The holy island in the Gulf of Mannar is regarded as one of the four most sacred Hindu pilgrim centers. It is also recognized as a National pilgrim center and is equally important for Saivites and Vaishnavites. Lord Rama is said to have worshipped Shiva over herè after his victory over demon king Ravanna. Rameswaram is als0 a lovely beach resort and a leading marine food center of the South.

Ramanathaswamy Temple: The magnificent shrine set elegantly near the sea on the eastern side of the island is noted for its imposing structure, spectacular corridors with aesthetically carved pillars, and splendid sculptures. It was built by rulers of different dynasties and covers an area of 264 meters x 200 meters. Its entrance is marked by a towering 38.4 meters gopuram. The main attraction is the world’s longest corridor, which is 197 meters long in East-West direction and 133 meters in length on South-North.

Agniteertham: The calm shallow sea in front of the Ramanathaswamy temple is considered to be very sacred by the devotees.

Gandhamathana Parvatham: This highest point on the island has a two-storeyed mandapam. It is believed to have an imprint of Lord Rama’s feet on a chakra.

Satchi Hanuman Temple: It marks the site where Hanuman gave the news of Sita’s well being to Lord Rama.

Five-faced Hanuman Temple: The stone said to have been used to construct the floating bridge – Sethu Bandanam can be seen here.

Around Rameswaram

Annai Indira Gandhi or Pamban Bridge

The 2.2 kms. the long bridge connecting the Rameswaram island is the longest in India, constructed over a bay.

Devipattinam (Navabashanam) (70 kms.)

Lord Rama is said to have worshipped the ‘Navagrahas’ at this coastal village.

Dhanushkodi (18 kms.)

It is the southernmost tip of the island and is well known for the Kothandaramasamy Temple. There is also a fine beach here.

Kurusadai Island (20 kms.)

It lies to the west of Pamban Bridge and is noted for the Marine Biosphere.

Ramanathapuram (54 kms.)

This ancient town was the seat of the Sethupathis (Chieftains). The main attractions are the Ramalinga Vilasam Palace with fine paintings and the Tomb of Thayumana Swamigal.