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The Ghost town of Dhanushkodi!

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ By the way Ghost town is not a town where ghosts areย livingย nor it is a haunted town! Ghost town simplyย 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 alsoย 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 stormย 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.ย ย And Sri Lanka is aroundย 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 distanceย 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,ย permission for ย visitorsย  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 andย 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 expectย 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 waterย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ย some jugaad ( innovative fix )engineering.

Guess what?!
Guess what?!

Can you 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 ย on Facebook!

The Photographer
The Photographer

At the end van ride, you will beย  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 toย Sri Lanka. It is also called Adam’s bridge according to Muslim legend.

The Kodhanda Ram Temple
The Kodhanda Ram Temple

Encyclopรฆdia Britannica says ย “Adamโ€™s Bridge, also called Ramaโ€™s Bridge,ย  chain of shoals, between the islands of Mannar, near northwestern Sri Lanka, and Rฤmeswaram, 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 Adamโ€™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 Rฤma, the hero of the Hindu epic Rฤmฤyaแน‡a, to facilitate the passage of his army from India to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) for the rescue of his abducted wife, Sฤซtฤ. According to Muslim legend, Adam crossed there to Adamโ€™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. ย And taxis do not work on the stretch after sundown. Soย it is not recommended to stay there after dark!

Leaving behind the trails
Leaving behind the trails

Came back to the place fromย 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Try the caption above,ย if you want to have some adventure ๐Ÿ˜‰

I had some fun with the sea shell decorated mirror.

selfie time ;)
selfie time ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mirrors were beautifully decorated with the sea shells. But first let me take a selfie ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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114 thoughts on “The Ghost town of Dhanushkodi!

  1. 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… you will know the South Indian Culture and Karnataka culture and I feel in the South people are less friendly than those in Karnataka, do you agree?… just a vibe or impulsive feeling… looks like Rameshwaram is a good place to visit(:… there is more than temples there I suppose anyway

    1. You cannot quite generalise and come to a conclusion. I don’t think one set of people are not so good and others are good. There will be all kinds of people in a community.
      Yes, of course Rameshwaram and Dhanushkodi are some great places to visit. Do visit. It is nearby only ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    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!


    1. Oops, I missed this comment.
      Good to know that Dhanushkodi tops your list. Dhanushkodi doesn’t look haunting during daytime. But at night, no one is allowed too.
      Do run away and once you do it, let me know ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Wow this place sounds beautiful, and totally looks it too! Amazingly caught on camera ๐Ÿ™‚ I love those on-land-and-water boats! I’ve went on one like that before, off the shores of Halifax, and it was really fun! 5km of beach, really?? I could take ten hours to walk the whole way, ahaha. Are those shell necklaces? They look lovely! ๐Ÿ˜€ and the Rama’s bridge is so fairytale-like! Does it still connect india and sri lanka? I’d love to stand upon that trail sometime ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. There you go again! With plenty of questions firing towards me!! ๐Ÿ˜€ First of all Thank you so much again ๐Ÿ™‚
      And it turns out that you have travelled pretty much too!!
      The beach, the sand area is pretty long. You can walk as much as you want, just be back before night ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Yes, they are shell necklaces. I have two with me, I can parcel it to you if you want ๐Ÿ˜‰
      The bridge doesn’t connect India and Sri Lanka now. But a part of which is still can be seen like in the picture.
      Thanks again for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Ahaha, yeah I suppose I did.. I’d never really put most of it down into words and pictures though, and I really regret that ๐Ÿ™ wow, really! Shell jewelry is so little-mermaid ๐Ÿ˜› I’d be sure to get a few (or a whole bunch, lol) when I go there ๐Ÿ™‚ And it’s always a pleasure to read when you’re given such nice things to read ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks!

  5. wow! loved it :-). I have been to Rameshwaram and Pamban bridge when I was a kid so the memories aren’t intact. Been wanting to go there for ages and thank you so much for the info.

  6. The picture of the tree really appeals to me. At some point in the not too distant future, would you give me permission to use it as inspiration for a story, please? With full credit and link back to you of course ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Caption is entirely misleading ๐Ÿ˜€ I really thought der would be some photos of ghosts ๐Ÿ˜› …great photos as always…didn’t know the Muslim legend about our Setu…

    1. That’s why you at least checked it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well you can check the meaning of ‘ghost town’.
      “our setu”! Were you part of the making?!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. I might have been a tiny squirrel…but due to long term memory loss spanning over many lives ๐Ÿ˜› cannot remember it now…

        mmm…my bad about the misconception…

          1. probably we would not have been allowed even if I knew…it was the same time that the tsunami hit Southern parts of India…

          2. no we didn’t face the actual tsunami or cyclone…but the tide timetable was all disturbed…I remember our professors banning us to go in water since the tides were changing every two hours..

          3. It was coastal regions actually…I studied in Maharashtra ๐Ÿ™‚ but had lots of opportunity to travel South India since my subject was Zoology..

          4. coastal regions…fishery… but that was just an excuse to travel and have fun…whatever der reasons may be …I got to travel a lot because of the subjects I chose to study…one of which was Zoology ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I guess bikes are allowed. No permit or anything needed. You have to be back before the night fall. But this place is full of sand and I am not sure if you can ride through the sand.

      1. Thanks , just a quick follow up , any place to stay near to Dhanushkodi away from rush of Rameshwaram ( maybe sea facing) also any place to pitch tent near to Dhanushkodi without entering restricted zone

        1. I did this trip a while ago. so these are based on my memory. Well nearest hotels are in rameshwaram. And you can pitch a tent anywhere in dhanushkodi away from the sea. But the entire area is restricted. I never stayed there at night. But no one stay there at night, as no electricity, no mobile network, no food and no transportation available. Maybe you can meet some fishermen of that area for some advice on pitching a tent and staying overnight in there.
          Please do share your experience. Have a safe trip.
          Well what are you planning? Just curious

          1. Thanks mate , we are on a bike trip to this place (5 bullets) and were planning to stay away from the rush & noise of city like Rameshwaram – for this camping is always the best option.

          2. I can see that you are specialised in Ladak region. Its always remained as a dream for me till date. Maybe one day! Lots of things to be done before that!

  8. Great story in photos! I learned a lot that I did not know, including its existence.

    So jugaad is what I should call it. Excellent that I have another word for what we call ‘McGuyver-ing’ around here ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. “Jugaad”, hahahahahaha…..Seems like a fun place especially after sunset ๐Ÿ˜‰ Great photos and apt description. Those ‘land and water’ trucks are pretty cool too, their ground clearance says it all. Travelling Indian Ishtyle!

    1. haha.. you caught all the right points ๐Ÿ˜€
      jugaad rocks and you know it ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Yep, indeed, its awesome after dark! but make sure to come back to tell the stories :p (just kidding)
      You are a hardcore machine fan! I can see that! ๐Ÿ™‚

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