Rameshwaram Tourism

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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Rameshwaram Traveller Reviews

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Piyush Gulati

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  • Piyush Gulati
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 4 photos
  • 20 Reviews
  •  20 helpful votes
  •  142051 readers

"Rameshwaram temple visit with family." new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Rameshwaram is place located in bay of Bengal and famous for Lord shiv temple.
You can reach there by bus, car, taxi or train.
Rameshwaram is near about 200 km far from Madurai.
From Madurai you can reach Rameshwaram by crossing bridge which is made on sea.
In Rameshwaram
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Himanshu Khandelwal

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  • Himanshu Khandelwal
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 26 photos
  • 10 Reviews
  •  17 helpful votes
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"Very nice religious place & one of the jyotrilinga" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Most beautiful religious place and one the jyotrilinga. Rameshwaram situated near to Sri Lanka border & beach and sea surrounded the City.
1)Don't Pay 500 or 200 or 300 to Panda or Pandit for quick Darshan. You can easily darshan the Shiv ling & 22 kind snan in 2-2. 5 hours.
Only you need to pay Rs 25 for Bath
2)Select Hotel near to Temple Parking area
3)Take first Bath in Agnitirtham then go to 22 kund (wells) snan in temple
4)Left all Mobile & footwear in hotel and carry cash in plastic polythene
5)Carry extra cloth as require to change dress after Bath otherwise no entry in Main shiv temple
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Umang Kardani

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  • Umang Kardani
  • Lives in Gandhinagar
  • 17 photos
  • 27 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  7425 readers

"Not bad but not ever appreciable"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I visited great Rameshwaram temple and I feel that it was good pace by infrastructure but also feel that there was very dirty foul smelling around the temple corridor of that some wells and people taking Bath there as well as they were walking with wet clothes that was very unhygienic I really don't appreciate that.
I visited Dhanushkodi Beach and the Memorial house was awesome.
I love the Rameshwaram beach.
Temple of Vibhishana was also good place.
Some were saying that there was ramsetu was here but can't find any proof about that.
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  • 7rishabh
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  • 16 Reviews
  •  17 helpful votes
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"Best temple of lord shiva."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I visited rameswaram with my friends last week. You can easily visit all places within 1-2 day you can find cheap hotels near temple and good food. The places to visit are 1- Ramanthswamy temple, 2- Dhanuskodi beach, 3-Dhanuskodi point, 4- kalam house, 5- vibhisan temple 6-pamban bridge and many more temples please go with family or friends it is very nice place.
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Padmnabham tiwari

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  • Padmnabham tiwari
  • 2 Reviews
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  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The only good place to visit in Rameswaram is Ramnathswamy temple( Rameswaram Temple) and Indira Gandhi Road Bridge on sea rat is just underdeveloped area. But Temple darshan is worth visiting the place. Dhaneshkhodi was a place with high expectation but later it was found not worth visiting at all except the beach view of Indian ocean there.
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Deepika vinika

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  • Deepika vinika
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 photos
  • 46 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  14077 readers

"Religious Rameshwaram!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Rameshwaram consists of many ancient temples which are maintained. Ram kund & Sita kund are some of famous sites. Sita kund is the place where the water is sweet, being on the shore of the beach that has salty water. Guide's give us that water to taste. On of the beach I also did a sand bike ride, that was amazing!
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Koushik Chandarana

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  • Koushik Chandarana
  • 7 Reviews
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"Rameshwaram - The holy & heritage place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Rameshwaram is well known jostling place of Lord Shiva temple. There were many holy places like Ramnath Swamy Temple, Ram Kund, Ram Jharokha, Laxman Temple, Floating Stones, etc.

The other places of interest are banana, shri A. P. J. Abdul Kalam memorial, Pamban railway bridge, etc.

Food mainly South Indian, North Indian available. At Gujarat Bhavan near Temple delicious Gujarati food available. There are many hotels to stay but we chose Gujarat Bhavan to stay. There are some sea facing AC rooms available on second and & third floor.
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Abhinav Kumar

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  • Abhinav Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 138 Reviews
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"The Rameshwaram"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Dec 3, 2016
Rameshwaram is one of the Char Dham pilgrimage. Millions of devotees have a tour of Rameshwaram around the year. The best time to visit there is winters. This is a small town and not that much commercialized. Being a coastal town it has the same which a usual coastal town contains. Dip into the saltiest water ever at Agni tirth dham. 2 or 3 day is sufficient to explore it entirely.
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Abhijit Bhattacharyya

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  • Abhijit Bhattacharyya
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews
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"Deplorable experience"

  • 2.5/7
  • Posted Oct 24, 2016
It seems that Swach Bharat scheme has unfortunately not crossed the Pamban Bridge!
The whole island is a Garbage dump and stinks.
Even the approach to the temple leaves lot to be desired including the bathing ghats and inside the temple.
The APJ Abdul Kalam museum was good but the visit to Dhanush Kodi was a disaster in the rickety buses which are there to fleece visitors.
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Suraj Sabat

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  • Suraj Sabat
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  •  27 helpful votes
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"Beautiful Pamban Bridge"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 23, 2016
The only reason I traveled to Rameshwaram is for pamban bridge and dhanuskodi. Though I couldn't make it to dhanuskodi but I was very much satisfied with the bridge. You can also visit beach in the evening to avoid the crowd. Food is good here. Road is under construction after Madurai but it isn't that bad .. And yes you might find very less place to eat once you cross Madurai so better you finish off your lunch and dinner in Madurai.
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