( Sightseeing )
A fine example of late Dravidian architecture, this temple is
most renowned for its magnificent corridors lined with massive sculptured
pillars, noted for their elaborate design, style and rich carving.
Legend has it that Rama sanctified this place by worshipping Siva
here after the battle of Sri Lanka. Construction of the temple began
in the 12th century AD and additions were made over the centuries
by varios rulers, so that today its gopuram is 53 m high. Only Hindus may enter the inner sanctrum.
Kothandaraswamy Temple & Dhanushkodi
km from town, this temple was the only structure to survive the
1964 cyclone which washed the rest of the village away. Legend states
that Vibishana, brother of Sita's kidnapper Ravana, surrendered
to Rama at this spot.
Adam's Bridge is the name given to the chain of reefs, sandbanks
and islets that almost connects Sri Lanka with India. According
to legend, this is the series of stepping stones used by Hanuman
to follow Ravana, in his bid to rescue Sita.
Dhanushkodi is the best. Closer to town, try the one in front
of the Hotel Tamil Nadu. Most of the time you'll have it to yourself
as the pilgrims prefer to do their auspicious wading at Agni Theertham,
the seashore closest to the temple.
The stepped mandapam or hall, about a mile and a half west
of the Ramanathaswamy Temple offers an excellent view of the countryside.
There is a footprint here believed to be of Lord Rama.