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Rama's Bridge(rä`mə), chain of shoals, c.18 mi (30 km) long, SW Palk StraitPalk Strait
, 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 Bridge (or Rama's Bridge), and by small islands off the Sri Lanka's Jaffna peninsula.
..... Click the link for more information. , between India and island nation of Sri Lanka. At high tide it is covered by c.4 ft (1.2 m) of water, forcing oceangoing vessels to travel around Sri Lanka instead of through the Palk Strait. According to Hindu tradition, the bridge was built to transport Rama, hero of the RamayanaRamayana
[story of Rama], classical Sanskrit epic of India, probably composed in the 3d cent. B.C. Based on numerous legends, it is traditionally the work of Valmiki, one of the minor characters.
..... Click the link for more information. , to the island to rescue his wife from the demon king Ravanna. A proposed ship channel through the Palk Strait and Adam's Bridge has been protested by devout Hindus and environmentalists.
a chain of sand banks and small coral islands between the Indian peninsula and Ceylon. Adam’s Bridge is the vestige of a land connection which formerly existed between Ceylon and India. It is about 30 km in length. The greatest water depth between the islands is about 1.5 m. A railroad ferry operates parallel to the chain. The name Adam’s Bridge is derived from the legend of the path traversed by Adam when he was expelled from paradise to earth, to Ceylon and from there across the chain to the Indian subcontinent.