Pamban Bridge also called Indira Gandhi Bridge.

Pamban bridge
Pamban bridge

Pamban Bridge in India is also called the Indira Gandhi Road Bridge. It is one of the most impressive bridges in the country. It is the longest bridge in southern India.

Where is Pamban Bridge located?

The Pamban Bridge is situated in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. In fact, it connects the cities of Mandapam in mainland India with Rameswaram situated on Pamban Island.

You can situate the road on the map below:

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Some information about the Pamban Bridge

Road description:

The Pamban Bridge or Indira Gandhi Road Bridge is a 2.5 kilometers (1.55 miles) long road situated in India. It is a two-line (one each way) asphalted road. In addition, we can say that it is a flat and straight highway bordered by the sea on the sides.

The bridge is in a highly corrosive and a cyclone area, so it’s a hard job to keep it in good working order.

From the road bridge, you will have an amazing view of the famous railway bridge which is known across the world. In fact, it is especially known for appearing in such Bollywood movies as Chennai Express or Kannathil Muthamittal.

Pamban bridge railroad
Pamban railroad bridge


In fact, the story of this road started with the construction in 1914 of the railway part.

In 1974, the Indian government starts to build a parallel road bridge that was achieved in 1988. It was a quite great event. Indeed, it was opened by the former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi himself.

The construction of the bridge was slow down by a cyclon in 1978 which caused many damages. For that reason, the building took almost 15 years.

How to get to the Pamban Bridge ?

Pamban Bridge is part of the National Highway 49. In order to get to the wanted place from the mainland, you will have to drive to Mandapam town which is located in the southeast of India. Once you are in Mandpam take the road 87 into Rameswaram direction.

You can visualize how to get there on this map of the drive:

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If you don’t have the possibility to go there in order to see this well-known bridge, or you just want to watch a video of it, just take a look at this video filmed by a drone on Youtube :

Is the Pamban Bridge open?

The bridge is open all year round. Although, always check the weather before driving there as it is a zone known for its high-speed winds.

Also, be aware of other people: as it is a tourist place, many tourists park on the road and can obstruct the passage and create dangerous situations.

Pamban bridge India
Pamban Bridge

The Pamban Bridge is known in the first place for its railroad part. But the road bridge (Indira Gandhi Road Bridge) is also very impressive and often nominated as one of the most scenic bridges in India. If you are in the area, or you are planning a trip around India, you should definitely take a ride there, where you also can discover the region with Pamban Island and its hindu temples and nice sea views.

Pictures sources: By Ravindraboopathi – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, / Ashwin Kumar on / By IM3847 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

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