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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Rameshwaram Traveller Reviews

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Abhinav Kumar

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  • Abhinav Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 210 photos
  • 113 Reviews
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"The Rameshwaram" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
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
  • 2 Reviews
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"Deplorable experience"

  • 2.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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  •  22 helpful votes
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"Beautiful Pamban Bridge"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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Suraj Sabat

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Beautiful Pamban Bridge"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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Dhaneswar sarma

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"Unity among diversity"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Sea shore place rameswaram is neat and clean town and proane of sardham and being the birth place of our beloved president a k azad the renowned intelectuals. The place is calm and enjoyable. Hotel is located nearest to the beach and to the main mandir Ramnatha temple. Rooms are good looking and well furnished. All staff cordial and friendly in all matters. Only the entrance rood to the hotel is narrow but secure. All the town are clean. For sight seeing arrangement has done by the hotel staff. As a whole I apprecite the hotel.
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Ashish Gupta

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  • Ashish Gupta
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"For Religious travellers only"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Rameshwaram is connected to the mainland by the Pamban Bridge by rail and a road bridge too.
The main attractions are the RamanathanSwami temple, which is one of the 12 Shiv Ling as well as one of the 4 Dhams. It is believed that Lord Ram created a bridge from here to Sri Lanka only with rocks which started to float when his name was written on it. One can actually see those rocks via satellite images for the remains of the bridge.
The people here are very religious and one can see it. Plenty of Hotels and Lodges are available
The weather is here hot for most of the time of year.
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Neeraj

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  • Neeraj
  • Lives in Surat
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"Relaxed place with peace of mind."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Rameshwaram, nearest place from SriLanka can be reached by train, bus, taxi from Madurai. You have to travel through World famous Pamban railway bridge to reach Rameshwaram. Autos and pedal rickshawas are easily available outside of station. Market& temple are hardly 2-3 km away. Rates are fixed. There are many good hotels, budget hotels and dharamshalas of many community are available. Rates of AC rooms are in budget. Darshan can be done easily. Bathing at 16 wells in temple is memorable experience. Shayan aarti not to be missed. Gujarati & Jain food is easily available at there.
For sight seeing, auto is there best option. He will take you to all places in reasonable rates. Even Dhanushkodi visit also included in that sight seeing package. Dhanushkodi is a must visit place in a life time. Your auto is running on the road and you can see sea on both side of road. What a scene. After reaching Dhanushkodi, you have to catch local mini bus which will take you to the last point of land towards SriLanka. Bus is also running on sea water. Amazing. At last point one can see two types of sea on two different side. At one side, roaring Arabian Sea with blue water& big waves and other side calm & peaceful Indian ocean with white transparent water. It's water is shallow but can't dare to go in Arabian sea.
On the way you can find ruined village, which was destroyed in Tsunami before many years. Railway station, church, post office, tracks, houses are giving proof of terrible part. Good photography can be also done at here.
Very peaceful place in the feet out Sri Ramachandra.
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Geetanjali  Verma

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"A pilgrimage treat"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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"The beautiful holy island"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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 Jamshedpur
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"Rameswaram"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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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