Rameswaram is a town situated on the Pamban Island separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu at a distance of nearly 40 kilometres from Mannar Island.
Rameswaram is one of the holiest and most important pilgrimage centres of Hindus and has it is one of the among Chaar Dhaam (four divine sites) apart from Badrinath, Puri and Dwarka. There are plenty of religious places to visit in Rameswaram as well.
Rameswaram temple is highly popular due to its mind-blowing architecture and spiritual significance. Rameswaram temple is also known as Ramanathswamy Temple and it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It also has importance as being one of the 12 Jyotirlingas temples of India. T
his temple will stun you with its longest corridor in the world and immaculate carvings on pillars. The lingam in Rameswaram Temple was installed by Lord Rama but the construction was led by several rulers over the centuries. This temple organizes and witnesses a joyous celebration of several festivals. Besides daily Abhishkams and poojas are performed with great zeal. This is a great place to visit in Rameswaram for architecture students and culture enthusiasts.
Agniteertham is one of the 64 sacred baths in Rameswaram, it is one of the most important teertham and receives a large number of tourists each day. It is located on the beachside of Sri Ramanathswamy Temple. In the Sanskrit language, the word Agni means fire; while the word teertham means holy water.
Agniteertham has been mentioned several times in the ancient texts and mythological legends as a pilgrimage of significant importance among the Hindus. The devotees visiting the teertham offer their prayers to the deity and atone for their sins by taking a dip in the holy water. This is a must-visit place to visit in Rameswaram.
Villoondi Tirtham is a beach which is also considered a sacred natural water body and a favourite amongst tourists. It also has a spring inside the sea which makes the attraction a unique one and is often associated with the Legend of Ramayana. It is believed that Lord Rama shot an arrow to create this spring to help his people with drinking water. This is an ideal place to visit in Rameswaram to spend some quality time with your family.
Sea World Aquarium is a famous attraction with a splendid collection from the sea world. They have several aquatic species that thrive in the oceans like the Sharks, Rabbit Fish, Lobsters and Octopus. They also sell items made of seashells that tourists can purchase as memorabilia. It is one of the perfect places to visit in Rameswaram for a family visit and visit with friends.
The Winter Season in Rameswaram stays from October to March and Rameswaram’s temperature fluctuates between 20 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius. With comfortable mornings and cosy nights, the weather becomes drastically cooler as the temperature falls. This seems an ideal season to visit for some exciting activities such as sightseeing, hiking and exploring the beauty of the city.
Places such as Olaikuda Beach, Rameswaram Temple, Agnitheertham, Ariyaman Beach, Sea World Aquarium and Water Bird Sanctuary are some exotic places to visit in Rameswaram this season. Olaikuda Beach offers a sight of flamingos that migrate to this tropical hamlet during the winter season. The highlight of the season is the Kanda Sashti festival which is celebrated in November in temples all over Rameswaram. This festival is dedicated to Lord Murugan's and Devasena's celestial wedding at temples drawing several tourists and locals.
Arudra Darshan is celebrated in December; Arudra signifies Lord Shiva’s cosmic dance. Arudra Darshan is celebrated on a grand scale in all the Shiva temples. After viewing Lord Natraj’s procession, the day ends with Ragi Kali, a special dish distributed to devotees. It is the peak season of Rameswaram hence; it is suggested to make your booking on accommodation and travel in advance.
The Monsoon Season in Rameswaram is marked from July to September and Rameswaram’s temperature stays between 28 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius. The temperature drops down quite a bit during the monsoon. The monsoon brings moderate to heavy rainfall due to tropical weather conditions.
Rameswaram's weather gives you relief from the harsh summer season. Places such as Viloondi Theertham Beach, Water Bird Sanctuary, Rameswaram Temple, Dhanushkodi Temple and Beach, Jatayu Tirtham and Villoondi Tirtham are some preferred places to visit in Rameswaram this season.
It is also a season for several festivals such as Thirukalyanam, this seventeen-day festival is one of the longest in Rameswaram held in July and August, this festival celebrates the marriage of Lord Ramanatha and Goddess Parvatavardhini. You will also witness processions and numerous cultural functions across the town. You may find this place less congested and you will be able to find some decent deals on accommodations as well.
The Summer Season in Rameswaram stays from April to July and Rameswaram’s temperature ranges between 27 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius. Rameswaram’s weather is hot and sunny with the sun shining down at this time of the year, however, you can still explore the town before noon or in the evening.
Places such as Villoondi Tirtham, Ariyaman Beach, Sea World Aquarium, Jada Tirtham and Rameswaram Temple are some decent places to visit in Rameswaram this season. One of the highlights of this season is the Panguni Uththiram festival with grand events organised in temples all over Tamil Nadu. Devotees walk to these temples on foot to mark their love and devotion for Lord Murugan.
The most significant festival, however, is held at Palani Hill, dedicated to Lord Muruga. If you are planning a budget-friendly trip to Rameswaram then it is a season for you to visit hence; you will find some great deals on hotels and travel.
- Madurai Airport is the nearest airbase in the service of Rameswaram at a distance of approximately 177 kilometres away and is widely connected to other prime cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Goa and Indore.
Plenty of airline carriers such as Air India, IndiGo, Spice Jet, Jet Airways and Go Air do operate flights to Madurai Airport on regular basis. Once you reach the airport, you can easily take a bus or hire a taxi for the further journey to Rameswaram.
- Rameswaram has its railway station located on GP Road in Rameswaram and the terminal railway station is nicely connected to other major cities such as New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Thanjavur, Trichy and Mumbai.
Train options such as Madurai Rameswaram Passenger, Rameswaram Sethu Express, KKDI-TPJ-Salem-Bangalore and Tiruchirappalli Rameswaram Passenger are some decent train options that run trains to the railway station on regular basis. This is the most convenient and preferred mode of transport that is often used by travellers. From outside the railway station, you can hire a taxi or cab or take a state bus to reach your destination.
- Rameswaram is well connected to other neighbouring cities such as Madurai at a distance of 174 kilometres, Trichy which is 229 kilometres away, Chennai at a distance of 559 kilometres, Kanyakumari which is nearly 308 kilometres far, Puducherry at a distance of 430 kilometres and Coimbatore which is approximately 382 kilometres away via well- maintained and smooth road connectivity.
Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation do operate a daily bus service to Rameswaram for travellers and the option of private bus services is also available in deluxe and non-deluxe variants. Travellers do travel to Rameswaram by their vehicles and if you are heading from Coimbatore then Madurai-Mandapam Highway is the route to follow and NH-87 and Madurai-Mandapam Highway are the routes good to take. There are some beautiful places to visit in Rameswaram to make your trip memorable.
There are some decent 4-star accommodation options which offer premium services at a good deal. JKR Resort and Spa are located at Aathi Kaadu at a distance of 1.3 kilometres from the city centre and it offers you the services of a Bar, Café, Restaurant, Bakery, Dining Area, Kids' Play Area, Currency Exchange, Paid Pickup and Drop, Gym, Game Room, Indoor Games, Lawn, Lounge, Seating Area, Business Centre, Bellboy Service, Wake-up Call, Doctor on Call and Multilingual Staff along with some other services.
Daiwik Hotels Rameswaram is situated at Aathi Kaadu at a distance of 1.8 kilometres from the city centre and it provides you with the facilities of a Bakery, Café, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Kids' Meals, Dining Area, Kids' Play Area, Paid Shuttle Service, Yoga, Gym, Meditation Room, Activity Centre, Massage, Spa, Tors and Treks, Snorkelling, Rental Vehicles, Water Sports, Indoor Games, Medical Centre, Wake-up Call and Multilingual Staff with some other basic facilities.
Joes Beach Shack is residing at Ramanathapuram and it gives you the amenities such as Restaurant, Barbeque, 24-Hour Café, 24-Hour Coffee Shop, Dining Area, Kids' Play Area, Paid Shuttle Service, Water Sports, Kayaks, Bonfire, Snorkelling, Skiing, Private Beach, Boat Ride, Welcome Kit, Lawn, Fireplace, Lounge, Seating Area, Business Services, Caretaker, Bellboy Service, Concierge Service and Multilingual Staff.
Hotel Ashoka is a 3-star hotel at V.O.C Nagar at a distance of 540 metres from Rameswaram Temple and it offers you the facilities such as Restaurant, Kids' Play Area, Currency Exchange, Paid Shuttle Service, Tours and Treks, Outdoor Sports, Seating Area, Bellboy Service, Doctor on Call, Wake-up Call, Multilingual Staff, Intercom and Free Wi-Fi. All of these mentioned accommodation options are providing installed sanitisers, masks and gloves due to safety reasons.