The ancient city of Rameshwaram isn't the first thing that would strike a young backpacker's mind for his next vacation. But here I am in Rameswaram with zero expectations as a solo backpacker. As soon as I boarded the train at Chennai to reach Rameshwaram, the atmosphere has suddenly changed. I was feeling as if I am in a train heading to North India. The train was filled with families from all parts of India with many elders.
Probably I was the only one in my compartment in 20's.
The famous Pamban bridge was under maintenance, so train was terminated at Mandapam and passengers were transferred to buses to reach Rameshwaram. The 15 minutes ride in the road bridge with the view of Pamban Rail bridge and ocean on both sides were a real treat to my sore eyes.
As soon as I got down the bus, the first thing I noticed I was standing in "Middle street" (Nadu theru in Tamil) that is the name of the street!
I booked my stay in Brindhavan Residence which was located at a walkable distance from the Ocean and Temple. The hotel was kind enough to offer an early check-in, since actual in check-in time was 12:00pm.
The AC room was neat for a price of Rs.1000. The staffs guided me about the practice of taking bath in Agni theertham(the ocean), followed by 22 holy thirthams and visiting the temple. (Carry a pair of dry clothes to change, since you won't be permitted with wet clothes inside the temple)
Cameras and Mobiles are strictly "NO" inside the temple, so you better leave them at your hotel.
After following the tradition of taking bath in all Holi theertham and worshiped Lord Ramnathaswamy.
The state government runs regular bus service to the ancient ruins of Dhanushkodi, which was destroyed during a cyclone of 1964. For a mere Rs.30 you could take the bus ride instead of paying higher for an Auto.
Accidentally it was December 24th the black day on history of Dhanushkodi