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Ramanathapuram District

Ramanathapuram District

About Ramanathapuram District and Its History

  • Ramanathapuram city is the headquarters of the Ramanathapuram district. Ramanathapuram has an Ancient historical bridge called Rama's Bridge that connects Tamilnadu and Srilanka.
  • The famous tourist place Ramanathaswamy Temple, with long corridors, big pillars, and 38-meter Gopuram located in this district. It is a long tradition for devotees going to Kasi yaatra, visits Rameswaram for worship. The Rameswaram Ramanatha Swamy Temple is one of the largest temples in the world.
  • An old Ancient Coastal Village called Navabashanam is located in this district.As per history, there is a belief that Lord Rama worshipped in this temple.
  • Ramanathapuram was ruled by Rajendra Chola in the 10th century 1063 AD, then came under the control of the Pandyas in 15th Century, from whom it passed to the Vijayanagar Nayakas captured this district in 1520 A.D., and then under the rule of King Sethupathi. Its highlight is the presence of the world famous Rameswaram temple in the historically important Ramanathapuram district.
  • This district was named Ramanathapuram during the period of Pandyas. During British Period, The name Ramanathapuram was changed to “Ramnad”. After the freedom of India, It was renamed Ramanathapuram.

Ramanathapuram District Complete Details

Ramanathapuram District Information
Total Area 4,123 sq.kms
Total Population 13,37,560
Male Population 6,76,574
Female Population 6,60,986
Population Density 330/sq.km.
Average Annual Rainfall 827 mm
Climate Condition 37.8*c Maximum and 29.2*c Minimum
STD Code 04567
Pin Codes 623***
Nearest Airport Madurai Airport, Madurai (120 km from Ramanathapuram)
Railway Station Ramanathapuram railway station, Railway Feeder Rd, MSK Nagar, Pasumpon Nagar
Bus Stand Ramanathapuram Bus Stand, Ramanathapuram
Ramanathapuram District Court Phone Number, Email id 04567 231344
District Collector Office Phone Number, Email id 04567 231220, 9444183000, collrrmd@nic.in
District Health Officer Dial Number, Email id 04567 220309
District Chief Education Office Telephone Number, Email id 04567 220666
District Employment Office Number, Email id 04567 220123
District Revenue Officer Phone Number, Email id 04567 230610, 9445000926, dro.tnrmd@nic.in
District Registrar Office Phone Number, Email id 04567 221265, droramanad@tnreginet.net
District Taluk List 6 Taluks - Tiruvadanai, Paramakudi, Kamuthi, Mudukulathur, Ramanathapuram and Rameswaram.
Head Post Office Phone Number 04567 220338
Ramanathapuram Emergency Helpline Numbers Click Here Ramanathapuram Emergency Numbers

Ramanathapuram Famous Tourist Attractions & Places of Interest

Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple
Built by the Chola kings, Rameswaram also had the distinction of belonging to the reigns of the Nayakkar and Sethupati kings. The magnificent enclosure of Ramanatha Swamy Temple with its magnificent 53 meter high gopuram is a mesmerizing feature. The Prakhara Mandapam, supported by numerous stone pillars 4 meters high, is rich in exquisite carvings. The temple pragaram is a magnificent structure with a circumference of 1220 meters and a width of 4 meters. Bathing in the 22 Theerthas here is believed to wash away sins. Rameswaram is one of the 12 Jyotirlingam temples in India. The Goddess here is called Parvathavartini.

Pamban Bridge
The Pampan bridge is 2.2 km long to reach the Rameswaram island area. It is the longest sea bridge in India. Another feature of this railway bridge is that it has a bifurcated way for ships to arrive. This bridge is now called Indira Gandhi Bridge.

Agni Teertham
The sea area opposite the temple tower is very calm with no waves. Devotees go to the temple after taking bath in what is known as Agni Teertham. It is believed that people's sins are washed away by it.

Kothandaramaswamy Temple
Kothandaramaswamy Temple is located about 12 kilometers south of Rameswaram. It is said that Ravana's younger brother Vibhishana surrendered to Rama in this area. In 1964, when most of Dhanushkodi was destroyed by a severe storm, only this temple remained.

Sea World Aquarium Rameswaram
A marine life gallery recently set up near Rameswaram bus stand is noteworthy. Here you can enjoy many types of fishes and creatures living in the sea in their natural environment. A museum like this in India is only in Rameswaram.

Villoondi Theertham
The Villoonri Theertha area is located about 7 kms on the way to Pamban Palam to Ramanathaswamy Temple. The place is now called as Villundi Theertham. There is a legend that Rama drew water from the sea here to quench Sita's thirst. It is noteworthy that even today there is potable water in the area.

Ramar Patham
At a height of 30 meters and 3 kilometers from the temple, Lord Rama's footprints are visible in kaandha madana parvam. This is the highest point of Rameswaram where the magnificent two-storied mandapam is located. From here you can enjoy the beautiful view of Rameswaram.

Dhanushkodi Beach
At the southern end of Rameswaram, Dhanushkodi is the most beautiful beach. It is easy to reach from the bus stand. Auto is also available. The area is 6 km away from the Rameswaram temple.

Krusadai Island
A permit is required from the Fisheries Department office at Rameswaram to visit this common island area, which is 4 km from the Mandapam area. If you go to Krusadai Island, you can see many interesting marine life including dolphins and manatees. Maritime researchers, students etc. visit this island in large numbers.

St.John De Britto Shrine Church
The grand church built here in the 16th century is a world-renowned Christian shrine. The body of sage John de Britto from Portugal is buried in this temple.

Shri Bagampriyal Kovil
At Thiruvetriyur, the ancient Bagambriyal temple is very beautiful and majestic.

One of the famous Shiva temples is located at this place. Mahalingam here is very famous. A large number of devotees gather for the annual Arudra Darisanam. Emerald Nataraja resides here. This is a rare statue that has sandhana kaapu for Natarajar throughout the year. sandhana kaapu is removed only on one day of the year i.e. Arudra dharshan in the month of Margazhi and sandhana kaapu is applied again on the same day. Lakhs of people throng here on Arudra Darasin to see this spectacular pooja.

There is a dargah of Ibrahim Syed Auliya, an Islamic saint from Arabia. Devotees from many countries gather for the annual sandhanakoodu festival.

It is believed that Mahisa Suran was killed at this place. The Mahisha Sura Marthini temple here is very famous. Navagraha worship is also popular here.

Ramanathapuram Palace
Ramalinga Vilasam, the palace of the Sethupathi kings, is located in the city of Ramanathapuram. The most beautiful carvings and colorful paintings are the specialties of this palace. There is also a museum here.

Sethu Karai
Sethu Karai, a coastal village located near Ervadi, is considered one of the major holy places for Hindus. It is said that Rama built a bridge to go to Sri Lanka from here.

Uppoor Veilugantha Vinayagar Aalayam
There is a legend that before going to Sri Lanka, Lord Rama visited the Vinayagar temple in this place. Located about 86 kilometers from Rameswaram, the temple is the most famous.

Shri Nambunayaki Amman Temple
This temple is located at a distance of about 9 kilometers from Rameswaram temple. A large number of devotees visit here daily.

Shri AadhiJagannatha Perumal Thirukoil Thirupullani
The Thirupullani Aadhi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, located 65 kilometer away from Rameswaram, is the most famous here.

Other Tourist Places in Ramanathapuram District

  • Jadayu Theertham
  • Kanjirankulam and Chitrangudi Birds Sanctuary
  • Oriyur
  • Valinokkam
  • Vivekananda Aashramam
  • Mandapam

Rameswaram is a famous historical town located 58kms from Ramanathapuram. Rameshwaram is located very nearer to Srilanka from Tamilnadu.

  • Badrakaliamman Temple
  • Gandhamathana Parvatham
  • Satchi Hanuman Temple
  • Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam Born Place
  • Floating Rock Stones
  • Five Faced Hanuman Temple
  • Thangachi Madam

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