Rameshwaram Tourism
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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.



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Rameshwaram Traveller Reviews

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Vishwanathan

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"A must visit place for pilgrims, especially those who believe in Rama and those who want to perform"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Overall a good trip. Best to visit during November to March. After that the summer will be torrid and then the SW monsoon will take over followed by the NE monsoon. When the rains are heavy the trains get affected. Being tourist place, it is quite expensive. For going shradas it is better to get more details since there are a lot of touts moving around. For visiting the temple just enter the darshan queue without approaching any touts. If you want to have a Bath at the teerthas, just pay Rs. 100 and you can finish it without any hitch. The hotels are OK and both south and north indian food are available. There are also a few choultries available for stay, if you are not bothered about the noise. Choultries are also available for north indians. It is better to hire a jeep to go to Dhanashkodi.
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Ashwin tidke

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  • Ashwin tidke
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"Great temple and clean beaches"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Visit to Rameswaram in July 2016 was my second one. Compared to my first visit in 2008, I noticed a lot more constructions around the temple. However, it is still less crowded than lot of other religious places.
In my opinion there are 3 must-visit places here: The Ramnathswamy temple, the Pamban bridge & beaches in Dhanushkodi. The last 2 are covered extensively in the 'banjar' song from Hindi movie Sathiya. I wished to see the Ram Setu and APJ memorial as well, but did not get time.
One cannot miss the scenic Pamban bridge which connects Rameshwaram island to Indian mainland. You can see the Indian ocean on one side and Bay of Bengal on the other. Parallel to the road bridge, close to sea is the railway bridge. This was reconstructed by none other than the Delhi metro & Konkan railway man, Shreedharan, after a cyclone washed away the old one. The ruins of the older railway bridge can be clearly seen next to the new one. Good place to gather some amazing photographs, although it is considered illegal to stop your vehicle on the bridge to do that.
The Ramnathswamy temple is of great significance to Hindus. It is huge and famous for the 22 wells inside it. Having a Bath with their waters is believed to relieve one of all sorts of sins. I found this to be commercialized though, with brokers offering to "smoothen" the process of having the Bath. No help is necessary. Just need to buy 25 rs ticket per person and proceed through the Bath section, which has very good directions markings inside. Names and brief reasoning is mentioned near all the wells. Buckets are provided to draw water out of the wells. Need to put on dry clothes for Darshan, so it is better to carry a dry change along. Change room is available near the last well. Walkable from the temple, is the Agniteertham. Little further along the beach is a small play & recreation area for kids. There are quite a few good options in front of the temple though they mostly offer south indian meals which are good enough. In the evening, we tried the Gujarat Bhavan's 60rs Thali which was amazing value for money. It offered unlimited Rotis with ghee, potato curry, amazing kadhi, plain khichdi and buttermilk. All healthy and tasty.
Dhanushkodi is famous for its extremely clean beaches, green waters and the ruins of the old village. There is a **** checkpost about 5 kms before the village. No private vehicles are allowed to go ahead from here, though there is a good, straight road till the village. Buses carry groups of 16 people from the checkpost to Ram Sethu, through the marshlands, not via the road. There is a small settlement close to the checkpost where breakfast is available. Swimming in the sea is not allowed here since it is considered to be dangerous. We chose to walk along the straight road and alternately along the western beach, leisurely, taking photographs to our hearts content. The road is so good and empty that we took some photographs sitting on the road as well. When we got tired, we hooked a ride on one of the trucks carrying construction material towards the village. We were glad to meet the truck driver Mr. Govindraj who reminded us to see the APJ house. All that remains in Dhanushkodi village are ruins of an old church, post office, railway station and some houses. We were surprised to see new people settling there, in huts, amidst really windy weather and so close to the water. We were able to get water and cold drinks in the village. The only way from village to the Sethu, which is 5 kms further, is to walk along under construction road. We chose to return instead, due to lack of time. We were pleasantly surprised to get a ride from Mr GovindRaj again on the way back.
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Amit Rao

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  • Lives in Pondicherry
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"There is more to Rameshwaram than the Temple alone"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Rameshwaram... The holiest place in south India for all Hindus. Many people visit this place for performing the last rituals for the dead near ones. But it has a lot of place to visit other than the very existence of this place "THE SHIVA TEMPLE". There is Dhanushkodi, which is a lovely place to visit. All personal vehicles are allowed till a particular point, after that we have to go by a 4x4 Mahindra Van. There is no road for this van, it travels on the seabed, and the ride is the most thrilling one, as it feels like a roller coaster ride. The beach are fantastically clean, and the water is see through, not like the usual urban beaches, which has black colour water. The beach at Dhanushkodi is full of shells. If you are a collector of shells, this is the place for you. One more place to visit is the Holy Island Water Park 1/2 km from the temple. They have a decent stuff, for a new establishment. Water surfing, Kayak, underwater snorkelling, speed boats, and coral watching in sea. You can spend almost a day here. There are a lot of hotels in Rameshwaram, and food is not a big problem, Since I am a vegetarian, I did not find any problem finding food. There is not a big market here, but the visit to Mr. Abdul Kalams house is a must. They are the biggest sellers of handicrafts made of shells and other sea products. This place is well connected by Road and rail, I went with my extended family, so took a Van, which was fun. The bridge which connects Rameshwaram to the mainland, is a much hyped bridge. It is a simple bridge, which was constructed by the Britishers. The only attraction will be the opening of the rail track which is a very rare site. Best time will be in winter, but if you are planning for a summer visit, loads of sun lotion and sunglasses are a must.
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Isha Jajoo

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  • Isha Jajoo
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Religious, Historical and Beachy place"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Worth a visit if you love beaches or you are pious or feel the dangerous journey of train on the sea.
We went there by Madurai - Rameshwaram train that too in general, because we had no other option. In the evening, we could feel the danger of train on rails, but the train slowed down during that time. Weather was Good at that time and cool wind was blowing. We reached Rameshwaram in night and then before finding any accommodation, we searched for vegeterian restaurant as we were already so late. Luckily we found it. The food was also good there. Then we went to Maheshwari dharmshala where we stayed in a flat kind of room. It was also good and comfortable. As we were tired, so we dozed off. Then the next day, we woke up early by 4 am so that we could go to the temple waiting for less time ..
Gosh The queue was too big .. We waited there almost for 2 hrs to go into the temple and when we went into the temple, we stopped by kunds of different gods with their own importances .. There were like 22 kunds and some kunds were just for namesake. No one was there to put water on us. Then after bathing in Kund water, we went for the darshan. Darshan can be done only after Kund Bath. Then we went back to our accommodation.
We got ready for day visit to temples and beaches and one of the friends was crazy for Dhanushkodi, so we had plans to go there.
We had our breakfast at Agreeable Bhojanalay. It served delicious aloo parantha .. Of North Indian style .. Then we left in an auto for whole day trip .. We stopped by vibhishan's temple, heard many stories and saw srilanka from Rameshwaram
Then in the evening we had our bus back to Chennai ..
So we left ..
Experience to Rameshwaram was splendid as we had a nice group .. But the weather has to be kept in mind .. It was hot when we went.
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Chinnaraja Subramaniyam

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  • Lives in Chennai
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"Religious place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Most wonderful place in south Tamil Nadu. Rameswaram Temple, Seetha Thirtham and Raman Thirtham around in and out of city. Most power will rise in our mind. So many tourists place to visit and enjoyable in beach. Across the Pabanpalam we will get all this.
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Nitin ramachandran

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"A wonderful spiritual journey"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was a wonderful drive to Rameshwaram. Unlike many other cities in Tamil Nadu, you will notice lesser business minded people. The temple is huge, massive and indeed a marvel.

Must do's: take all the 22 theerthams, few other temples around, the floating rock.
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Venkatesh bm

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"Great place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Great place to visit, we called up a priest who helped us perform sacred Bath at Agni Theertham, later we went to temple, took sacred Bath from 22 wells, later we returned to hotel changed our dress went to temple performed Abhishekam to holy shrine from the water brought from holy Ganges, had lunch at a mess arranged by priest. Later we took rest at hotel, returned our journey back in the evening same day back to Bangalore.
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Sai Patnaik

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"A great place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
A great place to have a getaway with family. Great beaches, great people and great food. Main attractions include the world famous pamban bridge one of the oldest rail routes built on the ocean, an engineering marvel. Rameshwaram is also famous for its temples. Home of one of india's greatest scientist and president late Dr. A. P. J abdul kalam this place offers a great and relaxing getaway.
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Chockalingam K

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"A very holy place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
A very holy place to visit. Only main temple is the attraction. The other small small theerthams are for name sake only. Visit on weekdays. Don't venture on AMAVASAI. The town is very small not able to bear the amavasai crowd. Food is the problem. No good vegetarian hotels are available that too idly is very much in demand very scarcely available. Stop your car on the pamban bridge and enjoy the scene.
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Byju divakaran

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"Perfect place for all to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 23, 2016
My long wish to visit this sacred place is now achieved. I stayed at Brindavan Residency which is very near to the temple and the beach. So, it was easy for me to take bath in the sea and visit temple twice to take the holy bath from the 22 wells inside the temple and again after changing the clothes to have darshan of the deities inside the temple. A great temple built with long and beautiful corridors with amazing engineering skills. I am tempted to visit the place again as it has many evidence to the existence of the characters in the epic Ramayana.
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