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Old 2nd June 2009, 14:11   #16
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I heard there are Coral Reefs around Rameshwaram. Did you happen to go to any of them ?
No sir. Couldn't make it. May be next time. Umm, need to collect info on the location of them.
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Great snaps and a nice write up! This is in my list of places to visit and has come at a right time. I can plan for a trip during the year end.
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Chikku Bukku Railu pics are awesome..what an angle to have shot the pics from.
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the pongal vada sambar looks amazing. I am sure it tasted fantastic. Nice travelogue and good pics of the train. Must be scary sitting in the train and seeing only water on either side!
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Hi mjothi: Nice travelogue and photographs
reminded me of my trip of South India (including Rameshwaram) with my parents way back in 1984-85. i was in the 7th standard at that time. there was no road bridge to Rameshwarm. Train was the only way to go there. i still remember the train journey.
we had also seen the railway bridge opening up to allow the boats to pass through.
Amazing construction.

waiting for next post/details about your trip...
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Your travelogue reminded my journey to this area.

Had you visited Bibhishan temple on the way to Dhanushyakodi?
Any toll tax at Pamban bridge/Indira setu?
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I hope we get to see the ruins of the old railway station and the church at dhanushkodi.
its coming up next soon.!

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Great snaps and a nice write up! This is in my list of places to visit and has come at a right time. I can plan for a trip during the year end.
Make sure you stay one night in there. It will be more fun. There are so many places surrounding this place. All would be nice to see.

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Chikku Bukku Railu pics are awesome..what an angle to have shot the pics from.
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the pongal vada sambar looks amazing. I am sure it tasted fantastic. Nice travelogue and good pics of the train. Must be scary sitting in the train and seeing only water on either side!
Pongal was really tasty. I really want to travel in train once in that section. I am sure it would be a unique experience.

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Hi mjothi: Nice travelogue and photographs
reminded me of my trip of South India (including Rameshwaram) with my parents way back in 1984-85. i was in the 7th standard at that time. there was no road bridge to Rameshwarm. Train was the only way to go there. i still remember the train journey.
we had also seen the railway bridge opening up to allow the boats to pass through.
Amazing construction.

waiting for next post/details about your trip...
ya, I was eager to see those bridges open. may be we should get some local inputs to know the timing, if any, for the same and plan accordingly.

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Your travelogue reminded my journey to this area.

Had you visited Bibhishan temple on the way to Dhanushyakodi?
Any toll tax at Pamban bridge/Indira setu?
No we did not go to any temple on teh way. I saw the temple from the main road. But since we were planning for Ramar Padham and Devipattinam (Navagraha temple) we gave a pass to this.

No toll anywhere around here. Just parking charges near temple & Dhanuskodi.

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Old 2nd June 2009, 20:03   #23
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How can I forget Jigarthanda/Jillthanda.
mjothi, are you a native of Madurai or just married to a Madurai girl ?
Lucky guy because:
"Namma Madurai karanga ella paasakkaara pasanga"
Adra Sakka, Adra Sakka,Adra Sakka

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Old 2nd June 2009, 21:23   #24
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Once done with lunch, we headed to Danuskodi. The route to Danuskodi was really awesome. The roads are covered with sands, both side of the roads are full of trees and we could also see the sea on both sides. In some places, a small wall is being constructed to stop water & sand coming to roads.

You will be greeted by those blue & green waves from sea, trying to catch you. We parked the vehicle there and took a tempo to reach the Gulf of Mannar. The public transport here is the tempo, which are all converted to 4x4. They charge 80rs for both up & down per person.

Enough of talking, lets see the clicks

Road all along sea
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Greeting waves
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Modern 4x4

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This is how you get-in

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Mud, Mud Mud everywhere
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Once a Train Station - Long long ago!!!
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Ruins of the old Church
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Looking through the eyes of ruins
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How's it!
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Lonely boat
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Under repair - Need a good A.S.S, any clue?
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Trees/branches - A beauty, with or without leaves!
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We saw a dead tortise on the shore. We heard that its been lying there from morning. I was surprised that no one took any initiative to dispose it off. Why I was surprised is, this is exactly opposite to the police post

Tortise - Dead :(
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After seeing all these, we left the place without heart to leave. What to do, all beginnings does have an end. Right?

Its time to say good bye to these history and go to even older historical places. Yes, next stop is Ramar Paadham.

See you there shortly...
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That's really sad to see a dead turtle. Must have got caught in the fishing trailer and they must have dumped it at shore. Sad no one had a heart to give it a proper burial.
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Ramar Paadham is actually located on a small hill. More than the scenery I loved the wind over there. Lovely.

You will see the foot prints of Lord Rama in here. People do offer flowers and pooja to that.

It also gives a very good view of entire Rameswaram, Shiv Temple and sea.

I did not do any clicks in here. Surprising, but thats true.

Next stop was to Devipatinam. Its accessible from Ramnad town. You need to take a deviation to the right from the town to reach the temple. You have the Navagraham temple here.

Previously it used to be accessible only by boats. Boatmen will take you in boat and do round about the statues (ruined ones). But now you have bridge constructed and people can directly walk along and do pooja. The water level will make it difficult to see all the nne statues. This time I was able to see only 5. Rest are all inside water.

Some clicks from the temple.

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Can't have enough of the pics.. keep them coming please.
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Where are the pics of the old post office and the ruins of the temple ? Listen up mate, we need more pics of dhanuskodi .

BTW didn't you walk up to the end point there ? The locals say its something like 16kms or so from there to Sri-lanka.
Another thing is that this small town was off the electricity grid then, don't know if it has changed lately. Most of the huts there used to have televisions running off batteries. I still remember on our way back to rameshwaram we had about 6-8 batteries loaded into our jeep which were to be recharged there.

Once again thanks for bringing up some wonderful memories of this place, I can never have enough of it.The very sight of this place takes you back to into history coz most of it is in ruins.
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Did you visit the house where Abdul Kalam was born? His relatives still live there.
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Where are the pics of the old post office and the ruins of the temple ? Listen up mate, we need more pics of dhanuskodi .

BTW didn't you walk up to the end point there ? The locals say its something like 16kms or so from there to Sri-lanka.
Another thing is that this small town was off the electricity grid then, don't know if it has changed lately. Most of the huts there used to have televisions running off batteries. I still remember on our way back to rameshwaram we had about 6-8 batteries loaded into our jeep which were to be recharged there.

Once again thanks for bringing up some wonderful memories of this place, I can never have enough of it.The very sight of this place takes you back to into history coz most of it is in ruins.
Still I dont see any sight of electricity. I heard that they use kerosene lamps.

No I could not do much deepr into the place. The tempo wala was making everyone to return faster. May be next time, I plan to hire a vehicle just for us. So, we can spent more time in there.

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Did you visit the house where Abdul Kalam was born? His relatives still live there.
No. Again, time constraint. The local friends were telling that his house is still the same as it used to be years before. Still with those same walls which are not even cemented. Forget paints.
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