My segment in the film “Katha Sangama” was shot at Dhanushkodi, near Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. We shot there for two days and for some reason, we had to extend the shoot for another day.
A road in the midst of the Bay of Bengal and the Indian ocean. One can even see the border of Sri Lanka from the end of the road.
“What if the ocean engulfed the entire road”, thoughts like this would linger in my head. The waves would splash at us from both sides and they were so loud that sometimes while shooting, we couldn’t hear the instructions!
We visited the Church of Dhanushkodi, also known as the ruined temple. The place came to be known as the ghost town of Dhanushkodi after it was massacred by a cyclone in 1964. The skeletal remains of the church, the buildings, schools, the railway stations are reminiscent of the disaster that shook the entire nation 56 years ago.
When I walked on its sand and looked the church remains, I could feel utter horror the residents of Dhanushkodi must’ve felt on that fateful night. Dhanushkodi was once a thriving town but is now one of the most deserted areas in the country. Yet, this place also had a sense of calmness and belonging and for a traveller like me, that’s something!
Of the many abandoned huts, some of the residents there had installed solar panels on top of their huts for electricity, which was brilliant of them.
After the beach visit, we had gone to shop shells and other sea ornaments. I had a wonderful time at this place! Do visit Dhanushkodi if you’re on your way to Rameswaram.