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Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu [India]

Rameshwaram is often considered a temple city as it houses a number of well known temples...

Rameshwaram is one of the popular tourist places in India. Rameshwaram is often considered a temple city as it houses a number of well known temples. Many tourists from across the country of India come here to visit a number of places like Ramanathaswamy Temple, Adam's Bridge, Kothandaraswamy Temple and Gandhamadana Parvatam. A number of excursions can be planned from the city of Rameshwaram to places like Uthirakosamangai, Tirupullani and Chennai.

There are some good restaurants in Rameshwaram. The popular eating places of the city are situated along the West Car Street. These restaurants serve a number of tasty dishes from the South Indian cuisine.

Rameshwaram - An Island For Devotion

Rameswaram is an island on the tip of Indian Peninsula and is connected to the mainland at Mandapam by rail. The town is in the Ramanathpuram district. It also known as the 'Varanasi of the south'. The city is a major pilgrimage center for Hindus, both Shaivites and Vaishnavaites. It is here Lord Rama offered thanks to Siva. The main attraction of the town is the Ramanathaswamy Temple, which is one of the most important temples in southern India. The temple happens to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. It is also connected by one of India's engineering wonders, the Indira Gandhi Bridge. It took 14 years to build and was opened by Rajiv Gandhi late in 1988. Travelers will not have to face any problems as English is widely understood and spoken.

Rameshwaram has become a great tourist destination due to the presence of few of the most known architectural wonders of South India. Tourist throng to this city to witness the magnificent Ramanathaswamy Temple and Kothandaraswamy temple. Another place that attracts tourist is the Adam's bridge that is said to be created by Lord Rama and his Army to cross to Lanka. Its a chain of small islands that almost connect India to Sri Lanka. Tourist can also have a great time shopping as Rameshwaram is full of different and exquisite items. You can find a variety of ornamental items made up of palm leafs and sea shells. To appreciate the real beauty of these marvels, you have to see them all in front of your eyes.

Activities to do in Rameshwaram

One of the most popular activities at Rameshwaram is organizing a picnic. The picturesque beaches of Dhanushkodi, Olaikuda and Pamban offer beautiful sites for organizing picnic. The Olaikuda Beach is situated at a distance of about 1 km from the main city temple. This beach is also an ideal place for bathing.

Tourists staying at Rameshwaram for a considerable period of time can pay a visit to the places nearby the city. The tomb of Saint Ibrahim Syed Aulia, located at Erawadi, is a popular tourist destination near Rameshwaram. There are other venues like the ancient Shiva temple and the Ram Vilas Palace of Sethupati Kings.

Rameshwaram is also famous among the nature lovers. Bird watching is another favorite tourist activity of Rameshwaram. Different varieties of birds like Sea Gulls and Australian Flamingos fly to Rameshwaram in the months of winter. The place looks beautiful with birds of different color, shapes and sizes. The chirping of these birds makes the evenings more enjoyable in Rameshwaram.

Scuba diving is one of the most popular water sports that are practiced in this part of Tamil Nadu. With the help of respiration tubes and diving glasses, one can enjoy this sport here.

The city of Rameshwaram offers good shopping opportunities to the tourists. One of the most popular shopping items in the city is the silk saris, which are easily available.

Best Time to Visit:

Though one can visit Rameswaram any time of the year given the fact the summer and winter are of no difference in Tamil Nadu yet the best time to visit is from January to March when the weather is somewhat relatively pleasurable than the rest of the year.

Attractions:

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Agnitheertham, Ramjharoka Temple, Dhanushkodi, Adam's Bridge, Kothandaraswamy Temple, Erwadi

Ramanathaswamy Temple
Located at the heart of the town, this historic temple is one of the most important temples in South India. This magnificent temple, famous for its 1200 massive granite columns, is a fine instance of late Dravidian architecture.

Agnitheertham
To absolve himself from the killing of Ravana, Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva here at Agnitheertham, situated 100 meters away from the Ramanathaswamy Temple. The water at this place is considered scared and tourists throng here for a holy bath.

Ramjharoka Temple
This temple is perched at the highest point on the island of Rameswaram, Gandamadana Parvatham, at a distance of 5 km from Rameswaram. The shrine preserves the imprint of Lord Rama's feet placed on a Chakra (wheel).

Dhanushkodi
Named after Lord Rama's bow ('dhanush"), Dhanushkodi is 8 km away from Rameswaram. All but the Kothandaramaswamy Temple in Dhanushkodi were completely destroyed by the terrible cyclones of 1964. This temple houses graceful idols of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman and Vibhishana (brother of Ravana).

Adam's Bridge
This is a chain of reefs, sandbanks and islets that almost connects Sri Lanka with India. It is believed that this is the series of stepping stones used by Hanuman to follow Ravana, in his attempt to rescue Sita.

Kothandaraswamy Temple
Kothandaraswamy Temple is around 12 km away from town. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman and Vibhishna. This is the only structure that withstood the cyclone of 1964. It is said that it was here that the brother of King Ravana surrendered to Lord Rama.

Erwadi
At a distance of 24 km from Rameshwaram, Erwadi is an important Muslim pilgrim spot. It is famous for the tomb of Ibrahim Sahid Auliya, which is located at Erwadi. Muslims from across the globe visit Erwadi, especially during the month of December to participate in the annual festival held to pay tribute to this saint.

How to Reach:

By Air: The nearest airport is at Madurai around 163 km away. The transportation from airport to city center is not a problem.

By Rail: Rameshwaram is well connected by rail to cities of Tamil Nadu like Chennai, Madurai, Trichy and other major cities. Two important trains run daily in and out of the city from Rameshwaram to Chennai.

By Road: Buses to all cities of Tamil Nadu are frequent from Rameshwaram. Apart from State transport buses, Luxury coaches by Private operators also operate to and from the city.

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