One of the most popular temples in India is concentrated more towards the eastern side of the island. The Ramanathaswamy Temple is noted for its magnificent corridors built in the Dravidian architectural style with huge sculptured pillars lining it. This corridor takes the credit of the longest in India which measures about 197 meters long East-West, 133 meters in length South-North. The gourmand of the temple is about 38.4 meters high.
Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial in Rameswaram island becomes one of the important tourist attraction among the tourists and pilgrims who visit Rameswaram. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, popularly known as the “Missile Man of India”, was the 11th President of India between 2002 and 2007. In the memory of our beloved people president, there is a grand memorial monument built over his tomb to honour him.
The Gandamadana Parvatham,a small temple is situated at a distance of about 2 km from Rameswaram.This is the highest point of the island where there is an imprint of Lord Rama’s feet placed on a Chakra.
This sacred water(Sea) is just 100 metres away from the temple and legends says that it is here where Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva, after the Lanka battle defeating and killing Ravana.The water here is considered to be very sacred and pilgrims bathe in this place before entering the Temple.
The Kothandaraswamy Temple in Dhanushkodi is the only place which is still seen even after the cyclone and is situated at a distance of about 2 kms from the Railway Station. There is a road to this temple from Rameshwaram.It is said that in this place Vibishana, brother of Ravana of the Ramayanam, surrendered before Lord Rama and one can see idols of Sri Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman and Vibishana here.
Dhanushkodi is a famous ghost town situated in the south-eastern tip of the Rameswaram island. This place was a major hub for entry to the country before 1964 when the infamous cyclone hit the area taking away with it the railway track, the steam engine train and all the residences of the village.