Rameswaram Travel Guide

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Rameswaram Things to Do

  • Largest Temple Corridor in India

    The corridor of Ramnathswamy Temple at Rameshwaram is the largest temple corridor in India. The temple has 1220 metres of magnificent corridors and has 1200 gigantic granite columns. Ramnathswamy temple was built in the 17th century. The temple is situated close to the sea on the eastern side of the island and has a 54 metre tall gopuram.

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  • Fishermen village

    I visit a fishermen village forget name near Rameswaram and I found ton of fish drying on outside and inside of houses.Rameswaram is an important fishing center of Tamil Nadu. The town is famous for its dry fish. Variety of fishes including export quality fish like prawns, sea cucumber, and lobster are available here. Rameswaram is also famous for...

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  • Ramnathswamy temple

    Ramnathswamy temple was built in the 17th century. Situated close to the sea on the eastern side of the island, this temple is famous for its 1200 gigantic granite columns. The 54 metre tall gopuram (gate-tower), 1220 metres of magnificent corridors and the flamboyant columns embellish and render fame to the temple. The water in each of the 22...

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  • Ramanathaswamy Temple

    Spread over fifteen acres this massive temple complex is an important pilgrimage centre for Hindus .Part of the temple complex dates back to the 12th century.The complex also has India's largest temple corridor which consists of 1212 stone pillars.

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  • Pamban Bridge

    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.

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  • World's Longest Temple...

    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...

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  • Gandhamandana Parvatham

    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...

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  • Kothanda Ramar Temple

    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...

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  • Beaches In Spiritual Paradise

    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.

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  • Panchamuka Hanuman Temple

    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,...

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  • The Conch Island - Danushkodi

    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...

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  • Adam's Bridge

    at last, i made it, and here's the photo, the start of adam's bridge, where the gulf of mannar, and the palk stait meet.

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  • Pamban bridge

    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.

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  • Gandhamadhana Parvatham

    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...

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  • Ramanathaswamy Temple

    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...

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Rameswaram Transportation

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    Railway above the ocean

    by yumiyun Written Apr 17, 2003

    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.

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Rameswaram Shopping

  • Handmade Sea Shell Products

    You will find some very interesting handmade products like bracelets,mirrors,necklaces and curtains made from sea shells in the flea markets in and around Rameswaram.You may have to bargain a bit to get yourself a good deal.

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  • Around the temple

    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.

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Rameswaram Local Customs

  • Taking the Plunge

    There is a main temple dominating the centre of town. I didn't take a photo, don't know why it just didn't feel right. Here's a shot just in front, then off to a bit of the temple.

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  • General India TIp

    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...

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Rameswaram Warnings and Dangers

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    by tayloretc Updated Jun 9, 2008

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    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.

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Rameswaram Tourist Traps

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    by yumiyun Written Apr 17, 2003

    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.

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Rameswaram Off The Beaten Path

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    by msforbes Updated Jan 15, 2004

    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

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Rameswaram Favorites

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    by yumiyun Updated Apr 17, 2003

    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.

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