Sunday, January 18, 2009

A view of Lanka



At the southern tip of Rameswaram is Dhanushkodi, just about 18 miles west of Talaimannar in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Once a sort of border between India and Ceylon, Dhanushkodi, I understand, was only about 50 yards long.

In 1964, the Dhanushkodi rail line was destroyed in a cyclone and hundreds of passengers in a train were swept into the sea. The railway line between Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi was eventually abandoned and, today, you see only water where once there was land. Before 1964, there was a train service from Madras Egmore to Dhanushkodi, and people would then travel by steamer to Ceylon.

Pictures here show a view of the Sri Lankan mainland from Dhanushkodi, and, quite out of context really, this remarkable bull we spotted on the seashore nearby.

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