Traveling to Dhanushkodi, often proclaim as India’s ghost town, is located beside the south of Pamban island, tamil nadu (also called Rameswaram). Regarded as a holy site among the Hindu pilgrims visiting Rameswaram temple, Dhanushkodi is additionally a place where the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal merge together and is a popular tourist destination nowadays. Ram Setu from the Hindu epic Ramayana is proven to exit where the lands end at Dhanushkodi.
The road connecting Dhanushkodi with Rameswaram makes for one among the best scenic road in India.
Dhanushkodi Travel Guide at a glance
When & How to reach Dhanushkodi?
The Tamilnadu state bus services runs yellow buses that ply the tourists and native fishermen to and fro from as early as 7 am. You’ll get a bus at every 30 minutes interval. Or you can either hire an auto or rent a jeep to reach Dhanushkodi, the tip of India’s remote land. Private jeep or auto will take anywhere between ₹600 to 2000. Whereas Public bus fare to Dhanushkodi is ₹ 30.
Visitors are allowed at Dhanushkodi from 8am to 5pm. You’ll be able to find a couple of shacks and fruit vendors sells snacks and local meal, fried fish for visitors.
The best time to visit Dhanushkodi is from October to March, though the weather is tropical. Midday suns scores high. Be careful of tidal waves, if you walk at the backwaters and offbeat places, due to extreme nature conditions you may stranded in the middle of the sea, with not a soul to help.
Also read: Things to do in Rameswaram, the most Scenic temple town of South India!
Dhanushkodi, Where Life Stood Still
Imagine the picturesque town, set amidst the gentle green and blue hues of a bay and an ocean! on this southernmost island of India, men come to life at the wee hours and venture into the deep sea to seek out day’s catch. Womenfolk conduct household chores and kids play outside the homes. A church made from corals stands tall and also the rail tracks that once connects to the different parts of the country.
During the horrendous 1966 Rameswaram cyclone, the ocean soared like never before, brought in the scourge of 7 meters high waves, and washed away the every last trace of life.
Whispers of the Lifeless Village
As the bus moved towards the salient land of Dhanushkodi leaving behind the bustle of Rameswaram temple town, I could not resist at the beauty of abundant nature. The church and surrounding area stand witness the cruel night of the cyclone, Till now it is empty devastated, broken into pieces and destroyed beyond any repair. Not just the church but a number of buildings, apparently school, the office by the railway station are scattered lifeless. Three pillars stand sort of a skeleton as the remnant of the Dhanushkodi train station. Tourist vehicles make a quick stop here. a couple of stalls serve fresh fish on banana leaves. Seashells make perfect souvenirs. Peoples buy, rest, drink tender coconut. According to local, the tsunami of 2004, the sea receded about 500 meters and had uncovered the ruins of the forgotten habitat of Dhanushkodi. Eat a bit or shop a little to support the local community.
When to visit
The best month to visit Dhanushkodi is during the months of December to March the climate is pleasant and you can enjoy the beauty of this place, and during the month of October and November you can expect heavy rainfall in Dhanushkodi, so it is better not to visit Dhanushkodi during this month.
Everything you should remember before visiting Dhanushkodi
- Reports suggest that the place being an abandoned one becomes a breeding ground of anti-social activities, especially during the dark of night. Do not think of camping at Dhanishkodi beach. Not just the smugglers, a potential hightide can also take no mercy for your life!
- The best time to visit Dhanushkodi is anywhere between the relatively (and that’s the key word here) colder months of November to February. midday sun at Dhanushkodi is extremely punishing and may cause serious damage like sunstroke, migrane etc. Take necessary precautions like an umbrella, hat/cover for your face, ample water in a recyclable bottle and sunscreen.
- Dhanushkodi is accessible to visitors from 7 am till 6 pm.
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