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Palk Bay (E India)

Palk Bay (E India)

Characteristics

Description

Palk Bay, the continuation S of Palk Strait, is bounded on the E by the coast of Sri Lanka, on the S by Mannar Island, Adam’s Bridge, and Pamban Island, and on the W by the coast of India.

The bay has general depths of 11 to 12.8m, but on its E side depths of 9.1m and less extend up to 15 miles from the coast of Sri Lanka, and within it are several islands, rocks, and shoals.

On the S side of the bay depths of less than 9.1m extend up to 7 miles from the coast. The NW part of the bay has not been fully surveyed.

Caution.—Dangerous wrecks and other hazards to navigation in Palk Strait are best seen on the chart.

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Sites around Palk Bay (E India)
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Pamban Island (E India)

Pamban Island (also known as Rameswaram Island) is low, sandy, and well-planted with coconut trees towards its W end, where a broad peninsula extends about 3 miles N.
The chain formed by Pamban Island, the shoals of Adam's Bridge, and Mannar Island of Sri Lanka separate Palk Bay ...
20 Mar 12

Galle

7 Jul 16

Galle Harbor

Port protected by a breakwater.
27 Mar 12

Mirissa

7 Jul 16

Negombo

7 Jul 16

Kachchaitivu (Kachchtivu) island (Sri-Lanka)

Kachchaitivu (Kachchtivu), about 10 miles SW of Delft Island , is 12m high and overed with scrub. There is a well and a small shrine on the NE side of the island.Depths of less than 9.1m extend 1 mile SE of the island.
Depths of less than 5.5m extend about 2.5 mile NE from the ...
23 Mar 12

Lands End (Pamban island-E India)

Lands End is the SE extremity of Pamban Island; a small but conspicuous building lies near the point.
Dhanushkodi, about 2 miles NW of Lands End, is a railroad terminal; the red-roofed railway buildings are conspicuous.
22 Mar 12

Dhanushkodi (Pamban island-E India)

Dhanushkodi, about 2 miles NW of Lands End, is connected to the railway system of India.A pier, for use by vessels of the ferry service between Dhanushkodi and Talaimannar, extends from the NE coast of Pamban Island abreast the town. The pier is 219m long, with depths of 3.4m on each ...
23 Mar 12

Pamban light (Pamban island-E India)

Pamban Light is shown from a conspicuous white tower on a sandhill on the NW point of Pamban Island. NE Beacon, 5.5m high and white, lies close N of the light.
Kanthe Thuki Reef, composed of partly drying coral heads, lies between 0.3 and 0.5 mile W of Pamban Island Light.
A ...
23 Mar 12

Pamban port (Pamban Island-E India)

Pamban, administered by a conservator, lies close N of the W extremity of Pamban Island. Cargo is handled by lighters to and from the beach.South and SW winds prevail from April to October.
23 Mar 12

Pamban Pass (Tamil Nadu-E India)

Pamban Pass is the navigable channel, partly artificial, through the banks which occupy the space between the W end of Pamban Island and the mainland.
It is of great advantage to coastal craft trading between ports on the W coast of India and ports of the Bay of Bengal.
A rocky ...
23 Mar 12

Ramen Point ( Tamil Nadu-E India)

Ramen Point is the E extremity of a narrow tongue of land projecting E from the coast.
A  temple in ruins lies about 183m W of the point; a coconut plantation lies about 183m farther W.
The coast from Ramen Point to Devipattanam, about 21 miles NW, is generally low and ...
23 Mar 12

Manappad Point (SE India)

Manappad Point is a high sandy promontory with a rock base. A light is shown from a white, round concrete tower with red diagonal stripes.
The village of Manappad lies 0.8 mile W of the point.
Manappad Outer Shoal, with a least depth of 6.4m, lies about 8 miles SE of Manappad ...
20 Mar 12

Tiruchendur Point (Tamil Nadu-E India)

Tiruchendur Point is a low, rocky bluff headland, with a prominent dark-colored temple, 54m high, at its extremity. This pagoda is a useful mark and can be seen for a distance of about 15 miles.
A conspicuous chimney, 28m high, painted in red and white bands and emitting a flame, ...
20 Mar 12

Kariya Shuli and Vilangu Shuli islets (Pattanamarudur-E India)

The town of Pattanamarudur, with some large trees visible up to 10 miles offshore, lies at thehead of this bight, about 7 miles N of Tuticorin.
The bight is filled by a flat, with depths of less than 5.5m, extending up to about 4.5 miles offshore. Kariya Shuli and Vilangu Shuli, ...
20 Mar 12

East Cape (E India)

East Cape is prominent, and the coastal reef, with depths of 5.5m, extends about 1 mile offshore near the cape.AnchorageShelter from W winds can be found in the bight between Cape Comorin and East Cape, but during the Southwest Monsoon landing by ship’s boats should not be attempted ...
19 Mar 12

Punnaikkayal (E India)

Punnaikkayal, about 1 mile inland, can be identified by the ruins of a church and by a group of palmyra trees on the beach.
A 4.6m patch lies about 3 miles E of the village.Anchorage in 7.3m, can be found off Punnaikkayal, about 1.5 miles offshore, with the clump of trees bearing ...
20 Mar 12

Valinokkam Point (E India)

Caution.—Vessels, other than small coasting vessels, should not approach the coast between Tuticorin and Valinokkam Point, about 37 miles NE, closer than 6 or 7 miles due to the many off-lying shoals.The coast between Valinokkam Point and Ramen Point, about 32 miles ENE, is fronted ...
20 Mar 12

Vivekananda rock - Thiruvalluvar Statue

Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a sacred monument and popular tourist attraction in Kanyakumari, India.
The memorial stands on one of two rocks located about 500 meters off mainland India's southernmost tip. It was built in 1970 by the Vivekananda Rock Memorial Committee in honour ...
20 Mar 12

Chidambaranar (Tuticorin) Port (E India)

Tuticorin (Tuttukuddi) is the largest commercial town on the W side of the Gulf of Mannar.Chidambaranar Port is an artificial deep-sea harbour formed with rubble mound type parallel breakwaters projecting into the sea for about 4 km. (Length of North breakwater is 4098.66 m, length ...
20 Mar 12

Kanyakumari Port (S India)

Kanyakumari is a town that is at the tip of the Indian Peninsula and faces the Indian Ocean.The port is a minor port primarily for ferry traffic.
Depths in the boat basin and alongside the pier are 2.3m or less.
19 Mar 12

Comorin Lighthouse (S India)

Cape Comorin Light is shown from a square white tower, 34m high, and painted in red bands, about 0.3 mile NW of the cape. A church, 54m high, lies in a village about 0.5 mile N of the cape.
Good radar returns have been reported from Cape Comorin at 23 miles.
19 Mar 12

Comorin Cape (S India)

Cape Comorin, the S extremity of India, is low and sandy, with a small white pagoda on its extremity.
This pagoda is surrounded by a high wall, above which the top of the pagoda may be seen. A bungalow lies NW of the pagoda. A conspicuous memorial, 37m high, lies close W of the ...
19 Mar 12
Local Area

Bay of Bengal

The Bay of Bengal (largest bay in the world,) forms the northeastern part of the Indian Ocean. It is bordered mostly by the Eastern Coast of India, southern coast of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to the west and Burma (Myanmar) and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (part of India) to the ...
20 Nov 11

Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's oceanic divisions, covering about 20% of the Earth's water surface. It is bounded on the north by Asia (including the Indian subcontinent, after which it is named); on the west by Africa; on the east by Indochina, the Sunda Islands, ...
6 Apr 12

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka  is an island country with maritime borders with India to the northwest and the Maldives to the southwest.
7 Jul 16

East Coast of India

India, or the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south and the Bay of Bengal on the south-east, it shares land borders with China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east; and Burma and Bangladesh to the east.
In the Indian Ocean, India ...
20 Mar 12
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