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Must Visit place
We were planning this visit since a long. I must say this trip was made by loard Shiva only. Our flight was booked on low rate, then hotel and top of that Vehicle arrangement. Driver we got was well behaved.
Now coming to express my feelings, I must say you will feel yourself disconnected with world and divine after entering in Lord Shiva Shrine.
The teetrtham snananm inside the temple was mesmerising. I must pay my sincere thanks to Temple administration that they manges so well. When we gone in morning, I saw lots of devotees were there and I thought wherther we will get darshnam or not. But we easily got the darshan.
Visiting Rama teertham, Ramar padam, Panch mukhi hanuman temple, floating stone at Panchmukhi hanuman temple, temple was like we are witnessing the Ramayan age things.
Dhanushkodi, the place where two ocean meets was nice.
Top of that our loving formerprecident Kalam Huse and memorial was excellent.
A perfect place for a divine and serene holiday experience.
This time I happen to go with a few friends and we stayed at the Hyatt Place Rameswaram. We took a flight from Bangalore to Madurai and then from Madurai we drove down for around 4 hours. The best part of the drive is when you approach Rameshwaram you come across a beautiful bridge which is called the Pamban Bridge. The Pamban Bridge is it two and a half kilometres long bridge which is built over sea and it connects Rameswaram to the rest of India. The drive is beautiful and the view is fabulous. You can also take a train if you plan well in advance from Madurai to Rameswaram.
We checked in at the Hyatt place Rameswaram and it was night by then. The next day we planned to visit the Ramanathaswamy Temple, a few theerthams and Dhanushkodi.
The Ramanathaswamy temple is a magnificent structure built over 1200 years ago and it's an architectural marvel in itself. It is one of the Char Dham as per the Hindu mythology and the only one dedicated to Lord Shiva. As per the Hindu mythology when Lord Ram was going to Lanka he prayed Lord Shiva here for his success and well being.
The temple has total 22 kundas, in which individuals take a Bath before they visit Lord Shiva. It was an immersive experience visiting the temple and taking the blessings of Lord Shiva. Plan to spend 2 to 3 hours at the temple and get change of clothes if you wish to take Bath in the 22 kundas.
We also visited the Villoondi Theertham the Lakshmana Theertham and the Agni theertham. They all had their own significance and are beautiful in their own way, specially the beaches at the Villoondi Theertham is breathtaking and is like a private beach.
Post lunch we headed to Dhanushkodi. Dhanushkodi is the confluence of the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. It's known for its serene beauty, beautiful beaches and clean water. The route to Dhanushkodi has sea on both sides and it's an amazing drive.
We crossed the Dhanushkodi town and reached the Dhanushkodi point. The view was spectacular and we spent almost an hour looking at the waves and enjoying the view.
We headed back to Rameshwaram and on the way had a stop at the Dhanushkodi town. The town has a few abandon structures which were destroyed in a tsunami, it's beautiful spot to witness the sunset and enjoy the evening and also great to click pictures.
The next day we visited the Kalam House which portrays the life of our former president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, a must have for the kids in your group to get inspired by Dr. Kalam's life and achievements, later we did some shopping at the Kalam Arcade and visited the Ram Patha and the Vivekananda Memorial.
After that we relaxed at our hotel The Hyatt Place Rameswaram, and post lunch drove back to Madurai, where we took our flight to Bangalore.
In essence, Rameswaram was a destination beyond just pilgrimage, we not only had a divine experience by visiting the temples but also enjoyed the natural beauty of the town and its surrounding beautiful beaches.
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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 Beachand 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.