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Mother and daughter singing "Nenjil jil jil" song

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"Nenjil jil jil" song at Dhanushkodi, Rameswaram,

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Dhanushkodi is the last village (Land's End) on the Indian side. It is only 18 kilometres away from Sri Lanka. Dhanushkodi is a town/village at the southern tip of the Rameswaram island, at the eastern coast of the Tamil Nadu state of India. Before 1964, Dhanushkodi was a thriving fishing village. The cyclone of 1964 destroyed everything including the Dhanushkodi railway line running from Pamban Station and a passenger train with over 100 passengers drowned in the sea. Currently Dhanushkodi is called the "Ghost Town" or a "Town of Destruction"because of all the ruins in it. Also, there are remains of the railway track, post office, church on banks of the Indian Ocean where once the village of Dhanushkodi thrived. Dhanushkodi has the only land border between India and Sri Lanka which is one of the smallest in the world-just 50 yards in length on a shoal in Palk Strait. According to mythology, this is the place where Rama broke his bow to destroy the Ram Sethu, hence the name Dhanushkodi. The beach at Dhanushkodi has white sand and stunning turquoise-blue waters where the Bay of Bengal meets the Indian Ocean. The sand is too soft and hence a bike or on foot would be the best option to get here. At Dhanushkodi one can see the deep and rough waters of Indian Ocean meeting the shallow and calm waters of Bay of Bengal. Since the sea is shallow here, one can walk into Bay of Bengal and witness the colourful corals, fishes, seaweeds, star fishes and sea cucumber etc.

How to Get There

You have to forsake your own transport at Dhanushkodi. Only open trucks ferry people to Dhanushkodi and can go on the beach. Since it is only 18 km from Sri Lanka, the security is very tight. Even photography is prohibited by the Navy. It is about 20 km away from Rameswaram.

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