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Tourist Attractions in Rameshwaram

Rameshwaram, a major pilgrimage centre is referred as the Varanasi of South India. Rameshwaram is an island situated in the Gulf of Mannar at the tip of the Indian peninsula in Tamil Nadu. The sacred island of Rameshwaram is about 173 km. from Madurai and only 80 kms. away from Sri Lanka. The religious island is spread in an area of 61.8 square kms. and happens to be in the shape of a conch. This island was the place where Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva in order to cleanse away the sins after he killed the Ravana, king of Lanka and also built the bridge across the sea to bring his consort, Sita back from Ravana. This place is sacred to the devotees of both Vishnu and Shiva. Rameshwaram is also one of the most visited pilgrimage place in India. It is also believed that the pilgrimage to Kashi is not considered complete without a pilgrimage to Rameshwaram. The highest point of the island has the footprints of Lord Rama. Rameshwaram is also a place from where the ferry to Sri Lanka (Talaimannar) departs.

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Distance from Major Cities

Madurai 175 Kms
Pondicherry 320 Kms
Thanjavur 185 Kms

 

How to reach there

by Air The nearest airport is located at Madurai, about 175 kms away.
by Rail Rameshwaram is well connected with Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy and Thanjavur by rail.
by Road Rameshwaram is connected with all the important towns of Tamil Nadu.

Attractions in Rameshwaram

 

Ranganathaswamy Temple
Ranganathaswamy Temple is the famous temple at Rameshwaram. This temple is believed to have been built on the site where Rama worshipped Shiva in order to do penance for killing the Ravana, king of Lanka. This temple is one of twelve Jyotirlingas of India, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main deity of this temple is the Linga of Sri Ranganatha. This temple is one of the most beautiful shrines in terms of sculptures. This temple rises above a lake as a vast rectangle about 1,000 feet long and 650 feet wide and covers an area of 15 acres. This temple belongs to the 12th century and was built by the different rulers over a period of time and was completely built after three centuries. One of the remarkable feature of the temple is its corridor. This corridor is the longest corridor in the country that extends to 1200 metres and is flanked on either side by ornate pillars. Each pillar is an

individual composition carved out of solid granite. Some of the leading architects have also described the temples as the most evolved of all Dravidian temples. There are twenty-two wells in the temple and the taste of the water in each well is different from each other.

 

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Kothandaramaswamy Temple
The Kothandaramaswamy Temple is another famous temple at Rameshwaram. This temple has idols of Rama, Sita, Lakshman, Hanuman and Vibhishan, the main characters of the epic Ramayana.

 

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Kurusadai Island
The Kurusadai Island is located close to Rameshwaram. The Kurusadai Island is one of a cluster of 16 islands in the region. The waters surrounding the islands are a biological paradise with rich and rare marine life and coral reefs.

 

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Dhanushkodi
The Dhanushkodi is situated at the eastern end of the island at a distance of 8 kms from Rameshwaram. Dhnushkodi is named after the Rama's bow. The waters of the Bay of Bengal and Indian ocean meet here. Bathing at this place is considered very auspicious by the Hindus. The bridge here is known as the Adam's bridge and the boulders around the sea are believed to be used by Hanuman to reach across Sri Lanka. Dhanushkodi was completely destroyed by the cyclones of 1964.

 

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Gandhamathana Parvtham
This highest point on the island lies just 3kms. North of the shrine. A two storeyed mandapam her is believed to have an imprint of the Lord,Rama’s feet on a charka. On the way are Sukreevar Temple and Theertham.

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