A few weeks back, my friends and I visited Danushkodi, the southern most tip of India. We first went to Rameshwaram, had bath in all the 22 wells and worshiped Lord Shiva in the temple, and then went to Danushkodi. Danushkodi is a small village in the southernmost part of Rameshwaram island, midway between India and Sri Lanka and is just about 30 km. far from the ‘tear drop’ island(Sri Lanka). It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life. Danush means bow and Kodi means the end. This is the place where Lord Rama struck a bow to break the sethu that he built, to rescue his consort Sita from Sri Lanka. The breaking of the sethu(bridge) was done on the request of Vibhishana, the brother of Ravana and ally of Rama. That is how the place got its name.
This is the place where the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet. It is a spectacular sight to see. One part of the water body is quite calm and serene whereas the other part is full of energy and spirit. The difference can literally be seen. The beach here is very beautiful as is everywhere else in the world. Here also one can see the typical white and turquoise blue colour combination(white coloured sand and turquoise blue coloured water) just as in most of the beaches around the world. But what makes the Danushkodi beach different from the rest of the beaches is that, there is one particular point in the island(you can see that in the picture below) where you have water on all three sides and land on just one side. This is easily the best part of the island. You have water coming in from all three sides and when you stand there bare foot, its a beautiful experience to feel the loose beach sand beneath your feet get washed away by the force of the waves. Only the part that you are standing on, gets washed away. A hollow starts to appear beneath your feet. The area around you remains at the same level. It is almost as if you were sinking into the sand. Then there is the wind blowing from all directions. This part of India is totally cut off from the rest of the world. There is nothing but peace here, of course apart from the roaring of the waves and the murmuring of the wind.
It is said that when looked from this point, about 2 to 6 km far away, one can see a change in the pattern of the waves, almost as if the waves were crashing against something beneath the surface of water. This is the Rama Sethu, the bridge built by Rama with the help of monkeys, with stones, to save Sita who had been abducted by Ravana and taken to Lanka.
The ride to Danushkodi was however, very tedious. We were taken in huge trucks which are capable of containing about 20 people, when jam packed. There were times when we thought that the truck would just topple. Luckily it didn’t 🙂 But the trouble was worth it.
Danushkodi had been a developing town before 1964. But in the year 1964, a highly intense storm destroyed the town severely. Before the disaster there had even been trains that ran from Danushkodi to Pamban but the storm caused severe damage to the railway tracks. The remnants of the railway tracks as well as the railway station can still be seen.
A trip to Rameshwaram is incomplete without visiting Danushkodi.