Reached our destination around 8.30am and headed straight to the Tamil Nadu Hotel, run by Tamil Nadu tourism, not a very good place but OK. After breakfast and refreshment, headed straight to the beach for a holy dip. Was a little hesitant abt it, but was forced to do it. And then directly to the Rameshwaram temple for a holy shower in the 22 theerthams. The minute you are out of the beach, ppl throng you to hire them for the theerthams service (hmmm, they actually fetch a bucket of water from the well and pour it on you and follow the person to the next well and then it goes on…) and the charge is on a per person basis. These theerthams are actually wells located at different parts of the temple, each one name after a God or a character of Ramayan. All these wells had only about one or two feet of very clear water. Though these wells are located very close to each other, the taste of water varies from sweet to very salty water. Nature at its best, I would say! Went back to the hotel fully drenched.
By afternoon, we were ready for the local sightseeing and was amazed at the fresh breeze, beauty of the ocean, the sun set and what not! A few pictures for you
The view from Ramar padham, a place where Lord Rama is believed to have set his foot. May be that where he drafted his project plan ;)
The Pamban Railway bridge, that opens up to let the ships pass by. Pic taken from the Pamban bridge (roadway)
Seeing the beach from a bridge is a very exiting sight!
The Sunset ............
The sethu shore - Calm amidst the controversies
I've never seen a sun rise so beautiful...
My family's little star holding the star of the Solar system
A ride on sand to Dhanushkoti
A barren Dhanushkoti
The turbulent Bay of Bengal
The silent Indian Ocean
Clear unpolluted waters of the ocean
What was once supposed to be the railway track
Then to a few more temples and started off to Chennai by 8.15pm!