Ramanathaswamy Temple & the best of Rameshwaram

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Guide to rameshwaram

Connected to mainland India by the famous Pamban Bridge, located at the southernmost tip, Rameshwaram is a popular temple town, housing the Ramanathaswamy Temple, with a history that dates back to the Ramayana. 


Located in the middle of mainland India and Sri Lanka with its fresh sea breezes, historical temples & pristine beaches, this Island Destination has been the centre of attraction for travellers across the world, especially Hindu pilgrims on the Char Dham yatra to the Ramanathaswamy temple.

About the Ramanathaswamy Temple

In various sacred Hindu texts such as Vedas and all the Puranas, there are mentions of this place, depicting the piousness of Rameshwaram. It was in Rameshwaram where Lord Rama along with Hanuman built the bridge to Sri Lanka to rescue  Sita from Ravana. This bridge, now located beneath the waters is popularly known as Ram Setu!


The Ramanathaswamy Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva located on Rameswaram island in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. According to the Ramayana, Rama, the seventh avatar of the god Vishnu, prayed to the god Shiva to absolve him of the sin committed during his war against the king Ravana in Sri Lanka. 


Rama wanted to have a large lingam to worship Shiva. He directed Hanuman, the lieutenant in his army, to bring a lingam from the Himalayas. When Hanuman was delayed in bringing the lingam, Rama built a small lingam out of the sand available in the seashore, which is believed to be the lingam in the sanctum.

Ramanathaswamy Temple

The temple is one of the holiest Hindu Char Dham (four divine sites) sites comprising BadrinathPuriDwarka and Rameshwaram.  Though the origins are not clearly known, the Advaita school of Hinduism established by Sankaracharya, who created Hindu monastic institutions across India, attributes the origin of Char Dham to the seer. 


While the Ramanathaswamy temple is a must visit here, there is much more you can do! You should try visiting the Dhanushkodi beach, pulling over on the Pamban bridge made famous by the movie Chennai Express. If you want some peace and quiet, you can ride along the ocean on your way to the Kothandaramaswamy Temple. 


Dhanushkodi, located 20 km from Rameshwaram, was once was a flourishing fishing town but was hit by a devastating cyclone in 1964. It destroyed everything and the ruins can now be seen submerged in the ocean once you head towards the secluded beaches.

Things to do in Rameshwaram

Dhanushkodi Beach

Ramanathaswamy Temple


The Ramanathaswamy temple is the largest temple here and is spread over 15 acres. An important pilgrimage centre, this temple houses one of the twelve jyotirlingas in the country. It’s certainly the biggest tourist attraction here. It has the second largest pillared corridor in the world and is one of the must-visit tourist places in Rameshwaram.


Ariyaman Beach


The Ariyaman Beach is certainly a pristine and beautiful beach with stunning shorelines running across the landscape. Lazy waves and purity make this beach is perfect for a weekend out with friends or family.

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Dhanushkodi Beach

Dhanushkodi Beach


It simply is one of the best beaches you will go to due to its serenity, cleanliness, and lack of commercialization that draws scores of travellers every year. Fishermen had made this their home till the infamous cyclone of ’64. Therefore it now bears the sign of massive destruction it underwent during that period.


Pamban Bridge


You all know its claim to fame was when it was featured in the Bollywood movie, Chennai Express. But apart from that, the view from this bridge is breathtakingly beautiful.

Ramanathaswamy Temple

Best time to visit Rameshwaram

A trip to Rameshwaram usually consists of a lot of outdoor time on the beaches, markets and the Ramanathaswamy Temple, so the best time to go there is during the year end. October to February is considered to the best time to be there due to the pleasant evenings, and cool breeze blowing all throughout the day. 


Summers and monsoons are hot and humid and not the right time to be walking around on the beach! Summer holiday ensure that there are thousands of pilgrims every day and the temple complex is buzzing with tourists.

How to reach Rameshwaram

By Flight – Rameshwaram doesn’t have air connectivity yet! But the closest airports are Madurai, Tuticorin, and Trivandrum. Once you are at these airports you can take a cab, bus or train to reach Rameshwaram.


By Train – The Rameshwaram Railway station is well connected to the mainland with regular trains from Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai etc.


By Road – If you are driving from Bangalore, the trip will take around 10-12 hours. Thanks for the NHAI, you will get lovely roads all throughout the journey. From Chennai, the trip takes about 10-12 hours as well. You will also find plenty of bus services to Rameshwaram from all major towns in the South. You can book tickets online or through a travel agent.

Where you do stay in Rameshwaram

Over the years due to the influx of tourists across India and abroad, a lot of hotels and resorts have come up in Rameshwaram, especially in close vicinity to the Ramanathaswamy temple. You can get a lot of options ranging from the TTDC (Tamil Nadu Tourism Development) guest houses to Hyatt Palace


All popular booking sites now have the hotels in Rameshwaram listed and the cheapest ones will cost you INR 700 a day onwards! You can see the best hotels in Rameshwaram here.

Beach too hot for you? Check out these hill stations instead!

The Western Ghats dominate the landscape of the Southern states, with their natural bounty, an abundance of wildlife and serenity! If you are looking to beat the summer heat and plan to head to head out to the hills then you must check these offbeat hill stations in South India!

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Ankita Singh October 7, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Wow! really nice and great place. Thanks for sharing this information. I really like this blog.

travelmynation October 7, 2018 - 2:47 PM

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Srm holidays July 16, 2020 - 12:44 AM

Thanks for sharing valuable content, this is what I need to know. Thank you once again, it’s very interesting. I wish you all the best for your next blog in future.

srmholidays July 16, 2020 - 1:59 AM

Thanks for sharing valuable content, this is what I need to know. Thank you once again, it’s very interesting. I wish you all the best for your next blog in future.

PRIYANKA SENGAR July 19, 2020 - 12:39 PM

Very nice place to visit with Family. I am saving your post to refer it in future.

travelmynation July 20, 2020 - 10:38 AM

Thank you so much for reading

pamela July 19, 2020 - 9:36 PM

I never been to South yet, hopefully if everything will be fine will encounter a few places in this year only..thanks for this post

travelmynation July 20, 2020 - 10:37 AM

Wow u really never explored south? U are missing out on so much!!!

pamela July 20, 2020 - 6:19 PM

Yes, will explore this n next year 🙂

Ramya July 19, 2020 - 10:58 PM

Nicely written article, I have heard Rameshwaram is pretty expensive, i mean food, staying,temple visits is it true or just a myth?

travelmynation July 20, 2020 - 10:36 AM

No it’s not true. It’s very economical to visit there. You will find all kinds of hotels-feom budget to luxury and local food is quote inexpensive too

Afreen Ansari July 20, 2020 - 10:35 AM

wowww Ramanathaswamy Temple looks such a must visit.. tahnks for the routes direction too.. on my wishlist for sure now after reading

travelmynation July 20, 2020 - 10:35 AM

Ur welcome. Thanks for reading and hope u get to visit soon

Nidhi Gupta July 20, 2020 - 10:42 AM

I loved the article… thanks for introducing to the fun side of Rameshwaram too… your photos are tempting enough to pack the bag and set off right away

travelmynation July 20, 2020 - 10:44 AM

Glad u liked it. Hope u get to go there soon ?

Raksha Nagaraj July 20, 2020 - 11:14 AM

Rameshwaram was on my list for later year. For some reason, it did not happen and I would definitely want to visit the next time I am in India. I have seen the Ram Sethu from the flight and I know its absolutely amazing.

travelmynation July 20, 2020 - 2:22 PM

Oh seeing it from the flight must have been absolutely breathtaking

Lancelot Quadras July 20, 2020 - 11:40 AM

That’s a lot of information Vidur. Thanks for mentioning a bit of history too. Allows me to understand more about this architectural marvel.

delhifundos2014 July 20, 2020 - 11:54 AM

This goes straightaway under my to-visit list.Thank you for the info.Nice write-up and beautiful pictures ?

travelmynation July 20, 2020 - 2:22 PM

Thanks for reading and leaving your fkenyoy

DoiBedouin July 20, 2020 - 3:18 PM

Whoa I love South Temples. Their sculptures are so intricately beautiful. Would love visiting Rameshwaram.

avantikachaturvedi July 21, 2020 - 12:56 PM

I saw the first picture of this post and let out a big WOW! How did you manage to capture it without any people around – it looks stunning! India definitely has had an incredibly rich past and our temples are the biggest reminder of that. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post!

Heena Dhedhi July 21, 2020 - 1:09 PM

Bookmarking this article for when we can travel again… the temple sounds breathtaking.

travelmynation July 22, 2020 - 5:09 PM

Thanks for reading

Anonymous January 17, 2024 - 3:43 PM

Whoa I love South Temples


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