Adams Bridge or Rama‘s Bridge is a series of small islands, sand banks and corals, 18 miles long, connecting the southern tip of India at Danushkodi to Talaimannar in north-western Sri Lanka. Based on satellite studies, some believe that it is the bridge that Hanuman built for Rama to cross to Sri Lanka with his army to rescue his wife Sita from Ravana, the king of Sri Lanka some 1.75 million years ago, as recorded by the Indian epic, Ramayana! There are 16 islands, 8 controlled by Sri Lanka and the rest by India.
Talaimannar beach with its old lighthouse and Pier View Restaurant run by the Sri Lankan navy is the starting point for the two hour return journey to Adams Bridge.
Each Sri Lankan navy speedboat has room for eight passengers and is manned by two crew. Life jackets and refreshment packs are provided and a rescue boat is in attendance.
Waters near the islands are shallow. Silver fish dart about and do the triple jump. Common Terns dive bomb.
About half an hour is spent on island number two which is a large sandbank with no trees. During my visit in March 2012, Huglins Gulls, Common Terns and Oriental Skylarks were seen on the island.
Sri Lankan navy runs trips to Adams Bridge from the Talaimannar Pier daily from 7am to 4pm. The cost is Rs.600 (£3) per person.
- Following a fatal accident in November 2013, Sri Lankan Navy has suspended boat trips to Adams Bridge
- Valentina – a young Russian transport engineer and her friend, Anya, an artist, after reading this post were keen to visit Adams Bridge. They asked me for advice and I put them in touch with the travel agent who took me there. Valya & Anya came to Sri Lanka on 25th February 2014 and had dinner with me. Sadly, it is no longer possible for them to Adams Bridge but they will travel to Mannar and view it from a distance.
- Retracing the Ramayana – Dhanushkodi and a dodgy dhaba (findingnalanda.wordpress.com)
The post has attracted many comments, some of them unpublishable, on Youtube, from mostly Indian viewers. Here’s one today:
- “Its Rama Seth bridge. Don’t you come to our land and give your name to our history and religions.” – DBZ For life And movie clips. 1 March 2017