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Madurai Railway Station – Madurai

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#travelwithgdp Fact: The word Madurai may be derived from Madhura (sweetness) arising out of the divine nectar showered on the city by the Hindu god Siva from his matted hair. Another theory is that Madurai is the derivative of the word Marutham, which refers to the type of landscape of the Sangam age.

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Dhanushkodi Tip – Rameswaram

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#travelwithgdp Fact: The Lion Capital of Ashoka is a sculpture of four Asiatic lions standing back to back, on an elaborate base that includes other animals. A graphic representation of it was adopted as the official Emblem of India in 1950. It was originally placed atop the Ashoka pillar at the important Buddhist site of Sarnath […]

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Pamban Town – Rameswaram

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#travelwithgdp Fact: Fishermen in Rameswaram city took up repair work of boats utilizing the 61-day fishing ban period imposed by the state government. Every year, a ban for 61-days is enforced on fishing by the state authorities from April 15 to May 29 during the breeding season of fishes to conserve fish stock in the sea. […]

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Dhanushkodi Town – Rameswaram

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#travelwithgdp Fact: The Palk Strait is the narrow stretch of sea that separates India and Sri Lanka in the Palk Bay region of the Indian ocean. The strait is just 53 to 80 km wide that, fishermen on both sides of the waters often find themselves to have landed in the neighbor’s territory and get themselves […]

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Dhanushkodi Town – Rameswaram

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#travelwithgdp Fact: The story of Dhanushkodi dates back a long time when god walked along with the humans. Lord Ram had to rescue his wife from the evil forces of Ravana and hence had to cross the ocean. It is said that he built a bridge or crossway called Ram Sethu which literally means Rama’s bridge. […]

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Pamban Bridge – Rameswaram

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#travelwithgdp Fact: Pamban Bridge is a railway bridge which connects the town of Rameswaram on Pamban Island to mainland India. Opened on 24 February 1914, it was India’s first sea bridge and was the longest sea bridge in India until the opening of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in 2010.

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Dhanushkodi Church – Rameswaram

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#travelwithgdp Fact: An estimated 1,800 people died in the cyclonic storm on 22 December 1964 including 115 passengers on board the Pamban-Dhanushkodi passenger train. The entire town was marooned and the Government of Madras declared Dhanushkodi as a Ghost town, unfit for living.

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Mosque Street – Rameswaram

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#travelwithgdp Fact: His Excellency A.P.K. Abdul Kalam received 7 honorary doctorates from 40 universities. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 1981 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1990 for his work with ISRO and DRDO and his role as a scientific advisor to the Government. In 1997, Kalam received India’s highest civilian […]

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Rameswaram Temple – Rameswaram

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#travelwithgdp Fact: According to the Ramayana, Rama, the seventh avatar of the god Vishnu, prayed to the god Shiva to absolve him of the sin of killing a Brahmin, committed during his war against the demon king Ravana in Sri Lanka. Rama wanted to have a large lingam to worship Shiva. He directed Hanuman, the lieutenant […]