Rameswaram is usually associated with the pilgrimage stop and is famous for the Ramanasthaswamy Temple. When I picked up Rameshwaram, a town situated on the Pamban Island, I didn’t know what was waiting for me, but I was particularly excited about the location of the city as it is situated at the tip of Indian Peninsula.
The story of Rameswaram goes back to the time when Ram landed on this island along with the big monkey army. To rescue Sita from Ravana, a floating pathway was made to cross 30kms and reach Sri Lanka. It is believed that Ram Setu bridge still exists under water but no longer visible.
Unfortunately, we did not have any magical route so took a bus from Madurai and after a comfortable journey of 4 hours reached Rameswaram. Another way of reaching this island is through the train which will pass right through the sea to take you to the Pamban Island.
“My almost two days in Rameswaram were spend with astonishment and curiosity at every step.”
Here’s what you should expect in Rameswaram!
1.) Get ready to be amazed by the magnificent entry through Pamban Bridge
I was sitting in the front seat, chatting with my friend, enjoying the wind when out of nowhere the blue sea appeared on the opposite side of where I sat. I was stunned for a moment but much to my surprise, within the next few minutes, the highway was surrounded by sea on both sides. Overwhelmed by the beauty, I sat inside the bus, watching outside curiously as our bus crossed the amazing Pamban Bridge, surrounded by the Bay of Bengal, to reach the town bustling with various activities.
2.) Washed out during Tsunami, ruins of Dhanushkodi would make you grieve!
Dhanushkodi, also known as the ghost town, was declared unfit for inhabitation after the tsunami hit the island and nothing was left. From post offices to church, houses everything was destroyed as a cyclone hit the shore in 1964. I was lost in the thought of how terrible the situation would have been when the town got submerged under the water due to the natural calamity. As I stood there, the island, sea and the sky seemed so peaceful, but at the same time, the ruins left me with emptiness.
3.) A drive on vast and empty highways under the clear sky with the sea on both sides would set you free.
See as far as you can; you will find nothing but vast infinite blue sky and a straight empty highway. NH49 is one of the most beautiful and scenic highways which would set your soul free.
4.) Wonder about the other side of the world while being surrounded by the green water
This is the only place where you will see a road ending (yes, a highway ends here) with water on all sides. I stood at the shore, as the sea washed my feet and cleansed my inner soul and smiled at how beautiful the world was. The infinite sea made me think about all the possibilities waiting for me across this sea. I wondered if this is how explores felt back in the time when the world was still undiscovered.
5.) Picturesque skyline to make you dream
We stopped for a while near Pamban Bridge to look at the sun going down and sky painting different colours. I was curious to see the sunset at the Pamban Bridge, and my decision led us to the most beautiful evening of my life.
6.) And the fresh fish curry will blow your mind
Right out of the sea and in your mouth to make you forget everything. We stopped on the highway at a local shop where aunty cooked some fresh fish and served it with rice. We were out of words after tasting the dish. Just a piece of advice, eat the rice with your hands as the locals would, you will enjoy it more. 😀
To be honest, it was one of the best places I visited in South India, and which gave me the memories to cherish for life. If you are still confused about visiting this place, take my word and go for it.