On the Indian side, a very long bridge connects to a small island known as Pamban.This bridge has a part that can be raised for tall marine vessels to pass through.On the other hand, the sinhala word "Attana" refers to a plant species (Latin Dathura Alba, or Datura metal, Tamil "Umaththai").
Map map typical news Adaikkalamoddai, Adaikkalmottai, Adukkalmoddai (Mannarama [Mannar]) HADUGALMOTTE ⚓name 'Motte ← Modde ← Made' signifies a muddy, swampy place. See MAP (Mannarama [Mannar]) AADAMPANA, AETTAMPANA ⚓name, RAAMAPAENNA, Meaning.
Tamil "Pan" by itself seems to have no immediate meaning, however, "pampan", and the sinhala "paalama" (පාලම) both means 'bridge'.
The origins of the Sinhala language are probably linked to the Magadhi of the Asokan (northern) Parkrit ( early Brahmi script), and Pali, while Tamil is linked to a southern prakrit (with a very similar Brahmi script).
However, the two forms of Brahmi, and their Prakrit forms are themselves very close.
Nevertheless, the Palk straits shielded the Island sufficiently to create unique biological species, a unique "Sinhala language" (see James W.