Between Which Countries the Palk Strait Lies?

By Manesh Singh|Updated : June 29th, 2022

The Palk Strait is a strait that lies between the Tamil Nadu (State Of India) and Jaffna District of the Northern District (Srilanka). It directly connects the Bay Of Bengal (Northeast) to the Pak Bay (southwest). Several rivers flow into the Palk Strait such as the ‘Vaigai river’ based in Tamil Nadu. As it was structured in the period of ‘Company Raj’ the ‘Palk Strait’ was named after the governor of Madras ‘Robert Palk’.

Important Points of Palk Strait

Some of the features of the Palk Strait are as followed

  • It has enormous waves around it.
  • The waves of the Bay of Bengal are swell
  • The waves of the Palk Way are sea waves
  • The average wave height in Palk Bay is around 0.5 meters

Summary:

Between Which Countries the Palk Strait Lies?

In the year 1914, the Palk strait used to be a railway for regular trains that ran from Madras/Chennai to the destination Dhanushkodi, it was also a ferry to Talaimannar which is based on Mannar Island in Sri Lanka, and then finally a train for Colombo. In the year of 1964, a cyclone occurred and destroyed Dhanushkodi and the whole railway causing severe damage along the shores of Palk Bay and Palk Strait. None of the places, Dhanushkodi and the railway from Talaimannar to Mahawilachchiya did get rebuilt including (the railway from Talaimannar to Mahawilachchiya got rebuilt later).

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Between Which Countries the Palk Strait Lies FAQs

  • The Palk Strait is a strait that lies between India (Tamil Nadu) and Srilanka (Jaffna District). It directly connects the Bay Of Bengal (Northeast) to the Pak Bay (southwest). 

  • As it was structured in the period of ‘Company Raj’ the ‘Palk Strait’ was named after the governor of Madras ‘Robert Palk’.

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