At a distance of 562 km from Chennai, 227 km from Tirunelveli, 311 km Kanyakumari, 387 kmfrom 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 Holy trip centers in South India & also a Jyotirlinga, located in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu. Rameshwaram is also oneof the best Tourist places in Tamilnadu.
Rameshwaram Temple is one of the most famous Shiva shrines in India. It is significant forHindus as a holy trip to Banaras is incomplete without a Holy trip to Rameswaram. According tothe legend, Rameswaram is the place from where Lord Rama, built a bridge across the sea torescue his partner Sita from Ravana. This is also the place where Rama worshipped Lord Shiva toclean away the sin of killing Ravana. Both the Vaishnavites and Shaivites visit this holy trip whichis known as the Varanasi of South. Rameswaram along with Dwarka, Puri and Badrinath form thefour Char Dhams.
Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple, Agnitheertham, Gandamadana Parvatham, Dhanushkodi, Kothandaraswamy Temple and Erwadi are the popular and the most visited holy trip attractionsof Rameshwaram. Sri Ramanathaswamy temple (Rameswaram Temple) is one of the mostfascinating temples in whole India. This is famous for its beautiful hallways/travel paths and hugesculptured (tall supporting posts/important parts). The third hallway/travel path ofRamanathaswamy temple is the longest one in the world. The ruling (like a president) god here isin the form of a Linga with the name Sri Ramanathaswamy, it also happens to be one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. This temple stands as a perfect example of Dravidian (related to designing and constructing beautiful buildings, structures, etc.) style of the (very old time in history) ages.
There are about 64 thirthas located in Rameshwaram, of which, 24 are carefully thought about/believed as important. Washing/swimming in these Tirthas is a major aspect of the holy trip to Rameswaram and is carefully thought about/believed equal to punishment (for sinning). 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 thereligious point of view. Scuba diving and (traveling far distances all the time) birds watchingduring winter are the activities here.
Rameshwaram is located on the Pamban Island, which lies at the very tip of the Indian peninsulain the Gulf of Mannar. Pamban Island, which is separated from the mainland of India by thePamban Channel, is connected by the Pamban Bridge or Annai Indira Gandhi Bridge.
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 likeChennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Thanjavur and Trichy. Rameshwaram is well connected by buswith Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Pondicherry, Trichy and Thanjavur.
The best time to visit Rameshwaram is July to August & November to March while the peakseason is July to August & February to March. Usually it takes 1-2 days to visit Rameshwaram.