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Rameshwaram travel information, Tamilnadu

RameshwaramRameshwaram is the sacred island, situated in the Gulf of Munnar at the very tip of Indian peninsula. This island is severed from the Indian mainland by Pamban Channel. The sea swept island is revered as the 'Benaras of the South'. According to legends and Hindu scriptures, Rameshwaram was the place from where Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea to Lanka to rescue his consort Sita, from the clutches of Ravana.

In the Hindu mythology it is believed that one who visits Rameshwaram attains Moksha. As one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of India, Rameshwaram has the Linga of Sri Ranganatha as the presiding deity.

Spread out in an area of 61.8 square kilometers, the island is in the shape of a conch. The Ramanatha Swamy Temple occupies major area of Rameshwaram. An epitome of Dravidian architecture, the temple boasts of the largest temple corridor in India. The temple was built over a time by a number of rulers beginning 12th century. The temple has 22 wells, all having waters with medicinal properties.

Tourist Attraction
RameshwaramRamanatha Swamy Temple - This splendid temple was built by different rulers at different times after 12th century onwards. Ramanatha Swamy temple exhibit Dravidian architecture in the greatest perfection. The glory of the temple is in its pillared corridors which are the largest in India.

Agnitriham - 100 metre, towards East of the Ramanathaswamy temple, the sea is very cool and calm. The sanctity of the place makes bathing here very sacred.

Gandamadhana Parvadham - The highest point on the island, here the imprints of Lord Rama's feet is placed on a chakra.

Vettangudi Birds Sanctuary - Another spot worth visiting, it attracts a large number of migratory birds.

Kothandaraswamy Temple - This beautiful temple of Rama is a place where Vibhishana (brother of Ravana) surrendered before Rama. There are idols of Rama, Lakshmana, Sita, Hanuman and Vibhishana here.

Coral Reef - The waters around the island abound in Coral Reefs. It is in short, a paradise island of golden sands, swaying coconut palms and shady trees.

RameshwaramDhanushkodi - The southern most tip of the island Dhanushkodi was completely washed away by cyclone in 1964. But only the Kodandaramaswamy temple remained intact. Pilgrimage to this holy place is considered complete only after a bath in Dhanushkodi.

Ramanathapuram - This ancient town carries the mark of the past in its Vilasam palace paintings. It is from here that the Sethupathis ruled. The tomb of Thayumana Swamigal, a philosopher saint, is worth visiting.

Uthirakosamangai - There is an ancient Siva temple where the deity is carved in Emerald. The annual 'Arudhra' festival in December attracts a large number of tourists. The place is 18 Kms from the city.

How to reach

By Air - The nearest airport is at Madurai, at a distance of 154-km.

By Rail - Rameshwaram is well connected by trains from all the major cities of India

By Road - State transport buses are available from the railway station to the various places in and around Rameshwaram. For local transportation taxis, auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws and tongas are available. Also city bus service is available in the island.



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