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Palk Strait

(pôk, pôlk), 40 to 85 mi (64–137 km) wide, between India and Sri Lanka. At its southern end, it is studded with shoal reefs, forming Adam's BridgeAdam's Bridge
or Rama's Bridge
, chain of shoals, c.18 mi (30 km) long, SW Palk Strait, between India and island nation of Sri Lanka. At high tide it is covered by c.4 ft (1.
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 (or Rama's Bridge), and by small islands off the Sri Lanka's JaffnaJaffna
, peninsula, northernmost part of Sri Lanka, separated from India by Palk Strait. The peninsula is densely inhabited, largely by Tamil-speaking people. Jaffna suffered under the Portuguese and Dutch occupations of the 17th–18th cent.
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 peninsula. The strait's treacherous waters are avoided by most ships. A train-ferry crosses the strait (c.20 mi/32 km) between Dhanushkodi, India, and Talaimannar, Sri Lanka.
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Palk Strait

 

a strait in the Indian Ocean situated between the Indian peninsula and the northern extremity of Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon). It joins the Bay of Bengal and Palk Bay. At its narrowest point the strait measures approximately 55 km wide; its depth ranges from 2 to 9 m. It was named after the English statesman R. Palk.

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Palk Strait

a channel between SE India and N Ceylon. Width: about 64 km (40 miles)
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DMDK president Vijayakanth held a brainstorming session with his colleagues for a postmortem on the Lok Sabha election results, and to take stock of the situation across the Palk Straits. The party contested for 14 seats as a member of the BJP -led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) but drew a blank.
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A clear signal that Modi's BJP is going to test the waters in the Palk Straits free of any political baggage and is going to reach out to Colombo in a bold venture.