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 Air : The nearest airports are Madurai Airport at a distance of 60 km.
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 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 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:- 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.
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 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.
House Of Kalam
Man of Honor and simplicity and a great scientist, Former President late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam house is a must visit place when in Rameswaram. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s house holds several pictures, certificates and awards right from his childhood to his scholarly works. The building is a two storey building, which is maintained by his family.
APJ Abdul Kalam's Memorial
This memorial will remind you of the great personality, former President of India Dr. A.P.J Kalam. Memorial reflects India's diversity and various cultures. It's a homage to Kalam's life displaying replicas of rockets and missiles that the late ace scientist worked & maintained by DRDO.
Bird Watching & Turtle Nesting
Rameswaram during the last months of the year is the right time for spotting migratory birds. Especially during the monsoons, you can see the hitherto dry spots fill up with water that become a paradise for birds. Turtle Nesting is also available for viewing during seasons, please get in touch with the Management team to brief you further on the same.
Patanjali Munivar's Jeeva Samadhi
Jeeva Samadhi is for the people, who were called Siddhars, Munivars, Rishis, Spiritual Gurus. They would have left their part of soul inside that body, so the Jeevan ( soul ) would still be running in their body, helping others in their prayers and that is why their Tombs are called as Jeeva Samadhis. In Ramanathaswamy Temple, you can find Patanjali Munivar's Jeeva Samadhi , who is considered as the Father of Yoga Shastra.
Visit to Ramanathaswamy Temple | Climb up to Ramar Padam Kovil (Gandhar Madham) where Lord Hanuman discloses the news that he has found the whereabouts of Sita – highest point in the Island | Take a detour to Jada Theertham while on your way to Dhanushkodi where Lord Rama washed his blood soaked locks of hair on reaching Rameswaram after his victorious battle with Ravan | Visit to Kothandaramar Kovil on the way to Dhanushkodi where the Pattabishekam of Vibeeshna was conducted by Lord Ram | Visit to Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple where one can see the floating stones that were used to build the bridge by Nala and Neela to help Lord Rama and his brave warriors cross over to Lank | Visit the Shiva temple at Uthirakosamangai | Offer prayers at one of the 108 Vaishnava Kshetrams, Thirupullan | Seek blessings at Vinayaga Temple in Upoor
Experience the bliss at Dhanushkodi at sunrise; change of colours of the seas during the course of the day | Spot the migratory birds in Dhanushkodi during the months of November – January | A look at the fresh water spot in the sea in Viloondi Theertham | Spot the flora and fauna of the seas in the Aquarium / Museum maintained by Fisheries Department | If you are passionate about Bird Watching then proceed to the Bird Sanctuaries in Mel Selvannur or Keel Selvannur along with Mangrove forests in and around the area | Protect wild life by supporting the Olive Ridley Turtle nesting during the months of December and January | Boat ride to Kurusadai Island during the early hours of the morning
Heritage & Culture
• Visit to Saree weaving centres in Paramakudi and see how the master weaver keeps you spell bound with his magic of hands | A trip to Potters paradise in Manamadurai | Visit the Ramnad Palace and observe the grandeur of the yester years through the paintings mounted on the walls | Step into House of Kalam where he grew up and had fond memories of his life | Shop around for shells that are unique to the place | Learn milestones achieved by Late President Abdul Kalam at the Abdul Kalam Memorial | Spend some time at the Vivekananda Memorial | A morning at the fishing harbour and observe how the catch of the day is unloaded and then sent out to the markets | Watch the auctioning of the fish by the local fishing community | Pull in the fishing nets after a day’s catch | Enjoy the train journey over the Pamban Bridge and observe the Scherzer span | Drive to the Genetic Heritage Garden which houses indigenous plants and trees with sprawling lawns for children to play around
Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Kayaking, Surfing and Boating are some of the water sports activities you should definitely indulge in.Sail through the channel between India & Sri Lanka- dotted with islands, lagoons & surf spots.
The Yercaud Lake is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Yercaud. Providing stunning, panoramic views of the hills and lush green lawns of this hill station, this Lake also barges out as one of the most sought after destinations in Yercaud. The pool, which is surrounded by gardens and well wooded trees, provides a soothing and tranquil experience. Here, travellers can experience everything that Yercaud and its hills have to offer.
32-km Loop Road
Ever wondered why India is renowned all over the world for its tea and coffee plantations? If yes, then this is one of the best places to visit in Yercaud and explore. The 32-Km Loop Road is actually a 32 kilometre stretch, which begins from the Yercaud Lake and takes one through the much-appreciated roads and agricultural plantations of Yercaud. This is one of the best tourist places in Yercaud, as it offers the taste of culture, the essence of lives, imprints of the heritage and the varied developments of the hill station.
Silk Farm and Rose Garden
Located two kilometres off Yercaud, this tourist place in Yercaud is a sightseeing destination, which is also considered as an offbeat destination for the travellers. Including the history seekers, who love to know more about Tamil Nadu and the offbeat travellers, this is a place that shouldn’t be missed in any ways. The skill of breeding the silk worms and producing silk from the cocoons is one of the traditional arts of Yercaud and the silk farmers in this region have successfully endured this art and culture.
Away from the bustling life of Yercaud, the Pagoda Point is the perfect Yercaud tourist place to embrace the mind with solace and tranquillity. Bestowed with captivating and scenic views of the hill station, the Pagoda Point offers the most sprawling outlook of Yercaud and its enchanting essence. Panoramic views of Salem, the cool breezes and mystic ambience of the Pagoda Point holds the charm to mesmerize any of the visitors.
Kottachedu Teak Forest
If you are curious to know, how life had been during the Stone-Age era or how evolution has changed the world, the Kottachedu Teak Forest is one of the must visit tourist places in Yercaud. Although the hill station of Yercaud doesn’t feature much trees apart from bamboo, this is a destination that will take you by surprise. Filled with flora and fauna, the teak forest will take you back to the past, explaining how people lived before the incorporation of all modern developments.
The waterfall is one of the best places to visit in Yercaud. Considered as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in India, the enchanting and fascinating beauty of this 300 ft high waterfall will leave an indelible imprint on your mind and heart. The serene location of the waterfall serves as a secluded getaway for those, who wish to feel invigorated and beat the stresses of daily life. Located in the Servaroyan hill range of the Eastern Ghats in Tamil Nadu, the waterfall can only be reached through the rugged and rustic terrains
Tipperary View Point
Add this spot in your list of tourist places in Yercaud that you’ll be visiting and witness a range of wonderful views. Drive along with the Tipperary road and explore the southernmost point of Yercaud. On the route, you can spot the woodlands and trails of lush green that will delight your eyes. Here you can spot the elephant rocks that are sparkling white in color and are formed by the deposition of meteorite. The entire region has graphite rocks and these two colored rocks make an amazing contrast.
Rocks are indigenous part of the Yercaud hill station. But what makes this place of interest one of the best places to visit in Yercaud is the fact, that it has played a vital role during the British Rule in India. Lady’s seat is a rock that was formed in the shape of seat, making it appear comfortable. Providing incredible views of the clouds, mists and greenery around, this Lady’s Seat was once the favourite recreational spots of the British females, residing in Yercaud.
Anna Park is a major tourist attraction in the list of best tourist places in Yercaud, which offers incredible insight into the natural species of plants and animals around Shevaroys Hills of Tamil Nadu. The park is located adjacent to the Lake Yercaud. It is an ideal place to visit during the picnic trips to the highest points in Tamil Nadu. The park also features a wide collection of natural plants and species that are found in the Eastern Ghats. While the swings and slides of Anna Park entice the children, the pleasant ambience of the park attracts the other visitors to spend some of their amusing moments in the par
The Servaroyan Temple
The Servaroyan Temple is one of the best places to visit in Yercaud. Located at the highest point of this hill station, the temple offers incredible insight into the spiritual development of this region. Built by the ancient tribes of Yercaud, the Servaroyan Temple is dedicated to the Goddess Kaveri. It is a serene, pious and one of the most beautiful places of interest that will instantly fill your heart with its captivating structures, fringed with historical and religious significances. As the temple is located at the highest point of the Servaroyan range, it offers the most pristine view of the Mettur Dam. Mists and fogs are the boon of this region and they intensify the beauty of the temple and its surroundings.
Manjakuttai view point
Manjakuttai view point is also known as the sunrise point. It owns astonishing views of encircling valleys and mountains. When sun rises from hills it looks beautiful. Below there is a blanket of cloud surrounded by fog and sun rising behind the hill. Quad Biking is also there on the open field. Though this viewpoint is less known to people as it is still under development. But it is worth going to adore the allure of view point. One can watch a great view in winter with fog hitting on the face. The best time to visit Manjakuttai View Point is early morning, to admire the beauty of a sunrise. The roads are accessible but could be very steep. There are no shops around (at least during off-season). But there are local villagers around. It is a great place to drive or trek to if one wants to make a quick getaway for a couple of hours
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