is on an island in the Gulf of Mannar, connected to the mainland at
Mandapam by rail, and by one of India's engineering wonders, the Indira
Gandhi Bridge. Rameshwaram
is the Varanasi
of the south and a major pilgrimage centre for both Saivaites and
Vaishnavaites, as it was here that Lord Rama offered thanks to Lord Shiva.
At the town's core is the Ramanathaswamy (also spelt as Ramnathaswami)
Temple, one of the most important
The Marine Fauna
The sea here is very calm and quite, with rare sea species and coral reefs. Remarkable variety of marine life-algae, starfish, sea cucumber, crabs, sponges and the sea cow are found here. The serene beach and shallow water here are ideal for swimming and sunbathing. This is the only place where one could swim in the sea day and night. An enjoyable sight is frolic of dolphins in the water.
A leisurely drive along the Dhanushkodi road is a pleasant experience. The clear sea, backwater edged with waving bulrushes, surrounds the road. Stretches of virtually untouched beach sparkle in the fading light and it is from here that you get a spectacular view of the sunset. Towards the end of the road a few transient settlements of fishermen can be seen in the fishing season.
Air: There is no airport at
Rameshwaram and the closest
one is at Madurai, which is
about 154-km away. Flights from Madurai
fly to Mumbai several times a week and the trip takes about 2 hours.
Chennai is about 1
hour from Madurai.
Rail: Rameshwaram is well connected by rail with all the major cities of India. To reach Madurai by rail it takes about four and a half hours by the Rameshwaram Express, which leaves daily. Chennai is about 15 hours away by the Setu Express, which travels daily.
Road: Buses travel frequently from Rameshwaram to some of the major cities of the region including Madurai, Tiruchapalli, Chennai and Kanyakumari. The journey to Madurai takes about 4 hours.
Accommodation is available at the economy hotels, Devasthanam lodges and cottages in Rameshwaram.