Situated in the Gulf of Mannar, on Pamban Island, Rameshwaram is one of the most important pilgrimage destination in the Southern India. Pamban Bridge links up the Rameswaram Island (Pamban Island) with the main land of India. From Pamban, Gulf of Mannar in Sri Lanka is just 50 kilometers away. Rameswaram is an important religious and Pilgrim center in Tamil Nadu State. It is one of the Char Dham Pilgrim Centers. As per Ramayana, a great Hindu Epic, when Goddess Sita was abducted and imprisoned in Sri Lanka by Demon Raavan, Lord Rama crossed the sea at Rameswaram to reach Sri Lanka and save his consort Sita Devi.
Rameswaram is always in media flashlights due to various sensational activities like Attack of Indian Fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy, Kachchatheevu disputes, Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees, Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project. Fishing is the major occupation in Rameswaram. As per historical facts, Rajendra Chola ruled the town for a short period in 10th century. Later from 12th -16th century, Jaffna Kingdom took over the control and bagged the title of “SethuKavalan” (means Saviour of Sethu). After being ruled by the Vijayanagara Kingdom for a while, Sethupathis of Madurai Nayakar Fame ruled the town and turned the Ramanathaswamy Temple into a magnificent piece of architecture. During 17th century Rameswaram was ruled by Islam Kingdoms and in late 18th century the town came into control of British Empire.
Hotels like Daiwik Hotel, Hotel Queen Palace, TTDC Tamilnadu Hotel etc. offers a pleasant stay for tourists. The Ahaan Restaurant provides excellent food for Tourists. Tourists should taste some seafood in local flavor. One should check out for astonishing handicraft products made up of palm leafs, rocks, beads, sea shell etc.
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