I visited South India in 2012. i have already shared my experience of the Kumarakom Backwaters Cruise. Now, I am going to share the other experiences in a series of blogs.
The Pamban bridge connects the town of Rameshwaram on Pamban Island to the rest of India. It opened in 1914, it was India’s first sea bridge and was the longest sea bridge in India till 2010. The bridge and the view from it is absolutely breathtaking and not something you can forget easily. Take a look.
Dhanushkodi is a ghost town at the southern end of Pamban Island in Tamil Nadu.
According to Ramayana, it was from here that Rama built a bridge to cross the sea to Sri Lanka. It is said that you can still see the submerged bridge under the sea. You can see it from Sri Lanka side, hence you need a Visa to get there. After Rama destroyedRavana, he appointed a new king of Lanka, Vibhishana, who requested him to destroy the bridge. Rama broke the bridge with one end of his bow – hence this town was named Dhanushkodi(end of the bow).
It is called Ghost town because the town was completely destroyed in the 1964 cyclone and a passenger train with over 100 passengers drowned in the sea. Now, only remnants remain of what must have been a very beautiful town.
The floating stones with which Rama built the bridge to Lanka was supposedly blessed by Rama to float on water. You can still see the floating stone in Dhanushkodi which the locals have preserved in a temple. To me, the floating stone floated on water because it was made of limestone. But, what is life without a little bit of magic and fairytale?
There is a pure water well in Dhanushkodi with water so sweet and pure to taste, it is absolutely wonderful. There is a local there who takes the water out in a bucket and you can taste it.