Top Places To Visit In Rameshwaram For Travellers

Whether you're seeking spiritual blessings, historical insights, or a peaceful getaway, Rameshwaram is an inviting destination that offers a journey of the senses as well as the soul
The corridors and sculptured pillars of Ramanathaswamy temple in Rameshwaram
The corridors and sculptured pillars of Ramanathaswamy temple in Rameshwaram Shutterstock

Rameshwaram, located in the Gulf of Mannar, is not just a destination but an experience that leaves a mark on the soul of every traveller. Located in the southern part of India, in Tamil Nadu, Rameshwaram holds immense spiritual significance for Hindus and attracts tourists from all walks of life. From its sacred temples to its serene beaches, Rameshwaram offers many attractions that cater to the diverse interests of travellers. Here, we explore some of the top places to visit in Rameshwaram for those seeking a memorable journey.

Dhanushkodi Temple And Beach

Also referred to as the "ghost town of Tamil Nadu," this small beach town on the sea coast of Tamil Nadu is home to a sparse population of just 500 fishermen and their families. This beach, situated at the confluence of the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean, is a must-visit destination, especially for photographers and nature lovers. Furthermore, the ruins of the ghost town of Dhanushkodi add a unique vintage charm to this beautiful location. Historians say this little beach town was devastated by a destructive cyclone that struck it in 1964. Following the upheaval caused by this cyclone, the beach town was reconstructed in an uncommon and unique way. This tourist destination is largely unexplored and untouched by visitors, keeping it isolated from the rest of the country.

Timings: Open 24/7

Rameshwaram Temple

Rameshwaram Temple
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Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Rameshwaram Temple, also known as the Ramanathaswamy Temple in Tamil Nadu, is the perfect fusion of awe-inspiring architecture and mythology. It also takes pride in being one of India's twelve Jyotirlinga temples. Besides its spiritual significance, Rameshwaram Temple is also beautiful architecturally. It is truly a visual delight with the world's longest corridor and flawless pillar carvings.

Ramalingam and Shivalingam are the two lingams located inside the temple. According to Ramayana, Lord Rama had prayed to Lord Shiva after the war with the demon king Ravana to forgive him of any sins he might have committed during the war. The Shiva lingam inside the temple is said to have been installed and worshipped by Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and his brother Lakshmana. So, as a token of respect towards Lord Ram, the latter (Shivalingam) is always worshipped first.

Timings: 4:30 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 8:30 pm

Adam’s Bridge

This is one of the most distinctive locations on the Rameswaram tourism map. The historic Adam's Bridge, also known as Rama Setu, spans the region between the northwest coast of Sri Lanka and the Indian island of Rameshwaram. According to mythology, this 48 km long bridge was built by Lord Ram and his army of monkeys to cross over to Lanka and rescue Sita. The network of limestone shoals that makes up the bridge originates at Dhanuskodi, the southernmost point of India's Pamban Island, which in turn is connected to the Indian mainland by a 2-kilometer-long bridge. The bridge is popular with tourists to Rameshwaram due to its enigmatic and mystical aura.

Timings: 12 pm to 12 am

Ariyaman Beach

Ariyaman Beach
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Ariyaman Beach is a shallow beach that is 21 miles from Rameswaram. It is well-known for its calm blue waters, which make it a great place to spend the day with loved ones. This beach sets itself apart from the rest of coastal Tamil Nadu as it is secluded. This makes it the perfect destination for travellers looking to unwind from the bustling crowds. Families and friends love to have picnics there because of its lovely surroundings. 

In addition, the beach offers guests exciting water sports like paragliding and boating, which make for a fascinating way to pass the time.

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm

Lakshmana Tirtham

Lakshmana Tirtham, located close to the Ramanathaswamy Temple, is a sacred site steeped in spiritual significance and mythological tales. A large temple dedicated to Lord Lakshmana stands majestically on its banks. The temple symbolises the bond, love, and loyalty between the brothers Lord Ram and Lakshmana. It is thought pilgrims and visitors to the Lakshmana Temple can cleanse all impurities by bathing in the sacred pond.

Timings: 7 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm

Water Bird Sanctuary

Spot billed pelican at Water Bird Sanctuary
Spot billed pelican at Water Bird SanctuaryShutterstock

Water Bird Sanctuary is a birdwatcher's dream come true with its abundant natural flora and several water bodies, drawing indigenous and migratory bird species alike. The Pamban Channel separates the sanctuary from the mainland and provides the perfect habitat for birds. Located amidst breathtaking natural landscapes and waterscapes, the sanctuary offers a diverse ecosystem. Studies have shown that while the native species flourish in the protected habitat, several species come to the sanctuary to nest and reproduce. One can find pelicans, terns, gulls, herons and many more birds here throughout the year.

Timings: 7 am to 6 pm

Kothandaramaswamy Temple

The Kothandaramaswamy temple is located in Dhanushkodi and is surrounded by expansive views of the azure sea, shallow beaches, and historic ruminants. You really must visit this temple while sightseeing in Rameshwaram. A ruin of this temple mentioned in the Ramayana is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Rameshwaram. It is thought that Vibhishana, Ravana's younger brother, resides at this temple, holding the deities of Hanuman, Lakshman, Sita, and Rama.

The word "Kothanda" translates to "the one who holds the bow," symbolising Lord Rama’s iconic attribute. The temple is a monument dedicated to the timeless and enduring tales of the Ramayana and a destination of great spiritual significance.

Timings: 7 am to 5 pm

Getting There

To reach Rameshwaram via air, you’ll have to get to Madurai Airport, which is the nearest at a distance of 174 kilometres. The airport is well-connected to major airports across the country, such as Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore etc. From the airport, there are several pre-paid taxi services available to the city. The Rameshwaram railway station is a major railhead for those travelling by train. Trains from major nearby cities such as Chennai, Bangalore, Trichy, Thanjavur, Pallakad, etc., halt there.

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