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A Road Trip from Bangalore to Dhanushkodi via Pamban Bridge – Rameswaram
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This article is about the unplanned Road Trip from Bangalore to Rameswaram via Madurai & Back. In this article, you can get interesting information about Madurai’s famous Meenakshi Temple, India’s Most Dangerous Rail Bridge – Pamban Bridge and Dhanushkodi – the last land of India.
Rameswaram is a town on Pamban Island which is separated from mainland India in Ramanathapuram district in Tamilnadu. Rameswaram is mainly famous for Ramanatha Swamy temple (one of the twelve jyotirlingas) and hometown of our former President APJ Abdul Kalam.
Rail and Road (Pamban Bridge)
Distance from Chennai
600 km/10 hr
Distance from Bangalore
628 km/10 hr
Best Season to Visit
October to April (Winter & Summer)
In the weekend we decided to go for Rameswaram trip. It was an unplanned road trip. We started from Bangalore in the late afternoon for Madurai and reached Madurai by midnight.
Madurai – The Temple City of India
Madurai is famous for Meenakshi Temple & it is also known as the Temple City of India. It is a Hindu temple of Goddess Parvati (Meenakshi in the form of Parvati). Meenakshi temple is a very ancient and historic temple. It is situated on the southern bank of River Vaigai. This temple is a very good example of architect and sculpture. In the temple, don’t forget to visit the hall with 1000 pillars in a row.
The Distance between Bangalore to Madurai is 436 km and it takes almost 8 hours to reach the destination.
In the morning we had Darshan in Meenakshi Temple and by afternoon we left for Rameswaram.
Apart from Meenakshi Temple, I think you have also heard Madurai for its food. Yes, absolutely correct, it is also famous for tasty Idli-Dosa. You can find “Madurai” Restaurant Chain in any metropolitan cities of India.
The road is perfect and you will get a scenic view from Madurai to Rameswaram. By evening we have reached our hotel in Rameswaram.
So let’s explore this beautiful Pamban Island.
Best 5 Places in Rameswaram you must visit
Ramanathaswamy Temple (Shri Rameswaram Temple)
The Ramanathaswamy temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is also one of the twelve Jyotirlinga Temples. According to Hindu mythology, Rameswaram is also considered as one of the Char Dham of India–
- Badrinath (Uttrakhand) in the north.
- Rameswaram (Tamilnadu) in the south.
- Puri (Orissa) in the east.
- Dwarka (Gujarat) in the west.
People from all over India are coming to take Darshana of Jyotirlinga and for visiting Char Dham.
There are total 2 Shivalingas in the temple. One is built by Rama (the seventh avatar of Vishnu) and another lingam brought by Hanuman.
According to Ramayana, Rama requested the sea to remain calm. That is the reason here in the Bay of Bengal, the sea remains calm without waves.
To take Darshana in the temple, some rituals you need to follow. There are 22 tirthas (pure water well) inside the temple premises and first, you have to start by taking a bath in Agni Teertham in the sea followed by taking bath in all 22 wells. After taking bath you are allowed to take Darshana of Jyotirlinga temple.
Pamban Bridge connects the Pamban island to the mainland of India. There are both Rail & Road Bridge. The Rail Bridge is considered as the most dangerous Rail Bridge of India.
A 100 years old 2.1 km long Rail Bridge built on the sea. Before it was the only way (except waterway) that joins Pamban Island to rest of India. When the train passes through the bridge it seems like a floating bridge on the sea.
It was the first Indian Bridge built on the sea. Presently Pamban Bridge is the second-longest sea bridge of India after Bandra-Worli Sea link of Mumbai.
The most likely reason for making a road trip to Rameswaram was Pamban Bridge.
House of Kalam
The house of my favourite President. Yes, I am talking about “the missile man of India” cum our former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
Rameswaram is the hometown of Abdul Kalam. He was born on 15 Oct 1931 in Rameswaram on Pamban Island.
If you have not read the autobiography of him – ” Wings of Fire“, then I would recommend you to must read his biography.
You can visit his house, the actual place where he spent his childhood days. In the house, you will get a small collection of his things and about his achievements.
Apart from a great scientist, he was also a good writer and poet. On the 2nd floor, there is a store where you can purchase his books or other items.
Dhanushkodi – The Last Land of India
So now we will go towards the end of the land i.e. Dhanushkodi.
From Rameswaram town, to reach Dhanushkodi it takes 30 min/20 km. You will get the best scenic view that you have never imagined you would get here.
Dhanushkodi, the best place for a road trip where you’ll see a mesmerizing view of peaceful Bay of Bengal on the left side & inflamed Indian Ocean on the right side & between that 2 lane road makes the scene perfect.
Dhanushkodi is considered as the starting point of Ramsetu also known as Adam’s Bridge towards Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is nearest by distance from this point.
From large binocular, you can see the view of small Island in between the Ramsetu.
Panchamukhi Hanuman Temple
Panchamukhi Hanuman Temple is five faced hanuman temple. It is situated at 2 km from Ramanathswamy temple.
This temple is dedicated to Rambhakt Hanuman.
You can see floating stones, a major attraction for devotees here which are used in Ramsetu from Dhanushkodi to Lanka. The stones always remain floats on the water.
The opening time of the temple is 6 am-7 pm every day. (Monday-Sunday)
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Which is the Best Time to Visit Rameshwaram?
Answer: October to April (Winter & Summer Season) is the best time to visit Rameswaram. In Summer, as Pamban Island is surrounded by sea, it will to too hot in Summer.
2. Why the Rameshwaram Temple is famous?
Answer: Rameshwaram Temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga Temple & Rameswaram is also considered as one of the Dham of Char Dham of India.
3. Who built the Pamban Rail Bridge?
Answer: Britishers built this bridge in 1913 before independence and the contract has given to Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Company of Chicago.
4. Where can we see floating stones in Rameswaram?
Answer: Floating stones that were used to make the Ramsetu (Adam’s Bridge) you can see that in Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple.
5. Which city does Dr APJ Abdul Kalam belong to?
Answer: Our former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam born in Rameswaram on Pamban Island in Tamilnadu State.
6. Why Madurai is known as “The Temple City of India”?
Answer: Meenakshi Temple, a famous and ancient temple dedicated to Meenakshi Devi (a form of Goddess Parvati) is situated in Madurai. That is the reason Madurai is also known as “The Temple City of India”.
7. What are the famous tourist places to visit in Rameswaram?
Answer: a) Ramnathaswamy Temple (Jyotirlinga Temple)
b) Dhanushkodi (The Last Land of India)
c) Pamban Bridge (India’s Most Dangerous Rail Bridge)
d) House of Kalam
e) Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple
8. Why the sea remains calm with no waves in Rameswaram?
Answer: According to Ramayana, Rama requested the sea to remain calm, so that they can easily build a bridge to Lanka. That is the reason here in the Bay of Bengal, the sea remains calm without waves.