You have to pass through the Pamban bridge to reach Rameswaram.Park your vehicle on it for half an hour to enjoy the spectacular views of the ocean and experience the ferocious winds.And if you have got your timing right you will see a passenger train pass over the ocean on a parallel bridge.more
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 and religious sites. Ideally speaking, set aside two full days for a...more
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 ocean. Lord Rama’s feet are supposed to be imprinted on a charka there. A...more
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 to the main hall. Large sized murals depicting the entire scene of...more
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 1 km walk.more
The Panchamuka Hanuman Temple is located only 2 kms from the Ramaswamy Temple. The idols of Hanuman, Lord Rama and Sita were re-located here after the devastating cyclone of 1964 at Dhanushkodi. An example of the ‘floating’ stone used by Hanuman to build the bridge connecting Rameswaram with Lanka, is also kept in this temple. The image of Hanuman,...more
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 tsunami that hit this coastline on December 26, 2004. The ex-President of...more
The longest bridge of India connecting the Rameswaram island with the Indian subcontinent. Below the 2.2 km bridge is a parallel railway. The view from the bridge is magnificient as well - clear blue water and lush green lagoons. This area is also acclaimed for marine biodiversity, especially coral reef.more
Situated atop a mound, the temple is known for Rama's footprints. This is also the place where Hanuman is said to made a great leap to Sri Lanka. The temple is two-story on which the sanctum is on the ground floor. From the balcony upstairs, Ramanathaswamy temple can be seen, as welll as northern tip of Sri Lanka. The view across the carpet of lush...more
The temple was built in 17th century over spot where Rama worshipped Shiva upon his return from Sri Lanka, slaying Ravana to rescue his wife, Sita. The temple is said to have the longest corridor in India. There are 22 wells in the temple holding various holy waters of India, including those from river Ganga and Yemuna. White gopuram over the east...more
The Hotel is well appointed with LCD TV's, Hair Dryer, Coffee Maker, etc equal to best Star hotel in...more
We visited Rameshwaram in the 2nd week of July, the sun was smiling no sign of clouds. Enough...more
Kumaran Road, opp. to Railway Station, Rameswaram, India
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
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.
The street leading from the beach (Agni Theertham) to Ramanatha Swamy Temple are filled with shops. All of them more or less carry similar products, most popular being shell product like mirror, key chain etc. There are some beautiful necklace, earings and ring set made of sea shells. Bargain.more
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This is for all of india (or from what i've seen of the country). in india haggling like a lot of the world is the norm. most indians know how much it cost for you to arrive in the country and find it pathetic the way we haggle. the price they give you is the same price they give middle class indians, and yes they will go down, but don't insult...more
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.
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.
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
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.