Rameshwaram is often called the Varanasi or Benaras of South, and thus dazzles with several attractive, religious points in the city. The holy city is one of the major religious cities in Tamil Nadu and a great hub of tourist attraction. It is an important pilgrimage center for both Shaivites and Vaishnavaites. There are several legends associated with the place. Tourists visit the religious city to seek divine experience and enlightenment. The beauty of the calm sea after the sunset is indescribably beautiful.
Rameshwaram Temple :
Placed right in the heart of the town, the Ramnathswamy Temple built in 17th century is one of the most famous temples in South India. The temple has a 54mt tall gopuram. The temple corridor is the largest in the country. It is a fine piece of late Dravidian architecture. The sight of 1200 massive granite columns is truly spectacular.
It is situated about 100 meters away from the Rameshwaram Temple. It is believed that a dip in the large lake in the temple washes away all sins. There are 22 wells and it is said that the water has medicinal properties. The beautiful temple is built facing the eastern direction.
Ramjharoka Temple :
This temple is perched at the highest point on the island of Rameshwaram, Gandamadana Parvatham. It is about 5 km from the religious city. The shrine is famous for preserving the imprint of Lord Rama’s feet placed on a Chakra (wheel).
Dhanushkodi Temple :
Dhanushkodi is located at a distance of 8 km from Rameshwaram. It was inspired by Lord Rama’s bow or dhanush.
Adam’s Bridge :
This is an unique chain of reefs, sandbanks and islets that bridges Sri Lanka with India. It is believed that the bridge was built by Hanuman, by using stepping stones to rescue Sita.