To explore Rameshwaram and Kanyakumari was on top priority for me in south India as Most of the people prefer to visit Goa and Kerala. I had been planning for Rameshwaram for many months but everytime it got diverted to other directions due to its extreme southernmost location alongwith very limited connectivity from the mainland. So are you wondering about what are the best places to visit in Rameshwaram? So through this blog here I am listing about the best ideas and places to visit in Rameshwaram that will definitely quench your thirst for spirituality and peace.
Rameshwaram is a small beautiful island located in the “Gulf of Mannar” and standing firmly in the middle of India and Srilanka. It is a famous pilgrimage site and tourist attraction with unparalleled natural beauty. It is one of the Char Dham of India comprises Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri, and Rameshwaram. Every tiny piece of Rameshwaram is directly associated with Rama and Ramayana.
In my earlier blog as I have mentioned that I was planning from Bengaluru to Rameshwaram but there was no train directly to Rameshwaram, it was from Madurai. So after an entire day of exploration to Madurai, My next trip was to Rameswaram. Train was at 6:00 AM from Madurai Junction and it dropped me around 10:00 AM at Rameshwaram. Journey Through train was one of the most mesmerizing moments for me and infact for anyone who will visit Rameshwaram as it gives a typical south Indian olfaction during its Journey and it passes through most of the remote areas of Southernmost India which can not be easily touched.
From railway station in Rameshwaram, I got a local auto to reach the temple. Booked a hotel Hotel Temple Tower near to the temple, the rate of room was economical compared to its services. You can divide your tour options into two parts, an entire day for sightseeing and temple and another day for Dhanuskhodi(Ram Setu). You can cover both these in a single day but it will be like touch and go.
Sightseeing in a private vehicle
After taking some rest at hotel I booked a local auto for Rs.600 for Dhanushkhodi and some sightseeing which are away from the temple. If you have a lack of time you can skip some places as temple town has numerous temples and you can cover important ones. Most of the cab and auto drivers have printed lists of tourist places along with rate lists. But ignore this, as I have collected all the information and have scheduled a two-day trip so I was aware of what I have to cover within a single day. You should have aware of the places otherwise driver will escape to save time.
Since Rameshwaram is a small island so don’t expect traffic, signal, and police. Entire traffic is in the middle of street.
Best time to visit Rameshwaram
Since Rameshwaram is a famous pilgrimage site so devotees and traveler visit throughout the year. Rameshwaram has a humid climate, therefore, winter that commences from October to April, and monsoon that fall gives a blissful time to spend and is the best time to visit. I visited here in the month of March, so it was a little humid there.
Places to visit in Rameshwaram in a single day
- Pamban Bridge (Bridge connecting island to mainland)
- Shri Ramanathaswamy Temple (A vibrant main temple)
- Dhanuskodi Beach (The southernmost last tip between India and Srilanka )
- Ruins at Dhanuskhodi
- Adam’s Bridge (Most popularly known as RamSetu)
- Agni Theertham (Take a holy bath in the Silent and crystal clear Sea)
- Ariyaman Beach (Famous for crystal clear beach)
- Lakshman Theertham
- Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple
- Kothandaramaswamy Temple
- Sugreevar Temple
- Rama Theertham
- House of Kalam
- Kalam Memorial (A memorial honored to APJ Abdul Kalam)
- Vivekanand Memorial
- Rameshwaram Tv tower
1) Pamban Bridge
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge most commonly known as Pamban Bridge. A perfect gateway to Rameshwaram starts with a stunning view through this iconic bridge. This is the only bridge that connects the island to mainland. Pamban Bridge is the first sea bridge of India and is itself an architectural marvel of the country and is designed in such a way that its central portion can be opened to allow ferry movement. Train journey through this bridge is the most thrilling and adventurous throughout the country. Due to this, it is the most famous and fascinating place to visit in Rameshwaram.
It is a vantage point of photography, almost all travelers capture amazing photos from the top of the road bridge. As it gives a spectacular view of Pamban bridge into the sea with several small fishing boats and flying water birds around the bridge.
Due to stunning view of bridge, it is a perfect location for many movie makers.Many popular scene of famous Hindi movie Chennai Express starring Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone was shot here.
2) Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple: Admire the vibrant Temple
Due to its mythological significance, it is included on top for the places to visit in Rameshwaram in a single day. Don’t get mislead by its name this temple is mainly dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of twelve Jyotirlinga temple. This temple is famous for its collection of Lingas which are mainly made up of sand, stone, and other materials. It is one of the very few temples in the world which is built in Dravidian style architecture. Anyone’s journey to Rameshwaram is incomplete without paying homage to this temple.
After taking a holy bath at Agni teertham I entered the temple through East gate where police searched and had to pass through metal detector. First went to the northeast corner, worshiped and after praying there came out and entered into main temple which is at the center.East gate is generally crowded as people after taking a holy bath at Agni teertham entered through this east-facing Gate.
According to mythology here the main deity Lord Shiva was installed by Lord Rama himself and worshipped in order for the forgiveness for the killing of a Brahaman(Ravana). This temple has two lingas. According to legend Lord Rama sent Hanuman to Mount Kailash to bring Linga but he was delayed meanwhile Maa Sita created Linga with sand,thus temple has two lingams. But as per Rama instruction, Linga brought by Hanuman is worshipped first. Thus according to such great mythological, religious significance, it is the most prominent religious spot among Char Dham.
Visit in the temple is incomplete without holy bath at 22 holy tanks or well as it has religious significance in history. For this, we have to officially pay Rs. 25 and temple staffs will pour water on us. To perform this ritual it took around 1 hour and we have to follow the traditional dress code. It is believed all sins are washed and health problems are regained after bathing from these tanks.
According to historians, this temple was built in the 12-13 th century. Temple has two Gopuram one on East facing and another on West facing. Temple has world’s second-largest pillared corridor consists of 1212 pillars made from single stone, make it definitely the best place to visit in Rameshwaram.
Since I visited the temple on second day but according to its religious importance, I have to blog earlier.
- Camera and electronic gadgets are not allowed inside the temple.
5 AM to 1 PM and from 3 PM to 9 PM.
Dhanuskodi is last southern tip between India and Srilanka. I was so amazed that I was at only 14 Km away from Srilanka. It is surrounded by Bay of Bengal on one side and Indian ocean on either side merging at very teap in such a way that you can self distinguish high tide on one side to the low tide on the latter.
In 1964 a massive cyclone swirled across Dhanuskodi, devasted everything and most of the people lost their lives and became deserted. Government labeled this place not suitable for human habitation and declared as GHOST TOWN. Travelers come to see its ruins. Earlier Dhanuskodi was not accessible but now is easily accessible by four-wheeler to a certain point and from there have to board to a mini truck or tempo to take you to ruins. Journey through this is itself fascinating as we’ll be traveling across a thin strip of white sand with sea on both sides.Traveler looking for an offbeat destination and to feel peace and serenity along sandy shoreline allure to this place. Due to its extreme location and breathtaking natural beauty, it is the most fascinating place to visit in Rameshwaram.
At this beach, you will get some local handicraft selling stall and small huts serving fresh roasted sea fish.
Dhanuskodi requires a single blog itself thus will discuss in detail in my further blog so stay tuned with my blog.
4) Ram Setu (Also known as Adam’s Bridge)
According to mythology, it is believed that it is the same bridge constructed by Lord Rama with the help of Hanuman and his Vanarsena with floating stone to rescue Maa Sita from Ravana. This 48 km chain of Bridge made up of limestone shoals starts from Dhanuskodi of Pamban island through Mannar island to Srilanka. You will get amazed that through this bridge you can easily reach to Srilanka through the walk and with help of a small boat at some place as sea tide are very calm throughout this bridge which generally doesn’t occur. In many research, it is proved that it is not natural it is human-constructed but has no exact date of origin.
Always having a hot debate among historians and archaeologists,it is one of the top places to visit in Rameshwaram due to its religious and constructional importance. So if you are planning for a single day trip to Rameshwaram don’t forget to add this place to your list.
5) Agni Teertham
Don’t forget to take a holy dip at Agni teertham which is just northern end of Ramanathswamy temple. It is believed all your sins are rid on taking a holy bath here. This beach is little crowded.
According to Ramayana Rama prayed Lord of sea to be calm thatswhy bridge could be constructed, so usually wave of sea are calm here. Due to its religious importance, this place is itself a must-visit place to Rameshwaram.
6) Ariyaman Beach
It is one of most pristine and less crowded beach in Rameshwaram. This is like a sort of secret island where very few people visit but its beauty is beyond our words. Mainly famous for its crystal clear beach and you will get amazed that even a tiny particle in sea surface is easily visible at its shore. To feel peace and serenity anyone can visit this beach. Sunset at this beach is awesome.
Due to its pristiness , crystal clear water, and serenity, it is also a must-visit place in Rameshwaram.
7) Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple
This temple is one of the prestigious place to visit in Rameshwaram. This temple is dedicated to five manifestations of Lord Hanuman and is carved from black Senthooram stone which was precious in ancient times.
This small but precious temple has floating stone which is believed to be same which was used by Rama and Hanuman to built Ramsetu. Fortunately, I bought 2 small pieces of this stone for my home.
It is one of best and famous place to visit in Rameshwaram. This temple is described in Ramayana. This temple is dedicated to Monkey king Sugreev who helped Rama to free Sita from demon Ravana. One of oldest temples in Rameswaram has a sacred pond Sita kund in proximity of temple giving a beautiful view.
9) Lakshman Teertham
As the name suggests temple is dedicated to Lakshman and here he took a holy bath to worship Lord Shiva. So the temple was built around it.
10) Kothandaramaswamy Temple
It is one of the best and famous places to visit in Rameshwaram. Temple is described in Ramayana. Temple has deities of Lord Rama, Lakshman, Sita, and Hanuman. This place is considered to be the residing place of Vibhishana the younger brother of Ravana and is the only temple where Vibhishana is worshipped.
11) Sakshi Hanuman temple, Gandhamadhana and Rameshwaram Tv tower
All these 3 are nearby. You will get this small temple on the way towards Gandhamadhana temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and from top of temple gives an eye-catching view of entire Rameshwaram in an aerial view. Temple is adjacent to India’s highest TV tower giving an amazing view.
12) House of Kalam
This the same house where former President APJ Abdul Kalam was born. It is a major and must-visit place in Rameshwaram. I was astonished that how a great personality came from such a small house to such a great level. This building is now expanded and has a multi-storied having his life gallery and Collection of all his awards,books, and outfits.
I got Overwhelmed after seeing Bharat Ratna,Padma bhusan award, and his flight suit which he wore at the time when he flew combat aircraft Sukhoi-30 through my naked eyes. On top storey there is a commercial shop selling memorabilia and other seashells. Being the home of missile man one must definitely visit this place.
13) Kalam National Memorial
This memorial was built to pay homage to legend and great scientist APJ Abdul kalam and his life displaying a replica of rockets and missiles. Memorial reflects the diversity and culture of entire India. Through this memorial Kalam will always be in our heart forever.
Being a memorial for such a great personality it is a must-visit place in Rameshwaram.
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM To 5:00 PM.
Staying for entire 2 day in Rameshwaram , I touched almost every place in Rameshwaram. Being a world favorite destination for many travelers, wonderful options for ayurvedic spa treatments, and adventurous activity like scuba diving to explore the marine world is provided.
Where to Stay
Devotee and traveler from all across the world Rameshwaram offers a wide range of hotels according to your budget and need.There are great options for hotels near to the main temple.
- Budget hotels: Hotel temple tower, The Rama palace guest House, Brindavan Residency
- Mid-range Hotels: SDM tower, Hotel Ashoka, Hotel Pearl residency,
- Luxury Hotels : The Hyatt Place, The Daiwik Hotel
Food in Rameshwaram
During my entire 2 days I took lunch while sightseeing at different places but after entire day of exploration to city I took dinner at Sri Murugan Mess. Food was awesome and it’s like heaven for a veggies. Being a religious city it offers a wide variety of Veg Cuisine for every part of India.
How to Reach
BY Air :
Rameshwaram has no airport. Nearest Airport is Madurai which is around 170 km away from Rameshwaram. You can hail a cab or taxi to reach there.
By Train :
Rameshwaram station is well connected to many south Indian stations like Madurai, Chennai, Trichy, Coimbatore.
Journey through road is most exciting and refreshing. One can reach here from Chennai, Madurai, Trichy, Tanjavur via road. One can also take a roadways bus directly from Madurai.
My travel experience to Rameshwaram left an embark on my mind. I enjoyed all my journey and capture every aspect beautifully for you guys.Blog might long but I tried my best to serve you all the informations you need to make a plan better. After roaming for entire 2 days in Rameshwaram my next destination was Kanyakumari, so stay tuned for my next blog Over Kanyakumari.
- People create small linga of sand to fulfill their desire: Owned by the author
- Low sea wave at kothandaraswamy temple: Owned by the author