Dhanushkodi is an abandoned town at the south-eastern tip of Pamban Island and is about 18 miles (29 km) west of Talaimannar in Sri Lanka. The town was destroyed during the 1964 Rameshwaram cyclone and remains uninhabited in the aftermath. According to the Hindu epic Ramayana, Lord Rama built a bridge to connect India and Sri Lanka, in order to carry his troops. Rama marked the spot for the bridge with one end of his bow which later became Dhanushkodi meaning end of the bow. On 17 December 1964, a depression formed at 5°N 93°E in the South Andaman Sea. On 19 December, it intensified into a cyclonic storm. After 21 December 1964, it moved westwards, almost in a straight line, at the rate of 400 to 550 kilometres per day. On 22 December, it crossed Vavuniya in Sri Lanka and made landfall at Dhanushkodi on the night of 22–23 December 1964. Estimated wind velocity was 280 kilometres per hour and tidal waves were 7 meters (23 ft) high. An estimated 1,800 people died in the cyclonic storm on 22 December including 115 passengers on board the Pamban – Dhanushkodi passenger train. The entire town was marooned and the Government of Madras declared Dhanushkodi as a Ghost town, unfit for living. In December 2004, the sea around Dhanushkodi receded about 500 meters (1,600 ft) from the coastline, exposing the submerged part of the town for a while followed by massive tsunami waves that struck the coast.