Rameshwaram, the land from where Indian god Ram built the bridge to Sri Lanka and later Sita & Ram washed their sins near the sea. This pure and holy land, now has become a pilgrim centre and a tourist attraction.
Tourist Attractions in Rameshwaram-
- Ramanathaswamy Temple
- Dhanushkodi Beach
- Ariyaman Beach
Shopping in Rameshwaram-
- Shop for seashell jewellery and handicrafts near the temple area.
- Kalam Gallery- Handicrafts and textile items.
How to Reach Rameshwaram-
- Closest Airport- Madurai airport (173kms-3Hrs 10mins approximately)
- Nearest Railway station- Rameshwaram has its own Railway station.
- Rameshwaram is well connected by road with major cities in South India.
Best time to visit Rameshwaram-
- December to March (Winter)
Wanderer’s Eye Tips-
- Carry a towel and extra set of clothes as there 22 sacred wells inside the temple and bathing them is said to wash off all your sins.
- Wearing jeans inside the temple is not allowed. (For men- Formals / Hindu traditional; For woman- Hindu Traditional)
- Beware of the slippery floor in the temple due to water from the wells.
- Tour to Dhanushkodi is must. The beach is calm and a 15minutes meditation on the beach would rejuvenate you.
Climate of Rameshwaram-
- Summers extend from April to Mid-August and temperature ranges from 26℃ to 31℃.
- Monsoon extends from Mid-August to November having moderate showers. (avg raingall-36 inches)
- Winters (December-March) are not very cold with temperature ranging from 24℃ to 27℃. (Due to being a coastal city)
History of Rameshwaram–
- Mythological evidence suggests this was the place where Lord Ram, Laxman and Sita washed off their sins after coming from the war and the Shiva lingam present inside the temple was actually made by Sita.
- The construction of Ramnathaswamy temple was started in the 12th century by Sethupathy Maravar.
- Later Rameshwaram was under control of many kingdoms including the Pandya dynasty, Vijayanagar empire and even the Delhi Sultanate.
Culture of Rameshwaram-
- People- As per 2011 census, the population of Rameshwaram is 44856. The locals are Hindu’s followed by Christians and Muslims. The main work here is agriculture.
- Languages- Tamil is the main language of Rameshwaram. English is also commonly used by the locals.
- Festivals- Mahashivratri and Dussehra are celebrated with great pomp. The 10-day Arudhra Darshanam is celebrated in December or January which unveils the Natraj idol covered in sandalwood paste all-round the year.
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