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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Chockalingam K

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  • Chockalingam K
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review
  •  90 readers

"A very holy place to visit" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 7 days 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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  • Byju divakaran
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  400 readers

"Perfect place for all to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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Jagdish bist

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  • Jagdish bist
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  459 readers

"One of the most sacred Dhams for Hindus"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Elegant and awesome Temple. One of the most sought for religious destination of Hindus and one amongst the four Teerth Dhams of Hindu religion. If one does not know Tamil, the local language; one may not be comfortable in communicating with locals. The Pandits inside the Main Temple tries to make fool of visiting devotees for vested interests.
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Dhanesh Kumar

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  • Dhanesh Kumar
  • Lives in Lucknow
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  • 50 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  8247 readers

"Nice to visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We have visited Rameshwaram from Madurai and back to Madurai for having the glimpses of places in Rameshwaram. It is a good place to visit, although the facilities, amenities are not of the good quality, but you can enjoy good South Indian Food, Gujarati Food and visit Dhanush Koti. You can have the taste of spiritual importance, Kalam Sahab's house and Museum, Sea shore amongst others.
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Kailash Singh

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  • Kailash Singh
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review
  •  810 readers

"A fun filled religious trip to Rameshwaram"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Last weekend we went Rameshwaram and it is a beautiful place to visit. This place has things for all the age groups. From old and popular temples to beautiful beaches you can have fun of all these things at a single place. This a must visit place with family and it is located at the bottom of India. The connectivity of this place is also very good. Moreover ladies can enjoy shopping here too.
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Chandraprabhu Vemula

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  • Chandraprabhu Vemula
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"Religious visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Every Hindu pilgrim must and should visit Rameshwaram to take holy bath in agni theertham in early hours after visiting Mani darshanam in main temple and to worship Lord Ramalingeshwar for removal of all sins and also blessings of one's parents, according to Hindu customs.

Places to visit Ramalingeshwara temple, Dhanush kodi, travelling through sea waters, beaches, Pamban road and rail bridgevilloondi theertham, Rama theertham, Lakshmana theertham etc, are remarkable, marvellous and fantastic views.

Visiting the place of Late ex-president of India Sri Abdul Kalam ji's samadhi is also memorable.

Must visit all days except rainy season. The price of all items in the shop of Kalam ji's brother's shopping complex is very very cheap and also quality ones. Reach the place by road either by car or bus and train directly as it is situated about 170 kms away from Madurai which has International air port for flight travel. Lot of hotels are there in Rameshwaram and no need to bother for lodging.
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Dhanalakshmi G

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  • Dhanalakshmi G
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  • 6 Reviews
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  •  2635 readers

"Religious visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Rameshwaram is all about Lord Rama praying to Lord Shiva to do away with his sin of killing Ravana, who was a staunch Shiv devotee. Therefore, this is the right place for you to wash away all your sins and regrets. To liberate yourself from the bad Karma of your sins you can take the holy bath in the 22 theerthams surrounding the temple. There are guides to help you get this done smoothly.

Places to visit:

1. Ramanatha Swamy Temple

2. Kothandarama swamy Temple

3. Pamban bridge

4. Dhanushkodi

5. Ramar Sethu Bridge (also called adam's bridge)

6. Thirupullani Temple

7. Navapashanam in Devipattinam

8. Other theerthams outside the temple

9. Shri Abdul Kalam's museum

Food:

Most hotels offer good south indian food. Better to stick to south Indian unless you are eating in a star hotel as all other places are good with traditional food than other varieties.

Shopping:

Great place to shop for authentic cultured pearls and coral strings. You can get lovely sets in Shri Abdul Kalam's sea shell shop and other shops nearby. Other commonly purchased articles are conches and sea shells. People easy get fooled about original and synthetic pearls and corals. Better to buy them in reputed bigger shops.

Safety

Generally speaking Rameshwaram is a safe place to visit. People are helpful and genuine, except when you go shopping. Auto rates are very reasonable. People don't fleece you. Hotel organized guides are also not very expensive and are better to go with if you land up during crowded days. Nowadays there are some decent hotels for stay in Rameshwaram like Pearl stay, Daiwik etc. See reviews and make your bookings.

Inside temple:

Temple does not allow the use of cell phones and cameras. Either leaving them in paid lockers outside or in your hotel room. Also, you must wear Indian traditional wear such as salwar kameez (leggings are not allowed) with duppatta (compulsory) or saree. Men can wear Jeans and t shirt or trousers and shirt.
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Ramadevi Mareddy

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  • Ramadevi Mareddy
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 56 Reviews
  •  351 helpful votes
  •  7216 readers

"Very much delighted to visit the temples"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
In addition to Rameshwaram, visited so many religious places, Madurai, Thanjavayur, Kumbakonam, Tiruchirupally, (Sri ranganath swamy temple) Kovilpattai, chidambaram, Dindigil and other religious places, Tamil Nadu state is very famous for temples, we are very much delighted, and also the maintenance of the temples.
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Udhaya Kumar

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  • Udhaya Kumar
  • 1 Review
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"Great experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It is very suitable for family tour, Ramar Patham, Sea, Agni Theertham and other some places are good to see. I saw Dr. Abdul Kalam house, from Rameshwaram we can see Sri Lanka. The only place which have the train route, bus route and sea way under Pamban bridge. It is good place for family.
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Anuj Bansal

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  • Anuj Bansal
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Rameshwaram - A place near god!"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Feb 4, 2016
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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