Rameswaram is a small island and major pilgrim centre in the Gulf of Mannar, about 570 kms from the state capital Chennai. It is connected to the mainland by Pamban Bridge. The highlight here is the Ramanathaswamy temple that has striking long corridors in its interior, running between huge colonnades on platforms above five feet high. It is renowned for its magnificent corridors and massive sculptured pillars. The third corridor of Ramanathaswamy temple is the longest one in the world. Pilgrims visiting Rameswaram cannot miss the darshan of Ramanatha Swamy and bathing in all the 22 theerthams to absolve oneself from all sins. The three most revered nayanmars [saivite saints] Thirunavukkarasar, Sundarar and Gnanasambandar have glorified Ramanathasamy with their songs. Beautiful beaches at Olaikuda, Dhanushkodi and Pamban are other attractions apart from the religious point of view. Scuba diving and Migratory birds watching during winter are also a part of the entertainment schedule. Commercial deep sea fishing, Sea Cucumber, Lobster and Conch collection are the main economic activities of Rameswaram.
Located on a beautiful island in the lower south eastern side of India, Rameswaram is one of the holiest places in country.It’s is popular for the Ramanathaswamy Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site with decorated corridors, huge sculpted pillars and sacred water tanks. Devotees bathe in the waters of Agni Theertham, off the beach east of the temple. Gandamadana Parvatham is a hill with island views. A chakra (wheel) here is said to bear an imprint of Lord Rama’s feet.
Rameshwaram is accessible by air, railways and roadways. It is well connected by rail with cities like Chennai, Coimbatore, Thanjavur and Trichy. The nearest airport is in Madurai, 163 km from here. If you are traveling from some distant location then taking a flight will be the best decision.
Rameswaram railway station is a railway station serving the town of Rameswaram located on the Rameswaram Island in the Ramnad district of Tamil Nadu
Rameswaram bus stand is well connected by road network across India
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