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Rameshwaram Tourism

One of the most pious destinations in South India
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Best time to visit

Jul - Apr

Ideal Duration

3-4 Days

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Rs. 4,999
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About Rameshwaram Destinations

Rameshwaram, a coastal town in the state of Tamil Nadu, is located on Pamban Island. It is popular as a temple town, and is considered a much revered pilgrimage site. It is one of the Char Dhams, which must be visited by a Hindu in order to attain Moksha on dying. Devotees of Lord Shiva from all over the world make it a point to visit Rameshwaram and Rameshwaram Temple among the many other religious spots here. The Rameshwaram shivling is one of the most famous lingas in the country, and warrants a visit. Read on to know all about Rameshwaram, and how to get the most out of a trip to this temple town. This Rameshwaram city guide offers all information that a traveler might require in order to enjoy a visit to this temple town.

One of the most famed points of Rameshwaram sightseeing is Rameshwaram temple. When talking about Rameshwaram temple, there are several interesting facts that a traveler or a pilgrim must know before paying a visit. This 17th century temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is considered one of the 12 jyotirlingas that one must visit to attend nirvana. The temple has been constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, and has a sense of peace and quiet that is associated with any religious place. The Rameshwaram temple darshan timings are from 5:00 am to 6:00 am, then 12 noon to 1:00 pm and various other timings for different poojas and different idol worshipping. Visitors must make sure to adhere to the timings at the temples of Rameshwaram.


Although famed as a religious destination, there are several other places to visit in Rameshwaram that might interest those who are not into religious sites. From fascinating museums to serene beaches, from delicious street food at local markets to adrenaline pumping adventure rides, Rameshwaram is a great place to experience it all. Other Rameshwaram India points of interest include Adam’s Bridge, which is also known as Rama Setu and is a bridge that finds mention in Hindu mythology as the bridge Lord Rama built to get to Ravan’s kingdom. The bridge is nearly 30 kms long, and is partially submerged under water. Other must visit attractions of Rameshwaram include Water Bird Sanctuary, Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, Pamban Bridge among others.

 

When on a Rameshwaram trip, one must also indulge in a few water sports activities. Although not usual fare on a Rameshwaram beach, water sports and adventure sports are available at select spots. One can indulge in scuba diving and snorkeling when here, or ride a jet ski into the rough waves for an adrenaline rush.

The above are only a few places that should be a part of any Rameshwaram tourism package, but in fact, there are many others that warrant a visit. Those looking to explore this temple town on their own might consider taking along a Rameshwaram map so that no sightseeing options are missed out on. Don’t wait any long for booking personalized Rameshwaram sightseeing packages for enjoying the best of such vacations.

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By Air

There are no airports in Rameshwaram. In fact, the nearest airport to the Rameshwaram temple is in Madurai, from where the town center is almost 170 kms away. This journey can be completed via local buses, private taxis, self-driven vehicles or trains. For those traveling from far-off destinations to Rameshwaram, taking a flight to Madurai is the best option, in order to save time. Also, for visa formalities, the distance between Rameshwaram and Sri Lanka is best covered by a flight. On landing at Madurai airport, one can transfer to Rameshwaram via train or road. Sadly, the answer to the question of how to reach Rameshwaram by flight is that it is impossible, not until an airport is built here.

By Train

For those wondering how to reach Rameshwaram by train, there are a plethora of trains that bring people to this temple town. Although there is a shortage of direct trains to Rameshwaram from most cities across India, it is very well connected to cities within the southern states of India. For instance, the distance between Chennai and Rameshwaram is best covered by a train. Rameshwaram Express is one of the most popular trains among pilgrims and other tourists. The Rameshwaram express route is one of the shortest journeys one can hope to undertake from Chennai to get here.

By Road

If planning to travel from Ooty to Rameshwaram, road transfer is the best option. The distance between Madurai and Rameshwaram is also best covered by road. There are several private and government run buses available from Madurai that bring people to this temple town. The distance between Kanyakumari and Rameshwaram is best covered by a road journey, be it a hired mode of transportation or a self-driven vehicle.

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Alcohol is not available in Rameshwaram since it is a temple town and a religious hub.

Most shops and restaurants here accept only cash, apart from the large franchises and shopping malls.

Thea beaches in Rameshwaram are rocky, and the sea is generally rough in the area. It is inadvisable to swim if one is not an experienced swimmer. However, at Agnitheertham one can dive in for a short swim or a dip before visiting the temples.

Ideally, it would not take any more than 3 to 4 days to explore Rameshwaram entirely.

The best time to visit Rameshwaram is from November to March or mid-April.

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