Rameswaram is a municipality in the Ramanathapuram district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is on Pamban Island separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel and is about 40 kilometres from Mannar Island, Sri Lanka. It is in the Gulf of Mannar, at the tip of the Indian peninsula. Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, is connected to mainland India by the Pamban Bridge. Rameswaram is the terminus of the railway line from Chennai and Madurai. Together with Varanasi, it is considered to be one of the holiest places in India to Hindus and is part of the Char Dham pilgrimage.

According to Hindu ancient texts, Lord Ram had built a bridge from here across the sea to Lanka to rescue his wife Sita from her abductor Ravana. The Temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, is at the centre of the town and is closely associated with Rama and Shiva. The temple and the town are considered a holy pilgrimage site for Shaivas and Vaishnavas. Rameswaram is the closest point from which to reach Sri Lanka from India and geological evidence suggests that the Rama Sethu was a former land connection between India and Sri Lanka. 

Transport : Rameswaram is situated in Ramnad district, Tamil Nadu. The nearest city is Ramanathanpuram, 60 km away. 

By Rail   : The nearest railway station is Rameswaram Station – 2 km. 

By Road  : TNSTC –  operates the buses from Rameswaram to major cities.


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Ramanathaswamy Temple

Ramanathaswamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also one of the twelve Jyothirlingas temples in the country. The outer set of corridor of the Rameswaram Temple is considered as the world’s largest temple corridor with 1212 pillars in total and measuring about 6.9 m in height, 400 feet each in the east and west and about 640 feet in the north and the south.

Pamban Bridge

Pamban Bridge is an experience you are sure to cherish all your life. Pamban Bridge was India's first sea bridge, and was the longest sea bridge in India until the opening of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in 2010. It is the only rail bridge that connects Rameswaram to mainland India.


In 1964’s cyclone the full-fledged town was ruined & later it was known as Abandoned Town or Ghost Town. The ruins of Railway Station, Post Office will give you goose bumps at the same time you will melt in the beauty of the golden sky during the sunrise and sunset and will also enjoy mesmerizing beauty of both the Oceans merging at a point, Indian Ocean and Bay Of Bengal , one is serene, calm and green while the other is blue and Choppy. Dhanushkodi is also a paradise for bird lovers, vast variety of avian fauna, red flamingos and other migratory birds can be seen during the season.

Vivekananda Memorial

Vivekananda Memorial:- There is a big statue (approx. 6 foot) of Swami Vivekananda is kept inside the Memorial. It is said that the Memorial was built to commemorate his return to the India after his participation in “World Parliament of Religions” held in Chicago, America. Within this memorial there is a meditation hall and a spiritual library.

Ariyaman Beach

A pristine beach with a children's park, watchtower, and water sports like wind surfing and water scooters. Tourists can also visit the aquarium and museum near the beach.

Villoondi Theertham Beach

Villoondi Theertham literally translates to 'buried bow' surrounded by a serene Ocean. It is believed to be the place where Lord Rama pierced with his arrow to quench the thirst of Sita. Best known for its sweet clean holy water.

Kothandaramaswamy Temple

Kothandaramaswamy temple is the only historical structure to survive the 1964 cyclone that washed away Dhanushkodi. This is the place where Vibhishana's abhishek was done by Lord Rama.


Agniteertham is on the opposite side of Ramanathaswamy temple. In Ramayana, it is said that after Lord Rama successfully rescued Sita from Ravana, he ordered his wife Sita to give the proof of her purity. Since Sita was pure, so the lord of Fire “Agni” was was punished with a sin for touching Sita which he had to remove by praying to Lord Shiva and bathing in the sea. The place where the god of fire freed himself from the sin is called Agni Theertham. One can witness pilgrims carrying out rituals and prayers early in the morning at Agniteertham.