A holy island destination at the tip of Indian peninsula connected by India's first sea bridge with the mainlands of Tamil Nadu.
Location : Tamilnadu
Best Time : October to March
Railway Station : Rameswaram
Airport : Madurai
Time Required : 2 days
"Rameswaram is one of the very important pilgrimage town in South India, deeply connected with the Ramayana myth."
Rameswaram city is approximately 200 kilometres away from the city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu. This place is known for its different old hindu temples related to the Ramayana myth and it is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples. This tiny fishing town in Tamil Nadu is blessed with beautiful beaches, underwater natural wonders, a bird sanctuary and so much more.
According to historians, all the temples here are connected to the journey of Sri Ram marching along with the army towards the kingdom ruled by Ravana to save Sita devi. This is the place from which Ram Setu was built by the Vanar Sena to mainland Lanka (Sri Lanka).
The major attraction of the place is the famous Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple. People believe that, Ram had prayed here to Lord Shiva in order for forgiveness for killing a Brahmin (Ravana). People coming to Rameswaram often take a holy dip at Agni Teertham which is at the northern end of the Ramanathaswamy Temple.
Another important destination in Rameswaram is Dhanushkodi. Since it is the extreme end of India towards Srilanks and its breath-taking natural beauty, this is becoming one of the most popular destination in Tamilnadu.
There are many other small temples in this town and most of it are connected with the Ramayana myth. Few of the other major places in Rameswaram are Kalam Memorial, Kalam House, Pamban Bridge etc.
- Can hire cabs to visit most of the places. They will have printed list of tourist places along with rates, though we need to bargain for better price.
- Dhanushkodi requires almost half a day to cover completely, and evening is the preferred time.
- Photography is not allowed inside Kalam house and Kalam Memorial.
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Rameswaram, the tiny fishing town in Tamil Nadu is located in the sea region of "Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserves" and it is one of the famous destination in India because of its religious significance. This "Island City" has been the center of attraction for travelers across the world.
Few of the famous destination points in Rameswaram are
Pamban Bridge is the rail bridge connecting the Indian main land with this island city. This is a bridge which allows the two sides of the bridge to be retracted so that large ships can pass. If we are travelling in train towards Rameswaram, we will be able to see the reminiscence of the old railway line and some sections of the old bridge submerged in the water to the left side. This old bridge was destroyed in a massive storm in the year 1964.
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge
This is the road connecting the Indian main land with this Island city. This is the only road way to access Rameswaram. Once this was the first of its kind sea bridge in the country. From the top of this bridge, we will get the best view of iconic Pamban Bridge. Tourists often stop on top to take their photographs against the backdrop of Pamban Bridge, though traffic police wont allow to park any vehicles here. The drivers will usually drop us at the top most point of the bridge and wait at the end of the bridge.
Dhanushkodi and Ariyaman Beach
Mainly there are 2 beautiful beaches in Rameswaram — the Dhanushkodi beach and Ariyaman beach (Khushi beach). Dhanuskodi is the extreme end towards the Srilanka and we will get a peaceful and refreshing time here. But Ariyaman beach is more commercial with children’s park, aquarium. With gentle waves lapping the shore, this beach is a perfect getaway for those looking to stay away from the crowds and spend some time in solitude.
Kalam House and Kalam Memorial
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam the Missile Man and Ex-President of India was born in this small town. Kalam house is the house where he brought up and this is a recent attraction and slowly growing in popularity. Actually not the exact same building but the original house which once stood here. The building that we now see has been expanded and modified. This building is a private property and not managed by the government.
Kalam Memorial is the official memorial building which has been recently built around the grave of the former president. This place also serves as an official historical museum dedicated to him.