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Old 22nd October 2012, 15:17   #16
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...You can board a matador to reach the Dhanushkodi. ...
Are you sure that it was a Matador vehicle? I have seen only Mahindra FJ 460/470 4X4 vans doing duty there.

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@maheshramaling, any recommendations for a hotel in Rameshwaram or Dhanushkodi? We are planning to drive down from Bangalore. Thanks in advance.
Exactly a year back visited Rameshwaram & Dhanushkodi. Had stayed at TTDC Hotel Tamilnadu, renovated Sea Facing AC Rooms with ample parking place. Breakfast included. But the food quality is not all that good.

Regarding Dhanushkodi, drove all the way till a small village where the tar road ends. Park the car and get into one of the many 4x4 vehicle which take you to lands end. Its past the old abandoned Dhanushkodi town. they took us till lands end. From there on its shallow sea and few sandy islands towards Sri Lanka.
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If you are going with family or a group (of max 6 people) would suggest renting a Jeep (CJ3B) from Rameshwaram town itself. This way you have the whole vehicle to yourself and can be there at the place at your time.
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@maheshramaling, any recommendations for a hotel in Rameshwaram or Dhanushkodi? We are planning to drive down from Bangalore. Thanks in advance.
CJP,

You should also include Chettinad in your itinerary. either you can stay in Karaikkudi and do trip or viist Karaikkudi on your way back. Pls take a look at my TL on Chettinad here.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ing-menus.html (Fauji's Drivologues: Charming Chettinad - Magnificent Mansions & Mouth Watering Menus)
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Are you sure that it was a Matador vehicle? I have seen only Mahindra FJ 460/470 4X4 vans doing duty there.
Here is the picture and looks like it is mahindra and not matador!
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If you are going with family or a group (of max 6 people) would suggest renting a Jeep (CJ3B) from Rameshwaram town itself. This way you have the whole vehicle to yourself and can be there at the place at your time.
I second this option of DWind's. I was there last year. We hired a jeep for Rs.1000, he took us to the edge and gave us about an hour to hang around. This place is just out of the world - serene and scary at the same time. The driver pointed out to two different shades of sea and said one is Indian Ocean and the other is Bay of Bengal (not sure how far this is true). But we had a gala time in the shallow sea with white sand. Just do not miss this. As a part of the package the driver took us to another temple along the way, Dr. Kalam's house and a souvenir store run by Dr. Kalam's newphews (as told by the driver).

I also second @dreamdiesel about TTDC. Its very close to the main temple (helps a lot if you are taking bath in those 20+ wells). Clean, spacious rooms, ample parking and bang opp the sea, with the jetty for fun rides just stone's throw away. The service levels of the staff were exemplary for a govt enterprise.

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CJP,

You should also include Chettinad in your itinerary. either you can stay in Karaikkudi and do trip or viist Karaikkudi on your way back. Pls take a look at my TL on Chettinad here.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ing-menus.html (Fauji's Drivologues: Charming Chettinad - Magnificent Mansions & Mouth Watering Menus)
@Fauji - Thanks a lot Sir, under time pressure during this trip. Your travelogue is very inspiring, esp. the Chettinad food, the family loves Chettinad cuisine. We are planning to include that as part of our next Velankanni trip this year.

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I second this option of DWind's. I was there last year. We hired a jeep for Rs.1000, he took us to the edge and gave us about an hour to hang around. This place is just out of the world - serene and scary at the same time. The driver pointed out to two different shades of sea and said one is Indian Ocean and the other is Bay of Bengal (not sure how far this is true). But we had a gala time in the shallow sea with white sand. Just do not miss this. As a part of the package the driver took us to another temple along the way, Dr. Kalam's house and a souvenir store run by Dr. Kalam's newphews (as told by the driver).

I also second @dreamdiesel about TTDC. Its very close to the main temple (helps a lot if you are taking bath in those 20+ wells). Clean, spacious rooms, ample parking and bang opp the sea, with the jetty for fun rides just stone's throw away. The service levels of the staff were exemplary for a govt enterprise.

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@Prasad - Very useful information, any tips on negotiating with the locals is always useful. Thanks very much.

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Exactly a year back visited Rameshwaram & Dhanushkodi. Had stayed at TTDC Hotel Tamilnadu, renovated Sea Facing AC Rooms with ample parking place. Breakfast included. But the food quality is not all that good.

Regarding Dhanushkodi, drove all the way till a small village where the tar road ends. Park the car and get into one of the many 4x4 vehicle which take you to lands end. Its past the old abandoned Dhanushkodi town. they took us till lands end. From there on its shallow sea and few sandy islands towards Sri Lanka.
@deamdiesel - thanks very much, just finished booking the Queen Palace. another T-BHPian stayed here recently. Definitely aim to travel to lands end.

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It is almost the end of November and I'm really hoping to get a break from work for a long road trip - yes, it's been about 7 months since our trip to Munnar (we also drove to Mangalore/Udupi during the Independence Day long weekend but no time away from work that time). Now that December was round the corner, I started dreaming about a road trip. December means a week of school holidays for my daughter so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to plan for a trip if I could manage to get time off.

Coming soon on your favourite browser, watch this space for details !
@NPV - many thanks for your detailed travelogue, it was the primary trigger for this road trip
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Regarding Dhanushkodi, drove all the way till a small village where the tar road ends. Park the car and get into one of the many 4x4 vehicle which take you to lands end. Its past the old abandoned Dhanushkodi town. they took us till lands end. From there on its shallow sea and few sandy islands towards Sri Lanka.
Thanks @dreamdiesel. This was my question when I came to the thread. I am planning a visit to Madurai and Rameshwaram starting on Friday this week (Oct 3rd-5th). Hopefully will have time to check out Dhanushkodi as well. Can anyone please confirm if it is still open to tourists?

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Thanks @dreamdiesel. This was my question when I came to the thread. I am planning a visit to Madurai and Rameshwaram starting on Friday this week (Oct 3rd-5th). Hopefully will have time to check out Dhanushkodi as well. Can anyone please confirm if it is still open to tourists?

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Worry not - its a good plan except you'll be really rushed. We did it over four days with pondicherry thrown in but the kids went mad driving rameswaram-pondy (almost 9 hours).
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Worry not - its a good plan except you'll be really rushed. We did it over four days with pondicherry thrown in but the kids went mad driving rameswaram-pondy (almost 9 hours).
Thanks @phamilyman. Ended up doing up a trip in 4 days too. Spent Sunday evening on the beach at the Indian Navy check post and went for a cloudy sunrise on Monday morning to Dhanushkodi It was a great experience!
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Hello, typically how much does it cost to rent a 4x4 vehicle for a ride to Dhanushkodi and back to a hotel in Rameshwaram? Just wanted to get a rough idea. Thanks.
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Hello, typically how much does it cost to rent a 4x4 vehicle for a ride to Dhanushkodi and back to a hotel in Rameshwaram? Just wanted to get a rough idea. Thanks.
We paid Rs.1000/- from the hotel to Dhanushkodi and back, this was couple of years ago.
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Would love to visit the place.

Small question.

Are our own 4x4 Capable vehicles allowed? Ive seen videos of pajeros driving around.
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Are our own 4x4 Capable vehicles allowed? Ive seen videos of pajeros driving around.
I don't think there is any restriction on private vehicles driving on the ruts/sand.
Remembered our own forum member @ajithkumarlb had taken his Scorpio automatic 4x4 to Dhanushkodi, see his post - here (Bangalore - Rameshwaram : Route Queries)
Also remember reading in another thread that the road is being extended further in towards lands end and about 4-5 Km of it is ready - details here (Govt plans 10 kms road to Land's End at Dhanushkodi)

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Would love to visit the place.

Small question.

Are our own 4x4 Capable vehicles allowed? Ive seen videos of pajeros driving around.
There is no restriction for private vehicles. But you would need to inform at the police check post before taking your vehicle.
It is advisable to take a local as a guide with you, as it can get quite tricky sometimes.
Last year, I had taken my Scorpio 4WD to land's end. It was me, my wife, my mom and a localite. Although I felt there was no need for 4WD, but to be safe I drove in 4H all along...
Do let me know if you are interested, I can share the contact.
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