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known as the Varanasi of the south, Rameswaram is a major pilgrimage
centre for both Shaivites and Vaishnavaites as it was here that
Rama ( an incarnation of Vishnu in the Indian epic the Ramayana
) offered thanks to Siva. At the town's core is the Ramanathaswamy
Temple, one of the most important temples in southern India.
is on an island in the Gulf of Mannar, connected to the mainland
at Mandapam by rail and by one of India's engineering wonders, the
Indira Gandhi Bridge. The bridge took 14 years to build and was
opened by Rajiv Gandhi late in 1988.
The town lies on the island's eastern side and used to be the port
from which the ferry to Talaimannar ( Sri Lanka ) departed before
passenger services were suspended more than a decade ago. as a result,
there are now very few foreign visitors.
Rameswaram is famous for variety of handicrafts. Near the temples
you can find lots of shops that have different items made from palm
leaf, beads and seashells. Khadicraft is the shop where your search
ends for handicraft items in the city. Rameswaram silk sarees are
very popular among the ladies.