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Chennai-Rameswaram Route, India

The Ride: Short of hailing a helicopter or paddleboat, the only way to get from India’s southeastern coast to the island of Rameswaram is by rail—a pulse-raising trek across Pamban Bridge, a circa 1914, 1.4-mile-long sea trestle that runs right through the heart of cyclone territory.

Insider Tip: Rameswaram Island is considered one of India’s holiest Hindu sites; the real reason to visit is Rameswaram Temple, a 12th-century shrine beloved for its 22 wells. (It’s said that each one has unique-tasting water.)

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