Rameshwaram welcomed us with overcast skies and mild rainfall which had eventually turned into a heavy downpour. We reached Rameshwaram at around 11:15 in the morning and took an auto to our hotel: Brindavan Residency. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The only major drawback is that it does not have a restaurant of its own. So, one will have to go out to eat.
Our initial plan was to travel to Dhannushkodi on day 1 but looking at the weather condition everyone advised us against it. Hence, we postponed it to the next day.
Rameshwaram is considered as one of the four main Dhams as per Hindu religion. Situated at a walking distance from our hotel, we decided to first visit the Agnee Teertham and Ramanathaswamy Temple. One needs to first take a dip at the Agnee Teertham and then visit the Ramanathaswamy Temple. It is said that taking a bath at the Agnee Teertham absolves one from his sins. However, the water was so polluted that let alone take a bath, I did not find it conducive enough to even dip my foot in it. We then headed towards the Ramanathaswamy Temple. By this time, due to the heavy rainfall, the road that led to the temple was flooded ankle deep.
After our darshan, we decided to head back to the hotel. On our way we got our dinner packed as it was still raining and the roads were too secluded so setting foot outside the hotel was not an idea that either of us considered. We then decided to call it a day hoping that the rain Gods would be merciful the next day thereby making our visit to Dhanushkodi successful.
We had set our alarm for 6 the next morning. My friend headed to the window to check on the weather. “Pooja, jaldi aao”, she said, “and apna camera leke aao”. I sprang from the bed and in one jump was at the window.
Man!! The view was something that I feel that words cannot do justice to.