20 Places to Visit in Rameswaram, Tourist Places & Attractions

Tourist Places to Visit in Rameswaram

Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple, Jada Tirtham, Agniteertham, Five-Faced Hanuman Temple, Gandhamadhana Parvatham, Dhanushkodi, Kothandaramaswamy Temple and many more.

Rameshwaram, a land that stands as the testimony of the Hindu religion, is one of the most visited cities in India by tourists from all over the world. There are many exciting places to visit in Rameshwaram with its authentic and raw history of Hindu Mythologies.

From temples that inhabit ancient artifacts of Lord Rama to historical landmarks mentioned in religious books such as Ramayana and Mahabharat! Rameshwaram hosts a number of temples all situated in dynamic locations such as, exhilarating beaches to quaint hill tops in lush forests, making it an extremely ideal location to travel and explore the rawness of the town .

There are many tourists places to visit in Rameshwaram  that are known for their unique stories such as the “Gandhamadhana Parvatham” Known for its unique architecture and positioning, “Dhanushkodi” another refreshing place to visit in Rameshwaram as it is literally the shoreline of this great Island city.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Rameswaram:

Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple
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This Temple is a sanctuary that is situated in Rameshwaram Island in an inlet of Bengal it is an old and vast sanctuary built by Lord Rama. It is this temple which was given birth by Devi Sita and is known to be a highly sacred place which makes it  one of the most incredible places to visit in Rameshwaram.

The Temple stands tall and grand with golden embellishments which shines bright in the magnificent sun of the South.  Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple has one of the most unique architecture in its exterior as well the interiors, with intricately carved stone pillars every step of the way and finely sculptured symbols of deities, it is full of wonders which can take an entire day to  observe, which makes it a perfect place to visit in Rameshwaram in 1 day.

Location: 
Ramanathapuram, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

Timing: 4:30 AM to 1:00AM/ 3:00PM to 8:30 PM (Monday to Sunday).

Pricing: No Entry Fee.

Best time to visit: October - April.

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Jada Tirtham

The heavenly land of Rameshwaram is inhabited around 64 Tirtham, which is found in and around the island. These tirthams have been said in ancient manuscripts written in “Devnagri” which are religious Hindu sacred writings. Most of them are related to the heavenly content of Ramayana.

Tourists in Rameshwaram visit and bathe in this divine water to give penance for their past sins. Jada Theertham is one interesting theertham in Rameswaram. Jada Tirtham is found on the way to Dhanuskodi, which is another popular place to see in Rameshwaram.

Location: 
Ramanathapuram, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

Timing: 6:00 AM to 11:00AM/ 4:00PM to 8:00OPM (Monday to Sunday).

Best time to visit: Early mornings on Weekdays to avoid the rush.

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Agniteertham
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At a distance of 2 km from Rameshwaram Railroad Station, Agnitheertham is said to be put where Rama revered Ruler Shiva to wash off his sins by defeating Ravana. It is one of the critical places to visit in Rameshwaram.This theertham is situated right on the shoreline with huge gate-like structures which invite the worshippers and tourists to dip themselves in the water to  wash away one's sins.

Agniteertham has one of the most beautiful views of the skyline and the horizon blending away far in the ocean, while hearing chants, sacred prayers  and the fragrance of incense sticks, which makes it one of the most visited tourist places in Rameshwaram.

Location:  Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu.

Timing: 5:00 AM to 6:00PM (Monday to Sunday).

Pricing: No Entry Fee only 60 rupees Puja fee.

Best time to visit: Early mornings on Weekdays to avoid the rush.

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Five-Faced Hanuman Temple
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Panchamukhi Hanuman Temple AKA five-faced Hanuman temple is situated at a distance of 2 km from Sri Ramanathaswamy Sanctuary in Rameshwaram and is known to be devoted to Lord Hanuman.The temple stands tall in its off white color which makes it stand out in the hustle of the streets in Rameshwaram. It is believed that Lord Hanuman uncovered his 5 faces here which makes this site extremely sacred and one of the most visited important places in Rameshwaram.

The temple has a huge statue of Hanuman with his five faces which is worshipped and adorned with flowers by many visitors, the tirtham also inhabits the floating stones that were apparently used to build the bridge by Ram and his army of monkeys.  This temple has a lot of intriguing stories that are fun to listen to while sitting under the many trees in the vicinity.

Location: Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu.

Timing: 6:00 AM to 7:00PM (Monday to Sunday).

Best time to visit: Early mornings on Weekdays to avoid the rush.

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Gandhamadhana Parvatham

From Ramanathaswamy Sanctuary if one heads 3 km towards the north, they will find what lies in the Island's most noteworthy point named "Gandhamadhana Parvatham’’. The Gandhamadana is one of the most famous worship centers for the individuals of Southern India. Sightseers can see a Chakram (Wheel) which has the engraves of Rama's foot and other fascinating things in this two storey structure.

This theertham is a not-to-miss location in Rameswaram as numerous individuals all over India visit this temple in Rameswaram which has incredible authenticity and devout importance.

Location: Rameswaram
, Tamil Nadu, India.

Timing: 6:00 AM to 6:00PM (Monday to Sunday).

Best time to visit: Early mornings on Weekdays to avoid the rush.

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Kothandaramaswamy Temple
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The sanctuary is situated 14 km from the centre of Rameswaram, agreeing to a prevalent belief, it is at this place where Vibhhishanan [brother of Ravanan] waved the white flag to surrender before Rama.

In this Temple Rama bestowed his followers with Sita, Lakshman, Hanuman, and Vibhishanan and is encompassed by ocean water on all of its sides. A narrow  street leads us to the Kodandarama Swamy temple, hence making this outlandish temple an interesting spot to day explore the area in Rameshwaram.

Location:
Temple, Kochi - Madurai - Dhanushkodi Rd, Munichallai, Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

Timing: 7:00 AM to 5:00PM (Monday to Sunday).

Best time to visit: October- April.

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Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge- Pamban Bridge
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Annai Indira Gandhi Street Bridge is one of the longest bridges in southern India. Built over the sea this gigantic structure provides a network for town dwellers from the Rameswaram island to the terrain. It is 7 km from the Rameswaram town and is additionally called the Pamban bridge since it is found close to Pamban.

This tourist attraction in  Rameswaram, called “The Pamban Street Bridge” interfaces the National Thruway (NH 49) with the Rameswaram island. It stands on the Palk strait and between the shores of Mandapam and Pamban. It stands parallel to the Pamban Rail Bridge.

Location:
Pamban Bridge, Pamban, Tamil Nadu.

Timing: Open 24/7.

Best time to visit: October- April.

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Villoondi Tirtham

Villoondi tirtham is a peaceful place and quite famous 1 day tourist attraction in Rameshwaram. It's calm shoreline additionally one of the 64 sacrosanct water bodies in Rameswaram, brings calmness to one's mind and body. It is 6 Km far from Rameswaram's fundamental transport stand and is effectively accessible to guests.

Villoondi Theertham shoreline is a tranquil place with quiet tides and a delicate breeze. There's a great water spring arranged in the interiors of the ocean and makes for an incredible natural spring water source! Now and then the ocean water blends with spring water making it a bit salty.

Location:
Thangachi madam, Rameswaram.

Timing: Open 24/7.

Best time to visit: October- April.

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Adam's Bridge

For centuries mankind has had no strong proof of the fantastic stories that take place in our Indian Mythology, but there's one such extraordinary place in India that may be a significant proof of the genuine Gods and impeccable view and that is Adams’s Bridge in Rameshwaram.

One of the most fond tourist places is found within the Palk Strait off the Southeastern edge of India, The bridge is a narrow pathway that stretches wide, crossing the large water body. It is an unique place to visit in Rameshwaram as it offers to see one of the world's oldest structures and the many fascinating stories that come with it.

This pathway is underwater and has been commonly known as the “Ram Setu”  or “Adams bridge “ AKA the bridge Ram made to Sri Lanka.

Location:
 Between Pamban Island and MannarIsland, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu.

Timing: 12:00 AM -11:59 PM(Monday to Sunday).

Best time to visit: Throughout the day.

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Water Bird Sanctuary
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The water bird sanctuary is one the most interesting places to visit in Rameshwaram , it inhabits a host of migratory birds from pelicans to flamingos and it is a wild site to see! Rameswaram is not only home to many divinities, but also an impeccable diversity in the flora and fauna of the place.Its lushness and its key visitors makes this place a heavenly place for all bird lovers and photographers and  is definitely going to make them swoon, a true paradise for the Bird watchers.

If  one is lucky they might even get to witness a full show of birds uniformly flying in the blue skies, a treat to the eyes this sanctuary fulfills the inner nature lover while also being close to the heavenly bodies in Rameshwaram.

Location: Dhanushkodi, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu.

Timing: 7:00 AM -6:00 PM(Monday to Sunday).

Best time to visit: March- April.

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Ariyaman Beach

Ariyaman Beach is a shallow beach located 21 km away from Rameswaram, it is best known for its calm and blue waters which makes it an ideal location for day trips with family and friends and is sought to be one of the most visited places in Rameshwaram for a relaxing time.

The natural beauty of the beach eliminates all negative thoughts and allows one to unwind and  enjoy the vast water body which is surrounded with lush palm trees. As the beach is slightly isolated it has become a top spot for tourists to chill without the hustling crowds,  picnics are the top activity for families and friends in a clean and beautiful environment of Ariyaman Beach.

The beach also has fun activities such as water sports including boating, paragliding etc giving visitors an engaging way to spend their time. An observation tower is also situated here overlooking a mesmerizing view of the endless sea and the encompassing areas.

Location:
Madurai-Rameswaram Rd, Satta King Valasai, Tamil Nadu.

Timing: 24/7.

Best time to visit: Whenever you want.

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Lakshmana Theertham

As we know by now Rameswaram is an ancient place with many incredible stories and artifacts, its sacred borders hold within themselves a place called Lakshmana Theertham, and is one of the sacred theerthams here. This sanctuary is committed to Ruler Lakshmana and it's his mighty stories and legends that depict his vigor and God like status.

It has been built within the Dravidian fashion of engineering which has an appealing structure with carved columns portraying statues of divinities and occasions from Ramayana. There are many marble statues of Master Lakshmana that have been intently carved in the  interior of the sanctuary which speaks volumes of the dedication put into the building of this temple.

Location: Near Ramar Tirtham, 1 km from Rameswaram Temple.

Timing: 6:00 AM -7:00 PM(Monday to Sunday).

Best time to visit: March - May.

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Nambu Nayaki amman Temple

Nambu Nayaki Amman Temple is known to be the goddess who protects  the South. It is a sacred place for people to pray and make wishes, for them and their families well being. A storm hit in 1964 which shifted the Nambu nayaki amman sanctuary in Dhanushkodi. Since the entire Dhanushkodi city sank into the ocean, it was declared by Indian government as a phantom town.

Nambu Nayaki's ambal statue was removed from the ruined town and was  kept safe within the temple, in the same position it is presented today. The tirtham is also famous for having an orchid of Screw pine tree or umbrella tree which is well known for its ayurvedic properties.

Location: Near “Pudhu Road” village, Tamil Nadu.

Timing: 6:00 AM - 11:00 AM / 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM(Monday to Sunday).

Best time to visit: Early mornings from 6:30 AM to 10:00 AM.

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Jatayu Tirtham Temple

The temple is dedicated to one of the most powerful birds in our Indian Mythology and that is “Jatayu” known as the king of birds this temple resonates with the mighty and ardent follower of Lord Rama. It is in this place Jatayu crashed due to a slashed wing and where Lord Rama buried him, making it one of the most important and historically famous places.

This temple makes an interesting story and is an enriching
place to visit in Rameswaram, the tirtham is surrounded by a vast structure that is full of natural water and gives an extremely peaceful energy to anyone who visits this temple.

In the months between October - April the temple is calm and has less rush which makes it even more endearing to its visitors. It projects a spiritual surrounding and one must feel unburdened by their usual schedule making this a good place for tourists to visit in Rameshwaram.

Location: Kandadevi, Tamil Nadu, Rameshwaram, India.

Timing: 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM (Monday to Sunday).

Best time to visit: October - April.

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Kunthu Kal Beach

If one wants to slip away for a day from Rameswaram mainland, then head right over to Kunthukul Beach, it is  located 12 km away from Rameswaram and makes for the perfect road trip with friends and family to enjoy the view of the Pamban Bridge and other islands surrounding Rameswaram.

Kunthukal shoreline is often called as a getaway heaven of Tamilnadu. This small fishing village has Impressive turquoise blue narrows, marvelous characteristic prosper, quietness with verdant coconut palms and includes a wide variety of flora around. 
Whether you’re looking for recreation, watersports, or just simple relaxation, Kundthukal is one of the chillest places to visit in Rameswaram.

A commemorating memorial is also situated on the beach, it is dedicated to Swami Vivekanand for when he returned from his participation in the “ World Parliament of Religions” held in Chicago, USA.

Location:
Behind Vivekananda Memorial, 20 mins away from Rameswaram.

Timing: 5:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Monday to Sunday).

Best time to visit: Early Morning or Throughout the Day.

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Sea World Aquarium

One of the best places to visit in Rameswaram to explore more than what's on the surface is Sea World Aquarium! Since it is an Island, Rameswaram is rich in its diversity of underwater creatures making  this aquarium truly one of a kind.

It has become a popular place for tourists to visit in Rameswaram who make a day trip with family or friends and discover the creatures living in their own natural habitat. The aquarium boasts modern technology with its  underground tunnels which allow tourists to see the natural habitat of our underwater friends without disturbing them!

Some rare fish are found in this aquarium such as Lionfish, Cowfish,Parrotfish, Beach Tamet, Sea horse, Clownfish and many more.  This exquisite aquarium gets the children excited and wide-eyed, even the adults are amazed.

Location:
Central Rameswaram, next to the main Bus stop.

Timing: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Monday to Sunday).

Best time to visit: Early Morning Throughout the Day.

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Kalam National Memorial
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One of the most visited places in Rameswaram, Kalam National Memorial was built to commemorate APJ Abdul Kalam. The memorial showcases the history of APJ Abdul Kalam, his belongings and personal items used by him  or of him such as portraits, sketches, statues and poems.

The memorials architecture is a blend between Mughal and Indian architectural styles which celebrates the late President's ethnicity.  Entrance is designed in the way India Gate was built and is accompanied by a chettinad Door which is mimicking the entrance of
Brihadeeswara Temple in Thanjavur, whereas the central structure is a direct replica of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. All these nuances make the memorial an exceptional place to visit and learn more about the history of our country.

Location:
Pamban- Tharavai Thoppu Rd, Pamban, Tamil Nadu.

Timing: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

Best time to visit: Throughout the Day.

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Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple
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Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple is situated in  Rameshwaram in the state of Tamil Nadu, it gets its name from Lord Rama who came here to worship Lord shiva. Known for its intricate architecture and grand structure, the temple has always attracted many tourists from all over India.

Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple has often caught the attention of architects from all over the world as it is one of most well executed temples and is restored to its absolute glory. Not only does the temple allow for a moment of self rejuvenation but also, lets one wander in the lush gardens around the temple. Many souvenir shops are surrounding the temple where one can buy trinkets for friends and loved ones and spread the blessings of the temple.

Location: 
Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu 623526.

Timing: 5:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Morning) 3:00PM - 9:00 PM ( Evening).

Best time to visit: October- April.

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Agni Theertham

Agni Tirtham is one of the 64 Tirthas of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, India, it is known as the “Varanasi” of the south as it is in this place people believe to dip into the sacred waters and wash away their penance in life. It's a place that propagates mental peace, meditation and the practice of selflessness.

The word Agni alludes to fire in Sanskrit dialect whereas the word Tirtham implies sacred water. This symbolic meaning is what makes this Tirtham one of the most visited places in Rameswaram for a heavenly shower, hence a critical spot for Hindu devotees.

This Temple sees a mass of people flocking on the beach in the evening to practice their  daily prayers and many come to witness the holiness of the entire community of people in Rameshwaram.

Location: Sannadhi St, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, 623526, India.

Timing: 5:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Monday to Sunday).

Best time to visit: Early morning or late Afternoon, temperatures become very hot in the middle of the day.

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Dhanuskodi Beach
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Dhanuskodi Beach is a perfect one day  gate-away in Rameswaram to relax and enjoy the abundance of scenic beauty which stretches on the coastline of Rameshwaram. Dhanuskodi beach stretches wide and blue with water with no end in sight, a truly exceptional place to visit in Rameshwaram and makes for a sublime place to chill with family and friends.

The Shoreline  of Dhanuskodi runs right at the south-eastern tip of Pamban Island of the Tamil Nadu state and is known for the color of its light blue sea, clear skies and a peaceful ambience. You'll ponder how the place looked like in the past by looking at its interesting ruins and statues around the beach, whilst unwinding  your intellect by looking at its evergreen beauty.

Location: Dhanuskodi Beach Rameswaram, south-eastern tip of Pampal Island.

Timing: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Monday to Sunday).

Best time to visit: Early morning, or throughout the day, the beach offers shade and cool water to relax.

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People Also Ask About Rameswaram

  1. Which are the best places to visit in Rameswaram in 2 days?

    Dhanushkodi Beach: This beach, nestled amidst the Gulf of Mannar and the Bay of Bengal, is one of the most stunning beaches in India famous for its picture-postcard-like appearance. You can enjoy surfing, watching gorgeous sunsets, and spotting migratory birds in winters. 

    Water Bird Sanctuary:
    This expanse of lush greenery is the home to a huge variety of birds, especially those that migrate from Europe & Australia. You can see rare birds like Ruddy shelduck, Siberian cranes, Bar-headed goose, etc. here.

    Adam’s Bridge:
    No trip to Rameswaram is complete without visiting this fascinating bridge made of limestone that extends from Pamban Island in India extending till Mannar Island in Sri Lanka. This bridge finds a mention in Ramayana lending it a supernatural legacy. 

    Jada Theertham:
    One of the 64 theerthams in Rameswaram, this is a huge pond where Lord Rama is said to have washed his hair before worshipping Lord Shiva. Don’t miss to see the ancient temple dedicated to Lord Kapardis Vada and a huge peepal tree. 
  2. What are the best things to do in Rameswaram?

    Visit the beaches: All the stunning beaches here offer unique experiences like the calm Ariyaman Beach is perfect for a serene getaway and watersports, Dhanushkodi for its ancient churches, and the Olaikuda Beach for its migratory birds.

    Try Tamilian food: Rameswaram is a great place to try delicious Tamilian food including vegetarian dishes and seafood. Some of the must-try things include cuttlefish, octopus, rasam, dosas, filter coffee, keema vadas, etc.

    Spot migratory birds: Rameswaram is one of the few places in the country that is visited by migratory birds from Australia and Europe. The fascinating Water Bird Sanctuary is one such place where exotic and native species like Ibis, Storks, Egrets, Siberian Cranes, etc. visit for breeding.

    See the temples: Rameswaram is one of the holiest places in the country and the temples here are a must-visit for their architectural magnificence and the legends associated with them. You should visit the Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple, Panchmukhi Temple, Dhanushkodi Temple, etc. 
  3. What is the best time to visit Rameshwaram?

    Winter months (October-February) are the best to visit Rameswaram to escape its hot & humid southern climate. In winters, the temperature ranges between a pleasant 20-30°C accompanied by a cool breeze making it perfect to be outdoors and enjoying sightseeing, shopping, and food.
  4. How many days are required to visit Rameshwaram?

    3 nights and 4 days are required to visit this beautiful & vibrant place. In this time you can visit the iconic temples, spend time at the beautiful beaches, and enjoy seeing the wildlife. In this time you can also try a range of delicious Tamilian food and shop.

  5. Is Sri Lanka visible from Rameshwaram?

    No, while there are several stories around this, it is not possible to see Sri Lanka from Rameswaram. A water body known as Palk Strait separates both the countries
  6. How far is Sri Lanka from Rameshwaram?

    Rameswaram is around 247 kilometres from Sri Lanka. The fastest way to reach is by taking a flight that takes around 2.55 hours. Carriers like IndiGo, Vistara, and SriLankan Airways fly daily between the two places.
  7. Why is Dhanushkodi famous?

    People visit Dhanushkodi since it is believed to be the place where Lord Rama had asked Lord Hanuman to build a bridge all the way to Sri Lanka. This is the land where Sri Lanka and India connect through this still-existing bridge known as Adam’s Bridge. What adds more to the intrigue are its stunning beaches, its reputation of being a ‘ghost town’, and the confluence where the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet. 

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