sita.