Ramanathapuram Places of Interest

Annai Indira Gandhi 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. Similarly the railway bridge connecting the island is noted for its unique opening to pass the ships through the sea.

Devipattinam (Navabashanam)

15 km from Ramanathapuram. this coastal Village has a temple dedicated to Devi who is said to have killed the demon Mahishasura at this spot. It is said that Rama calmed the sea at this coastal village to install nine stones representing the Navagrahas or the nine planets. The shrine has a beautiful image of an eight-armed Durga with weapons. The Hindus perform religious rites for the forefathers here. People come here to Devipattinam to perform Tarpan for their ancestors.

Erwadi Dargah

  1. Shuhadaas in Main Dargah The main shrine (Dargah) in Erwadi is the holiest place in Tamilnadu because it is mixed with the soil of madinah. Qutb Sulthan Syed Ibrahim Shaheed and most of his family members, close relatives and other shuhadaas’ grave is found in the main dragha.

  2. Thousands of pilgrims stay here in the mixture of madinah’s soil which is supposed to cure all kind of fatal diseases with the blessings of Shahid Badusha.

  3. Santhanakoodu urus festival The Grand urus festival of Ervadi dargah is held every year in the Islamic Month of Dhu al-Qi’dah commemorating the shahadat anniversary of Hazrat Qutb Sulthan Syed Ibrahim Shahid BadhushaRadiyallahTa’ala anhu.

  4. The Grand festival starts on 1st of Zul Qaida and ends on 30th of Zul Qaidah of every Hijri year.

  5. Ervadi Today : Erwadi durgah today stands as a symbol of Religious Harmony in tamilnadu.

  6. People with satanic illness visit this durgah in large number and get cured.

  7. Tens of lakhs of people visit this Durgah during the Urus Santhanakoodu Anniversary, held during the entire Islamic month of Dhu al-Qi’dah.

  8. Location & Route - NH 49 from Madurai to Rameswaram touches Ramanathapuram and from there East Coast Road can be taken via Keelakarai to reach Ervadi and the distance in this route is 27 km.

  9. Contact : Ph : 04576-263807.

erwadi temple

Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere Reserve :

Gulf of Mannar is the first Marine Biosphere Reserve not only in India, but also in South and Southeast Asia. The IUCN Commission on National Parks and WWF, identified the Reserve as being an area of “Particulars concern” given its diversity and special multiple - use management status. In addition, as the first marine biosphere reserve declared in India, this area has long been a national priority. The Gulf of Mannar and its 3,600 Species of flora and fauna is one of the biologically richest coastal regions in all of mainland of India.

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 is as sweet as tender coconut water.

Jyotirlinga Shrines of Shiva :

One of the Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva in India, Ramanatheshwara temple at Rameswaram in Tamilnadu.

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 behaviour. Also many species of birds visit coastal areas of Ramanathapuram, which are attracted towards these in-land and wetlands. Season : November to March. Contact Officer : The Wildlife Warden, Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park, Ramanathapuram-623503.

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. It is about 4 km from Mandapam. One should approach fisheries department for permission to visit this island. Off Kurusadai Island one could see plenty of coral-reef, fish. Dolphins and sea-cows (Dugong) are also often witnessed.


  1. Where Rama Worshipped Navagrahas before going to Lanka Devipattinam is around 14 km northeast of Ramanathapuram.

  2. Devipattinam is a coastal village near Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu. It is believed that Lord Ram prayed to Navagrahas at Devipattinam before embarking on his journey to Lanka.

  3. Lord Ram placed nine stones as symbols of the nine planets, Navagrahas, at Devipattanam and therefore the place is also known as Navaapashanam or Navabashana. It is an important place visited by pilgrims on the way to Rameshwaram Dhaam.

  4. The nine stones placed upright by Lord Ram can be still seen in the water close to the beach near a bathing ghat of the Thilakeshwar Temple, also known as Navagraha Temple.

  5. The nine stones symbolize the nine planets or Navagrahas. Lord Ram performed the ritual so that the nine planets would shed their auspicious light on him in the battle with Ravana to rescue Sita.

  6. The Thilakeshwar Temple is dedicated to Shiva and Parvathi (Durga). Shiva here is known as Thilakeswarar and the Goddess is known as Soundaryanayaki.

  7. The shrine has a beautiful image of an eight-armed Durga with weapons. The deity in the temple is worshipped with tila or gingelly seeds.

  8. People come from India and around the world to Devipattinam to perform Tarpan for their ancestors.

Nambu Nayagi Amman temple :

It is a temple of high regard for the people of Ramnad District, situated at 8 kms from Rameswaram main temple on the way to Dhanushkodi.

Oriyur :

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. Here, one can see a magnificent shrine with its Portugese façade that contains a captivating statue of Arul Anandar offering his neck in humble submission to the executioner.

Ramanathapuram Palace:

A heritage building, Ramanathapuram palace of Tamilnadu has been brought back to its past glory by renovation of the mural paintings depicting the historical days of King Sethupathy’s reign by the Tamil Nadu State Archaeological department. The Ramalinga Palace was built in the late 17th century and belonged to the Sethupathi Rajas who were the traditional guardians of Ramanathapuram, located on Rama’s mythical passage to Lanka. “Historically, this palace is important for two reasons. First being that this was the palace where Lord Rama stayed with his wife Sita when he brought her from Lanka. And the second being that this was the Capital city of Sethupathy kingdom. The lifestyle and the important events of the Kingship have all been preserved with the help of mural paintings for more than 300 years now,” says S. Mahalnathan, a member belonging to the King’s family. Historical records suggest that the building was constructed during the Kizhavan Sethupathy regime and the main attraction of the Palace are the giant mural paintings donning its walls.

Sethukarai :

A place of Puranic importance, Sethu karai 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 . It is a hallowed place for Hindus as they conduct their religious rites in this place and is situated around 68 kilometers from Rameswaram and is near Erwadi Dharga.

UthirakosamangaThiruppullani :

Also called Dharbasayanam, the Vishnu Temple here, is dedicated to Lord Adi Jaganathaperumal. 64 Kms from Rameswaram.

Upoor :

Around 85 kilometers from Rameswaram is the Veyulugantha Vinayagar Alayam. It is believed that Lord Ram worshipped Lord Vinayagar in this very temple on his journey to Sri Lanka.

Uthirakosamangai :

72 kms from Rameswaram is Uthirakosamangai. There is an ancient Siva temple, where the presiding deity is carved in Emerald. Annual ‘Arudhra’ festival in December attracts a large number of devotees.

Valinokkam :

A sea side village with a verdent beach and natural scenery. The sea here is very calm.

Vivekananda Aashramam :

(The Greatness of this place) Swami Vivekanandha stayed here during his parivrajaka yatra as well as his return from victorious tour of western countries like Chigago, America and Europe. Located in no.1, Vivekananda Street, Place west, Ramanathapuram - 623 501





Mandapam is a quiet and beautiful sea beach in the Remnad district. Once a ruling ground of British personnel, the place today attracts huge number of visitors from all over the world.

With a splashing sea shore, the place is just perfect for spending a sun-tanned vacation under the tranquil sheds of coconut trees. The nearby islands that enhance the aesthetics of the contour of Mandapam can be easily explored via this beach.

The thrilling boat ride is one of the prime attractions of Mandapam that is frequently used by the travelers. Surfing through the waves of the otherwise calm sea, tourists get a taste of the life of rural fishing communities that live in the island.

Visited by both Indian and global travelers, Mandapam is linked to Rameswaram via the two km long Indira Gandhi Bridge. The Pamban Rail Bridge at Palk Straits is another source of inter-connection of the place with rest of the parts of South India.



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