Rameswaram is a holy city in the state of Tamil Nadu. Rameswaram Island shares its border with Sri Lanka. This gorgeous city is full of beaches and temples. Pamban Island, Rameswaram temple, Hanuman Temple are all major tourist attractions. The rich history and the architectural marvels of the temples are what makes this city unique.
Best time to visit Rameswaram:
Since Rameswaram is in the city of Tamil Nadu, it experiences a tropical climate. Being in close proximity to the sea makes the weather even more hot and humid. The best time to visit Rameswaram is thus in the cooler months from October-March. There is average rainfall during the monsoon months of July- September and the weather gets even stickier. So it’s best to avoid the rainy season.
Ways to get to Rameswaram:
- By air- The nearest airport is at Madurai which is 174 km. There are regular flights from here to Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi and Bangalore. From Madurai, you can either get a cab or a train.
- By train- Rameswaram railway station connects all major cities of India. There are daily trains to Chennai, Coimbatore, Trichy and Madurai.
- By bus- There is bus service to major cities of Karnataka, Telangana and Kerala. Telangana State-run buses ply daily between Hyderabad and Rameswaram. Deluxe buses cost around 400-800 while ac buses cost around 700-1500 and the travel is mostly overnight.
- By road- The Road trip to Rameswaram is also a cool idea especially when you are with friends or family and want to have a short, impromptu trip over the weekend.
Places to stay in Rameswaram:
Some pocket-friendly and comfortable hotels are-
- Hotel Arjuna
- Hotel Star Palace
- Daiwik Hotel Rameswaram
- Hyatt Place Rameswaram
- SDM Golden Tower
The cost per night ranges from 2000-8000 depending on the hotel and the type of room booked.
Places to Visit in Rameswaram:
While you are in Rameswaram, be sure to check out these places-
- Ramanathaswamy Temple: The Dravidian style architecture of the temple is what sets it apart from the other temples. This temple also has the world’s second largest pillared corridor. The lingas are quite beautiful and are made of sand, salt, stone and some other materials.
- Kothandaramaswamy Temple: This temple has references in the Ramayana as well. Famous for its scenic beauty next to the sea, this temple worships Gods Ram, Lakshman and Goddess Sita.
- Five Faced Hanuman Temple: This temple is known for the five carvings of Lord Hanuman’s faces, all carved out of a single, precious stone. The temple also stores some of the stones that were used to build the Rama Sethu (bridge made for Lord Rama to reach across the sea and bring back Goddess Sita) by Hanuman and his tribe of monkeys.
- Ariyaman Beach- Also known as Kuchi beach, this is one of the cleanest beaches of India and is surely worth spending an entire afternoon.
- Other places that you can visit too are-
- Adam’s Bridge
- Water Bird Sanctuary
- Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge
- Agni Teertham
- Villoondi Teertham
Festivals in Rameswaram:
Major festivals celebrated here are-
- Maha Shivaratri in the month of March
- Ram Navami in April
- Vasantautsavam in June
- Thirukalyanam in July- It is celebrated in the Hindu month of Jyeshta to mark the marriage of God Ramanatha and Goddess Parvatavardhini. There are many processions and cultural activities that are held at this time.
- Navrati in October
- Arudhra Darshanam in December/January- It is the time when Nataraj is unveiled and watching this is considered auspicious.
Things to Eat while in Rameswaram:
Rameswaram is famous for filter coffee, cuttlefish, rasam, idli sambhar and keema vada.
Some famous food joints are-
- Ashok Bhavan on West Car Street- Try the South India thali here.
- Ram Nivas – This place has great Chinese and North Indian cuisine.
- Csi Café
- Ahaan Restaurant on NH49
- Ambika Marvadi Bhojnalay on Middle Street
- Gujarat Bhavan on Sanadhi Street- Try the dhoklas and dabeli here.
Places for shopping in Rameswaram:
Kalam Sea shell Mart and Kurunji Textiles are a must go. There are several temple shops in almost each and every major street of Rameswaram. Here you will get all your puja essentials. Kurunji Textiles is famous for its silk sarees. Seashells are also quite the thing here. You may want to get keychains and neckpieces out of them as souvenirs. Palm and coconut fibre bags are also worth buying. You will not get similar bags anywhere else.
Tips in Rameswaram:
- Beware of cheap imitation jewellery. These are not authentic and get worn off easily.
- Shopping during morning hours is the best as you get to bargain for cheap prices.
- Stay hydrated and keep drinking juices/water/coconut water whenever possible. The scorching heat will dehydrate you easily.
- Plan to leave for all tourist spots early morning or in the evening. Afternoons get very hot and travelling at this time can make you sick.
- Don’t forget to buy a pearl and precious stone jewellery. There are several indigenous varieties available here which look quite chic.
Festival Calendar of Rameswaram
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