Rameshwaram beach is located 40 kilometers from the Jaffna Peninsula in Sri Lanka. The beach is positioned in the Gulf of Mannar, precisely speaking, at the very tip of the Indian peninsula. Close to Rameshwaram, Rameshwaram beach is one of the top pilgrimage sites in India.
Major Tourist Attractions near Rameshwaram Beach
Some of the popular tourist attractions in and around Rameshwaram beach are Ramanathaswamy Temple, Agnitheertham, Gandamadana Parvatham, Dhanushkodi, and Erwadi.
Ramnathswamy temple, built in the 17th century is one of the major attractions nearby. Situated on the eastern side of the island, the temple is famous for its 1200 gigantic granite columns; 54 meter tall gopuram, and 1220 metres of magnificent corridors and columns.
Dhanushkodi (which means Rama's bow) lies at the eastern end of the island Rameshwaram. According legends, the boulders lying around the sea between Srilanka and Dhanushkodi are believed to be used by Hanuman to reach across Srilanka. You can also visit Kothandaramaswamy temple.
Popular Activities at Rameshwaram Beach
Rameshwaram beach is a major pilgrimage site for Hindus, for both Shaivaites and Vaishnavites. People offer flowers and prayers in the nearby temples. Other popular activities in and around Rameshwaram beach includes bird watching and visit to the local marine life observatory. You will be amazed to see the wide variety of sea turtles, crabs, sponges, star fish, and other marine creatures.
How to Reach Rameshwaram Beach
Rameshwaram beach is well connected by an efficient transport network. The nearest airport is Madurai. Flights to Madurai are available from all major Indian cities. You can also come by train. The south western railway network connects Rameshwaram with all southern cities like, Chennai, Trichy, Coimbatore, and Thanjavur. The Indira Gandhi Bridge connects Rameshwaram with the mainland of Mandapam. Rameshwaram beach is also well connected by roads. Direct bus services to Rameshwaram beach are available from Kanyakumari, Thiruvallur, Trichy, Tanjore, Pondicherry, and Chennai.