One of the most pious destinations in South India
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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.
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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Adam's Bridge in Rameshwaram
Adam’s Bridge also known as Rama Setu is almost a 50 km long and 3 km wide boardwalk, which separates the Gulf of Mannar from the Palk Strait. The bridge is set amidst natural setting that leaves visitors spellbound. Adam’s Bridge begins from Dhanushkodi and ends at the Mannar Island of Sri Lanka. In 1480, the bridge was hi...
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Ariyaman Beach in Rameshwaram
Ariyaman Beach also known as Kushi Beach is situated on the side of the Palk Bay in the Ramanathapuram District, Tamil Nadu. The beach extends to a stretch of 2 km, measures around 150 km in width, and is located at a distance of 27 km from the city. This well-maintained beach is a much loved spot for relaxation and enjoyin...
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Dhanushkodi Beach in Rameshwaram
The Dhanushkodi Beach, is among the most beautiful places in Rameshwaram that command a visit. It is a vast stretch of silvery sand with crystal clear water and age old relics. This beach in Rameshwaram, imparts a glimpse of the mighty Indian Ocean spread out in a vast expanse. Known as Archal Munai by locals, the beach was...
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Dhanushkodi in Rameshwaram
Tucked at the south eastern tip of Pamban Island, Dhanushkodi is a small town, which is frozen in time since the disastrous cyclone hit it in 1964. It is the land border between Sri Lanka and India. Once a town, teeming with all facilities, Dhanushkodi in Rameshwaram is now just a sandy shoreline with Bay of Bengal on one s...
Pamban Bridge in Rameshwaram
The Pamban Bridge a massive structure over the Indian Ocean and the first sea as well as cantilever bridge constructed in India. Built as a part of South Indian Railway project, this bridge is an engineering marvel and was completed in 1911. The bridge connects Rameswaram on Pamban Island to mainland India.
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Scuba Diving in Rameshwaram
Located in the Pamban Island, the city of Rameshwaram is home to numerous beaches. These beaches form a hub for various adventure sports like snorkeling, kitesurfing, jet skiing, kayaking, and scuba diving in Rameshwaram.
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Snorkeling in Rameshwaram
Adorning the coastline of India, the town of Rameshwaram is not only a pilgrim destination but also a hub for various adventure sports. Home to numerous beaches, the city of Rameshwaram makes a perfect destination for indulging in water sports like Kayaking, jet skiing, stand up board, windsurfing, snorkeling, coral watchin...
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Travel To Rameshwaram
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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.
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.
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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