This landscape never stopped attracting catastrophes of unimaginable scales. The edge of the land that slowly vanishes in to shallow light blue sea has a story to tell: The story of a tragic night that shattered the lives and dreams of thousands of people.
The super cyclone that ravaged Dhanushkodi, the southern tip of Rameswar island, off the coast of eastern Tamil Nadu, five decades back, in 1964, had left nothing, but a few remains to tell the past glory of once a busy port town. Skeletal Remains of old port office, church; post office and railway station stand here as silent spectators of a forgotten chapter of history.
This vast sandy, salty, marshy and windy landscape now remains largely uninhabited except for few fishermen huts.
The other side of the island is very lively with famous Rameswar temple attracting millions of pilgrims every year. For a traveler, the entry to the island itself is a rewarding visual experience with the famous Pamban rail bridge and road bridge lying parallel welcoming each and every visitor.Rameswar is not just another island.
Strategically, economically and culturally it holds a special position. Being few miles away from Thalaimannar coast of Srilanka, Dhanushkodi’s strategic importance can never be under estimated. The island and its adjoining marine ecosystem become a hot environmental as well as politico-cultural issue whenever the question of Sethusamudram shipping project comes up for discussion.
While standing alone at Dhanushkodi, watching the land slowly vanishing in to the sea, I could feel the past talking to me. Hidden in this vastness of emptiness lies the cries and whispers of thousands of men and women, I felt. The strong waves and seamless flow of air are so powerful that we become just human creatures when facing them.