Top 10 famous bridges in India – the modern engineering marvels

India is in a developing phase and has already created multiple modern engineering marvels. The most famous among them are the bridges. A bridge is a structure built over obstacles. It usually connects two banks of a river or is built over a valley or a gorge. The following are some of the most famous bridges in India. Let’s read.

Top 10 famous bridges in India

Howrah bridge

Howrah bridge is a 705 meters long balanced cantilever bridge over the Hooghly river. The bridge connects Howrah and Kolkata, the two largest cities in the West Bengal state. Howrah bridge was opened to traffic in 1943 and was renamed Rabindra Setu in 1965.

A picture of Howrah bridge, one of the oldest bridges in India
Howrah Bridge at night
A picture of Howrah bridge during the day with blue sky
Howrah bridge

Howrah bridge is one of the four major bridges that connect Howrah and Kolkata, the other three being Vidyasagar Setu, Vivekananda Setu, and Nivedita Setu.

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Howrah bridgeWest Bengal1943

Bandra-Worli Sea link

An image of the Bandra-Worli Sea link, one of the most iconic bridges in India
Bandra-worli sea link
An image of the Bandra-Worli Sea link (side view)

The Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai is the fourth-longest bridge in India with a length of 5.6 kilometers. As the name suggests the bridge links the Bandra and Worli suburbs of Mumbai. Officially known as the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, the bridge was opened to traffic in March 2010.

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Bandra-Worli Sea LinkMaharashtra2010

Pamban bridge

A picture of the Pamban bridge
Pamban bridge

Opened in 1914, the Pamban bridge is a railway bridge that connects Mandapam town with the Pamban island in Tamil Nadu state. The bridge is over 2 kilometers long and carries the broad gauge railway line. Pamban bridge has faced many dangerous storms and consequently undergone multiple repair works.

A picture of the Pamban bridge with the train passing
A train over the Pamban bridge
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Pamban bridgeTamil Nadu1914

Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula

Ram Jhula bridge with sunsetting in the background
Ram Jhula

Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula are two different suspension bridges over the Ganga river in Rishikesh. Laxman Jhula is located about 1.8 kilometers upstream from the Ram Jhula. Laxman Jhula is 450 ft long while the Ram Jhula has a length of 750 ft.

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Ram Jhula and Laxmna JhulaUttarakhandRam Jhula (1986), Laxman Jhula (1939)

Bogibeel bridge

An image of the Bogibeel bridge, one of the longest bridges in India
Bogibeel bridge

Bogibeel bridge is the longest multipurpose rail plus road bridge in India. The bridge is 4.94 kilometers long and is built over the Brahmaputra river in Assam. Opened to traffic in December 2018, the bridge connects Dibrugarh and Dhemaji districts.

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Bogibeel bridgeAssam2018

Bhupen Hazarika Setu

An image of the Dhola-Sadiya bridge, the longest bridge in India
Dhola-Sadiya bridge

The Bhupen Hazarika Setu also known as Dhola–Sadiya Bridge is the longest bridge in India. Built over the Lohit river in Assam, the bridge is 9.15 kilometers long. The bridge construction was completed recently in 2017. The Bhupen Hazarika Setu ensures 24*7 connectivity between upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

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Bhupen Hazarika SetuAssam2017

Coronation bridge

Coronation bridge

Another historic bridge on the list, the Coronation bridge was opened in 1941. The bridge is on the National Highway 17 and connects Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts. Built on the Teesta river, the Coronation bridge is one of the oldest still working bridges in India.

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Coronation bridgeWest Bengal1941

Vidyasagar Setu

An image of the Vidyasagar Setu
Vidyasagar Setu connecting Howrah and Kolkata

Vidyasagar Setu is an 823 meters long bridge over the Hooghly river. Just like the Howrah bridge Vidyasagar Setu also connects Howrah and Kolkata. Vidyasagar Setu is also known as the Second Hooghly Bridge. The bridge was opened in 1992.

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Vidyasagar SetuWest Bengal1992

New Yamuna Bridge

An image of the New Yamuna bridge with sunsetting in the background
New Yamuna bridge in Prayagraj

The New Yamuna Bridge/Hanging bridge in Prayagraj is a cable-stayed bridge over the Yamuna river. The bridge is 1.5 kilometers long. The construction of the bridge was completed in 2004.

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New Yamuna bridgeUttar Pradesh2004

3rd Narmada bridge

An image of the New Yamuna Bridge, a newly built bridge in India
3rd Narmada bridge/New Narmada bridge

The 3rd Narmada bridge or the New Narmada bridge is a 1.34 kilometers long bridge over the Narmada river in Bharuch, Gujarat. It is one of the longest extradosed bridges in India. The bridge construction was completed in a record time of just 30 months.

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3rd Narmada bridge/New Narmada bridgeGujarat2017

Other famous bridges in India

Mahatma Gandhi Setu

The Mahatma Gandhi Setu is the third-longest bridge in India with a length of 5.75 kilometers. Built over the Ganga river in Bihar, the bridge connects the Patna district with the Vaishali district. The bridge was opened to traffic in 1982.

Godavari arch bridge

Godavari arch bridge is a 2.75 kilometers long bridge over the Godavari river in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. It is a railway bridge opened in March 1997.

Vembanad Rail Bridge

Vembanad Rail Bridge is a 4.62 kilometers long bridge over the Vembanad lake in Kerala. Opened in 2011, the bridge is the second-longest bridge in India that carries the broad gauge railways.


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