Dhanushkodi, through Rameswaram the "Pamban Island" - The never-ending wanderlust

August 12, 2018

The curiosity of human-beings to explore new places started from the day homo-sapiens evolved and existed on earth, even before modern means of travel came into existence.

 

 

"Traveling elevates us to have a broader perspective, also the insights we gain meeting new folks are priceless"

 

The trip, started by afternoon took a couple of tea breaks to keep myself 'live' and stay in an increased level of activity while riding through the below route from the capital city.

 

 

 Thiruvananthapuram - Nagercoil - Tirunelveli - Thoothukudi - Ervadi - Ramanathapuram( Hotel Star Palace) - Rameswaram

 

 

By the time I reached the place, it was already 4:00 in the morning, received a very warm welcome from the hotel staff and had a quick fresh-up. Not wasting much time, started my local sight seeing starting from Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple moved towards Dhanushkodi about 24km distant to get an early view of the place.

 

**Below distances mentioned are from 'Hotel Star Palace'.

 

The main attractions of Rameswaram:

 

  • Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple

  • Ramar feet(Ramar patham) Temple (3.2km)

  • Rama Teertham (1.3km)

  • Lakshmana Teertham (1.3km)

  • Sri Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir & Floating Stones (1.3km)

  • Seetha Theertham (1.3km)

  • Panchamukhi Hanuman Temple or Five Faced Hanuman Temple (1.3km)

  • Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's House (2km)

  • Sakshi Hanuman Temple (3.2km)

  • Lord Krishna life history temple or Shree Krishna Pranami Mangal Mandir (2km)

 

The main attractions of Dhanushkodi:

  • Kothandaramaswamy Temple or Kothanda Ramar Temple (17km)

  • Dhanushkodi beach (21km)

Out of Rameswaram sightseeing:

  • Villoondi theertham (4.8km)

  • Pamban Bridge (11km)

  • Vivekananda Memorial Centre at Kundhukal (11.5km)

  • Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam National Memorial (2.9km)

 

 

 

 

 

The Pamban Railway bridge was originally built during the British reign by a German engineer in 1914 which got damaged later in 1964 by the cyclone. The train approached from Pamban to Dhanushkodi via Pamban bridge carrying 115 passengers were taken away by the sea.

 

Rameswaram is spread over 61.8sqkm and Srilanka(former Ceylon) is just about 30 km from "Arichal Munai " the last tip point of Dhanushkodi. The Rameswaram sea bridge was built much later and curtains were raised by RajivGandhi in the year 1987, which is almost 11km.

 

The other places of interest in the town is Dhansuhkodi 24km, Ram sethu,various temples in name of Sri Rama, Sita , Lakshmana, Vibheeshana etc. Also the former Indian President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam hails from this place and you could take a visit to "House of Kalam" and a memorial museum built in honour to his contributions to our country.

 

 

 

The cyclone in 1964 that abandoned Dhanushkodi

 

The story of Dhanushkodi, coexists with myths, mysteries and miracles. The town was destroyed during 1964 Dec22-Dec23 and the government couldn't take necessary actions which remained for almost a day. Though the government has stamped this place "ghost town" as unfit for people to live, people who had survived the cyclone or their successors still occupy here.

 

 

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