This trip is about exploring Rameswaram, Dhanushkodi, Ram Setu point and indulge in watersports activities near Rameswaram.
How often have you been able to connect your history, geography and biology lessons on a single 3 day trip? I am guessing not so often
Join me on this journey, where I look at India’s history with the epic Ramayana, said to have happened for a small part in the land of Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi (in Tamil Nadu). I try to pictorially connect the epic learnt from Amar Chitra Katha to the places we visit in Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi.
Post that Nandu and I also travel to indulge in some watersports at Kathadi North, 30 kilometres away from Rameswaram Island.
Here is a short trailer that gives you an idea of what all we did, and where all we went
Here is the complete list of places we have covered
This series takes you to one of India’s southernmost tips very close to Sri Lanka in Tamil Nadu. A land of serene beauty, but also a victim of nature’s untold fury, where a cyclone in 1964 submerged this whole town of Dhanushkodi. But much before the cyclone, the town’s prominence came from the Indian historical epic Ramayana. This series in Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi is about exploring all this and more with Nandu and I observing history and culture.
Rameswaram is considered a very holy place, and is part of the Char Dham pilgrimage. Lord Rama, post vanquishing Ravana, wanted to absolve himself of any sins from the war. He along with Lakshmana and Sita, decided to build a siva linga at the very spot which today is the tall and imposing Ramanathaswamy Temple. While Rama sent Hanuman to fetch a siva linga from Kailas and Hanuman got delayed, he used Sita’s lingam built from the sands from the shore, which is believed to be the inner sanctum of the temple, while Hanuman’s shiva linga is the entrance to the inner sanctum.
Rameswaram- Part of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India.
This video covers
a) Ramanathaswamy Temple-Rameswaram
b) Vibeeshana Temple-Kothandaramar Temple (Only structure to survive the 1964 cyclone)
c) Dhanushkodi Beach- Before Moonram Chathram
d) Villondi Theertham
e) Ruins of Dhanushkodi- Old Railway Station, Old Pier, St Anthony’s Church
f) Road Trip from Rameswaram to Dhanushkodi to see Ram Setu Floating Rocks in Dhanushkodi Old Town
g) Arichal Munai Land’s End- Ram Setu Point
h) Arichal Munai Beach
i) Lakshmana Theertham
j) Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple | Hanuman Theertham
k) Ramar Paadam | Gandhamadhana Parvata
l) Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial and Musuem
m) Pamban Rail Bridge Ride
n) Auto Ride to Kathadi North
o) Swimming, Kayaking and Snorkelling in Palk Bay
r) Cycling across villages to Nochiurani Beach (Waves)