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anilpradhanshillong Says: A visit to Rameswaram temple would take at least half a day, especially if you wish to take the obligatory religious bath at the various wells. If you desire to visit Danushkodi also, set aside a full day. In between, you could squeeze in a quick look at the other temples...
anilpradhanshillong Says: About 3 kms from the Ramaswamy Temple is the Gandhamandana Parvatham, the highest point in the island. Climb up to the terrace and a wonderful sight awaits you as the entire island is visible from this vantage point. You can watch the greenery and in the distance, the mighty...
anilpradhanshillong Says: Barely 12 kms from the Ramaswamy Temple is the Kothanda Ramar Temple, a sub-temple of the Ramaswamy Temple where, the Ramayan say, the brother of the demon king, Ravana, Vibhishana, surrendered to Lord Rama. Surrounded by sand on all sides, there are steep steps leading up...
anilpradhanshillong Says: The two beaches, Ariaman and Vallinokkam are both virgin territory. The former is on the Palk Bay side where the waters are calmer as is about 30 kms from Rameswaram. The latter is 37 kms via Erwadi on the Ramanathapuram-Sayalkudi Tuticorin National Highway and thereafter, a...
anilpradhanshillong Says: Dhanushkodi is a mere strip of land barely 1 kms wide and 20 kms long. It is roughly 3 kms from the Rameswaram Temple. It may be reached by boat or by surface transport or, if you prefer the mightiness of the ocean, by walking. Its barrenness was further exacerbated by the...
If you plan to visit Rameswaram on your own, take the train. Entering Rameswaram, the train runs on a bridge over the sea to reach this island. It also runs just beneath the famous Pamba bridge. The sea view of Rameswaram is so beautifu, it can give you a feeling of flying over the water.
Written Apr 17, 2003
I can’t believe I’m writing another entry on grass that hurts. This stuff won’t make you pass out, but it will leave you with lots of long, thin cuts on your feet and ankles, which hurt, and which will then hurt very much when you step into the sea. Since it grows in clumps, and the clumps grow close together, if you wander into its domain you will be cut.
Its domain appears to be sand dunes, the very ones you pass to get to Danushkodi. If you’re heading out there and want to take a picture from the top of a dune, watch where you step.
Updated Jun 9, 2008
As soon as you reach Ramanatha Swamy Temple, a guide or two will approach you to take you around the temple. The guide will have a small bucket to which he will bring you all the 22 holy waters in the temple. But, they will ask for a huge fee for it.
Unique Suggestions: Unless you want to touch holy waters, it's better to avoid them. But they are very aggressive, and once they put eye on you, they will follow you to the end.
Written Apr 17, 2003
This is a monument I stumbled along the way it is called a lingam, and it is in tribute to Shiva's p*nis. Thankyou, Jessicadf
Updated Jan 15, 2004
Favorite thing: One day is sufficient to see all the known temples of Rameswaram. The easiest thing is to sign up for a tour - daily trip from Madurai to Rameswaram is avaialble for approx. Rs. 200 per head.
It helps to know a little about Indian epic of "Ramayana" since all the temples in Ramaswaram are associated with the story.
Fondest memory: Temples associated with Ramayana epic. The view of Sri Lanka across a beautiful ocean. Feeling that you are on the southeastern edge of India.
Updated Apr 17, 2003