We woke up a bit late and had to hurry for the tour. Our cab was waiting along with suriya. We were accompanied by heavy rain aswell ! As we started our journey towards dhanushkodi, we could see the cloud formation. We had a little photoshoot and then continued our journey towards dhanushkodi. Heavy rain started and we were forced to reduce speed. The road from Dhanushkodi to "Aarichal Munai" was closed due to rise in sea level. We were informed that the pillar was collapsed and the region is submerged by sea water. Light drizzle accompanied us the whole day and that cause a serious delay in our plan. We visited the old church and railway station which is now a major tourist attraction and stands as a scary reminder of the fatal night which turned the glorious Dhanushkodi to a ghost land. We could also see many building remains scattered across dhanushkodi. The rail tracks were removed recently by the Indian Railways, said our friend. There is no electricity till day in dhanushkodi. It is actually a ghost land with scars of cyclone that hit dhanushkodi during 1964. SriLanka is roughly 20 kms away from arichal munai and we could get airtel SriLanka signal from Dhanushkodi itself ! After all sight seeing, we then returned to our hotel.
【Dhanushkodi Disaster in brief:
A depression formed at south Andaman sea gets intensified into a cyclonic storm and hit dhanushkodi on 22 december,1964 night with high power. It is belived to have a velocity of 280Km/hr and with tidal waves with 20 feet height. When this disastrous cyclone hit dhanushkodi, it also overthrew a passenger train which then was crossing pamban bridge killing every single soul onboard that train. It is estimated that around 1700+ people lost their lives. Goverment declared Dhanushkodi as Ghost Town as its unfit for living. 】
After taking some rest, we then went to Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam Sir's Memorial where he rests in peace. Its on the main road itself (left side, towards rameshwaram). Everyone visiting rameshwaram must visit this place, because the building is full of informations. Such a wonderful place. Please note its a strict No Photography zone. If carrying camera, you can give to the counter. And people visiting are not supposed to takeout thier mobile camera as well. The Memorial contains various information regarding Dr.APJ Sir, his works, his awards, his personal belongings, his achievements etc. Observe carefully and you'll be inspired ! From a common man to the missile man of India... Its not a common thing. Visit this place and you'll see his visions.
We then went to the famous "Pamban Bridge". Actual Pamban Railway bridge was destroyed by 1964 Cyclone and can see the remains there. We waited for the train to arrive at pamban bridge. It was such a wonderful experience. Lots of people were at Pamban bridge road to watch train crossing and strict police patrol is there for our safety. After a short wait, came the Madurai - Rameshwaram Passenger train. Accompanied by the chilling wind, she started crawling through pamban bridge in dead slow speed with care. That view was one of my dreams.
After visiting pamban, we then visited a private area ( not that private, just a place where tourists are not seen), near to Vivekananda memorial. That place was just awesome and we walked till the tip and were welcomed by Indian Coast Goard Patrol team and thier Hovercraft ! As the sun started to set, nature revealed its beauty... Golden sky and chilling breeze made our day even more better. We spent almost 2 hours there enjoying the nature. Its time for us to leave for our hotel and to wrap this day.