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Dr APJ Abdul Kalam National Memorial is situated at Pei Karumbu, Rameswaram, Pamban Island in Ramanathapuram district, Tamilnadu, India.
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam National Memorial was inaugurated by the honorable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, on the second death anniversary of the great leader, i.e. on 27th July, 2017.
The memorial showcases Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s history. Personal belongs of the late leader are also displayed here. Statue of the late President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, playing the musical instrument Veena, was also unveiled by the Prime minister of India on the same day. There are two other silicon statues of Dr. Kalam, in presidential suit, in sitting and standing postures.
Replica of missiles and rockets with which Dr. Abdul Kalam had worked are also on display. Information on APJ Abdul Kalam’s life is depicted through the 500 odd portraits, displayed at the memorial. Acrylic paintings numbering around 90, are also on display.
Library, planetarium, auditorium, etc, are planned for the second phase of the Abdul Kalam memorial, to be completed in the next 18 months or so.
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was the 11th President of India. He was called as ‘Missile Man of India’. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam contributed immensely to the defense and missile projects carried out by DRDO (Defense Research & Development Organisation) and ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization). Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam worked for both of these organizations, before becoming the president of India.
Built by Defense Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) with which Dr. Kalam was associated as a key scientist, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam National Memorial is located on the land where the late president’s tomb is situated. (Dr. Abdul Kalam was buried here at Rameswaram in 2015.) This monument is one among the latest national monuments in India; other being Shaurya Smarak, National War memorial at Bhopal, inaugurated on 14th October 2016.
How Do I Go to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam National Memorial?
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam National Memorial is at Rameswaram. Rameswaram is connected to the mainland by Pamban Bridge. There are direct trains to the island from the state capital, Chennai. RMM is the railway station code for Rameswaram. Road connectivity is also available.
The nearest airport to Abdul Kalam National Memorial is at Madurai, at around 169 kilometers distance. Tuticorin airport is at 192 kilometers from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam National Memorial at Rameswaram.