Connected to mainland India by the famous Pamban Bridge, and located at the southernmost tip of India, Rameshwaram is a popular temple town 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 center of attraction for travelers across the world.
In various sacred Hindu texts such as Vedas and all the Puranas, there are mentions of this place, depicting the piousness of Rameshwaram. According to legend, it was in Rameshwaram where Lord Rama along with Lakshman, Hanuman, and his loyal Vanar Sena had built the bridge to Sri Lanka to rescue Goddess Sita from Ravana. This bridge, now located beneath the waters is popularly known as Ram Setu!
While the Ramanathaswamy temple is a must visit here, there is much more you can do right from visiting the Dhanushkodi beach, pulling over on the Pamban bridge made famous by the Bollywood movie Chennai Express, or 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 of Dhanushkodi.
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 depending on traffic and 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 and tickets can be bought online or through a travel agent.
Things To Do In Rameshwaram
- Ramanathaswamy Temple
The Ramanatha Swamy temple is the largest temple here and is spread over 15 acres. An important pilgrimage center, this temple houses one of the twelve jyotirlingas in the country. It’s certainly the biggest tourist attraction here, with the second largest pillared corridor in the world and is one of the must-visit tourist places in Rameshwaram.
- Ariyaman Beach
The Ariyaman Beach, also called the Kushi 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.
- 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 travelers every year. The area was populated by fisherman till the infamous cyclone of ’64 and it now bears the sign of massive destruction it underwent during that period.
- Pamban Bridge
Yes 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.
Hotels 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. 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!
Now that you know what do expect in Rameshwaram, we hope you have a great time on your next trip there. If you’d like to explore more beaches in South you can see our top picks here! Else see these for amazing hill stations closeby here!