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Madurai - A Road to Ghost Town: Dhanushkodi Tour
Duration: 11 to 13 hours (Maximum)
Pick-up: anywhere in Madurai at 7am
Where is it from Madurai?
Roughly 4 hours drive from Madurai
How to experience it yourself?
Dhanuskodi’s history is the main reason to explore it; Once a bustling town, there was a train service up to Dhanushkodi called Boat Mail from Madras Egmore (Now Chennai Egmore) and the train linked to a steamer for ferrying travellers to Ceylon. On that night (22nd December 1964) at 23.55 hours while entering Dhanushkodi railway station, the train No.653, Pamban-Dhanushkodi Passenger, a daily regular service which left Pamban with 110 passengers and 5 railway staff, was only few yards before Dhanushkodi Railway station when it was hit by a massive tidal wave.
The whole train was washed away killing all 115 on board. All together over thousands of people died in the cyclonic storm. All dwelling houses and other structures in Dhanushkodi were marooned in the storm. There are remains of a church, railway station, School – all built in the British style. They have stone walls and that’s precisely why they are still there when all the other residential buildings made by local population were washed away by high tidal waves moved almost 10 kilometres onto this island. The area around Dhanushkodi has been frequently ravaged by several high-intensity cyclones and storms in the past. Following that disaster of 1964, the Government of Madras (now Chennai) declared the town as Ghost Town and unfit for living after the storm. Only a clutch of fishermen call it home today and no tourist is allowed to enter the town after 6 p.m.
Dhanushkodi is not for people who travel to a place “to do” something, it’s for those who pine the exact opposite. It touches your soul, makes time stand still and, above all, leaves you feeling insignificant in the larger scheme of things.
Drop-off at anywhere in Madurai after tour ends
• Pickup to till drop-off at your hotel
• Transport by air conditioned private vehicle with experienced professional driver
• Fuel surcharge, parking, toll, driver allowance, permits, GST and any other expenses which is related to vehicle
• Bottled water
• Entrance Fees
• Accommodations (click here to reserve)
• Food and Drinks
• All others which is not mentioned in inclusions