|Location||Island of Rameshwaram in the state of Tamil Nadu|
|Prime attractions||Benarus of South|
|Prime attractions||The Ramanatha Swamy Temple|
|Temperature||Max-48° C and Min -25°C|
|Altitude||2,74m above sea level|
The island place of Rameshwaram is situated in the Gulf of Mannar at the tip of the Indian Peninsula. Reckoned as one of the important pilgrimage center of the Hindus, Rameshwaram was the place where Lord Rama built the massive bridge to rescue his wife Sita from Lanka. Rameshwaram bear the memory of the war with Ravana, who wanted to marry Sita and abducted her. It also testify the humbleness of Lord Rama, when he worshipped Lord Shiva to cleanse off the sins of killing the Lanka King. Popular as the Varanasi of the South India, the place is of prime importance as a major pilgrim center of India for both the Shaivite and the Vaisnavites.
To the Hindu tourist on pilgrimage, their journey is futile only after paying homage at Benaras, the holy place of Rameshwaram in South India is too visited. The presiding deity at the temple of Ramanatha Swamy is significant in the sense that it is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of India. Another name that has been conferred to Rameshwaram is Benaras of South India. It is believed that to achieve the heavenly abode or Moksha, a visit to Rameshwaram is essential.
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Major Travel Attractions of Rameshwaram
Ramanathaswamy Temple: Constructed in the 17th century, the grand Rameswaram temple lies to the eastern side of the Island.
Well known for its 1200 huge granite columns there is the 54 meter tall gopuram or the tower of the gate which is seen from a long distance. There are about 1220 meters of magnificent corridors as well as the columns and pillars embellished with fine decorations. For the benefits of the pilgrims there are also built about 22 sacred wells where the waters taste different in all of them. The temple premises occupy a major portion of the place of Rameshwaram. The temple was given different structuring by different rulers over a period of 12 centuries. Today it bears resemblance with the Dravidian style of architecture. There is a deity of Hanuman placed on the main entrance seen trying to remove the sand Rama -Linga. Thousands of pilgrims travel to the site for cleansing their sins
Agnitheertham: Just about a distance of 100 meters away from the Rameshwaram temple lies the Agniteertham, another major travel attraction of Rameshwaram, where Rama worshipped Lord Shiva to wash off his sins of killing the Demon king Ravana. It has been since visited by then followers of Lord Shiva as well as Vishnu, whose incarnation was lord Rama.
Dhanushkodi: Named after Lord Rama’s bow, the place of Dhanushkodi lies to the eastern end of the island. 8 kms in distance from Rameshwaram, this was the particular place from where Hanuman placed the boulders of rocks to reach Lanka crossing the sea. Known as Adam’s bridge, the place was completely destroyed by the cyclones of 1964. There is to be found another temple by the name of Kothandaramaswamy temple. It is the very place where the idols of Lakhman, Hanuman and Vibhisan brother of Ravana is kept.
Gandamadana Parvatham: Placed at the highest point of the island, the parvatam or the hills is found to bear imprints of Lord Rama’s feet on a chakra or wheel which is the prime importance of this shrine dedicated specially to the Hindus.
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Nearby Travel Attractions of Rameshwaram
Tirupullani: Nearby to the Island, there is to be found another place of worship dedicated to Lord Rama by the name of Tirupullani, one of the major travel attraction. A huge temple constructed there reflects the history that Rama obtained the bow and arrows for the battle with Ravana from the presiding deity of the temple. Having prayed to the deity, the lord of the ocean also helped him in his fight for his dignity.
Well known for a variety of beautiful handicraft and decorative items, all shop are lined near the temple. Visitors can find different items made from palm leaf, beads and seashells. Khadicraft is the particular shop from where handicraft items can be purchased. Rameswaram silk sarees are very popular among the women.
Accommodation in Rameshwaram
The major hotels in the place around Rameswaram are hotel Venkatesh, hotel Maharaja and the Tamil Nadu hotel. There are rest houses near the temple premises known by the Devasthanams. The hotels provides the necessary comfort to the tourist and travellers to the temples and are situated west of the temple. The Venkatesh hotel is on the west car street having a pleasant atmosphere.
How to Reach Rameshwaram
By Air: Madurai Airport is the nearest one situated at a distance of 167 km from Rameswaram. Taxis are available from the airport port area to the place.
By Rail: Two express trains, the Setu and the Rameswaram Express leave for Madras regularly from Rameshwaram. The Rameswaram Express takes around 7 hours to Triruchirapalli.
By Road: Rameswaram is connected by road to all important towns and has bus services from Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy, etc. Good services are provided to visitors from bus stand to visit the renowned temple.