Spritual Tour of South India
Rameshwaram is one of the holiest places in India and is located on a beautiful island. It is separated by a small Pamban channel from Sri Lanka. According to the Hindu mythology, this is the place where Lord Rama created a bridge across the sea to Sri Lanka.
Rameshwaram is located on a beautiful island in the lower side of India. Lord Shiva too is worshipped in this place. Renowned for its magnificent prakaras with massive sculptured pillars on either side, The Ramanathaswamy Temple houses the longest corridor in the world. Agniteertham is famous for its sacred waters and Pilgrims perform poojas in honour of their ancestors at this seashore. The Five-faced Hanuman Temple holds the floating stone which was used to build the bridge between India and Sri Lanka.
otel Royal Park is a luxurious and comfortable Hotel with an extremely friendly staff. The tarrifs are a bit hiked but the services compensate for it.Tamilnadu Hotel is situated in front of sea near Ramanathaswami Temple and has decent accomodation facilities.Sri Palaniandavar Lodge lies very near to the temple and provideds luxurious a/c rooms at rs1200 per night.
Natural beauty, less crowded.
What’s not so Great?
Extremely hot in summers.
Being one of the ‘Char Dham’, Rameswaram is usually visited by pilgrims for all over India. The coastal town is also perfect for adventure lovers and explorers mainly from the cities in South India.
DETAILED DAY WISE ITINERARY
Day 1 – Madurai
On arrival at Madurai, check-in and relax. Later in the day, embark on a local sightseeing tour of Madurai covering places such as Sri Meenakshi Sundareshwara Temple, art museum, Puthu Mandapam, and Raya Gopuram etc. Return to the hotel after the tour and have a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 2 – Madurai to Rameshwaram
In the morning, drive off to Rameshwaram. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel and proceed for a local tour of the town. one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. Legend says that Ramanatha Swamy Temple stands where Lord Rama performed worship of a Sand Lingam made by Sita. Other places of interest in Rameshwaram are Ramanathaswamy Temple, Dhanushkodi, Agnitheertham Gandamadana Parvatham etc. Stay overnight at your hotel in Rameshwaram.
Rameshwaram is of severe mythological importance, it may be scenically well endowed, but its true character is revealed in its collection of Lord Rama temples, each backed with a story from the epic Ramayana. Lord Rama camped here, worshipped here, solidified his plans of rescuing his wife Sita from demon king Ravana, sighed on having Sugreev’s support whose monkey army built him a bridge of stepping stones (Ram Setu) up to the Lankan coast, crossed-over to the other side, slain Ravana, returned with his wife, worshipped Lord Shiva to absolve from any sin he may have committed during this war, took a holy dip in the sea, and installed a sand Shivalingam which later became the greatly revered Ramanatha Swamy temple. Rameshwaram could be pilgrim-heavy, but there is still so much solitude, so much greenery, and so many heart-wrenching stories of bravery from the Ramayana, and real life too. The drive on the Pamban Bridge over a flat blue sea will be a perfect prelude to your journey into the land of Lord Rama.
Day 3 – Rameshwaram to Kanyakumari
Checkout and proceed to Kanyakumari in morning. The Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal merge at Kanyakumari. It is an important pilgrimage center for Hindus. Upon arrival in Kanyakumari, check-in at the hotel. A comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4 – Kanyakumari
In the morning, proceed on for a visit to Vevakananda Rock, Gandhi Museum and Kumari Amman Temple. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel
Day 5 – Kanyakumari to Madurai
Check-out from the hotel and proceed to Madurai airport to board a flight for your onward destination.
The Island of epics
Named after Lord Ram, Rameswaram is a living memoir of The Ramayana. A beautiful island in the Indian Ocean, Rameswaram attracts a lot of tourists round the year for its natural beauty and religious importance. While the several temples and ‘tirthams’ instil our belief in the stories of the Ramayana we have heard since our childhood, the blue waters of the Indian Ocean and the mysterious ambience of this coastal town turns on the explorer in us. Separated from the mainland by the Pambam channel, a ride to this ‘Dham’ of Hindu belief, along the Pambam Bridge is an experience you are sure to cherish all your life.
Restaurants and Local Food in Rameswaram
Rameswaram offers delicious and elaborate South-Indian platters and Thalis which are mostly vegetarian. One does, however find a number of non-vegetarian preparations in the hotels here as well as a wide range of seafood prepared by the people here. The other local favorites that one must try, include Filter Coffee, Cuttle fish, Crab meat, Baby octopus, Keema Vadas, Rasam, Sambhar, Idli, Vada, Dosa and more. You also find North-Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines in the area.