The sacred island town of Rameswaram at the extreme south-eastern limit of the Indian peninsula has one of India’s most venerated temples. A fine example of south indian architecture, the temple is renowned for its many pillared corridors, about 1220 meters in length. According to Hindu epic ‘Ramayana’, Rama sanctified this place by worshipping Lord Shiva here, after the war against Ravana and it is therefore held sacred by both Shaivites and Vaishnavites.

What to see

Agniteertham (2.5 Km): a calm Bay, sacred to Hindus who believe that a bath in these holy water’s washes away one’s sins.

Gandhamadhana Parvadham (4 Km): It is the highest point on the island. There is a two storeyed mandapam with Rama’s footprints placed on a chakra for worship.

Kothandaramaswamy Temple (8 Km): It is believed that Vibhishana, brother of Ravana, surrendered to Rama at this spot.

Sri Ramanasthaswamy Temple ( 3 km): The impressive feature here is the many pillared corridor covering a length of 1220 meters.

Getting There

Air: The nearest airport is Madurai 173 Km, connected with all major cities.

Rail: Rameshwaram on meter guage section of southern railway is connected by rail directly to Chennai, coimbatore, Madurai and trichy.

Road: rameshwaram is connected by road with Chennai 666 Km, Kanyakumari 302 Km, Karaikudi 118 Km, Madurai 173 km, Mandapam 19 Km, Pudukottal 188 Km, Ramanathapuram 37 Km, Shivaganga 136 Km, Thanjavur 258 Km, Tiruchendur 205 Km, Tiruchirapalli 258 Km and Tuticorin 180 Km.

General information

Area: 51.8 Sq.Km Temperature: Summer - Max: 37.0 Deg.C Min: 30.0 Deg.C Winter - Max: 30.0 Deg.C Min: 25.0 Deg.C Rainfall: 50 cm Season: Throughout the year STD Code: 04573

Excursions

  1. Mandapam (19 km): It is the rail and road centre in the mainland connecting to Remeshwaram. a boat to Kurusadai island can be taken from here.
  2. Kurusadai Island (20 km): This island can be reached via mandapam. A paradise for biologists, it is surrounded by a chain of coral reefs.
  3. Ramanathapuram (54 km): The Ramalinga Vilasa Palace with paintings is worth visiting. The tomb of Thayumana Swamigal, a philosopher saint is located here.
  4. Tirupullani (68 Km): Known as dharbasayanam, it is 14 Km from Ramanathapuram. there is a Vishnu temple here dedicated to Lord Adi Jaganathaperumal.
  5. Devipattinam (69 Km): Also known as Navabashjanam, it is a coastal village 15 Km from Ramanathapuram where pilgrims perform penance.
  6. Uthirakosamangal (72 Km): There is an ancient Shiva temple dedicated to Lord Nataraja with the deity carved in Emerald.
  7. Erwadi (78 km): The tomb of Ibrahim Syed Aulia here is visited by Muslim pilgrims.
  8. Uppoor (84 Km): This place is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
  9. Kanchirankulam (89 Km): A water bird sactuary is located here.
  10. Valinokkam (90 Km): A sea side village with a verdent beach and natural scenery.