US astronaut Scott Joseph Kelly, who is currently posted at the International Space Station, posted breathtaking images of the southern tip of India with a prominent bridge between the country and Sri Lanka.
Kelly is one of the most followed personalities on social media platforms. Kelly’s photos have rekindled the interest of many people about the beautiful oceanic border between India and Sri Lanka, India Today reported..
The border between India and Sri Lanka is one of the oldest territorial boundaries. History of political milieu and disputes between the two nations dates back to around 2,500 years.
The border is defined by the Gulf of Mannar that is 53 to 80 kilometres wide. There is a series of low islands and reef shoals between the Pamban Island in Tamil Nadu and the Mannar Island in Sri Lanka.
The series of islands is called the Adam’s Bridge. The Adam’s Bridge is also known as the Rama Setu in India. The mythological epic Ramayana depicts Rama building a bridge to the land of Lanka to rescue his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana.
The Pamban Island, also known as the Rameswaram Island, is India’s southern most landmass. It is connected to the mainland via Pamban Bridge, used by the Indian Railways. (Colombo Gazette)