Rameshwaram Tourism
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Rameshwaram Tourism

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This was my second visit to Rameswaram, and purpose was mainly pilgrimage and to collect informations about this place. I had booked my hotel just near the temple, for easy approach, but there was one, disadvantage of it, that I had to carry my luggage for about 1 Kms to reach my hotel, as this one Km area around the temple was no entry zone for auto rickshaws or taxi. Railway station is hardly at 3 Km distance and Autorikshaw charge is Rs.50/-, but they will drop you at the barrier point only. I contacted a priest cum guide in the evening before darshan Usual guide charges are Rs.100-200.They may ask more for quick Darshan. Charges for various other rituals are separate. The guide explained me everything and asked to come next morning at 5 AM, near the temple's main gate to have Mani / Sphatic darshan .We kept our camera, mobile and everything in the hotel and came out bare footed, because these things are not allowed inside temple premises. If you are carrying it, you can deposit it in the locker near the temple. We reached at the temple gate at about 5.30AM. From there our guide took us for Mani darshan. Darshan timing is between 5-6 AM only. Mani Shiva lingam is a smaller one, given to this temple by Adi Guru Sankaracharya. After 6 AM this lingam is kept in a box and removed from the site of main Shiv lingam. After this we went to our hotel, changed our clothes to take bath in the First Teertham Agni teertham which is, sea shore of the Bay of Bengal, It is very near to temple. There is a very good bathing ghat at this site, now. Twenty Yrs back ,when I saw it, this place was pathetic and very dirty. We took three dips in the sea and came out and moved toward temple in wet clothes. Took Rs.25/-ticket for 22 well bath. It is a fixed charge from the temple side. Our guide took us for bathing by the waters of 22 wells; in proper series. He went on explaining everything about it, although the names of Teertham were written at the site of the well. There were persons, who were pulling water from the well by a bucket and were throwing on the heads of each pilgrim, passing towards the particular Teertham. Next series of 22 TEERTHAM are inside temple premises, where we took bath .Order was 1-Mahalkshmi Teertham 2-Savithri Teertham 3-Gayathri Teertham 4- Saraswati Teertham 5- Setumadhav Teertham 6-Gandhmadan Teertham 7-Kavacha Teertham 8-Gavaya Teertham 9-Nal Teertham 10-Neel Teertham 11-Shanku Teertham 12-Chakkara Teertham 13-Bramhathi Vimochana Teertham 14-Surya Teertham 15 Chandra Teertham 16-Ganga Teertham 17 Yamuna Teertham 18-Gaya Teertham 19-ShivaTeertham 20-Sadyamirta Teertham 21-Sarva Teertham 22-Kodi Teertham . Water was fresh and little different in taste from each well. Taking bath from the water of these wells, absolve you from some or other type of sin and endows you with blessing of many deities. Baths from these wells takes about an hour. SITE SEEING IN RAMESWARAM- In the afternoon we hired an auto in Rs.250/- for seeing other temples and attractions of the Rameshwaram. We saw Dhanuskodi beach, Dhanuskodi temple, Ram teertham, Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir, Gandhmadan Parvatam,Sachi Hanuman Temple, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalams House, his brothers emporium and his school. It all took about three hours to complete it.
Satish Tripathi, Gorakhpur


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"A place for Hindus!" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
This is excellent pilgrimage on historical ground as well as Devotional Stand. It's a heritage place for Hindu Devotees. The architecture and the sculpture are extraordinary and speechless. The lord Ramanatha (Eswara Bhagawan) will shower his....... More
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  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Enjoy the temples and the beach" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Rameshwaram is popular among the temple tourists, it is always on their to-do list and my mom is a big fan of temples and hence we got a chance to travel to Rameshwaram. My mummy enjoyed the temples thoroughly and we enjoyed the beach....... More
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  • Lives in Mysore
  • 523 Reviews

"Famous pilgrimage place" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Rameshwaram is one of the famous pilgrimage places. Temple are very well maintained and clean. Temples are also very beautiful and also we enjoyed in beach too. Morning is the preferable time to visit the place. Local markets are available for....... More
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"Dharamshala's provide all the facilities at next to nothing prices!" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A very good religious place with a divine experience. A dip in the sea cleanses your soul and the temple besides it adds to the religious colour, It is also a good tourist place. People from all corners of India come to this station. Hotels....... More
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"Wonderful experience at Rameshwaram" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was my first visit to Rameshwaram and it was one of my unforgettable trip. Got a chance to witness several poojas in the temple, specially took bath in 21 wells in the temple. Special pooja at night 8:30 was very nice and every body should....... More
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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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