Dhanushkodi can undeniably called a hidden natural beauty of South India. While not many people live here owing to its geographical and climatic conditions, it still is one of the most fascinating places for tourists and adventure lovers who continue to visit Dhanushkodi.
It is situated in the south-eastern tip of the Pamban Island in the state of Tamil Nadu. It, mostly, is uninhabited ever since the Rameswaram cyclone hit it in 1964, which more or less left the place destroyed. Now, there remain only the ruins of that catastrophe.
Furthermore, it is very intriguing to know that Dhanushkodi is located on the tip of Pamban island which is separated by Palk Strait. This place’s only land border lies between India and Sri Lanka which is one of the smallest borders in the world covering a stretch of just 45 metres.
It is intriguing to know that the name of this place translates into ‘end of the bow’. The bow mentioned here is of Lord Rama himself. As the legends suggest, after Ravana the demon king kidnapped Goddess Sita, Lord Rama had to travel all the way to Lanka to save his beloved. And when he reached the end of the geographical boundaries he came across the giant ocean. So, to cross it a bridge was needed to be constructed. And in this process of making this bridge, Lord Rama earmarked this very spot as the place from where the construction of the bridge would begin. He used his bow to mark the place and that is how the name of this place came into being.
Around five decades ago, this place was quite a busy town located along South India’s coast having all the necessities like a railway station, police station etc. Everything was going perfect until the day when a massive storm engulfed the whole region. The day was December 21, 1964. The tides had gone as high as 20 feet and left nothing but destruction and ruins. After this catastrophic event, the government declared this place to be uninhabitable. And now in the current timeline, only a few people live here. However, it continues to be a place which has time and again proven to be a great destination for travellers and history and mythology lovers.
This is, indeed, the kind of place where you can enjoy some of the most heart-melting views of nature. Especially the famous Pamban bridge cannot be missed if you are planning to visit Dhanushkodi. We can say that for a traveller this place is no less than a heaven.
Dhanushkodi Beach - It is one of the most amazing places which you can definitely visit in Dhanushkodi. What will really intrigue you is the white sand of the beach. Here you can enjoy silent walks on the beach and the best part is that you don’t even have to worry about anything. It is no less than a heaven for beachgoers.
Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park - The Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park is absolutely one of the few Marine National Parks located in the country. Consisting of about 21 islands it is a beautiful place to experience the natural scenic views of nature such as estuaries, magical beaches and forests.
Adam’s Bridge - Also known as Ram Setu, Nala Setu, this place is one of the most amazing places to experience the history of our culture which literally dates back to thousands of years. Yes, this is the same bridge which Lord Ram had built in order to travel to Lanka and save Goddess Sita from the demon King Raavana. Read More
Pamban Island - The deep blue sea and the picturesque clear waters of this island will simply take your breath away. To visit here you will need to cross Pamban bridge. This is the kind of place which will give you just so many unforgettable memories to cherish. Read More
Mahashivaratri - It is one of the most important festivals in and around this place. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is that day when he is believed to have married Goddess Parvati. Celebrated for 10 days it is revered as the union of Shiva and Shakti.
Ramalinga Pratishta- It is the day when the Shivalingam created by Goddess Sita was installed and worshipped by Lord Rama himself. On this day, there are processions which are taken out by people carrying the idols of Lord Rama and Lord Ramanathaswamy.
If you are planning to visit Dhanushkodi then the best time to do so would be the winter months from October through February. However, you can also visit this place in the summer season as well.
By Air - From Dhanushkodi, Madurai airport is the nearest airport. Apart from that Thoothukudi is another airport to reach Dhanushkodi. However, both of these airports are not very close thus it becomes somewhat a lethargic task to travel via flights. But still, you can get a flight from major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai.
By Road - It has overall good connectivity via road networks. If you have your own vehicle then it would be more convenient for you to travel. It is connected with major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad. You will have to cover an approximate distance of 2,802 km, 1,617 km, 620 km, 1,200 km respectively from these cities to reach Dhanushkodi. And it can roughly take you around 15-20 hours.
By Train - The nearest railway station is located at a distance of around 1.3 km in Rameswaram. So, it won’t be an issue for you to travel to this place via rail networks. It has good connectivity via Madurai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad and other important cities. The journey will take you around 1 or 1-and-a-half day on an average to reach this place. You will have to cover further distance through some means of local transport such as a cab or perhaps a bus.
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