At distance 20 km from Rameshwaram, Dhanushkodi is situated at the end of the eastern end of the island. As per a legend Vibhishana, the sibling of Ravana, requested that to Lord Rama break the Sethu. Rama broke the Sethu utilizing one end of his ‘Dhanush’ or bow and the place has been named after “ Rama’s Bow “. This place is one of the major tourist attraction who visits Rameshwaram.
The town is at the southernmost tip of the island, which is east drift. The town is just 27 km far from Talaimannar in Sri Lanka. Dhanushkodi was totally destructed by the cyclones of 1964. Kodandarama Swamy temple is the alone salvaged from the cyclone. Statues of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman and Vibhishana (sibling of Ravana) can be found here.
The Government announced the town as a Ghost town and unfit for living after the tornado. Four-wheelers or fish trucks are the main modes to arrive at this place. It is recommended to go between daytime to the town and come back to Rameshwaram before Sunset as the whole 15 km extent is said to be risky. Tourists can still see the ruins of the houses, churches, water tanks and Railway Station which were existed before the cyclone of 1964. This place has beautiful beaches and it’s the dead end of India from here Sri Lanka is very close. So tourists can enjoy the sandy and blue water beaches.
Attractions: Adam’s Bridge, Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park, Dhanushkodi Bridge, Pamban Island, Church and Station Ruins, Ramar Patham Temple, etc…
Nearby places: Rameshwaram.
Best Time to visit: October – February.
Peak Season: November to February.
How to Reach
- By Air: Madurai is the nearest domestic airport to reach here which is at the distance of 197 km. And Chennai is the nearest International airport.
- By Rail: Rameshwaram Junction is the nearest railway station which as at a distance of 19 km.
- By Road: To reach Dhanushkodi by road tourist has to go first to Rameshwaram from there by the highway which takes 20 mins to reach. It only 20 km away from Rameshwaram.
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