Drive to Danushkodi
Trip to Danushkodi was waiting to happen from long time. It was supposed to be bike ride (but in that ride we went to Kanyakumari) never the less car drive was awesome. I will post about Rameshwaram and temple bath later. Now take a cappuccino grande and enjoy this post.
Danushkodi is about 20+ kms from Rameshwaram. We can drive our regular car till the Indian Navy base or where the road ends. We parked my WagonR there. For rest of the travel we needed a 4X4. How I wish I had my own 4×4 never the less we hired a converted 4×4 and we were offered balcony seat. Thats Vinay, Manju and me.
Green line in the map shows my car path and red line shows the path of 4X4. The total distance we covered in this 4×4 was about 8kms and it was a roller coaster ride.
With in a kilometer’s distance we started to realize that we have sea on both sides of us. This jeep was behind us following all the way.
Towards the end our 4×4 got stuck and from there we started walking.
After a kilometer or so we reached Danushkodi village. There is nothing in the village today after 1964 cyclone. You can still see the train track which was washed out in cyclone. Imagine traveling in train on sea.
According to Wikipedia “Hindu myth says that at the request of Vibeeshana, brother of Ravana and ally of Rama, Rama broke the Sethu with one end of his bow and hence the name Dhanushkodi, Dhanu meaning Bow and Kodi meaning end. It is also said that Rama marked this spot for Setu with one end of his famous bow. Bath in holy Sethu at the junction of the two seas normally precedes the pilgrimage to Rameswaram. A series of rocks and islets found in a line are shown as remnants of the ancient Setu also called as Rama’s Bridge.”
On the way you will see many abandoned boats and huts.
After about 7-8kms from the parking place you will see the end of land. From there you can see the land under the sea which looks like a crude bridge. As we all know its Ram sethu.
That is me ordering my vanara sena..Lets go to Lanka.
Another picture of submerged Ram Sethu.
We can see lots of such ship wrecks in and around.
There are few fishermen even today living at Danushkodi. You can see their kids having fun.
It is much more beautiful than what I have captured in my 5 year old 3mp camera. The Ram Sethu looks beautiful and very real . I guess at least for the beauty it is, it should be preserved.
I actually live transmitted video from the top of 4X4 and forgot about it. Check it here