Rameshwaram is a sea swept sacred island of great tourist potential. A hotspot pilgrim destination, Rameshwaram is nestled in the Gulf of Munnar at the very tip of Indian peninsula. Some of the most visited sites in the regions include:
As a pristine example of late Dravidian architecture, the
Ramanathaswamy temple attracts pilgrims in hordes. This is most renowned
for its magnificent corridors lined with massive sculptured pillars that
have elaborate design, style and rich carving. According to legends,
Rama sanctified this place by worshipping Siva here after the battle of
Sri Lanka. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the inner sanctum. An
extensive worship of Rama is held during June 15 to July 15 each year.
Kothandaraswamy Temple & Dhanushkodi
Another popular tourist attraction, this temple is believed to be at
the site where Vibishana, brother of Sita's abductor Ravana, surrendered
to Rama. About 12 kms from the town, this temple is the sole structure
to survive after the severe cyclone of 1964.
Adam's Bridge is a long fragmented passage through the Indian Ocean
that almost connects the India to Sri Lanka. Legends have it that Rama
built up the bridge in quest to raid Lanka in order to retrieve his
consort Sita. However, the Adam's bridge consists of the chain of reefs,
sandbanks and islets.
Dhanushkodi beach is quite popular among tourists. Its closeness to
town makes it quite visited spot. The serene beach with shallow water
here are ideal for swimming and sunbathing.
About a mile and a half west of the Ramanathaswamy Temple, Gandhamadana
Parvatam offers a panoramic view of the countryside. It has stepped
mandapam or hall and also treasures a footprint that is believed to be
of Lord Rama.