Ramanathapuram Information

In the early 15th Century the present territories of Ramanathapuram district comprising of taluks Tiruvadanai, Paramakudi, Kamuthi, Mudukulathur, Ramanathapuram and Rameswaram were included in Pandiyan Kingdom. For a short period, this area was under the Chola Kings when Rajandra Chola brought it under his territory in 1063 A.D. In 1520 A.D., the Nayaks of Vijayangar took over this area under their control from the Pandiyan dynasty for about two centuries, Marava chieftains-Sethupathis who were Lords under Pandiyan Kings and reigned over this par (17th century). This district was named as Ramanathapuram. During the British period the district was called “Ramnad”. The name continued after independence. Later the district was renamed as Ramanathapuram to be in conformity with the Tamil Name for this region.

Annai Indira Gandhi Bridge (Pamban bridge)

The 2.2 km. length bridge connecting the Rameswaram Island and the mainland is the longest bridge in India constructed over a bay. It is also called as Pamban Bridge.

Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere Reserve

Gulf Gulf of Mannar is the first Marine Biosphere Reserve not only in India, hut also in South and Southeast Asia. The IUCN Commission on National Parks and WWF, identified the Re serve as being an area of” “Particulars concern” given its diversity and special multiple-use management status.

Kanjirankulam & Chitrangudi Birds Sancturay

The Kanjirankulam and Chitrangudi birds sanctuary are the natural habitat of winter migratory birds and provide safe place for roosting, breeding and feeding for birds with considerable diversity in nesting and feeding behavior.

Sea World Aquarium

Just opposite the Rameswaram Bus Stand, one can catch a quick glimpse of an assortment of underwater creatures in their near natural habitat in the ‘Sea World Aquarium’ the only one of its kind in the state, and probably in the country too, filled with such varied marine life forms including exotic species such as Octopus, Snake fish, Parrot fish, Sea lizard, Sea squid, Cow fish, Lion fish, Rabbit fish, Fire fish, Butter fish, Clown fish, Crabs, Lobsters, Prawns, Sea Lotus, Beach Tamet, Star Fishes,Sea Horses and Sharks.


The southernmost tip of the island is called Dhanushkodi. It was completely washed away by a cyclone in 1964. But the Kothandaramasamy Temple here remains intact. It is 18 Km away from Rameswaram and can be reached by road. A popular belief is that, it is where Vibishana a brother of Ravana surrendered before Rama.


The tomb of Sultan Ibrahim Syed Aulia, who came from Arabia via Cannanore is about 800 years old. Pilgrims from far off countries like Srilanka, Malaysia and Singapore are visiting this tomb.

Kurusadai Island

This Island lies to the west of the Pamban Bridge between the mainland and the island. It is a Marine Biosphere, a paradise for the Marine Biologists and nature lovers. Marine wealth are abound here which attract many a scholars and researchers to this Island.

Mandapam & Pamban

Lying on the Ramanathapuram Rameswaram National Highway and just 19 km before Rameswaram lies this sleepy coastal village of Mandapam . Prior to the 1914 train service linking the mainland with Rameswaram, boats were the only mode of transport to ship the pilgrims on their journey to Rameswaram.


Oriyur is one of the most revered pilgrim centers for Christians the world over as it is home to the martyrdom of St. John De Britto, a Portugese Jesuit better known as ‘Arul Anandar’. It was in this place that the saint was beheaded in 1693 and the sand dune is said to have turned red, believed to be stained by the blood of the saint.


A place of Puranic importance, Sethu karai (meaning the Sethu Coast ) is an important pilgrim centre having religious significance owing to the belief that Lord Ram is said to have constructed a bridge from here over the sea waters to reach Sri Lanka.


The calm, shallow water- spread of She Sea, present hardly 100 meters in front of the magnificent temple Gopuram is reverentially held sacred. A dip in the Agnitheertham is supposed to remove the sins of the pilgrims.

Devi Patinam

This coastal village is also known as Navashabashanam.It is believed that Lord Rama worshipped Navagraha here. The temple near by here is dedicated to Devi, who is said to have killed the demon Mahishasura at this spot.

Gandhamathana Parvatham

A hillock situated 3 Km to the north of the temple is the highest point in the island. There is a two storied Mandapam, where Rama’s feet (Padam) is found as an imprint on a chakra.

Five Faced Hanuman Temple

Hanuman is adorned with senthooram here. The stone said to have used to construct the floating bridge Sethu Bandanam could be seen here.

Jadayu Theertham

Jadayu, King of Birds, fought in vain with Ravana to save Sita, is said to have fallen down here as his wings severed. Sand dunes are around the temple and the pond. The waters of the pond are as sweet as tender coconut water.

Kothaudaramaswamy Temple

Kothandaramaswamy temple is located 12 km away from Rameswaram. A popular belief is that vibishma, brother of Ravana, surrendered before Rama here.

Ramanathaswamy Temple

The legend says that Hunuman was sent by Lord Rama to bring a Lingam to worship at an appointed auspicious hour. As Human’s arrival was delayed, Sita molded a lingam for Rama’s timely worship. It is the main deity being worshiped as Ramanathaswamy.

Satchi Hanuman Temple

This is where Hanuman said to have delivered the good news of sita’s well being to Rama with an evidence choodamanai(Jewel) of Sita.


A place of Puranic importance, Sethu karai (meaning the Sethu Coast ) is an important pilgrim centre having religious significance owing to the belief that Lord Ram is said to have constructed a bridge from here over the sea waters to reach Sri Lanka.

Villoondi Theertham

Villoondi literally translated stands for ‘buried bow’. It is quite well known that Lord Ram always carried a bow. According to legend, at this sacred spot, located around 7 kilometers from the main temple on the way to Pamban, is this puranic place, significant because it was at this place where Lord Ram is said to have quenched the thirst of Sita by dipping the bow into the sea water.

Ramanathapuram STD Code
Ramanathapuram To Chennai
510 km
Ramanathapuram Area
4,232 sq. km
Ramanathapuram population
11,87,640 (Census 2001)
Ramanathapuram Ranfall
773.3 mm (Annual)
Ramanathapuram Climate Max
37.8°C Min: 22.3°C



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