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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.

At the very tip of the Indian peninsula lies Rameswaram, a serene strip of land that boasts of spectacular natural beauty. Renowned for being a pilgrimage destination, Rameswaram is home to the famous Ramanathaswamy Temple, known for its elaborate corridors and splendidly sculpted pillars. Though lying separated from the mainland of India in the Pamban Island, Rameswaram is connected to the mainland by the magnificent Pamban Bridge. 

Considered one of the holiest places for Hindus in India and one among the four Char Dham pilgrimage sites, Rameswaram is also the closest point to Sri Lanka from India. Geological evidences state that once India was connected to Sri Lanka from this point via the Rama Sethu bridge. This quaint town has from time immemorial been a place of great interest and admiration to travellers. It is believed that Lord Rama, on his return after his war with Ravana, offered a repentance prayer to Lord Shiva to absolve his sins he had to commit during the confrontation. One version suggests that the Shiv Linga or the idol in the temple was built as a part of his worship. Another version is that the Shiv Linga was built before his trip to Lanka. However, the temple and the tales that surround it has been a factor of popularity for the town. 

Apart from being a place noted for worship, Rameswaram also offers the travellers a shot at leisure through its tranquil beaches. Adventure sports like scuba diving are among the amusements offered in the region. For more information, visit

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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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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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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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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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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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