Leisure Places

Dhanushkodi is a town at the southern tip of Rameshwaram island, on the eastern coast of the Tamil Nadu.Dhanushkodi is situated to the South-East of Pamban. Danushkodi is about 29 km West of Talaimanar in Sri Lanka. The Dhanushkodi railway line running from Pamban Station was destroyed in the 1964 cyclone

Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge is also known as the Pamban Bridge, is a cantilever bridge on the Palk Strait which connects the town of rameshwaram on Pambam Island to mainland India. The bridge refers to both the road bridge and the Cantilever railway bridge, It was India's first sea bridg, and was the longest sea bridge in India till 2010.The railway bridge is 6,776 ft and was opened for traffic in 1914.On 24 February 2014, Pamban Bridge has successfully completed 100 years of its existence.

Ariyaman Beach located alongside the Palk Bay in the Ramanathapuram District is a long stretch of clean and pristine littoral enveloped with large casuarinas groves providing shade that is ideal for reposing or picnicking. Nestled approximately 27 kilometers from Rameshwaram, this 2 km long and 150 meters wide beach offers a perfect retreat for the vacationers and travelers. The major attractions of Ariyaman Beach include children's park, aquarium, museum, a watch tower, and various water sports such as wind surfing, water scooter, and parasailing.

Museums & Art Galleries

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was born on 15 October 1931 in a Tamil Muslim family to Jainulabdeen, a boat owner and Ashiamma, a housewife at Rameshwaram.usually referred to as Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, is an Indian scientist and administrator who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. He studied physics at the St.Joseph's College, Trichirappalli, and Aerospace engineering at Madras Institute of Techonology(MIT) Chennai.Before his term as President, he worked as an Aerospace engineer with Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) and Indian space research Organisation (ISRO).He has received several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna. The house of Kalam in Mosque Street, where he was born and brought up and spent his early days, was slightly modified from its original shape during his tenure. Now, it has been converted into an attractive and modern gallery by a team of computer and graphic designers from New Delhi. Many rare photographs of his life from Rameswaram to Rashtrapati Bhavan and childhood to present age have found their place in the gallery.

Places of Worship

Ramadnathaswamy Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to god Shiva located in Rameshwaram.It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams,where the three of the most revered Nayanaras Appar,Sundarar and Tirugnana sambandar have glorified the temple with their songs. The temple was expanded during the 12th century by Pandya Dynasty.The temple has the longest corridor among all Hindu temples in India.The Temple is also one of the 12 jyothirlinga temples, where God Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlingam. The temple and the island of Rameswaram have acquired this name because, Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva, the God of Gods here on return from Sri Lanka. According to legend, after killing Ravana Lord Rama returned with his consort Goddess Seetha to India first stepping on the shores of Rameswaram. To expiate the "dosha" of killing a brahmin, Lord Rama wanted to offer worship to Lord Shiva. Since there was no shrine in the island had despatched Sri Hauman to Kailash to bring an idol of Lord Shiva.

The Kothandaramaswamy Temple at Rameshwaram,is a shrine dedicated to the Hindu deity Rama. Located at a distance of 13 kilometres from Rameswaram, it forms the southernmost tip of the island.The temple is the only historical structure to survive the 1964 cyclone that washed away Dhanushkodi. The temple has the deities of Rama, Lakshmana,Sita,Hanuman and Vibhishana. The temple is surrounded by sea and remains a tourist attraction. The temple is estimated to have been constructed about 500-1000 years ago. Rama, the main idol, is depicted as having a bow (Kothandam), and hence the name Kothandaramaswamy for the idol.

Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple of Rameshwaram is built facing east. The calm and comparatively shallow seashore, about 100 meters from the main entrance of the temple towards its back is exalted by the title 'Agnitheertham'. This place, ideal for bathing is regarded to be very sacred amongst the devotees and it is believed that bathing in the waters of Agnitheertham frees you of all your worldly sins. Moreover, Agnitheertham also holds importance amongst the Hindus as it is said that your demised ancestors attain 'Moksha' if you perform rituals at Agnitheertham in their name. As the myth goes, Agnitheertham is the very place where Lord Ram had bathed after worshipping Lord Shiva in order to wash himself off of the sin of killing Ravana.

Sugreev was the king of the monkey kingdom of Kishkindha who was helped by Lord Ram to regain his empire from his bother Vali who had wrongly abducted it from Sugreev. In return, Sugreev applied his entire monkey force to assist Lord Ram in the battle against the demon king Ravana in order to rescue Devi Sita from his clutches. Sugreevar Temple is a shrine dedicated to the monkey king Sugreev which is located on the way to Gandamadana Parvatham from the Rameshwaram Temple.

Satchi Hanuman Temple stationed approximately 3 kilometers from the main Ramanathaswamy Temple on the way to Gandamadana Parvatham is a shrine erected in the honor of Lord Hanuman, the ardent devotee of Lord Ram. According to the prevalent legend, this is the very site where Lord Hanuman on his return from Lanka after the 'Lanka Dahan' episode met Lord Ram and conveyed him the good news of Sita's well being. It was here that Lord Hanuman narrated the incident of meeting Sita in Ashok Vatika and also presented Lord Ram the 'Choodamani', an ornament possessed by Devi Sita as an evidence or 'Satchi' of their meeting.

Jada Theertham, located nearly 3.5 kilometers from the Ramanathaswamy Temple on the way to Dhanushkodi Village.The legend associated with this Theertham relates that after killing the demon king Ravana when Lord Ram retuned to Rameshwaram and decided to worship Lord Shiva to get rid of the sin of 'Brahma Hatya', he washed his hair (Jada) with the water of Jada Theertham to symbolically purify them of the blood of Ravana. A small temple set up adjacent the Jada Theertham within the Kaveri Theertham is dedicated to Lord Kapardishvara, which happens to be the only temple in India where this deity is worshipped. Apart from this, it is further believed that the mythological king of birds and the friend of King Dasharatha; the father of Ram; Jatayu, after being killed by Ravana had fallen in the Jada Theertham. A Peepal Tree is situated adjoining the Jada Theertham where it is believed that all the deities rest. Jada Theertham is surrounded by sand dunes and the water of Jada Theertham is said to be as sweet as coconut water.

Villoondi Theertham, situated nearly 7 kilometers from the Ramanathaswamy Temple of Rameshwaram on the way to Pamban is a holy site dedicated to the blessed memory of Lord Ram. The term Villoondi means 'a buried bow'. Villoondi Theertham is the place where Lord Ram after killing the demon king Ravana buried his bow. Before burying the bow, Lord Ram shot an arrow in the sea from where a spring of sweet water emerged. This water quenched the thirst of Devi Sita. Villoondi Theertham is the only point in the sea where sweet drinking water is found in the midst of the boundless sweep of the salty waters of the sea. An additional attraction of the Villoondi Theertham is its Ekantha Ramar Temple which is believed to be established at the very locus where Lord Ram had resided before attacking on Lanka.

Laxmana was the younger brother of Lord Ram who had accompanied Lord Ram on his exile willingly sacrificing all the worldly pleasures and devoutly served Lord Ram and Devi Sita. He also fought against Ravana on behalf of Lord Ram in the legendary battle of Ram and Ravana. The Laxmana Theertham of Rameshwaram constructed in the honor of Laxmana bestows an equally divine status to Laxmana and worships him along with Lord Ram and Devi Sita. The waters of the adjoining pond are adored as sacred Theertham and devotees immerse in this holy water in the reverence to Lord Laxmana.

Gandamadana Parvatham is a hillock positioned about 3 kilometers away from the Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple and a little away from the famous fishing village of Rameshwaram; Dhanushkodi. Gandamadana Parvatham happens to be the highest geographical point of the Pamban Island. A temple dedicated to Lord Ram is set up atop the hill where the footprints of Lord Ram are stamped on a Chakra. This temple is known as 'Rama