When you reach Rameshwaram, you’ll feel disconnected from the Indian mainland. The Panbam bridge and the Indira Gandhi Highway are the only two means by which the island city gets connected to India. The bridge itself, built by Englishmen, is so close to the sea waters that you feel scared when the train crosses it slowly, wind howling across the windows into your ears.
Landing in the town, you can easily get the idea how small it is, surrounded by ocean. The Ramanathaswamy temple, dedicated to God Shiva, is considered as a holy place and is a part of Char Dham pilgrimage. It is a big temple with hundreds of large pillars and corridors.
People who are interested in visiting places other than temples (like me 🙂 ) can take a trip to Dhanuskodi, which is 20 kilometres away from the city. As you advance towards the furthest remote point of India, you can see the ocean waters touching one side of the road. One amazing fact is that the city is enclosed by shallow waters, so there are no waves in it (sea water rises above 3 cm). You can walk deep into the waters as if it’s a river. Also there is a mythological angle to it. When Rama, seventh incarnation of Vishnu, asked the Ocean God, to make a way through water, the ocean calmed itself and they were able to build a long stone bridge with the help of their army, on the waters (the stones simply floated in the water).
After reaching Dhanuskodi, you will find shallow waters on one side and the deep blue ocean in other side and you’ll be going through the sands. Indeed, the ride is enjoyable.
Note: If you’re planning to visit Rameshwaram and Dhanushkodi, then visit in the summer as you can go till the last point of Dhanuskodi.
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