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Water Bird Sanctuary

Water Bird Sanctuary There are around five hundred water tanks in Ramanathapuram District and most of these are happy hunting grounds for water birds from October to January during the north-east monsoon season. The native birds come for feeding, while the migratory birds, from as far as Europe and Australia, come for breeding. The Arichamunai Bird Sanctuary at Dhanushkodi, the Kanjirankulam and Chittirankudi Sanctuaries on the mainland in Ramanathapuram are a paradise for bird watchers. October to January is a good time to visit Ramanathapuram and explore these sanctuaries.


Devipattinam (70 kms) Also known as Navabashanam, this coastal Village has a temple dedicated to Devi who is said to have killed the demon Mahishasura at this spot. It is said that Rama calmed the sea at this coastal village to install nine stones representing the Navagrahas or the nine planets. The Hindus perform religious rites for the forefathers here.


Uthirakosamangai (72 kms) is an ancient Shiva Temple here, where the deity here is carved in Emerald. The annual Arudhra Festival in December attracts a large number of devotees. The famous Shaivite saint Manickavasagar sang in praise of this temple as the first place where Lord Shiva was consecrated.The rare life-size 1.83 metres tall, emerald Nataraja statue that remains covered in sandal paste throughout the year is unveiled for just one day in December on the Arudhra darshanam day. To witness this sacred event, thousands for pilgrims come from all over the country.

The temple tower soars into the sky in all its grandeur. The broad pathways and arcades, the tanks and other structures inside the temple compound take you back in time.


Erwadi (80 kms): The tomb of Sultan Ibrahim Syed Aulia who came from Arabia via Cannanore is about 800 years old. Pilgrims visit it from Sri Lanka, Malaysia. and Singapore. The Sandanakoodu festival is held in honour of this Muslim saint.


Uppoor (85 kms): There is a Vinayagar temple at this place. It is said that Lord Rama worshipped the Vinayagar here on his way to Lanka.

Ariyaman Beach

Ariyaman Beach: On the side of Palk Bay in Ramanathapuram district, is the Ariyaman Beach.It is a much sought after tourist spot because the waters here are calm and the waves gentle. The beach is clean and fringed by casuarina trees that offer shade to those who like to picnic here. The watchtower and children's park are ever popular. Adding to the attraction are the waterside attractions with water scooters and wind surfing, and for the less adventurous the aquarium and museum.


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