An abandoned town at the south-eastern tip of Pamban Island where the Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean converges.
- Timing : 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Best Time : October - February
- Entry Fee : Free
- Time Required : 2hrs to 3hrs
Dhanushkodi is a desolate town located at south-east of Pamban Island of the state of Tamil Nadu. It is on the tip of Pamban island, separated from the mainland by the Palk Strait and is about 24 km west of Talaimannar in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka and India shares a 45 metre long land border at Dhanushkodi, which is one of the smallest in the world.
If you are planning for an amazing trip, Dhanushkodi is a best option. Lots of people, including families and foreigners prefer coming here. With affordable options for lodging and so many things to do, you don’t want to miss this beach destination which offers amazing experiences. The beach here is that one beach, the beach lovers will relish as the seashore is not at all dirty, it is clean and pure. At the end of the beach you will be able to see what you have probably never seen before.
These are reasons why one cannot miss visiting Dhanushkodi : The Breathtaking Sea, Amazing Beach, Convergence of two water bodies, Gulf of Mannar, Marine National Park, Ram Setu and The Ghost Town.
Dhanushkodi is at a distance of 20 km from Rameswaram which is a prominent Hindu pilgrimage site in the Pamban Island. People can easily reach this place by taking the train which is up to the nearest railway station, Rameswaram or using other private transportation facilities. From Rameswaram railway station one can take the government aided jeeps offered by Dhanushkodi Tourism upto the beach.
- It is advisable to visit the place in the afternoon and return to Rameswaram town before sunset, as the entire 18 km stretch is said to be dangerous.
- Carry enough food and water as there will be limited food stalls at the beach point.
- There is a telescope which shows us Ram sethu and Srilankan waters.
- Parking is very difficult in this place and sometimes we need to walk around 1km from the parking space.
- We can see Bay of Bengal on left side and the Indian Ocean on the right while driving towards the tip of the place.
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According to the epic Ramayana, Dhanushkodi was the place where Lord Rama and his army built Ram Setu, to rescue his wife Sita from the clutches of Ravana, the king of Lanka. After rescuing his wife, Lord Rama destroyed the bridge with arrows from his bow, on request of Vibhishana, the new King of Lanka and the borther of Ravana, thus the name of the town became ‘Dhanushkodi’, meaning ‘End of Bow’. Ram Setu is also known as Adam’s Bridge. It is still submerged in the sea and is partly visible from Dhanushkodi. Adam’s Bridge connects Pamban Island of Tamil Nadu in India and Mannar Island of Sri Lanka.
Convergence of two water bodies
The point where the Bay of Bengal converge with the Indian Ocean is a gorgeous view. When the quiet green water of the Bay of Bengal meets the clear blue water of the Indian Ocean one will get a breathtaking experience. The convergence is so natural.
Gulf of Mannar
It is a large slightly deep bay forming part of the Laccadive Sea in the Indian Ocean. It lies between the southeastern tip of India and the west coast of Sri Lanka , in the Coromandel Coast region. The chain of low islands and reefs known as Ramsethu, which includes Mannar Island, separates the Gulf of Mannar from Palk Bay, which lies between the Tamil Nadu state of India and the Mannar district of the Northern Province of the island nation of Sri Lanka.
Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park
The Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park is a protected area of India consisting of 21 small islands and adjacent coral reefs in the Gulf of Mannar in the Indian Ocean. The park has a high diversity of plants and animals. The park includes estuaries, mudflats, beaches and forests of the near shore environment. It also includes marine components such as coral reefs, seaweed communities, sea grasses, salt marshes,mangroves and seaweed photo gallery. Public access inside the Park is limited to glass bottom boat rides.
In 1964 a devastating Cyclone hits the shores of Dhanushkodi and killed more than thousands people. After the Cyclone, which was regarded as one of the most powerful storms to ever strike India on record, the Government of Tamil Nadu declared Dhanushkodi as a Ghost Town which was unfit for living. Visitors can see the ruins of a temple, railway station, a church and homes of the then inhabitants there in the Ghost Town. Long time after the tragic incident the town became alive as a offbeat tourist destination and is still continuing as a popular destination because of its spectacular natural variations and splendid tourist spots.