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Rameswaram

Rameswaram

Weather

Rameswaram experiences a tropical weather condition. Summers, extending from March to June, record an average temperature of 35°C with a very hot climate. The monsoon season lasts from June to September and is characterized by moderate rain fall and a humid weather. Winter begins in the month of November and continues till February. The atmosphere remains cool and the temperature drops down to almost 17°C. The best season to visit the city of Rameswaram is from October to April.

How To Reach

By Road:

Buses of the Tamil Nadu Road Corporation connect Rameswaram to most of the important cities in Tamil Nadu such as Madurai, Trichy and Kanyakumari. Buses ply from Pondicherry and Thanjavur to Rameswaram city via Madurai. Super fast overnight deluxe buses connect Rameswaram to Bangalore and Chennai, both the cities situated nearly 600 km away.


By Air:

The airport nearest to Rameswaram is Madurai, situated at a distance of 163 km away from the city. Madurai is well-connected to most of the major cities in South India including Bangalore, Chennai and Coimbatore. International flights are available from Chennai International Airport only which is 596 kms from Rameswaram. Pre-paid taxi cabs cover the distance from Madurai Airport to Rameswaram.



By Rail:

Rameswaram boasts of an efficient railway network which connects the city to most of the other cities in South India, including Trichy, Madurai, Coimbatore, Thanjavur and Chennai. The railway junction closest to Rameswaram is Mandapan, located only 2 km away.


Overview

Rameswaram is considered as a holy town in South India. Thousands of visitors from various parts of India and the world visit this small beach side island town located at Tamilnadu.  This island divides India from Sri Lanka by the narrow channel called Pamban. It falls in the Gulf of Mannar district and is a peninsula.

 

Thousands of visitors comes Rameswaram to offer prayers to Lord Rama as the place has a prominent position in the Indian epic Ramayana. According to myythology this is the spot where Lord Rama erected a bridge to cross the sea and reach Sri Lanka. Lord Shiva is also worshipped in this region. Being the site of the slaying of Ravana, it is of great historical importance. The place is also called the Varanasi of Southern India.

 

Rameswaram is the site of one of the famous Jyotirlingas, which are worshipped by the Hindus. The whole region is covered by several beautiful temples which are considered to be marvels of architecture. Temples in Rameswaram are famous for its many wells which are believed to have purgation powers.

 

The streets of Rameswaram are busy with small shops that sell a variety of handicraft products and exotic decorative items which are in high demand among tourists. Delicate showpieces composed of beads, seashells, palm leafs can be purchased from here. Tourists interested in fashion can look forward for purchasing exquisite Khadi crafts. Rameswaram silk sarees are very famous and are in great demand among tourists.

 

The cuisine served in Rameswaram is mainly South Indian. Thalis are highly popular, comprising of several varieties of dishes. Kootu is in great demand among the locals. Most dishes are served with chutney. Dosa and idly commonly served for breakfast.