The island of Rameswaram is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations of south India. It is also popularly known as Varanasi of the south. The island is situated along Madurai and is 163 kilometers on the south east of Medora. It is 20 kilometers away from Sri Lanka across the Gulf of Mannar.
==Places to visit in Rameswaram==
Some of the most interesting as well as significant places to visit in Rameswaram are Ramanathaswamy Temple, Kothandaramaswamy Temple, Gandhamathana Parvatham, Coral Reefs, Mandapam and many other places. The small fishing village and the coral reefs are not be missed while visiting Rameswaram.
==How to Reach Rameswaram==
Railways – Trains are available from Chennai, Thanjavur, Coimbatore and Madurai. It is the end of the rail tracks of India.
Airways – Flights are available from Chennai and Madurai.
By Road – The magnificent two kilometer long bridge on the Indian Ocean is the national highway number 49. Buses are available to go to Rameswaram from Madurai.
Within the city, you can hire a jeep or an auto rickshaw to visit the r tourist attractions destinations.
==Where to stay in Rameswaram==
Rameswaram offers plenty of lodges and cottages for the tourists. Pilgrims may avail the temple dormitory for staying. All these hotels and lodges in Rameswaram offer excellent services and comfortable stay. There are few good hotels in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu Hotel, Hotel Venkatesh, and Hotel Maharaja. The minimum room rent is around Rs 315 and the maximum room rent will be around Rs 1760
The climate is Rameswaram remains hot and humid all the year round. The maximum temperature in the summer months remains 48º C and the minimum is 46º C. So it is very hot in summer. Winters have 30º C as maximum and 25º C as the minimum temperature. The ideal clothing should nevertheless be cotton for all the year round. Tourists may come at any time of the year. But Rameswaram gets a little bit pleasant in the winters.