Rameshwaram Tourism
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Rameshwaram Tourism

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

Rameshwaram is a town in the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu. Rameshwaram is a bustling pilgrim centre as it is considered to be one of the holiest places in India. One among the Char Dham pilgrimages, Rameshwaram is visited by hordes of pilgrims all round the year.

Rameshwaram is located on the Pamban Island, or Rameshwaram Island, which lies at the very tip of the Indian peninsula, in the Gulf of Mannar. Pamban Island, which is separated from the mainland of India by the Pamban Channel, is connected to the mainland by the Pamban Bridge or Annai Indira Gandhi Bridge. Pamban Island is at a distance of about 40 km from Mannar Island of Sri Lanka.

Rameshwaram is a popular pilgrimage destination of both Shaivites and Vaishnavaites. As per Hindu Mythology, a pilgrimage to Benares has to be followed with a trip to Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple. Known also as Benares of the South, Rameshwaram has one of the 12 Jyothirlingas of Lord Shiva.

The island of Rameshwaram is conch shaped with an area of about 61.8 sq. km. Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple occupies most of the area of Rameshwaram Island. Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple stands as an epitome of Dravidian architectural style of the medieval ages.

History of Rameshwaram

As per legends, the original Ramanathaswamy Temple was built by Rama. As per historical facts, the origin of the temple can be dated back to the 12th century. The construction of the colossal, yet magnificent temple of Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple was initiated by Parakrama Bahu of Sri Lanka in the 12th century AD and it was completed by the Setupathy rulers of Ramanathapuram. 

Many rulers down the centuries added many constructions to the temple, the latest of them being the long corridor called the 3rd prakaram, built in the 18th century. The temple is one of the many highlights of Rameshwaram tourism. 

Things to do in Rameshwaram

Besides being a pilgrimage destination, Rameshwaram is a popular beach destination as well. The shallow beaches of Rameshwaram characteristically have fewer waves that rise to a maximum height of 3 cm. The best time to visit Rameshwaram is from January to March. As Rameshwaram is a pilgrimage hotspot, tourists can also opt for Rameshwaram holiday packages to plan their holiday better. 

Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple, Agnitheertham, Gandamadana Parvatham, Dhanushkodi, Kothandaraswamy Temple and Erwadi are the popular and the most visited pilgrimage attractions of Rameshwaram. Tourists also visit nearby attractions like Ramanathapuram, Tirupullani, Uthirakosamangai, Sethu, etc. on their trip to the Island of Rameshwaram.

Shopping in Rameshwaram

Besides, wonderful handicraft items have attracted foreign tourists as well to Rameshwaram. The markets in Rameshwaram have avenue shops selling exotic decorative masterpieces, which are very popular. Many shops near the temple of Rameshwaram sell exquisite showpieces made of seashells, beads, palm leafs, etc.

Travelling to Rameshwaram

The nearest airport to Rameshwaram is at Madurai, which is located at a distance of 163 km. The airport is well connected to many cities including Coimbatore, Chennai and Bangalore. Taxi services are also available from the airport to Rameshwaram.

Rameshwaram or Mandapan Railway Station is only 2 km away and is well connected by rail to major cities of Tamil Nadu Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Thanjavur and Trichy.

Tamil Nadu Road Transport Corporation has bus services that connect Rameshwaram with all cities in Tamil Nadu, which includes Kanyakumari, Madurai, Trichy and Thanjavur. Also available are deluxe super fast buses, connecting Chennai and Bangalore to reach Rameshwaram

Accommodation options in Rameshwaram

For budget conscious tourists, there are many budget hotels in Rameshwaram. Also, other hotel options in Rameshwaram include guesthouses, lodges and hostels. 

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Srikanth Chitturi

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  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Visit only for the architecture" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
The Ramashewaram bearing the holy story of Lord Ram has many temples with beautiful architecture. And high entrance gates. All the temples are big, occupying few acres. The cleanliness in the beach was poor and has less sand space. The food was average. The temperature is high.
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Sabareesh Gopi m p

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"Awesome trip and nice pilgrimage place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Rameshwaram is a good place to visit. It's nearby places are also very good. The visit to the temple will give you a unique feeling. Rameshwaram temple and a couple of others, Dhanushkodi beach, train crossing at Pamban bridge are some not to be missed. I again want to visit this place with our friends water is crystal clear at that beach near temple n not so deep. Then in temple bath in 22 well gives a great joy then the temple. Its great.
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Neeraj Pandya

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  • Lives in Gandhinagar
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"An ultimate experience of life"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
What a place.!!!!!!! As you reaching Rameswaram, rail track is parallel to blue sea water which gives you a beautiful look of journey. Then Pamban bridge over sea. Breathtaking experience to ride over blue water. Superb technology for passing ships thru railway bridge. Autos are easily available from station with little bargaining. It is a very small town. Rameshwaram temple, holy bath in sea & then wells of temple is a memorable feelings. Hotel room are easily available at affordable rates. Dhanushkodi is a must visit place where you can feel two sea Hind & Arabian at a time with two different color of water.
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Pamp

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"Nice place but need lot of development"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I was so much excited to visit Rameshwaram for couple of reasons :

Ram Sethu - The famous and most oldest man made bridge in human history.
Marine National park (at Gulf of Mannar) - To experience the coral life by snorkelling and glass bottom boat.

But after been there I was very disappointed as none of the destinations were accessible because of the restrictions by Govt.

Mini buses and Jeeps are available to take you to the Ram Sethu but you cannot go to the exact original point of Ram Sethu (Because this point is very near to the Sri Lankan Coast Lines). And Gulf of Mannar is only permitted to the Scientists for Research Work.

So, if you are just interested to visit to the Temples and not for any other activities then you can plan for Rameshwaram.

But I request to the Govt. Of Rameshwaram to clean and develop that place so make the tourists experiences more memorable. Every beach should have some clean Toilets and Changing rooms whether it's a normal or a Theertham beach.

I really loved the Oceanic beauty. I request the localities and tourists to help Govt to make the city neat and clean.

Note : Kindly start some water sport activities to attract tourists.
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Aishwarya Selvan

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"Temple, bridge and beaches"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The visit was a weekend getaway with family as a road trip made from Bangalore. The place has great temples with architectural beauty and beaches. The Ramanathaswamy temple has a fascinating story, which is closely associated with the Hindu mythology of Ramayana, which is considered to be one of the most holiest shrines in India.

There are 22 water springs inside the temple, bathing in these waters are considered to be of great significance, the waters are poured on people from each of the 22 wells/springs. The entry to this part of the temple needs special passes given on payment basis. Make sure you carrying dry clothes to change into if you decide to bathe in the waters.

Other points of interest include Dhanushkodi beach and Pamban bridge, which you would come across when you advance inside the town. The Adam's bridge aka Rama's bridge would be visible from the Pamban bridge, where most of the passer-bys stop for taking photographs. It gets too hot and sunny in the morning and the temperature falls by dusk but the humidity remains the same.
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Shiva Murugan

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"Excellent place to have fun"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Apr 17, 2015
Must visit place in the religious map of India. Lot of holy places to visit. Must visit the panama bridge. If you have time visit danushkodi. Be sure to visit Dr. Abdul Kalam's residence. Wear light clothes. Its pretty humid. You can hire auto rickshaws for half a day and you can go around all places except danushkodi, which would take quite some time.
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Shaik Asif

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"Marvellous temples, nice to dip in the sea"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Apr 16, 2015
My journey to Rameshwaram is casual but ended spiritually. I have spent 5 days in this holy place. Reaching Rameshwaram is not so easy long hours of journey. Hotel accommodation is reasonable but are very few. Main temple is marvellous clean interesting small wells are occupied all over the place. You will find peace and pleasant after you spend time in temple, crowd is not too much at the weekdays you will find pearls and other stones near by temple. Bath in sea gives you a different experience exactly opposite to temple. There are few other attractions but nothing surprises like this.
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Nikunj Goradia

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"Awesome religious place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Apr 4, 2015
Rameshwaram has a 1 of the 12 Jyotirlings that makes it a must visit for all the Shiva devotees.

Obviously Temple is a must see. Carry an extra pair of clothes when you visit the temple. As most of the pilgrims have an option to take a bath at 22 teerta kundam before visiting the main temple. Apart from that, you should also visit Kothandaramaswamy temple. It is at long distance from the main city so auto or a private car is necessary. It is the south most point of India, where Sri Lanka is just 25 km away from that Temple. Pamban bridge is also a good place to visit.

Food was not so good but it was okay. Reach there in the morning & 1 day is enough to visit all the places at Rameshwaram.
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Raghavendran Rao

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"A memorable experience"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Mar 16, 2015
Wonderful to be in this holy city on any day. Especially during the non-festival days. Its a boon to walk around the temple premises in a relaxed manner after taking a bath in the waveless ocean. Then a tour around the temple to have 22 kund bath. Go around the temple & have a great darshan of Ramanadha swamy without any hurry. Nowhere in big temples, you are allowed to have such a peaceful & clear darshan. After that, hire a taxi for a 5 hr nearby places tour which can be guided by the local taxi drivers. If time permits, must not miss Danushkoti. A must view place which was completely devastated by 1966 tsunami. Altogether a most memorable experience you will have at the end. Go for atleast 2 days tour.
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"Peace Island"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Feb 19, 2015
It had been very great to visit rameshwaram with friends. Rameshwaram has number of temples to visit. There is also Pamban bridge where I saw bridge over sea. We stayed there for 30-40 mins and enjoyed too much there. Ram padam is also very nice temple at height to visit, from there you can see overview of Rameshwaram and Seashore. When we were there, Sun Rays were touching the skin of Water in sea shore, It was so amazing scene to enjoy and take number of photographs.
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