Rameshwaram: Not just a temple town
The temple town of Rameshwaram is an island situated in tip of Indian peninsula. It holds immense importance as one of 4 pilgrimage destination for Hindu’s. The place where Rama built a bridge across the sea to Lanka.
However Rameshwaram is not just the temple town, it hosts some of the most beautiful landscape in the country in the form of Danushkodi and an engineering marvel in the shape of Pamban bridge. The later is a cantiliver bridge connecting the town of Rameshwaram on Pamban Island to the mainland India. Consisting of rail and road bridge together, it’s a sight when train passes through the bridge.
The railway line ends at Rameshwaram, but historically it connected Dhanushkodi which got destroyed in 1964 cyclone. You can still see the remains of railway track and last station at dhanushkodi.
Dhanushkodi is around 22 kms from rameshwaram, the first 15 kms being metaled road and the rest is a drive on sea sand. The landscape changes significantly and if you ever have been in Rann of Kutch, you can resemble some of it here. It’s a complete 4X4 territory. Ruins of the 1964 cyclonic devastation can still be seen when you reach small village of dhanushkodi. An old church, ruins of old railway station and a small temple which has floating rock on display is something you would like to visit. You will be surprised on the people are still living at this place (although small number) and ofcourse there is a small primary school.
With all said, the main attraction remains the drive into this territory. Here’s small video of the ride.
1. Rameshwaram doesn’t have many luxury hotels as the place is mainly visited by pilgrims, but the hotels are good with all basic facility.
2. Daiwik hotel is one of the mid luxury hotel with good parking space just 2 kms before the temple.
3. To visit Dhanushkodi, you can either hire a 4×4 jeep or take a shared mini van. The mini van is available just before the metaled road ends.