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"Rameswaram has, since antiquity, been an important pilgrimage destination." - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
A small town situated on the Pamban Island, Rameshwaram is one of the four dhams (shrines) where devoted Hindus go on a pilgrimage every year. It snugly sits on the tip of the Indian peninsula with the Pamban channel separating it from the mainland. This historical town, which is now a part of Tamil Nadu, has a mention in the Ramayana as the place from where Rama built a bridge across the sea to Lanka in order to rescue Sita from Ravana.
From resorts to 3 start hotels, Rameshwaram has something for the needs of every traveler. Rameshwaram is connected to mainland India by the Pamban Bridge built above the Palk Strait. There is a railway bridge built across the sea as well that allows ships to pass beneath it. However, rail is the main mode of transport to Rameshwaram. Express trains run daily to and from Rameshwaram to major cities such as Chennai, Varanasi, Coimbatore, etc. The Ramanathapuram – Rameswaram National Highway is the only connecting link via road that the historical town has to mainland India. For travel by bus, The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation runs daily bus services that connect various major cities in the South to Rameswaram.
Given the town's historical significance, there are a lot of beautiful religious and historical places that a tourist can visit. Some of them are:
• Rameshwaram Temple:
Undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots given its religious significance (legend says it was built by Lord Rama himself), the Rameshwaram temple is an architectural beauty as well. Also known as the Ramanathaswamy Temple, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is known to have the longest corridor in the world.
• Dhanushkodi Temple and Beach (18 km):
Even though the temple has been destroyed in a cyclone, the place is still popular among tourists. Sandwiched between the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal, the seas seem to be in the shape of a bow and arrow and thus the name Dhanushkodi.
• The Five-faced Hanuman Temple:
Another temple of extreme significance in Rameshwaram, the main attraction of this temple is the "floating stone" that has been carefully preserved and kept outside the temple. It is said that this is the same stone that Lord Rama used to build the bridge.
• Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge (7 km):
The longest bridge in South India, also known as the Pamban Bridge.
• Gandamadana Parvatham:
The tallest point in Rameshwaram, this hillock is about 3 km from Rameshwaram. Visit this place to enjoy a panoramic view of the beautiful island.
Things to do in Rameshwaram
Religious or not, you might not want to miss out on the Agniteertham. It is one of the most sacred baths in Rameshwaram, located on the beach of the Rameshwaram Temple. As the legend goes, Lord Rama took a dip here to wash off his sin of killing the ten-headed demon Ravana and so pilgrims out on the 'Char Dham' yatra (journey) take a bath here before starting their pilgrimage.
Being so close to the deep blue sea, you can definitely not miss out on some sea exploration! Take the glass boat ride from Pamban Bridge and enjoy watching the beautiful corals right from your boat. Water sports such as paddle-boarding, kayaking, water skiing, and canoeing can also be enjoyed in Rameshwaram.
Hotels in Rameshwaram
• Hotel SS Grand:
One of the many 3 star hotels in Rameshwaram, the Hotel SS Grand is just 2 km from the station. The white-washed structure is built in neo-classical style and its beautifully done modern rooms and suites have all possible facilities a guest might need. Room service is available 24 hours and kids under the age of 10 years can stay with adults free of cost.
• Jiwan Residency:
One of the best 3 star hotels in Rameshwaram, this hotel overlooks the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal. The rooms and suites are large and have been beautifully furnished. Some rooms offer the bay view as well. The restaurant in the hotel serves vegetarian food.
• Daiwik Hotels Rameswaram:
With the perfect location (it is close to the station and Rameshwaram Temple) and beautiful interiors, this property is loved by tourists. It has modern rooms and suites with amenities such as Wi-Fi, tea and coffee makers, flat screen television sets, etc. It has a restaurant that serves international cuisine, a spa, and a yoga room too.
• Cabana Coral Reef:
Enjoy fresh sea food and fun activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, and fishing in this beautiful resort. There are cottages that provide all modern facilities. The hotel also provides bike and cars on rent for sightseeing.
• Hotel Island Star:
Located at a distance of 1 km from the Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple, this hotel houses 45 across 3 floors. The rooms here are equipped with all basic amenities for the comfortable stay of their customers. Hotel Island Star can is just 1 km from Rameswaram Railway Station. Vist to Dhanushkodi Beach can be arranged from here.
• Blue Coral Cottage:
Another one of the amazing three star hotels in Rameshwaram, this property is known for its proximity to the bus stand, the temples, and the beach. It has ample parking space and a playground for kids. While the rooms are neat and clean with basic necessities available, the restaurant serves tasty sea food.
• Hotel Pearl Residency:
A budget hotel close to the railway station and the RameshwaramTemple, this property is a beautiful one surrounded by a well-manicured garden. It has well-maintained rooms with modern amenities and parking is free of cost.