Dhanushkodi Beach and Dhanushkodi:Ghost Town , Rameswaram

Dhanuskodi lies in the southern tip of the Rameswaram. The word Dhanushkodi literally means “ tip of the bow”. This spectacular place is bordered by bay of Bengal sea on one side and Indian ocean on the other, at the very tip of Dhanushkodi one can view the merging point of the seas Indian ocean (A sea with high tides) and bay of Bengal (the low tide sea), this point is named as “Arichal munai”. Before the 1964 storm  Dhanushkodi is a crowded and busy city.  At present Dhanuskodi is a ghost town (Declared as ghost town by government after this natural calamity)  with the population of around 500  (few fishermen and their families still residing there).

Dhanushkodi Town Cyclone Attack (1964)

Dhanushkodi Beach

The beach of the Dhanushkodi (Mukuntha Rayar Chathram @ Moondraam Chathiram) extends upto 15 Km long. The shore in the place called Mukundharayar Chathram is safest region for taking baths and playing in the high tide sea. since the tides of the sea is very high (maximum height registered as 12 feet) it is not suitable for the persons who don’t know swimming. The beach bike ride in this sea shore is ecstatic experience.

Dhanushkodi beach - Birds Sanctuaries in Dhanushkodi

Dhanushkodi acts as a natural birds sanctuary, During Winters (October,November) sea gulls , flamingos and some more birds from Europe and Australia visits Dhanushkodi (Normally they clustered in the place near Gothanda Ramar temple).

Remnants of the  destroyed city :

**The Road stops at the place called Mukuntha rayar chathiram, After that the land is fully covered by sand. From here by means of  jeeps or the local Van service one can reach the ghost city where the remnants were left by the storm of 1964. In those days there were hotels, lodges, shops, dharmashalas (chathirams) were present in the dhanushkodi at present they all shattered into pieces and remains as a remnants.

The following remnants can be clearly noticeable in Dhanushkodi.

  1. The remnants of Railway station
  2. Pieces of Railway tracks
  3. The remnants of catholic church
  4. Wrecked ship and boat parts
  5. The remnants of port office
  6. The remnants of post office

**(At present the road construction project  is going on from Mukuntha Rayar chathiram to the ghost town  Dhanushkodi , I hope the process will be done with in the upcoming  year).

Arichal munai (Arichal point):

Arichal munai is the merging point of two seas and the end of rameswaram, this point in the  Dhanuskodi is the land border of india and srilanka,   from here the srilanka is nearly about 15 KM.

Warning:

The merging point of two seas (Arichal munai) is considered as dangerous place for swimming or taking baths.

Where is Dhanuskodi?

Dhanushkodi is situated at the southern tip of Rameswaram, from Rameswaram it is nearly 20 KM.

From How far is Agni theertham
Rameswaram bus stand 20  km
Parking Area (Government) and Agni theertham 18 KM
Railway Station 16  KM

How can I reach Dhanushkodi?

  • By means of government buses (No:3 and 7) (buses available from Agni Theertham bus stand (Not from main bus stand)
  • Bus frequency : 1 bus in every 45 minutes
  • Or by means of private vehicles
  • Jeeps provided by some lodges and travels

Warning

*The visit to Dhanushkodi during night and staying at there are prohibited.

What’s up for me in Dhanushkodi?

  • The view of spectacular blue sea with high tides
  • Bike ride on the shore
  • Playing on the sea shore and taking baths
  • A calm and rejuvenating walk on the beach
  • View of the remnants
  • Merging point of the sea (Southernmost end of Rameswaram)
  • During Winter (October, November ) seasons sea gulls , flamingos and some more birds from other countries visits Dhanushkodi (they clustered in the palce near Gothanda Ramar temple).

(To know  more about Dhanushkodi visit this links : story of the the ghost town Dhanushkodi, Kothanda Ramar temple, Rama Setu,  People of Dhanushkodi)

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