Ramanathapuram at a Glance

Air : The nearest airport to Ramanathapuram is Madurai, 110 Kms away.

Rail : The town is well connected by a network of rails touching major cities like Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy and Thanjavur.

Road : Bus services are available from Ramanathapuram to several destinations in the state and neighboring states.

Area : 4,321 sq.km
Population : 11,87,604 (Census 2001)
Rainfall : 773.3 mm (Annual)
Climate : Max : 37.8°C Min : 22.3°C
STD Code : 04567
510 Km from Chennai


ramanathapuram glance

It is bounded on the north by Sivaganga District, on the northeast by Pudukkottai District, on the east by the Palk Strait, on the south by the Gulf of Mannar, on the west by Thoothukudi District, and on the northwest by Virudhunagar District.

The district contains the Indian portion of Rama’s Bridge, an east-west chain of low islands and shallow reefs that extend between India and the island nation of Sri Lanka, and separate the Palk Strait from the Gulf of Mannar.

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 Rajendra Chola brought it under his territory in 1063 AD. In 1520 AD., 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 part (17th century). This district was named as Ramanathapuram. During the British period this district was called “Ramnad”. Later the district was renamed as Ramanathapuram.

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