There are frequent and cheap buses from Rameswaram to Pamban Bridge. Though Autos are supposed to charge Rs 7 per km, they demand upto Rs 30 or 40 per km and are to be avoided where possible. The public support the autodrivers. You can rent somewhat rickety cycles near the temple for Rs 5 an hour. Ladies’ cycles are also available. There are no good maps in english, it is best to learn a few tamil phrases and letters before going.
There are beautiful and clean bathing spots near Pamban bridge. (Agni Theertham is not clean at all and too busy.)
However since I did not use any sunblock lotion, my face is charred and it may take a few days to “peel and heal”.
The govt. glass boat rides do not show you these beautiful reefs and coloured fish. They charge you for a full boat if no one is there, We paid Rs 320, to look over the boat’s edge and see some general corals and come back in about 10 minutes.
The fisherman bait these fish with a shrimp/prawn at the end of a thin blue plastic wire weighted by shells and throw them on the hot pavement where aided by a blow, they pant for breath and die.
For more photographs, please see : http://satyaphoto.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/pamban-bridge-rameswaram/