At a distance of 562 km from Chennai, 227 km from
Tirunelveli, 311 km Kanyakumari, 387 km from
Pondicherry, 230 km from Trichy, 171 km from Madurai,
371 km from Trivandrum and 607 km from Bangalore,
Rameshwaram is one of the most famous Pilgrimage
centers in South India & also a Jyotirlinga,
situated in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu.
Rameshwaram is also one of the best Tourist places
Rameshwaram Temple is one of the most famous Shiva
shrines in India. It is significant for Hindus as a
pilgrimage to Banaras is incomplete without a
Pilgrimage to Rameswaram. According to the legend,
Rameswaram is the place from where Lord Rama, built
a bridge across the sea to rescue his consort Sita
from Ravana. This is also the place where Rama
worshipped Lord Shiva to cleanse away the sin of
killing Ravana. Both the Vaishnavites and Shaivites
visit this pilgrimage which is known as the Varanasi
of South. Rameswaram along with Dwarka, Puri and
Badrinath form the four Char Dhams.
Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple, Agnitheertham,
Gandamadana Parvatham, Dhanushkodi, Kothandaraswamy
Temple and Erwadi are the popular and the most
visited pilgrimage attractions of Rameshwaram. Sri
Ramanathaswamy temple (Rameswaram Temple) is one of
the most fascinating temples in entire India. This
is renowned for its magnificent corridors and
massive sculptured pillars. The third corridor of
Ramanathaswamy temple is the longest one in the
world. The presiding deity here is in the form of a
Linga with the name Sri Ramanathaswamy, it also
happens to be one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. This
temple stands as an epitome of Dravidian
architectural style of the medieval ages.
There are about 64 thirthas situated in Rameshwaram,
of which, 24 are considered as important. Bathing in
these Tirthas is a major aspect of the pilgrimage to
Rameswaram and is considered equivalent to penance.
Twenty-two of the Tirthas are within the
Ramanathasvami Temple. Ramanathapuram, Tirupullani,
Uthirakosamangai, Sethu are the nearby attractions
to Island of Rameshwaram. Beautiful beaches at
Olaikuda, Danushkodi and Pamban are other
attractions apart from the religious point of view.
Scuba diving and Migratory birds watching during
winter are the activities here.
Rameshwaram is located on the Pamban Island, which
lies at the very tip of the Indian peninsula in the
Gulf of Mannar. Pamban Island, which is separated
from the mainland of India by the Pamban Channel, is
connected by the Pamban Bridge or Annai Indira
The nearest airport to Rameshwaram is at Madurai,
which is located at a distance of 176 km.
Rameshwaram Railway Station is well connected by
rail to major cities of Tamil Nadu like Chennai,
Madurai, Coimbatore, Thanjavur and Trichy.
Rameshwaram is well connected by bus with Chennai,
Bangalore, Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, Madurai,
Pondicherry, Trichy and Thanjavur.
The best time to visit Rameshwaram is July to August
& November to March while the peak season is July to
August & February to March. Usually it takes 1-2
days to visit Rameshwaram.