Monday, March 29, 2010

INDIA TRIP - RAMESWARAM - TAMILNADU


I went to Rameswaram last month for one week trip. Rameswaram is a town in Ramanathapuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is considered to be one of the holiest places in India. It is situated in the Gulf of Mannar at the very tip of the Indian peninsula. According to legend, this is the place from where Lord Rama built a bridge Ram Setu (also known as Adam's Bridge) across the sea to Lanka to rescue his consort Sita from her abductor Ravana.


Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu, India) is an island port about 2 km from mainland India. The Pamban Bridge links Rameswaram island with mainland India. It refers to both: a road bridge and a cantilever railway bridge. Small boats would go below the 2065m long road bridge and the railway bridge would open up.


The masterpiece of South Indian architecture boasts of the largest temple corridor in India. Different rulers built the Ramanathaswamy Temple over a period of time starting from the twelfth century. The temple comprises twenty two wells where the taste of the water of each well is different from the other.


The grandest part of the temple is the 1219 m pillared corridor consisting of 3.6 m high granite pillars, richly carved and well proportioned. The perspective presented by these pillars run uninterruptedly to a length of nearly 230 m.

In Rameswaram Temple, a spiritual "Mani Darisanam" happens in early morning everyday
. This "Mani" is made of "spatikam"(a precious stone) and in form of "Holy shivling" according to ved this is "Mani" of "sheshnag".


The Ramanatha Swamy Temple occupies major area of Rameshwaram. The island is connected to mainland India by the Pamban Bridge.

Ex-president of India, Dr
. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, hails from a fishing hamlet called Dhanushkodi situated on this island. It was a wonderful experience to see Dr. Kalam’s house.


The beach of Rameswaram is famous for its beautiful sea featured with no waves at all. The sea waves rise to a maximum height of 3 cm and the view looks like a very big river.


Adam's Bridge also known as Rama's Bridge or Rama Setu is a chain of limestone shoals, between the islands of Rameswaram, off the southeastern coast of Tamil Nadu, India, and Mannar, near northwestern Sri Lanka. The bridge is 30 miles (48 km) long and separates the Gulf of Mannar (southwest) from the Palk Strait (northeast).

Adam's Bridge starts as chain of shoals from the Dhanuskodi tip of India's Rameswaram Island and ends at Sri Lanka's Mannar Island. Rameswaram Island is connected to the Indian mainland by 3 km long Pamban Bridge.


The charming beauty of the sea and its cooling breeze has made the place very special. I enjoyed very much at Rameswaram and shall try to visit again.

19 comments:

डॉ. रूपचन्द्र शास्त्री मयंक said...

आपका यात्रा संस्ंरण बहुत बढ़िया लगा!
सभी चित्र मननोहक हैं!

P.N. Subramanian said...

Wonderful! I have never seen the bridge opening up to give way to ships. Good description.

Ria said...

thanks a lot for the beautiful pics. :)

BK Chowla, said...

I know of it but have not been there myself yet. May be someday I will.

R. Ramesh said...

another excellent post ya..and superb photos..gr8 going buddy...

Tomz said...

very interesting picture..and informative narration..hope u had a great time there..this is a historic place...i believe..

Destiny's child... said...

Great pics...very informative too:)

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Oh this is so beautiful !! India is a place full of colors and joy !! Lovely shots !!Great

cyclopseven said...

Excellent shots. Mind if I borrow the fourth picture for some poetic captions?

nituscorner said...

looks like u had loads of fun. g8 pictures.

radha said...

Never knew the Pamban bridge was a cantilever bridge that opened up. And to think I took a picture of the bridge opening to let a ship go by on the river Thames, when we have such a marvel right at home.
PS: Came over from Nona's pensieve

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots.I have been wanting to go to this place for a long time now.

Gourav Agrawal said...

thanks thanks thanks a lot

SUFFIX said...

Nice pictures, i have been to Rameswaram once during school days, thanks for sharing!!

v佳馥虹玲 said...

how do u do?................................................................

Trotter said...

Hi Babli! This time I managed to come here without problems...
Great pictures and post! The temple is fabulous and the bridge amazing...

Blogtrotter Two is waiting for you at the MED... ;) Enjoy and have a great week!!

Jeevan said...

Thanks for these wonderful snaps babli and nice details about the place I wish to go sometime.

humanobserver said...

beautiful

dutta said...

NICE PICTURE