A visit to Rameswaram temple would take at least half a day, especially if you wish to take the obligatory religious bath at the various wells. If you desire to visit Danushkodi also, set aside a full day. In between, you could squeeze in a quick look at the other temples and religious sites. Ideally speaking, set aside two full days for a soul-satisfying and soul-purifying experience.
About 3 kms from the Ramaswamy Temple is the Gandhamandana Parvatham, the highest point in the island. Climb up to the terrace and a wonderful sight awaits you as the entire island is visible from this vantage point. You can watch the greenery and in the distance, the mighty ocean. Lord Rama’s feet are supposed to be imprinted on a charka there.
Barely 12 kms from the Ramaswamy Temple is the Kothanda Ramar Temple, a sub-temple of the Ramaswamy Temple where, the Ramayan say, the brother of the demon king, Ravana, Vibhishana, surrendered to Lord Rama. Surrounded by sand on all sides, there are steep steps leading up to the main hall. Large sized murals depicting the entire scene of Vibhishana coming to meet Lord Rama, surrendering and offering his services, are on the four walls of the main hall.
Rameswaram, in the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, located on Pamban Island or Rameswaram Island, is separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel. The Pamban Bridge connects the two. The bridge itself is a work of art, arching in the middle to allow ships to sail unhindered beneath it. Over 2 kms long, it is supported by 79 pillars of which 64 are buried deep into the sea. It was inaugurated in 1988 after14 long years of construction.
By its side, is the precarious-looking Pamban Rail Scissors Bridge, also over 2 kms long. It is constructed on 145 stone pillars with the middle portion opening like a scissor to allow vessels to pass through. It was partially destroyed by the devastating cyclone that hit the island in 1964 but was speedily repaired. A broad gauge rail line now connects the island to the mainland.