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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Geetanjali  Verma

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  • Geetanjali Verma
  • 18 photos
  • 8 Reviews
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"A pilgrimage treat" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
The most famous Rameshwaram temple ... A beauty in architecture and the most different and mesmerising experience to bathe in the holy waters from the wells. V different from any other temple. Offers good places with low cost to change clothes as it is a necessity.
Besides the temple, you can tk a tour to the different temples of Hanuman and lord Ram. Also do not miss on the Rama setu. Has a few floating stones in the temples preserved. A bus safari on the beach. Can c different islands fm there but not Sri Lanka :p
The major tour sites can be covered in an auto for 500-700rs.
Also be awake to see the famous pambam bridge on the way to Rameshwaram and do not miss the railway track known to be the world's dangerous wonder
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Jaison Netto

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  • Jaison Netto
  • Lives in Kochi
  • 137 photos
  • 66 Reviews
  •  27 helpful votes
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"The beautiful holy island" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Rameshwaram, the holy island is considered as one of the holiest places in India. It is separated by a small Pamban channel from Sri Lanka. According to the Hindu mythology, this is the place where Lord Rama preyed to lord Siva. Also, its said that lord Rama has created a bridge across the sea to Sri Lanka which he destroyed later.
Other than that this island is one of the very beautiful places I have visited with awesome beaches and the great Pamban bridge across the palk strait looks amazing. The island can be reached only via this 2. 5 km long bridge and its nice riding through that great bridge. The views from the bridge are spectacular and the beaches are so beautiful and clean. Its a small town and it would be hot during all the season and it would be extreme during the summer.
There are lot of accommodation options all over in Rameswaram and everything is centered to the temple. Temple is very beautiful and you should be prepared to stand in big queue if you really need to get into it.
A 15 km ride from Rameswaram will take you to another beautiful and a historic place called dhanushkodi which is considered to be "no mans land" or "Ghost land" is extremely beautiful and ram setu point which is considered as the meeting point of bay of Bengal and Indian is spectacular and is the closest point to Srilanka. Dhanushkodi is a must visit place if you are going to rameswaram.
The construction work of roads were going on when I visited and the full road would be open by November I guess and it wont be a hustle afterwards. We had to walk a lot and get help from lorry drivers to reach back.
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Kumar rohit

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  • Kumar rohit
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 6 Reviews
  •  157 readers

"Rameswaram" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
What a place. You can call it a religious place as well as tourist place. Rameswaram temple is really awesome. This is my first trip to South India. Tall temples build in Dravidian style. Taking Bath in 22 holy teertahm was a pleasant thing.
Then after darshan, I went to see the confluence of bay of Bengal and Indian ocean. You will really enjoy this place.
Pamban bridge again was really a good one.
Lots of places are there to be visited.
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Sasikumar n

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  • Sasikumar n
  • 2 Reviews
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"Awesome Place to visit" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I reached there early morning 4. 30 am. I went to the temple around 5am and finished visiting all the 22 theerthams and leaving the temple around 8am. After this we had a full rameswaram trip, it covered dhanuskodi, agni theertham, bamban bridge, panchamugi anjaneyar temple and some other temples. It took around 4 to 6 hrs to complete. Finally we went for purchase and bought some useful things for my family and return back around 7pm and reached junction around 7. 15pm and got a train to my native.
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Vikas vyas

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  • Vikas vyas
  • 5 Reviews
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"Best place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The Rameshwaram temple of ramanath swamy is the best to visit. The sea Bath and kund snaan before visiting the temple was awesome, minimum crowd and lord shiva darshan was too god to have. The morning darshan of mani was very nice between 5-6 after that the ling darshan is there which you can go after taking Bath in sea and kunds. Food at restaurants are average. A very hot climate so I suggest to book AC rooms only during July to September.
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Saleem Basha

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  • Saleem Basha
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review
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"Relaxing place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Good place to visit to get rid of stress and pressure. You will enjoy if you go with gang...

You should visit Ariyaman beach if you go there...

And it's worth visiting sir APJ Kalam memorial.

Basically it is a temple town you will get blessed if you go there.
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Vijay Verma

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  • Vijay Verma
  • Lives in Jammu
  • 6 Reviews
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"Excellent place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This time I travelled with my relatives and last time Jan 2016 with my family. I like this place very much, the reason behind being area and location. Every time a new experience exist there in the temple sea side. This time we travelled through Ram Setu with prior permission of local authorities, newly under construction of sea road from Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka goes 14 km in the sea with our own vehicle. It was a really wonderful experience that I ever had. I love this place.
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Vivek nanjani

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  • Vivek nanjani
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"Good place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Rameswaram is a good place to visit. It is near Madurai and is one of dham. I stayed in Hotel Jivan Residency which was the best. Also Ramanathar temple was the main part of the tour. The place was also beautiful and Dhanuskodi is near Rameswaram.
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Vishwanathan

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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 2 months 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 2 months 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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