About Dhanushkodi Town
This is a beautiful yet abandoned temple town which is situated on the southern most part of the town of Rameshwaram. This town was washed away completely during the cyclone in the year 1964 and thus was abandoned. Touristry is budding in this place but it is advised to visit this place during the daytime only. Though there are people who term this place as the 'Ghost Town', the main reason for the caution is the lack of communication facilities from here. The nearmost town is Rameshwaram but the both of these places have no railway links at all. It is either a local bus or a car that you have to opt for to come and go back from here. The main attractions of this town are the Rama Temple and the confluence site of the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. Indian Ocean is known as Ratnakara and the Bay of Bengal as the Mahodadhi in the local language.
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Best time to visit Dhanushkodi Town is from November to March
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284 Kms from Dhanushkodi Town
Best time to visit - November,December
Cuddalore is a beach town in Tamil Nadu that is popular for its appealing beaches and ancient temples. This former port town on the Bay of Bengal still retains its old world charm. Beaches with boat houses, a few churches from the bygone eras and marvellous sceneries cover this tranquil region. Towards the east of the town is Silver Beach, which is famed as one of the longest beaches in Asia. It is frequented around the year by tourists from all over India. The dilapidated fort of St. David makes for a thrilling experience. Its ruins remain on the Gadilam River and add to the splendour of the town. Catch a view of the backwaters from here and don't forget to take pictures. Take a boat ride through the narrow water channels of the Pichavaram Mangrove forests, formed by the Cauvery river. Extremely scenic and serene, this place is also home to many migrant birds. Cuddalore ranks high in spiritual significance and is home to a number of Hindu temples. The temples of Padaleeswarar, Bhuvaraha Swami and Thiruvandipuram dot the town. You can enjoy authentic South Indian cuisine here and in case you want to take a souvenir back home, the Panruti dolls are a great choice.
Eravikulam National Park
280 Kms from Dhanushkodi Town
Best time to visit - April,May,June,September,October,November
This national park is the breathtaking home of a plethora of precious flora and fauna, and lies along the Western Ghats. Considered the magnum opus of Kerala, the park provides magnificent panoramic views of tea plantations and rolling hills blanketed in mist. The grasslands protect the endangered Nilgiri Tahr and harbour several other species of animals, birds and butterflies, including a new species of frog that was discovered recently. Eravikulam park becomes a sought after destination when the hill slopes get veiled by a carpet of blue, a miraculous phenomena caused by the flowering of Neelakurinji, which blooms only once in 12 years. Anamudi, translating to elephant's forehead and located within the park, is the highest peak of South India and its might and height of 8,842 ft can be enjoyed from a distance at Rajamala, from where the endangered Nilgiri Tahr can also be observed. The park provides a number of safaris for convenient and safe tourism around the park. The Kurinji Trail, which follows through misty tracks of protected animals and flowery grasslands, is a must for trekking lovers. Another famous but charming spot is the Lakkom Waterfalls, which provide an enchanting view along with an eco-shop cafeteria to eat at. Close to these falls is a log house, which offers comfortable accommodation with complimentary food and the much desired solitude and peace amidst the lap of nature.
241 Kms from Dhanushkodi Town
Best time to visit - April,May,June,August,September
Translating to 'the gift of the forest' in the native language of Tamil Nadu and originally home to the Palaiyar tribal people, this modern city has been a retreat long since the 19th century. Located in the hills of the Dindigul district, this city was established by British bureaucrats and American Christian missionaries. Kodaikanal offers an experience of stunning culture and natural beauty. Some famous attractions include Kodaikanal Lake, where one can always take a peaceful boat ride, Berijam Lake and Pillar Rocks. Take a walk in the pine forest or explore the Kukkal Caves and the Devil's Kitchen, a cave with a series of hidden ravines. Bear Shola falls, Glen Falls, Silver Cascade and Fairy falls make for a magical setting for nature lovers to observe and unwind. Religious dwellings such as the La Saleth Church, Lutheran Church and Subhramanya Temple are admired famously for their intricate architecture. For the inquisitive minds, Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, which is home to 500 species of taxidermy animals, birds and insects and the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory are great places to visit. Coakers walk, Silent Valley View Point, Perumal Peak and 80 Mile round make for interesting walks and treks, offering breathtaking views of the plains below. Natyanjali Festival, celebrated over 4 days, is a spectacular sight to behold with dazzling dance performances and top notch acts from across the country, which one can enjoy in the months of February or March. You can get a bite to eat at Cloud Street, Cafe Cariappa, Altaf's Cafe and Tava restaurants.
277 Kms from Dhanushkodi Town
Best time to visit - February,March,April,May,August,September,October,December
This is the kind of place that will look good on any camera, no matter which angle you take your picture from. Emerald green hills, with mist looming over them like wandering ghosts, Munnar makes for a vacation that will be etched in your memory for years. Munnar happens to be South India's largest tea growing region, hence a walk through its aromatic tea gardens cannot be missed. For more insight into the tea industry, the Tea Museum can make for an interesting visit. Sadly the meddling of the plantation industry with the flora and fauna, causes many species to lose their habitats and become endangered, some being the Nilgiri Thar, the Nilgiri wood-pigeon, the Grizzled Giant Squirrel, the gaur, the sambar, and the Neelakurinji flower, which blossoms only once in 12 years. Consequently, Munnar is home to many national parks, such as the renowned Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kurinjimala Sanctuary, Amaravati Reserve Forest, Anamudi Shola National Park and the Pampadum Shola National Park, a visit to which is highly educational and peaceful. More quiet and scenic spots include Devikulam Lake and Attukal waterfalls. Munnar also caters to restless spirits, who can enjoy adventure sports such as paragliding, rock climbing, rappelling and even cycling. Some famous places to eat are Rapsy restaurant, Saravana Bhavan and Eastend, all known for their delicious non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes. Munnar is easiest to access by road through state run or private buses, compared to flights since the nearest airport is in another city, Cochin. The nearest train station is in Aluva, although cabs and buses are easily available from both the places to reach Munnar.
281 Kms from Dhanushkodi Town
From Varkala, we took a bus to Trivandrum, our next destination. The capital of Kerala, its one the crowded cities in Kerala, situated on the west coast of India, and is bounded by Laccadive Sea to its west and the Western Ghats to its east. Like any other city, Trivandrum also has innumerable restaurants, which didn't fail to excite a foodie like me. Hotel Rehmaniya serves delicious beef, mutton and appam. Sneak into Hotel ZamZam for Malabari-style biriyani, and Hotel South Park for Onasadya, a typical Kerala recipe that will make your taste-buds go crazy!
281 Kms from Dhanushkodi Town
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,October,November,December
If you were the one to pick 'beach person' in one of those magazine quizzes, then Kovalam is the place for you want to be. This beach town in Kerala is what every laid back traveller is looking for. Laze around at the Samudra Beach with a book or your music, where you wouldn't have to worry about tourists thronging the spot. The Lighthouse Beach comparatively remains a popular tourist destination, but the trip is oh so worth it, for it will provide you with a view of the mighty Arabian Sea like no other from the very top of the lighthouse, which at night sets the entire area intermittently ablaze with its sporadic beams. The beach also has a surf club from where one can also learn the water sport. After you are done failing and hurting yourself innumerable times, treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage at the aromatic and serenely ambient Santhigiri Ayurveda Heritage. Restaurants and cafes such as Fusion, Swiss Cafe, German Bakery and Curry Leaf are the some of the most popular ones to devour local and multinational cuisines.
231 Kms from Dhanushkodi Town
Best time to visit - June,July,August,September,October
Known as Cardamom City, Theni is a small, picturesque town in the south. An unlikely holiday destination; it is visited only by people who either know about it or the locals in Tamil Nadu. There are tons of places to see in this small town where major trading of cotton, grapes, chilli and textiles take place. Though most of the great places are located around town, there are a few places of interest within the town as well. Do visit the popular Vellappar Temple, which is located in Mavoothu village. Even if you aren't the spiritual kind, the idyllic village life will completely charm you and makes for fond memories. Another great place is Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, located a few kilometres away from the main city. The sanctuary is beautiful and a relief from the concrete jungles we are used to. You can also spend a night at one of the sky bungalows here; in fact you must try and spend a night here. The mornings marked by a chorus of melodious bird songs, will stay with you for a long time. You can also visit Suruli Falls and Kumbakkarai Falls, located a few kilometre from the city. There are a few places to stay in Theni, though you may not find too many options.
254 Kms from Dhanushkodi Town
Sri Lanka is a hub of the apparel industry, and on the streets you will see many local boutiques and factory outlets selling branded clothes! Check out places such as Barefoot, which also has its own cafe, Laksala, a state gift shop and souvenir boutique or Odel, which is a huge shopping complex in the heart of Colombo. Your shopping spree will never come to an end if you visit these shops, or find better ones! All these outlets have good quality products, and are good value for money.