Saturday, July 10, 2010

Rameswaram - (not) well known beauty

Rameswaram is famous for the temple among Hindus all over the world. It is one of the four places for Char Dham pilgrimages and Char Dham yatra doesn't complete unless Rameswaram is visited. This is the place where Lord Rama built Ram Setu bridge to Sri Lanka according to Hindu legends. This article is not to discuss about its holiness.There are more reasons to visit this place other than for prayers.

Top Places

  • Rameswaram Temple - Visit the temple for its famous pillared corridor consisting of granite pillars, richly carved and well proportioned. Don't forget to taste 22 tirthas(water well), each of which taste differently.

  •  Hanuman Temple - Visit this temple to watch floating stones.Yes, the stones really float on water. Hindus believe that these stones are used by Lord Rama to build Ram Sedu  Bridge. People believe that floating stones are blessed by God for their unique characteristics. There is no scientifically proven reason yet for this stone's behaviour.

  • Dhanuskodi - This is was a small fishermen's village and washed away by 1964 cyclone. There is no tourist places to visit here but this place itself. It's gorgeous place where India's southern land tip ends and merges with Bay of Bengal.


  •  Pamban Bridge - The rail bridge which connects Pamban Island to mainland India is the  first sea bridge. It was an architecture marvel in that era. This bridge used by the trains would be raised to let ships pass under the bridge.

  • Kurusadai Island - This Island lies to the west of the  Pamban Bridge  between the mainland and the island.  It is a Marine Biosphere, a paradise for the Marine Biologists and nature lovers.   Marine wealth are abound here which attract many a scholars and researchers to this Island. You can rent a boat to visit this place.
  • Sea World Aquarium - Just opposite the Rameswaram Bus Stand, one can catch a quick glimpse of an assortment of underwater creatures in their near natural habitat in the Sea World Aquarium.
  •  Beaches - Rameswaram is a famous for its coral reef because of that, beaches are very clear.  Waves on these beaches are very small which makes it to feel like a big lake. Don't forget to take a dip.

  • Sea Food - Fishing is a major professional for many of the locals and it's their only one source of income. Don't miss the fresh sea foods available here. The below picture is a gorgeous view of the fishermen's place in Rameswaram.

I have been to Rameswaram several time. Each time I wonder how this place is not famous for its beauty but only for God. I feel that this place should be promoted as top tourist destination in Tamilnadu.

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