Rameswaram Travel Guide

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    Sea shore of Rameswaram
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    The Pamban Bridge of Rameswaram
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Rameswaram Things to Do

  • Trip to Dhanushkodi

    This is the place where the Indian ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet. This is a sacred spot as Lord Rama came here after defeating Ravana to perform certain rituals to absolve him of the sins of killing Ravana who was no doubt evil but was a devotee of Lord Shiva and a brahmin by birth. You cannot reach the shores of Dhanushkodi in an ordinary...

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  • Visit Kothandaramaswamy Temple

    This temple is located between Dhanushkoti and Rameshwaram. It is believed that Vibhishana, the noble brother of the wicked Ravana sought refugee at this place with Lord Rama. It is also in this place where after the war, Rama performed the coronation of Vibhishana. It is a very simple temple and does not have any elaborate carvings. The main deity...

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  • A visit to the Ramanathaswamy temple

    Only Hindus are allowed inside the sanctum santorum of the temple. This temple has an outstanding architecture. However I could not take any photos since photography is prohibited. However the net has many images of the superb corridors of the temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, however, it also has shrines of Parvathi, Hanuman and other...

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  • 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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Rameswaram Hotels

  • TTDC Tamil Nadu Hotel

    We visited Rameshwaram in the 2nd week of July, the sun was smiling no sign of clouds. Enough...

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  • Hotel Royal Park

    The Hotel is well appointed with LCD TV's, Hair Dryer, Coffee Maker, etc equal to best Star hotel in...

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  • Hotel Vinayaga

    Kumaran Road, opp. to Railway Station, Rameswaram, India

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

Rameswaram Restaurants

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    by vpas Written Aug 19, 2014

    This is not a restaurant but a home caterer who prepares the best Vegetarian Tamil Brahmin style meals that are fresh and super delicious. You have to call before hand and check if you can get the meals. The meals are served in a clean hall in her house on banana leaves that are cleaned. The three course meal plus extra accompaniments like vadas, desserts etc costs a mere Rs.100 while breakfast and tiffins cost Rs. 50 to Rs. 60. If you find it odd to sit there and eat alongside strangers then you could also ask for a parcel.
    It is worth going to her house instead of the regular restaurants. While most people sit down on the floor to eat , there are tables and chairs available on request.
    This is indeed a great place to experience local food and local eating styles.

    Favorite Dish: Sambhar, Rasam, kootu, vegetable, vadai, payasam -- in fact everything we ate here was good. The food was served very lovingly and it is unlimited.

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Rameswaram Transportation

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    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.

    Railway above the ocean
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Rameswaram Shopping

  • Palm Leaf Baskets

    You will find the palm leaf products extremely useful and aesthetic. There baskets with lids, picnic baskets, jewellery pouches, masala boxes and fans. All hand made and very beautiful. They cost very less. I paid Rs. 200 for a good sized basket with a lid and just Rs. 30 for a sturdy palm leaf fan. Thinner fans are just Rs. 10

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  • Brass ware

    There are many shops selling brass, copperware. Mainly pooja vessels and plates etc. They also make beautiful show pieces. It is good to take a look and then decide what to buy. The prices are more or less standard but do check in a few shops before buying.

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  • Shells, shells and more shells

    You will find shells of all kinds and shapes and sizes and made into every possible utility and aesthetic item!! Mirrors, photo frames, wall hangings, chandeliers, night lamps, screens and what not!! They are more or less standard prices. You can check in a few shops and then decide to buy. I found Abdul Kalam sea shell shop to have the best...

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Rameswaram Local Customs

  • Rituals for the dead

    Many HIndus come to Rameshwaram and the surrounding areas like Dhanushkoti and Thiruppulani to perform rituals for the dead ones in the family. It is considered to be a very special place, since Lord Shri Rama offered such rituals here. There are many priests who perform the rituals and who can be contacted in one of the Mutts around the temple...

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  • 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 What to Pack

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    by vpas Written Aug 19, 2014

    Luggage and bags: Since it is near the sea shore, do carry water proof slippers and easy to wash clothes. You are likely to have sand in your clothes when you go to the sea shore or when taking a dip in the sea. So simple, light and easy to wash clothes are a must.

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Rameswaram Off The Beaten Path

  • Adi Jagannathar Temple at Thirupullani

    This is a very ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi. It is believed that this is the place where King Dasharatha, the father of Lord Rama performed the Puthrakameshti yaga inorder to beget children. This is also the place where Lord Rama rested in meditation on a bed of Dharbha grass before embarking on his journey towards Lanka to...

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  • Temple at Thripullani

    It is located about 65 kms from Rameshwaram and takes about 1 and half hours to reach by car. This is the place where legend holds that Lord Rama began the building of the bridge towards Sri Lanka. On the sea shore is a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman who is called Sethu Bandha Jaya Veera Hanuman. Near this temple are halls meant for Hindu rituals...

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  • something i stumbled across on the way

    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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