If you are planning to spend your holidays by travelling with a fine train in the midst of incredible scenic splendour, then you can opt for Mandapam – Pamban – Rameswaram way. Rameswaram is well-known for the longest temple corridor in the country. Rameshwaram is an island in the Gulf of Mannar and looks like a conch shell. It is situated at163 kilometres south-west of Madurai, Tamil Nadu. It is connected with the mainland through Annai Indira Gandhi Bridge which is also known as ‘Pamban Bridge’. This railhead is famous as one of the most risky routes in India, as it runs on an emaciated bridge. This way is thrilling and a must try for the adventure lovers. This bridge is also well-known as the second longest bridge in India. It connects Mandapam, Tamil Nadu to the island of Rameswaram. It is a kind of route with which you will fall in love right away.
Rameshwaram is one of the most important Hindu pilgrim centres in India. It is connected with the grand epic Ramayana. Tale has it that Lord Rama had taken rest and prayed at Rameswaram, before and following his war in opposition to demon king Ravana. The Ramanathaswamy temple is the chief attraction of Rameswaram, which houses the footsteps which are believed to be of Lord Rama’s footsteps. With 143 piers, spanning 2 kilometres between the mainland and the island, ‘Pamban Bridge’ is the second longest sea bridge in India. It was commissioned on February 24, 1914 and German engineer Scherzer designed the middle part of the bridge that unlocks up to set aside the transport movements. Until 1988, the ‘Pamban Bridge’ was the only connection between Rameswaram and the mainland and after that a road bridge was constructed which is running parallel to it. It was used to carry hundreds of pilgrims on a daily basis to the temple in the island previously. The ‘Pamban Bridge’ has also become a tourist attraction by itself as people watch it in wonder when the two parts of the bridge open up to let ships to pass from side to side.
Rameswaram Express usually runs at a stable pace and you will witness how the landscape changes with the time. You will see the coconut palms and more of oil palms and fruit (Palmyra) palms with the part of more of dry sand than soil. You will spot the first glance of the sea when you will reach at Mandapam. Then the land gets slimmer and the train slows down swiftly. The train moves slowly its way towards Rameswaram which is India’s first bridge crossing the sea. The bay is green in colour and is very attractive contrasting the blackish colour which you see in the Arabian Sea. You will make out the fishing activities at its peak here and many people with nets, standing on the bridge’s release refuges. After crossing the bridge, the train passes through a part that closely looks like a desert. The train picked up speed after ‘Pamban Bridge’. The road still runs corresponding to the tracks.
Pamban Bridge is an engineering marvel. If you are a nature lover and you like to spend your vacations by viewing an amazing picturesque sight then Mandapam – Pamban – Rameswaram way is the perfect option for you.