Rameshwaram Tourism

Rameshwaram Tourism

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Rameshwaram Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • Altitude: 10 m
  • Pincode: 623001
  • District: Ramanathapuram
  • Language: Tamil
  • STD code: 04573
  • Weather: Summer 25 to 38°C, Winter 17 to 32°C

History of Rameshwaram

The town of Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu is one of the holiest places in India. Its history dates back to the times of Ramayana. According to a Hindu mythology, Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva in Rameshwaram on his return from Sri Lanka after killing Ravana and getting back Goddess Sita. It is said that the Ramanathaswamy Temple is built by Lord Rama. Hence the temple and the town of Rameshwaram were named after Lord Rama.

People and Culture of Rameshwaram

Being one of the popular pilgrimages of the Hindus, Rameshwaram is full of tourists all year round. Majority of the people here are Hindus and main language spoken here are Tamil, Hindi and English.

Maha Shivratri, Dusshera, Arudhra Darshanam, Diwali, Thai Amavasya and Mahalaya Amavasai are festivals which are celebrated with immense significance.

Things to Do in Rameshwaram

Besides being a pilgrimage, Rameshwaram is situated at the tip of Indian Peninsula and is connected to mainland India Pamban Bridge. There are several places to visit in Rameshwaram. Rameshwaram Temple is undeniably one of the major places to see in Rameshwaram. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the holiest place to worship for the Hindus. Another popular sightseeing in Rameshwaram is Agnitheertham. The water of Agnitheertham is believed to be sacred and is considered to be the very spot where Rama worshipped Lord Shiva after his return from Sri Lanka.

Ramanathaswamy Temple is another one of Rameshwaram attractions. The temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and is also popular for its splendour architecture. Rameshwaram sightseeing is also incomplete without a visit to the Five Faced Hanuman Temple. In this temple, Lord Hanuman is said to have revealed his five identities. Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, Ariyaman Beach and Adam’s Bridge are other few Rameshwaram tourist places that you must pay a visit to.

Food and Shopping in Rameshwaram

Things to do in Rameshwaram also includes munching on the local cuisine and shopping. Dosa, Rasam, Sambhar, Coconut Chutney are the local delicacies of the town of Rameshwaram. All restaurants serve the local food and other cuisines as well.

Handicraft items of Rameshwaram are very famous. Shops outside Rameshwaram temple sell unique showpieces which are made of shells, palm leaves and beads. There are many markets in the town where you can fine other hand crafted items.

Accommodation in Rameshwaram

For transport options and figuring out how to reach Rameshwaram, tourists can choose from a variety of options like travelling by bus, by train, by taxi or by flight. Though Rameshwaram does not have an airport, the nearest one is Madurai Airport. One can take a flight to Madurai and then take a cab or a bus to Rameshwaram. From guest houses, to budget hotels to luxury hotels, Rameshwaram also has a variety of option for accommodation. One can choose to stay in hotels in Rameshwaram that are in close proximity to Rameshwaram places to visit. Plan Rameshwaram tour early this season and book a hotel in advance to avoid the last minute hassle.

Rameshwaram is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Madurai and Trichy.

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  • Senthil
  • 5 Reviews
  •  74 readers

"Rameswaram" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Very nice place, especially for temple lovers.
23 wells inside the temple is amazing, each has different tastes. Hopefully there might be scientific effect too.
You can see men wearing white dothi and white shirt and they are the temple contractors.
You can buy tickets in the temple counters itself. Please don't bribe and ask suggestions from hotel staff nor the broker they might cheat you.
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Vijay patel

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  • Vijay patel
  • 3 Reviews
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"Not worth visiting"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The Temple was really build so huge and beautiful but is not maintain well and has only became a business for all the pandits. There is no proper maintenance of the premises. Additional to that they are not keeping it clean. And it seems they are wasting lot of water on the name of "snan".
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Sujeesh km

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  • Sujeesh km
  • 2 Reviews
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  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The overall experience in Rameswaram was really awesome. I have been to this temple before but I never got such a fabulous visit in the temple before. We have reached there at around 7. 45 in the evening but there was no crowd in the temple but was witnessed for a great special ritual of God Sri. Ramanatha Swami. Its is nice one should be witnessed.
Also the other place to visit is Dhanushkodi. I believe the opening of the road to public is about next month. After that we can drive our own vehicle to edge (Dhanushkodi) and enjoy the beauty without depending on any other local Jeep or any other service.
I would recommend that one should visit the holy place atleast once in life time.
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  • Harshwrdhan
  • 4 Reviews
  •  335 readers

"Overall very good"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 18, 2017
The hotel was very nearer to our destination rameshvaram. And the destination was marvoulous as we get every thing we want like jain thali which is without onion and many other things which makes our journey easier. But somewhere we get in trouble when no one tells us about the fares or tickets in the temple also no one tells about the rules of temple like first we have to take Bath in sea before entering the temple thee the receptionist of men towers help us.
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  • KP
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  2035 readers

"Satisfyingly solemn experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 6, 2017
Happened to visit Rameshwaram after almost 4 decades. Had memories of a dirty place earlier.
The town is reasonably cleaner and better organised now. The main arterial road is clean, the public transport (auto-rickshaws) neat and even the smaller bye-lanes are clean.
The temple itself is a gigantic art museum. The long decorated (sculpted and painted) corridors of the temple are unique and could potentially devour a significant time to admire (unfortunately we had not planned it accordingly). The arrangements for the darshan were also reasonably good and organised. The nuisance of the 'pandas' which is quite pronounced at Jagannathpuri and Dwarka is much less here.
There is only one aberration which requires early correction - the transport by cars/ autos etc is limited to the Western gate which is about 500 metres from the eastern gate of the temple. Unfortunately, all the support systems for the invalid/ old people are available only at the EAstern Gate. One has to get down from his vehicle at the western gate- walk across to eastern gate to fetch a wheel-chair, accommodate the old persons from the western gate to the temple and back to the western gate and then go back to return the wheel chair at the eastern gate. Extremely circuitous, unfriendly to the old/invalid and unfortunately stupid.
The Dhanushkodi beach is vey much a visit for its serene beauty.
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Piyush Gulati

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  • Piyush Gulati
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 5 photos
  • 22 Reviews
  •  24 helpful votes
  •  146987 readers

"Rameshwaram temple visit with family."

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 9, 2017
Rameshwaram is place located in bay of Bengal and famous for Lord shiv temple.
You can reach there by bus, car, taxi or train.
Rameshwaram is near about 200 km far from Madurai.
From Madurai you can reach Rameshwaram by crossing bridge which is made on sea.
In Rameshwaram
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  • Himanshu Khandelwal
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 32 photos
  • 10 Reviews
  •  42 helpful votes
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"Very nice religious place & one of the jyotrilinga"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 3, 2017
Most beautiful religious place and one the jyotrilinga. Rameshwaram situated near to Sri Lanka border & beach and sea surrounded the City.
1)Don't Pay 500 or 200 or 300 to Panda or Pandit for quick Darshan. You can easily darshan the Shiv ling & 22 kind snan in 2-2. 5 hours.
Only you need to pay Rs 25 for Bath
2)Select Hotel near to Temple Parking area
3)Take first Bath in Agnitirtham then go to 22 kund (wells) snan in temple
4)Left all Mobile & footwear in hotel and carry cash in plastic polythene
5)Carry extra cloth as require to change dress after Bath otherwise no entry in Main shiv temple
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  • Umang Kardani
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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  • 37 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
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"Not bad but not ever appreciable"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Feb 5, 2017
I visited great Rameshwaram temple and I feel that it was good pace by infrastructure but also feel that there was very dirty foul smelling around the temple corridor of that some wells and people taking Bath there as well as they were walking with wet clothes that was very unhygienic I really don't appreciate that.
I visited Dhanushkodi Beach and the Memorial house was awesome.
I love the Rameshwaram beach.
Temple of Vibhishana was also good place.
Some were saying that there was ramsetu was here but can't find any proof about that.
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  • 7rishabh
  • 7 photos
  • 16 Reviews
  •  23 helpful votes
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"Best temple of lord shiva."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 18, 2017
I visited rameswaram with my friends last week. You can easily visit all places within 1-2 day you can find cheap hotels near temple and good food. The places to visit are 1- Ramanthswamy temple, 2- Dhanuskodi beach, 3-Dhanuskodi point, 4- kalam house, 5- vibhisan temple 6-pamban bridge and many more temples please go with family or friends it is very nice place.
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  • Padmnabham tiwari
  • 2 Reviews
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  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Dec 24, 2016
The only good place to visit in Rameswaram is Ramnathswamy temple( Rameswaram Temple) and Indira Gandhi Road Bridge on sea rat is just underdeveloped area. But Temple darshan is worth visiting the place. Dhaneshkhodi was a place with high expectation but later it was found not worth visiting at all except the beach view of Indian ocean there.
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