Ramanathapurum is a town in a district with same name and is located in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. Also known as Ramnad, the estate includes the holy Hindu island city of Rameshwaram. According to mythology, Lord Rama started his expedition to Lanka from this place to rescue his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana. It is a popular Hindu pilgrimage site and one of the ‘Char Dhams’. The Ramanathaswamy Temple is the holy abode of Lord Rama. The towering high structure with carved pillars and long colourful corridors forms the magnificent beauty of the temple. Built in 12th century, the temple is also dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered one the 12 Jyotirlingas. This marks the confluence of the Vaishnavas (follower of Vishnu) and Shaivas (follower of Shiva) beliefs. Dhanushkodi is the southernmost tip of the Rameshwaram Island with a beautiful temple and a charming beach.
Devipattinam is a coastal village in Ramanathapuram. It is believed that Lord Rama worshipped the ‘Nava Graha’ or nine planets at this place where Hindus visits to perform rites for their forefathers. Rameshwaram has a memorial dedicated to Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India who was loved and respected by all for his greatness and contributions. The Pamban Bridge connecting the island of Rameshwaram to the mainland is the longest in the country covering a distance of 2.2 k.m. The place is well connected through roads with the city of Madurai. Madurai has also railway station and airport.