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

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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Anuj Bansal

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  • Anuj Bansal
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
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"Rameshwaram - A place near god!" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Went with my family its a purely Hindu religious place. This place is extra ordinary from other beaches with 3 side beach experience. Shiva Temple which is formed by rama, wind will be always soothing you. Danushkoti is the must go place. Small temple all around where you can purchase floating stone.
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Dhana Lakshmi

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  • Dhana Lakshmi
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
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"Had pleasant & enjoyable trip" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
The Pamban bridge and overall temples were very nicely maintained n I liked them very much. Very nice tourist spot that one should not miss to visit in their lifetime. Our late president Abdul kalams house and his achievements showcased in his home were mind blowing. Every children n youngster must have a look at this. Visiting all theerthams made us occupied throughout the day.
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Shijo Thomas

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  • Shijo Thomas
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Temple town hometown of Kalam"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
As you enter Rameshwaram from mainland Tamil Nadu, Pamban bridge is an awesome view. You can not stop the temptation to stop your vehicle and click few pics. Boats all around, sea in different colour layers of green to blue visible distinctly. Then comes Kalam's samadhi on the way to Ramanathswamy temple which is right on the beach and devotees take dip in the sea before entering the temple. Lot of small hotels available close to the temple. Hotel Tamil Nadu is the nearest decent restaurant.
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Chandan Adiga

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  • Chandan Adiga
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Pilgrimage center, Bridges & Beaches-Rameshwaram"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
My Check List: Ramanathaswamy Temple, Pamban Bridge, Dhanushkodi beach.

2 days Solo trip again. This time it is a overnight journey from Bengaluru to Rameshwaram; full day sight seeing in Rameshwaram; overnight travelling to Kanyakumari; full day sight seeing in Kanyakumari & returning from Kanyakumari to Bengaluru. Commuting is through Buses. Not stay at any hotel. Reached Rameshwaram bus stand by an hour late than scheduled time due to Christmas traffic in Bengaluru. Didn't want to take auto instantly. So walked for 2 minutes. Then found that temple is a kilometre away. So decided to reach by walk. You will get either shared auto OR city service buses for reasonable price of 5. 00INR to 7. 00INR.

Didn't go inside of Ramanathaswamy temple as I have Pilgrimage center, Bridges & Beaches to surrender my slippers and camera as well, in lockers available near by(Being a shutter bug, I couldn't find any other reason to get into temple).

After breakfast, took service bus to Pamban bridge (One has to drive over this to enter to Rameshwaram. But I desperately wanted to spend more time to shoot around, So came back again). Unexpectedly visited Dr. APJ Kalam's, former president of India burial and his then home, now a art gallery. After lunch headed towards Dhanushkodi. One of the must visit place. That's all for my day at Rameshwaram. Had dinner and took bus to Kanyakumari. Overall Experience: As told earlier its a Pilgrimage center. Being less interested in such, I loved bridges, beaches over here. Communication at times become difficult as you need to try in English & Hindi and most of the time they respond in Tamil. City roads were bad. Crowded as it is Sabarimala Pilgrimage season. Don't miss Dhanushkodi. It takes half a day to cover, but worth it.
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Bala Prakash

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  • Bala Prakash
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"Endless world, Rameshwaram"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Good places are there. Junction of three sea's. Thanuskodi one of the listed part in india due to tsunami. Ramar kovil in sea, Thanuskodi road, Ramar paalam, restricted coastal area, fresh fish Currie's. God's pure water, kasi to Rameshwaram point. Peace of god life.
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Manish Singh

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"Nice stay & had a nice visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was a very pleasant experience of staying at Rameshwaram. Thanks to my luck, I got accommodation at Gujarat bhawan which is co-located to visiting temple which ease my journey comfort. The meal provided at the hotel was pure vegetarian and tasty as well hygienic. Really one should visit this place once in his life time. But avoid coming in Dec-Jan month as many visitors used to coming during this time.
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Dipankar Mandal

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  • Dipankar Mandal
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"It was a good destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Rameshwaram temple is on of the greatest temple in India which is situated in Tamil Nadu at Ramanathpuram district. Being located at Ramanathpuram this temple also called Rameshwaram. This is very nice place. You can go that place via Pamban bridge which is really enjoyable. If you no go there yet please go and see the beauty of that temple. You go with your family. It is also famous for holiday centre. Attractions surrounding this place is remember able.
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Suresh Mandal

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  • Suresh Mandal
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"Most visited place at Tamil Nadu"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Rameshwaram temple is one of the greatest temple in India which is situated at Ramanathpuram in the state of Tamil Nadu. You can go there by Pamban bridge which is very nice and remember able. People come here for visit this place everyday. Being situated at Ramanathpuram it is called Rameshwaram. This is a natural beauty. If you see it I am sure you can't forget it so don't miss this.
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Sukanta Mandal

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  • Sukanta Mandal
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"Rameshwaram Temple, nice visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Rameshwaram temple is located at Ramanathpuram district in Tamil Nadu in India. You can be reached here by Pamban bridge across the sea which is very enjoyable on holiday also you can reach by train. Being located at Ramshwaram this temple is popularly known as Rameshwaram temple. It is famous for centre of holiday. Many people come here to visit this place. This place is very nice. If you not see it yet, please come here and see it.
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Amit Kumar

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"Rameshwaram, a place with good temples"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Very nice place with religious beliefs and values and traditions. You can take a holy dip at sea and after that, there are twenty two holy wells inside the Temple, having medicinal importance. There is a belief that it has the power to cure all serious diseases. After that visit to lord Shiva Jyotirling make your offering. There are two Shivlingas, one Jyotirling and second one is believed to carried by Hanumanji and established by Sri Ram Ji. Another places are Gandhmadana parvat with lord Ram's footsteps, Laxman teertham, Dhanushkoti, Jatayu Temple. An excellent pace of worship.
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