Steeped in mythology the epic legendary tale of Ramayana reveals a story regarding a bridge connecting India with Sri Lanka. It does exist although encased with many opinions and misconceptions about its origins but however a string of little sandy dancing lands that appear from Talaimannar, on the tip of Mannar Island which goes all the way to Rameswaram Island in India is known as Rama’s Bridge or ‘Adam’s Bridge’.
Adam’s Bridge was given its name by the British in the early 19th century in reference to the legendary myth of Adam, the first man on earth, who was believed to have used the bridge to reach a mountain which was identified as Adam’s Peak. Studies have described the bridge as a series of islands and coral reefs forming a ridge or sand spit which also shows its age being calculated as 125,000 years ago which authenticates the tale of Ramayana.
This 30 kilometre long bridge separates the Gulf of Mannar from the Palk Strait. There was evidence that this bridge was originally a land connection between the two nations which was passable on foot but was affected by the cyclone in 1480 AD therefore it was submerged underwater hence the appearance of miniature islets of limestone surrounded by shallow waters of the sea.
These islands are mesmerising for it is a crucial nesting area and haven for many migratory birds which flock to these lands during migrating. These miniature islets are called dancing islands since they appear and disappear within minutes which is an interesting phenomena. It is also a wonder seeing how close the lands of India and Sri Lanka are from that region. It is a beautiful place a nd the best way to see the bridge is to go to the pier, cross the railway and pass the lighthouse, you will come across a lot of fishing boats and you can get on to a navy operated boat that offer touring services to these shoals of land during calm weather seasons. It is an ideal spot for kite surfing for it has the strongest and most consistent wind in Sri Lanka.
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