Rameswaram known as the
Varanasi of the south, Rameswaram is a major pilgrimage centre for both
Shaivites and Vaishnavaites as it was here that Rama ( an incarnation of
Vishnu in the Indian epic the Ramayana ) offered thanks to Siva. At the
town's core is the Ramanathaswamy Temple, one of the most important
temples in southern India.
Rameswaram is on an island in the Gulf of
Mannar, connected to the
mainland at Mandapam by rail and by one of India's engineering wonders,
the Indira Gandhi Bridge. The bridge took 14 years to build and was
opened by Rajiv Gandhi late in 1988.
The town lies on the island's eastern side and used to be the port from
which the ferry to Talaimannar ( Sri Lanka ) departed before passenger
services were suspended more than a decade ago. as a result, there are
now very few foreign visitors.
Rameswaram is famous for variety of handicrafts. Near the
temples you can find lots of shops that have different items made from palm leaf, beads and seashells. Khadicraft is
the shop where your search ends for handicraft items in the city. Rameswaram
silk sarees are very popular among the ladies.