Dhanushkodi lying in the southern tip of Rameswaram is bordered by Bay of Bengal on one side and Indian Ocean on the other. The word Dhanushkode literally means “tip of the bow”.
Dhanushkodi was a crowded and busy town until it was entirely washed out by a cyclonic storm on 22nd December, 1964.
The Church, Railway Station and Passport Office are some of the shattered remnants that could be found in Dhanushkodi. The place is now occupied with a population of around 500 with a few fishermen and their families residing here.
The Dhanushkodi beach extends upto 15 kilometres long. The shore in the beach witnesses high tides and hence is said to be unsafe for those who cannot swim.
A stroll and bike ride along the beach is a truly ecstatic experience to cherish.
Rama Sethu or Arichal Munai View Point
The point at which the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal merge is named “Arichal Munai” which can be viewed at Dhanushkodi.
It is believed that this is the place where Lord Rama pointed to the end of his bow and ordered his troops to build a bridge across the sea to reach the Land of Ravana (Sri Lanka) for rescuing his wife Goddess Sita.
The end of Rameswaram and merging of two seas (Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean) is marked by Arichal Munai or Rama Sethu.
How to reach Dhanushkodi
Public transport was started by Government of India, facilitating tourists to reach Dhanushkodi by using Government buses, auto rickshaws or by private vehicles such as bikes, car or van.
Dhanushkodi is located nearly 26 kilometres from Rameswaram bus stand and 24 kilometres from the railway station. Regular buses are available from Rameshwaram which is connected to all major cities through road and rail. The nearest airport from Dhanushkodi is at Madurai (about 198 kilometres away).
The spectacular view of the alluring beach, roaring tides, clear blue sea and shattered remnants of the once prominent city of Dhanushkodi fills the visitors with a feeling of wonder.
Tourist Attractions near Dhanushkodi:
- Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram
- Agni Theertham Beach
- APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial – Rameswaram
- Kunthukal Beach
- Pamban Bridge