Dhanushkodi – The ghost town

Year 1964: A devastating cyclone hit the Dhanushkodi fishing village off the Pamban coast destroying the railway line, a passenger train, drowning out hundreds of passengers in the train. Owing to its structural instability and the threat of Tsunami recurring, the Indian government has abandoned efforts to rebuild the station. As a result, Dhanushkodi and the Pamban railway line are left as stark reminders of a terrible calamity.

Owing to its proximity with Sri Lanka, Dhanushkodi has witnessed its share of political turmoil. This is also where you can witness the confluence of Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean. Dhanushkodi has become a disaster tourism destination. Jeeps / Buses ferry people from Rameshwaram.  Few pictures.

Destroyed Settlements
Destroyed Settlements
The booking office
The booking office
A Tsunami destructed structure
A Tsunami destructed structure
The ghostly church
The ghostly church
Dhanushkodi beach
Dhanushkodi beach
Confluence of Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean
Confluence of Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean
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6 thoughts on “Dhanushkodi – The ghost town

    1. Thanks for stopping by Island Traveler. I could’ve gotten better, surreal pictures had my trip to the village been early in the morning. I went there when the sun was beating down pretty harsh 🙂

  1. The cyclone hit on 22nd. I was born 3 days later on Christmas Day on the same coast, about 700 km away in Madras. It actually missed Madras not by much. Its one cyclone thats always been on my mind ever since I found out about it. And had often thought of going there. Thanks for the photos Prathap, they’re wonderful.

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