Rameswaram (572 km from Chennai) is a small island in the Gulf of Mannar and connected to the mainland by road and Railway Bridge. This holy place is a major pilgrim centre because Sri Rama, on his return from Sri Lanka, offered his thanks to Lord Shiva and performed pooja to wash away his sin in killing the Demon King, Ravana. Rameswaram is known for its 22 theerthas or wells in and around the main temple. This place is equally sacred to both Vaishnavites and Shaivites. According to Hindu Mythology, if one visits Rameswaram and prays to Lord Shiva one will be relieved of one’s sins. It is 197 metres long. The Ramanathaswamy Temple is renowned for its magnificent corridors and massive sculptured pillars. The third corridor of Ramanathaswamy Temple is the longest one in the world. Besides pilgrimage; Rameswaram Island has several places, which are ideal picnic spots. There are beautiful beaches at Olaikuda, Dhanushkodi and Pamban.
By Air - Nearest Airport in Madurai - 174 kms. Indian Airlines connect’s Madurai with Chennai, Thiruchi, Bangalore and Mumbai.
By Bus - Connected with all important towns of Tamil Nadu, City Buses are available including night services. Point to Point services, Tourist taxi, auto / cycle rickshaws and horse carts are also available. Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) operates Rameswaram - Tripathi daily service.
By Rail - Connected with all major cities like Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Thanjavur and Palghat.