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Rameshwaram travel guide:

Rameshwaram is amongst the most important pilgrimage center in India. This quiet beautiful town is a part of Pamban Island in the Gulf of Mannar. Pamban Island separated by the Pamban Channel with the mainland is connected through famous Pamban Bridge. Rameshwaram is considered to be one of the holiest places for Hindus and is part of Chardham pilgrimage along with Badrinath, Dwarka & Puri. Legend has it that this is the same place mentioned in Epic Ramayana where Lord Rama build the bridge to across the sea to reach Lanka to rescue his wife Sita from her abductor Ravana. Ramanathaswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is the main attraction of the town. An important pilgrimage center for both Vaishnavite and Shaivites Rameshwaram is thronged by lakhs of Pilgrims each year to seek salvation. The clean beaches, numerous temples, and sacred ponds give another reason to visit Rameshwaram. There are about 64 Theerthas or holy water bodies situated in Rameshwaram. Of these, 24 are considered of religious importance. Some of the key attractions in and around Rameshwaram are The Temple Of Ramanathaswamy, Jada Tirtham, Dhanushkodi Temple, Gandhamadhana Parvatham, Five Faced Hanuman Temple, Rama Setu, Ariyaman Beach, Lakshmana Tirtham, Kothandaramar Temple, The Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, Water Bird Sanctuary, Temple Tanks or Tirthas etc.

How to reach Rameshwaram:

By Air: Nearest Airport to Rameshwaram is Madurai Airport at a distance of around 175 km.
By Road: Rameshwaram is well connected with Road network through Chennai and other parts of the state. Taxis and buses ply to Rameshwaram on a regular basis from all the important destinations.
By Train: Rameshwaram is connected to all major cities in the State and neighboring states through Pamban Bridge. Rameshwaram is the terminus of the railway line from Chennai and Madurai.

Best time to visit Rameshwaram:

The ideal time to visit Rameshwaram is between December to February.The weather during this period is pleasant and enjoyable.

Best places to visit in Rameshwaram:

Rameshwaram is one the most visited religious destination in India. One of the holiest destinations Rameshwaram has so many touristic attractions to visit. We are providing you a list of some best places to explore in Rameshwaram.

• The Temple Of Ramanathaswamy: Built in the 17th century Ramanathaswamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas temples in India and a favored destination of Shaivites world over. The design of the temple is a hallmark of Indian architectural excellence. Legend has it that Lord Rama after rescuing his wife Sita prayed to the god Shiva to absolve him of the sin of killing the Brahmin King Ravana.

• Jada Tirtham: Located around 3.5 km from Ramanathaswamy Temple Jada Tirtham is considered to be the only temple in India, where Lord Kapardisvara is worshipped. It is believed to be the place where Lord Rama washed his Jata (matted hair) before worshipping Shiva Lingam in Ramanathaswamy temple.

• Dhanushkodi: Dhanushkodi is a small village on the east coast of the Rameshwaram Island. It is a must see tourist spot in Rameshwaram. It is famous for its pristine beach &

• Kothandaramaswamy Temple: It is believed to be the place where Vibishana the younger brother of Ravana surrendered before Rama in the epic Ramayana.

• Gandhamadhana Parvatham: Considered to be the highest point in Rameshwaram, Gandhamadhana Parvatham is a small summit to the north of the Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple. The hillock offers a majestic view of the Rameshwaram landscapes. There is a two-storeyed Mandapam or hall where Lord Rama’s feet or Padam is found as an impression on a chakra.

• Five Faced Hanuman Temple: The five faced Hanuman temple is one of the most visited destinations in Rameshwaram after The Temple of Ramanathaswamy. Legend has it that it was at this place that Hanuman showed all of his five faces or forms and was decorated with vermilion. The statues of Rama, Laxman Sita & Hanuman are enshrined in the temple.

• Rama Setu: Also known as Adams Bridge is a chain of limestone shoals starting from the Dhanushkodi tip of India’s Pamban Island to northwestern coast of Sri Lanka. The bridge holds a special place for followers of Hinduism as in Indian mythology the Bridge is associated with Ramayana.It is believed to be built by Lord Rama and his monkey army to help cross the sea to reach Sri Lanka and rescue Sita. The bridge is also famed as the ‘Sethusamudram’ or Sea of the Bridge. The bridge offers a picturesque view and is one of the perfect places to enjoy scenic nature

• Ariyaman Beach: Ariyaman beach located at a distance of around 27 km from Rameshwaram city center is one of the most popular excursion. It is a beautiful beach with sparkling blue and calm waters. The beach is an ideal picnic spot for locals and tourist alike.

• Lakshmana Tirtham: This divine place located nearby the Ramanathaswamy temple contains several illustrations of Ramayana carved on its walls. A sacred pond is dug near the temple where visitors take a holy dip.

• Kothandaramar Temple: This 500-year-old temple in Rameshwaram is believed to be the place where Lord Rama anointed Vibishana as the king of Lanka after killing Ravana. In fact, there are paintings on the wall of the temple which depicts the coronation.

• The Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge: Also known as Pamban Bridge is a cantilever bridge connecting between Rameshwaram with the rest of the country. This 2.3 km long Railway Bridge is ranked as the second longest sea bridge in the country. It was inaugurated on 24 February 1914.

• Kurusadai Island: Kurusadai islands are a marine biosphere and a paradise for nature lovers. Kurusadai Island is situated west of Pamban Bridge between the mainland and the Pamban Island. Coral reefs, Dolphins, Sea Cows, and Dugong can be spotted here. Prior permission is required for visiting the island from the fisheries department.

• Temple Tanks or Tirthas: One of the prime attractions of Rameshwaram is holy water bodies or the temple tanks. Of the sixty-four Tirthas (holy water bodies) twenty-four of them are believed to be very auspicious.Of theses, 24 Twenty-two are within the Ramanathaswamy Temple. One of the must visit among them is Agni Theertham. Considered to be the most sacred. The Theertham is situated in one corner of the sea, unlike the other Theertham that are tank-like and located within the temple itself.

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