Rameshwaram is a small island town in Tamil Nadu and is one of the four holiest pilgrimage place of the Hindus. According to puranas, Lord Rama along with his wife Sita first landed on Rameshwaram shore after defeating the demon Ravana, who was also a Brahmin. To seek expiation for sin for killing a Brahmin, Rama wanted to pray to Shiva. Hanuman was sent off to Kailash to bring an idol of the God. In the mean time, Sita made a small lingam. The one made by Sita is called Ramalingam and one brought by Hanuman is called Vishwalingam. As per the instructions of Lord Rama, Vishwalingam is worshiped before the Ramalingam, even today.
There are about 64 thirthas situated in Rameshwaram, of which, 24 are considered as important. Bathing in these Tirthas is a major aspect of the pilgrimage to Rameswaram and is considered equivalent to penance. Twenty-two of the Tirthas are within the Ramanathasvami Temple. Ramanathapuram, Tirupullani, Uthirakosamangai, Sethu are the nearby attractions to Island of Rameshwaram. Beautiful beaches at Olaikuda, Danushkodi and Pamban are other attractions apart from the religious point of view. Scuba diving and Migratory birds watching during winter are the activities here.
The best time to visit Rameshwaram is July to August & November to March while the peak season is July to August & February to March. Usually it takes 1-2 days to visit Rameshwaram.
How to reach Rameshwaram Temple
Rameshwaram does not have an airport. Nearest airport is Madurai Airport.
Rameshwaram 149 km away from Madurai airport (IXM), madurai, tamil nadu
Rameshwaram142 km away from Tuticorin airport (TCR), thoothukudi, tamil nadu
You can easily get regular trains to Rameshwaram from other major cities of the country.
Railway Station(s): Rameswaram (RMM)
There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Rameshwaram.