Places To Visit In Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu
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Tourist Places In Rameshwaram
Rameshwaram is considered a place of religious importance by people all over the country. A town in Tamil Nadu, Rameshwaram is located on Pamban Island, which is separated from the mainland by the Pamban channel. Considered one of the four major pilgrimage places of the country, it goes without saying that most of the places to visit in Rameshwaram are of the religious nature. However, there are also a few Rameshwaram points of interest, such as beaches and historic landmarks, which make it an ideal destination to visit for people from all walks of life. Rameshwaram has something or the other to offer to visitors of all age types and preferences, from children to the elderly, from families to couples and from friends to solo travelers. This Rameshwaram guide attempts to familiarize a travelers with all the amazing
Some of the most popular Rameshwaram attractions include the Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple, also known as the Rameshwaram Temple, which is famed for its collection of lingas. It is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiv. Some of these lingas are built of sand, salt, stone, marble and various other material. Kothandaramaswamy Temple is another one of the most popular Rameshwaram tourist attractions. This temple is located on the beach, and houses idols of Sita, Ram, Lakshman and Hanuman. The Agniteertham sacred bath is also a place where one can spend some time. This is a sacred bath spot for pilgrims from all over the world, and is the only place of its kind that is located outside a temple complex.
The Ariyaman Beach is considered the best beach in Rameshwaram, and it is actually the best place to spend some time at with friends and family in the evening after a hectic sightseeing tour. It is a 150 m wide beach, which stretches on for at least 2 kms. There is also a museum, an aquarium and a children’s park here as well, offering plenty of entertainment options to visitors. The Dhanuskodi beach is another one of the immensely popular Rameshwaram local sightseeing places that one can spend time at.
Other options for Rameshwaram local sightseeing include the Ram Setu, or Adam’s Bridge, as it is also known. It is a historic bridge that has been constructed out of limestone shoals. It is said to be the mythological bridge that Lord Ram constructed for gaining entry into Lanka, the den of Ravan. The Water Bird Sanctuary also warrants a visit when here, since it is a great place to enjoy solitude and watch local and migratory birds.
There are also a few options for sightseeing near Rameshwaram, such as Ramanathapuram. It is an ancient town, with a once opulent palace being the best place for an exploration. Another important tourist place near Rameshwaram temple includes Erwadi, another pilgrimage spot. This one houses the 800 year old tomb of Saint Sultan Ibrahim Syed Aulia. In December, a festival to honor the saint takes place, which is attended by many visitors from around the country.
If enjoying a one day sightseeing in Rameshwaram, make sure to visit some of the most important temples, along with a few beaches to really get to know the place. If visiting for a longer duration, make sure to fit in all of the above places of interest on your Rameshwaram visit.
Rameshwaram Temple in Tamil Nadu
Rameshwaram Temple or Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple is an important pilgrimage site in Rameshwaram - a small island connected to the mainland via Pamban Bridge in Tamil Nadu. It was built in 17th century. Celebrated for its elaborate works, grand towers and corridors, this temple is a fine example of Dravidian architectural bri...
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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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- Ideal for families
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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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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