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Destination Theme
Museums & Historical Places, Beaches,
Best Suited For
Pilgrims, Senior Citizens and religious people.
Recommended Duration
Two to Three days.

Quick Info

Rameswaram is the name of a town in the district of Ramanthapuram in Tamil Nadu. The town is famous for its Hindu temples and pilgrim centres. The town is not part of mainland India. Instead, it is located on Pamban Island connected to India through Pamban Bridge. The Pamban Bridge has a railway line that runs parallel to the road bridge. The nearest airport to Rameswaram is Madurai airport, 163 kilometres away from the town.

Rankings & Ratings

A small town connected to India via the iconic Pamban Bridge where religion is of utmost importance.

Editor's Rankings

#24 in 33 Destinations in & around Kerala
#7 in 13 Beaches in & around Kerala
#2 in 10 Museums & Historical Places in & around Kerala

Editor's Review

The town of Rameswaram has some kind of a spiritual atmosphere. The place does not have any interesting activities but it is home to some of the most iconic temple structures. Apart from the religious significance of the town, there are some points in the town that offer some magnificent views. Travelling through the Pamban Bridge is a fantastic experience. 


  • The place is great for religious people.
  • The Pamban Bridge is an engineering marvel.
  • The view from Dhanushkodi is splendid.
  • The place offers the best South Indian food.


  • The place offers no activities for tourists.
  • The weather is usually on the hotter side.
  •  Few accommodation facilities are available.
  • The place is not great for children.

Itinerary Tips

  • Train is the best way to travel to Rameswaram.
  • Commuting on the Pamban Bridge is a great experience because of the stunning views all around it.
  • Dhanushkodi is a 1-kilometre wide strip at the southern end of the Island. You must visit this place for its beautiful views and birdlife.
  • Sri Ramanathaswamy temple is the most significant temple in Rameswaram. The interiors of the temple are magnificent.
  • You could also try the glass boat ride near Pamban Bridge, if available.
  •  Kalam Seashell Mart is a good store for buying sea shells.

Detailed Info

Rameswaram is a small town in Tamil Nadu located on an Island called Pamban Island. It is connected to Mainland India through a bridge called Pamban Bridge. The place is considered to be one of the holiest places for Hindus and a trip to Rameswaram is included in the 'Char Dam Yatra", a famous pilgrimage. It is believed that Hindu Lord Rama built a bridge here across the sea to Lanka in order to rescue his wife Sita from Evil Ravana. The Island is an ideal transit point to Sri Lanaka.

The journey through the Pamban Bridge, which has a railway line that runs parallel to the road bridge on the sea, is a beautiful experience. The Pamban Bridge can be raised for ships to pass under it. The economy of the town is mostly dependent on tourism and fishery business. Many people travel to Rameswaram to visit its iconic temples. The Ramanathaswamy Temple is the most significant temple of the town. The water bodies around Rameswaram are considered holy. Gandhamathana Parvatham and Dhanushkodi are also visited by tourists.



The town is 10 metres(32 ft) above sea level.


Since it has a tropical climate, the town is generally quite warm. Winters, however, are breezy and slightly pleasant.

Best Time to Visit?

Between the months of November and February.

How to Get There?

By Air

The nearest airport to Rameswaram is Madurai Airport. The airport is directly connected to few cities in India like Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai. Some cities like Colombo and Dubai are also directly connected. From the airport, you can book a cab to Rameswaram.

By Train

Rameswaram has a railway station of its own. The station is well-connected to other cities in India, primarily to South Indian cities. You can take an auto or taxi from the station.

By Road

The town also has bus services available from other major cities in South India.


Local Cuisines

Cuttle fish, crab and baby octopus are the most sought-after seafood items in Rameswaram. You get typical South Indian breakfast and meals. Meat Roast and Biryani is also famous here.