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Rameshwaram General Information

Area 51.8 sq. kms.
Population 32, 660 ( 1991 census )
Altitude sea level
  Max. Min.
Summer : 38.0ºC 30.0ºC
Winter : 30.0ºC 25.0ºC
Rainfall 50 cms average
Clothing Tropical
Season Through out the year
Languages spoken Tamil, English and Hindi
S.T.D code 04573


Rameswaram an island in the Gulf of Mannar, is connected to the mainland at Mandapam by rail and road. It is shaped in the form of conch, like the one in Lord Maha Vishnu's hand. Kashi-Rameswaram is the ultimate in a Hindu pilgrim's progress towards salvation. It is believed that a pilgrimage that starts at Kashi or Varanasi in the north of India is complete only after worship of Lord Ramanathaswamy at Rameswaram.
Places of Tourist Interest

Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple

1. Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple: This temple situated near the sea on the eastern side of the island is renowned for its magnificent prakaras or corridors with massive sculptured pillars on either side. The longest corridor in the world is here and it is 197 metres long from East to West and is 133 metres wide from South-North. The temple has a Gopuram 38.4 metres tall. Different rulers built the temple as it stands today, at different periods from the 12th century A.D. Pooja is performed for an hour early morning daily to the Spadikalingamthat was given by the Shankaracharya to this temple.


2.Agnitheertham: Sri Ramanathaswamy temple faces east. The seashore, about 100 metres from the main entrance of the temple, is very calm and therefore ideal for bathing. The water at this place is considered sacred and known as Agni theertham. Pilgrims perform poojas in honour of their ancestors at this seashore.

Gandamadana Parvatham

3. Gandamadana Parvatham: It is a hillock situated 3 kms away and is the highest point in the island. Here one can see the imprint of Lord Rama’s feet on a chakra. The entire island of Rameswaram is visible from this point.

Sugreevar Temple

4. Sugreevar Temple/Theertham: It is situated on the way to Gandamadana Parvatham near the Doordarshan Kendra.


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