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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Isha Jajoo

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  • Isha Jajoo
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 5 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  855 readers

"Religious, Historical and Beachy place" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Worth a visit if you love beaches or you are pious or feel the dangerous journey of train on the sea.
We went there by Madurai - Rameshwaram train that too in general, because we had no other option. In the evening, we could feel the danger of train on rails, but the train slowed down during that time. Weather was Good at that time and cool wind was blowing. We reached Rameshwaram in night and then before finding any accommodation, we searched for vegeterian restaurant as we were already so late. Luckily we found it. The food was also good there. Then we went to Maheshwari dharmshala where we stayed in a flat kind of room. It was also good and comfortable. As we were tired, so we dozed off. Then the next day, we woke up early by 4 am so that we could go to the temple waiting for less time ..
Gosh The queue was too big .. We waited there almost for 2 hrs to go into the temple and when we went into the temple, we stopped by kunds of different gods with their own importances .. There were like 22 kunds and some kunds were just for namesake. No one was there to put water on us. Then after bathing in Kund water, we went for the darshan. Darshan can be done only after Kund Bath. Then we went back to our accommodation.
We got ready for day visit to temples and beaches and one of the friends was crazy for Dhanushkodi, so we had plans to go there.
We had our breakfast at Agreeable Bhojanalay. It served delicious aloo parantha .. Of North Indian style .. Then we left in an auto for whole day trip .. We stopped by vibhishan's temple, heard many stories and saw srilanka from Rameshwaram
Then in the evening we had our bus back to Chennai ..
So we left ..
Experience to Rameshwaram was splendid as we had a nice group .. But the weather has to be kept in mind .. It was hot when we went.
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Chinnaraja Subramaniyam

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  • Chinnaraja Subramaniyam
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 29 Reviews
  •  28 helpful votes
  •  47309 readers

"Religious place to visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Most wonderful place in south Tamil Nadu. Rameswaram Temple, Seetha Thirtham and Raman Thirtham around in and out of city. Most power will rise in our mind. So many tourists place to visit and enjoyable in beach. Across the Pabanpalam we will get all this.
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Nitin ramachandran

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  • Nitin ramachandran
  • 3 Reviews
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"A wonderful spiritual journey" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was a wonderful drive to Rameshwaram. Unlike many other cities in Tamil Nadu, you will notice lesser business minded people. The temple is huge, massive and indeed a marvel.

Must do's: take all the 22 theerthams, few other temples around, the floating rock.
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Venkatesh bm

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  • Venkatesh bm
  • 6 Reviews
  •  126 readers

"Great place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Great place to visit, we called up a priest who helped us perform sacred Bath at Agni Theertham, later we went to temple, took sacred Bath from 22 wells, later we returned to hotel changed our dress went to temple performed Abhishekam to holy shrine from the water brought from holy Ganges, had lunch at a mess arranged by priest. Later we took rest at hotel, returned our journey back in the evening same day back to Bangalore.
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Sai Patnaik

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  • Sai Patnaik
  • Lives in Berhampur
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  840 readers

"A great place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A great place to have a getaway with family. Great beaches, great people and great food. Main attractions include the world famous pamban bridge one of the oldest rail routes built on the ocean, an engineering marvel. Rameshwaram is also famous for its temples. Home of one of india's greatest scientist and president late Dr. A. P. J abdul kalam this place offers a great and relaxing getaway.
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Chockalingam K

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  • Chockalingam K
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews
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"A very holy place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  • 4 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Perfect place for all to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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
  •  2 helpful votes
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"One of the most sacred Dhams for Hindus"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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  •  4 helpful votes
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"Nice to visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 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
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"A fun filled religious trip to Rameshwaram"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 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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