Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka: A Bridge Built by Gods and Monkeys?

UmaShankari / Blog / 3 yrs ago /

There is a controversy whether the mythical Ram Setu bridge in the shallow waters of Palk Straits between Rameshwaram and Dhanushkodi linking India to Sri Lanka is man-made or natural.

Earlier, I had written about Kurukshetra in Voice From Kurukshetra: The Land of Dharma. Just as Kurukshetra in North India brings alive various scenes from the Mahabharata, Rameshwaram in South India brings alive scenes from another epic, the Ramayana.

Rameshwaram is located on Pamban Island, which is separated from the mainland at Mandapam town by the Pamban bridge (also called Indira Gandhi Bridge), and is about 50 kilometres from Mannar Island, Sri Lanka.

Pamban bridge was completed in the year 1988, and this was considered as an engineering marvel at the time. It is a bascule bridge section that can be raised to let ships pass under the bridge.

Image: Rameshwaram Express Train over Pamban Bridge

Danushkodi  is a fishing town at the southern tip of the Rameswaram and is 18 miles (29 km) West of Talaimannar in Sri Lanka. Dhanush means 'bow' – here, Rama's bow with which he marked the spot for the construction of Setu or bridge.


Dhanushkodi is situated in the Gulf of Mannar at the very tip of the Indian peninsula. The town had a railway station, a school, houses and port offices, but the entire town was marooned in the 1964 cyclone. It is a ghost town now, with just a few fishermen's huts, and the entire area is covered by sand dunes. One has to reach Dhanushkodi in jeeps and tempos.

According to legend, Dhanushkodi is the place from where Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea to Lanka called Ram Setu (aka Adam's Bridge) with the help of a monkey army to rescue his wife Sita from Ravana, the demon king who abducted her.

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Jayati Gupta / / 3 yrs ago
Jayati Gupta

Hi Uma -
I remember reading a blog about Dhanushkodi by a fellow female blogger - it was eerie with potent dangers of strong wind and rainy weather.

DSampath / / 3 yrs ago


ushasuryamani / / 3 yrs ago

Uma Shankari

Loved the way you have written this. have been to Dhanushkodi and have seen the stones.
Appreciate very much, the ay you have presented this.
See what happened to the once shipping minister and his party...Touch the Sethu and question Rama's Academic qualification... and a storm misplaces them !! Nemesis

City Lover / / 3 yrs ago
City Lover

Uma shankari,

This is indeed a professional work.The facts are neatly presented with maps and videos and this is highly informative.Loved your work.

Checked your blog also to read the final part.