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It’s where significant slices of a glorious epic lives on to this day. It is a destination that saw the rise and fall of historic dynasties and empires. Ramanathapuram is today one of the most loved tourism destinations in Tamil Nadu.

Where myths live on, imaginations know no bounds. When at Ramanathapuram, we can't help but stop thinking about the epic of Ramayana, the conquest of Lord Rama and the triumph of good over evil. Ramanathapuram is an epitome of glory and hope. The area has also been known as Ramnad. A renowned centre since the puranic ages, Ramanathapuram includes the holy island of Rameshwaram. 

It is believed that this is the spot from where Lord Rama launched his invasion of Lanka ruled by Ravana. The Rama Setu bridge believed to have been built during this invasion can still be seen today. The bridge across the sea is indeed a wonder and is believed to have been passable up to the 15th century. Today, the loo metre wide and 10 ft deep bridge is mostly submerged in water. 

Ramanathapuram is a historically important town. It has been ruled over by many empires beginning from the Cholas to the British. Influences of these dynasties can be still seen and experienced today in the town and nearby areas. This makes the destination not just a pilgrimage tourism destination, but also a hub for history buffs who would love to know more about the exemplary past of the region. 

Located in the South Eastern Coast of India, Ramanathapuram is a gorgeous strip of land to enjoy some leisure time. The district has popular attractions such as beaches and lakes that any tourist would love to spend time in.

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Here, hymns and chants fill the air, creating a mesmerizingly hallowed ambiance. As the sea waves rise, so do the emotions in the minds of millions of devotees. Rameswaram is a vibrant destination, so divine and so very poetic.

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Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park

There’s a world under the ocean, so breathtaking and so vivid; one that needs all of us to step up in order to be protected. Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park is all about preserving the rich biodiversity of the deep blue sea.

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Kunthukal Beach

It’s a spectacular sight; how the vastness of the deep blue sky above mirrors the beauty of the sea below. A beach, so picturesque and quaint, nestles by the side being a source of fascination to the tens of thousands of tourists who visit it.

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Dhanushkodi Beach

The sun, the sands and the water – the finest beach experiences that allure a traveller are right here in Dhanushkodi. The vastness and the deepness of the blue sea is a sight to behold; and the endless fascinations on the shore are all to be experienced.

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Agni Theertham Beach

There is more to this waterbody than being a leisurely spot to hangout on. It’s a sacred place, filled with devotees round the year, seeking salvation and amusement. Agni Theertham shines brightly among the beaches of Tamil Nadu for more reasons than one.

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Ramanathaswamy Temple

Ramanathaswamy temple is a popular place of worship and prominent tourist attraction in Rameshwaram. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve jyotirlinga temples in India.

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Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Memorial

One of the must-visit attractions in Rameswaram is Dr A P J Abdul Kalam’s memorial that pays homage to India’s former president, leader, renowned scientist and inspiring personality, loved and admired by many.

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Rameswaram Beach

Pamban beach which is located in Pamban island is an offbeat tourist destination in Rameswaram. The beach is one of the important fishing ports in Rameswaram and offers amazing views of the azure waters that stretch around the island.

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Pamban Bridge

One of India’s finest engineering marvels in India is the much-acclaimed Pamban rail bridge in Rameswaram that connects the island of Rameswaram to the mainland. The Pamban bridge holds historical significance as the first-ever bridge built across the sea in India.

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Ariyaman Beach

A shore that brims with beauty, history and legends; virtues that have lasted generations and will continue to be so for all the times to come. Ariyaman Beach in Rameswaram is an idyllic spot to spend a splendid vacation full of great experiences.

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Olaikuda Beach

A shore with many lores that have been told across centuries; fascinating, enigmatic and poetic. Olaikuda beach, one of the finest beaches in the quaint town of Rameswaram is also a tourism hotspot in Tamil Nadu for more than one.

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Sangumal Beach

Sun-kissed sands, serene waters, a resplendent shore brimming with natural beauty – here is your picture-perfect vacation spot that you would love to visit over and over again. Sangumal Beach, rich with variety of amazing experiences is indeed a must-visit destination in Tamil Nadu.

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Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

The Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge connects the National Highway (NH 49) with Rameswaram on the Pamban Island. This spectacular road bridge surrounded by the calm sea runs parallel to the Pamban rail bridge. It was inaugurated by the former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1988.

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Ram Sethu

Rameswaram has a vast number of pilgrims visiting its religious destinations as it is considered one of the four holy sites (Char Dham) among Hindus. One such destination that has great religious importance in Rameswaram is the Ram Sethu bridge.

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Gandamadana Parvatham

The Gandamadana Parvatham also known as Rama Patham is one of the pristine religious destinations in Rameswaram where devotees flock in great numbers as the place has notable significance in the Indian epic Ramayana.

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Villoondi Theertham

Villoondi Theertham is one of those eye-catching beaches in Rameswaram that has a quaint and charming quality to it, favoured by most travellers. It is also one of the 64 Theerthas (sacred water bodies) in Rameswaram.

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Of faith and history

A district steeped in the history of faith, with links to epic legends as well as to modern-day visionaries, Ramanathapuram delights those who love history, gladdens the hearts of nature lovers and soothes the souls of spiritual seekers. Part 6 of an Outlook Special on tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu.

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