This island is a sacred site for both Vaishnavites and Shaivites and houses several religious landmarks, including Ramanathaswamy Temple, Kothandaraswamy Temple, Sugreevar Temple, Saatchi Hanuman Temple and Badrakaliamman Temple. All these destinations are popular pilgrim spots and have a religious history attached to them.
The Ramanathaswamy Temple is one of the oldest temples in the island, which was built over centuries, with the construction work starting in the 12th century. The Five-faced Hanuman Temple is also a sacred Hindu religion place, where tourists can see the ancient floating stones used for building the bridge on the sea.
The island of Rameshwaram is also famous for its beaches, including Olaikuda, Dhanushkodi, Pamban and Ariyaman. These pristine beaches are crowded during evenings and at weekends. This city also features two important bridges, namely Adam\'s Bridge and Pamban Bridge. Adam\'s Bridge measures around 48 km in length, separating the Gulf of Mannar from the Palk Strait. The Pamban Bridge was constructed in 1988 for connecting the island with the mainland.
The nearest airport to Rameshwaram is at Madurai, which is located at a distance of 163 km. The airport is well connected to many cities including Coimbatore, Chennai and Bangalore. Taxi services are also available from the airport to Rameshwaram.
Rameshwaram or Mandapan Railway Station is only 2 km away and is well connected by rail to major cities of Tamil Nadu Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Thanjavur and Trichy.
Tamil Nadu Road Transport Corporation has bus services that connect Rameshwaram with all cities in Tamil Nadu, which includes Kanyakumari, Madurai, Trichy and Thanjavur. Also available are deluxe super fast buses, connecting Chennai and Bangalore to reach Rameshwaram.
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