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The Ghost town of Dhanushkodi!

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Posted On : September 11, 2014
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Ever been to a ghost town??

If not, welcome to the Ghost town of Dhanushkodi. Even if you have been there, still you are welcome 😉 By the way Ghost town is not a town where ghosts are living nor it is a haunted town! Ghost town simply means that its an abandoned town.

Short History of Dhanushkodi

In the year 1964, because of a cyclone, the entire area was destroyed. The Dhanushkodi railway line running from Pamban Station was also destroyed killing hundreds of passengers present in the train. It also destroyed the bridge that was connecting Dhanushkodi with the mainland along with the railway station. The cyclonic storm killed thousands of people living in that village.

Later government declared this place as unfit for living and it became a ghost town. Once this area was filled with fishermen and people who were travelling from India to SriLanka by ships. Now only ruins of the old town can be found. A few fishermen still lives somewhere around this place.

The Ruins of a town!

The Ruins of a town!

Dhanishkodi is in the Ramanathpuram district of Tamilnadu. The famous pilgrim spot Rameshwaram is 18 km away from here and this is the nearest town.  And Sri Lanka is around 30 km from Dhanushkodi!! Earlier there used to be a port with ferry service between Dhanushkodi and Sri Lanka.

Getting there

The nearest town and railway station is Rameshwaram. Cheapest possible way to get there from long distance will be by trains. Public transport is also sort of cheaper than many other neighbouring states. Nearest airport is Madurai airport, just in case you are wondering. But I am mostly looking forward to have a great trip at the least possible cost. So I am concentrating on that particular point.

As Dhanushkodi is an abandoned town, permission for  visitors  is only during day. So you will have to stay at Rameshwaram. Anyway you can not leave the place without visiting Rameshwaram and the 1000 pillars. So you can plan one day for Dhanushkodi and the other day for Rameshwaram.

From Rameshwaram, jeeps and auto rickshaws can be hired which will take near Dhanushkodi. Or else wait for the bus, which are not very frequent. Taking a bus is the cheapest option. You can find similar buses from Rameshwaram.

Bus to Dhanushkodi

Bus to Dhanushkodi

After sometime, beach side shops selling stuffs for tourists will start to appear. That's the sign saying its where you need to get down.

First sights of Dhanushkodi

First sights of Dhanushkodi

In order to visit the ruins of the town, from here jeeps or other vehicles are to be hired. There will be many mini vans and jeeps, waiting for the tourists. They can charge starting from 100 rupees per person, depending on the number of people.

The tourist vans!!

The tourist vans!!

Some of the tourist vans look like this. Don't expect a very comfortable ride, but its going to be a fun ride. These are very special machines. This can run both on land and in water  😉


Runs on Land



Runs on water

And yes! People do sit on top of the van. If you are looking for more fun, you can always opt the upper berth. Safety is entirely upon your luck. Everyone was lucky that day though.

The comfortable journey!

The comfortable journey!

The journey looks like this on the beach sand, sitting on the edge. Yes this is living on the edge :p

And you might get to see  some jugaad ( innovative fix )engineering.

Guess what?!

Guess what?!

Can you try to guess?

Well this is the diesel tank of our tourist vehicle!! :p

After the eventful fun ride, you can take some cool photos to upload  on Facebook!

The Photographer

The Photographer

At the end van ride, you will be  dropped off at point. From here you can roam here and there and later come back to the place to find the van.

The whole place is covered with sand. Houses, places of worship, schools and many other building were there, once upon a time! Now only some ruins and bricks are remaining.

Once a church

Once a church

Some more ruins

Some more ruins

Once a beautiful house, maybe!

Once a beautiful house, maybe!

It not just the ruins attracts people's attention to this place. This place has some connection with Indian epic Ramayana. Ramayana says that Lord Rama built a bridge, called Ram Setu or 'Rama's bridge from Dhanushkodi to Sri Lanka. It is also called Adam's bridge according to Muslim legend.

The Kodhanda Ram Temple

The Kodhanda Ram Temple

Encyclopædia Britannica says  "Adam’s Bridge, also called Rama’s Bridge,  chain of shoals, between the islands of Mannar, near northwestern Sri Lanka, and Rāmeswaram, off the southeastern coast of India. The bridge is 30 miles (48 km) long and separates the Gulf of Mannar (southwest) from the Palk Strait (northeast). Geologic evidence suggests that Adam’s Bridge represents a former land connection between India and Sri Lanka. Traditionally, it is said to be the remnant of a huge causeway constructed by Rāma, the hero of the Hindu epic Rāmāyaṇa, to facilitate the passage of his army from India to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) for the rescue of his abducted wife, Sītā. According to Muslim legend, Adam crossed there to Adam’s Peak, Ceylon, atop which he stood repentant on one foot for 1,000 years."

Remains of Rama Sethu

Remains of Rama Sethu

This is what we were talking about. What is left now as the land connection between India and SriLanka!

Sight seeing was almost finished . So went back to the van. Otherwise if somehow we miss the van, then it can be really an adventurous journey!! Everyone advices to return to Rameswaram before sunset as the entire 15 kilometre stretch is regarded as very lonely and scary. Since there is no electricity and means of communication between Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi. Even mobile network is not available.  And taxis do not work on the stretch after sundown. So it is not recommended to stay there after dark!

Leaving behind the trails

Leaving behind the trails

Came back to the place from where we started the van journey. There are some small shops selling stuffs made from sea shells and pebbles. There are mirrors, sea shell curtains and many other things made out of sea shells.

She sells sea shells on the sea shore ;)

She sells sea shells on the sea shore 😉

Try the caption above, if you want to have some adventure 😉

I had some fun with the sea shell decorated mirror.

selfie time ;)

selfie time 😉

Mirrors were beautifully decorated with the sea shells. But first let me take a selfie 😉

Waiting started for the bus which will take me back to Rameshwaram. The boats on the beach side were waiting for the fishermen while I was waiting for the bus.

Boats and the beaches

Boats and the beaches

So are you planning to visit the Ghost town?!


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Written by : Trablogger
Trablogger aka Jithin is an Indian travel blogger who is obsessed with leading a travel life. When he is not traveling, photographing, writing or blogging, you can see him thinking about sustaining this travel life or helping someone to travel more.

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Albatz Travel Adventures

We went to Kuldhara, an abandoned village near Jaisalmer. Yours is definitely more haunting and actually looks as if it might actually have ghosts.

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Robbie Cheadle

I don' t know if I will ever get to visit but I really enjoyed your lovely post.

Jan Malique

What a fantastic journey, you've certainly brought the "ghost town" to life. The photos are haunting and magical.


[…] Revisit the Ghost town of Dhanushkodi! […]


Absolutely loved the description and pictures. I must take a trip down south someday 😀


hmmm...as I read this write up lot of thoughts came in my mind... First good going, lot of people I think won't go to a deserted place that seems to have very little means of transport, not many will understand the undercurrent of the place, the excitement of the jeep ride or the ruins which show a bit of history that happened before of the storm, or that bridge that comments to Srilanka... well... it is vusual and that tells a story, but I don't think most of us will like to go there, just because we are quite unimagitative...… Read more »


This is one place which has been in my list for quite sometime now. Hopefully I am heading there soon, in one of the extended weekends that are coming up.

Thanks for sharing this nice article 🙂


I have a travel journal with hundreds of places in the wishlist. And Number 1. Its Dhanushkodi.... I'm a lover of everything haunting.. Movies, stories, places..I'm definitely gonna consider this post to be my guide 🙂

You are lucky that you can travel as you wish. I barely get to step out of my home. But I'm not gonna give upon my dream. I'll runaway for sure :D!



Great post. I went to Dhanuskoti in 2013 and you brought all the memories back.


Wow! Didn't know such a place existed! Nice pictures 🙂

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