As a pristine example of late Dravidian architecture, the Ramanathaswamy temple attracts pilgrims in hordes. This is most renowned for its magnificent corridors lined with massive sculptured pillars that have elaborate design, style and rich carving. According to legends, Rama sanctified this place by worshipping Siva here after the battle of Sri Lanka. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the inner sanctum. An extensive worship of Rama is held during June 15 to July 15 each year.
Kothandaraswamy Temple & Dhanushkodi
Another popular tourist attraction, this temple is believed to be at the site where Vibishana, brother of Sita's abductor Ravana, surrendered to Rama. About 12 kms from the town, this temple is the sole structure to survive after the severe cyclone of 1964.
Adam's Bridge is a long fragmented passage through the Indian Ocean that almost connects the India to Sri Lanka. Legends have it that Rama built up the bridge in quest to raid Lanka in order to retrieve his consort Sita. However, the Adam's bridge consists of the chain of reefs, sandbanks and islets.
Dhanushkodi beach is quite popular among tourists. Its closeness to town makes it quite visited spot. The serene beach with shallow water here are ideal for swimming and sunbathing.
About a mile and a half west of the Ramanathaswamy Temple, Gandhamadana Parvatam offers a panoramic view of the countryside. It has stepped mandapam or hall and also treasures a footprint that is believed to be of Lord Rama.
Tirupullani (Approx 64 Kms from Rameshwaram)
Tirupullani is a place held consecrated by all Hindus. It is believed that Lord Ram chose a bed of Darbha grass in this place. The Peepal Tree, situated inside the Adi Jagannatha Temple, is a prime attraction. The sacred teerthams found here are Hema Theertham and Ratnakara Samudram.
Uthirakosamangai (Approx 16Kms from Rameshwaram)
Sixteen km southwest of Ramanathapuram stands the well known Shiva temple of Uttarakosamangai. The Lord is Mangaleshvara and the Goddess Mangalesvari. The temple has inspired many Tamil works of devotion. So, of course, has the Ramanatha temple in Rameshwaram.
Sethu (Approx 05Kms from Rameshwaram)
Five km south of the temple is Sethu, where the celebrated temple of Sri Anjaneya is situated, and where, it is believed, Sri Rama built a bridge to Sri Lanka.