Best Time to Visit Rameshwaram

Hailed as the ‘Banaras of the South India’, Rameshwaram is an island in the Palk Straits. Legend has it that Shri Ram had sanctified this place by worshipping Lord Shiva, erected a Lingam, after killing demon king Ravan. Since Ravan was a Brahmin, therefore Lord Ram did penance and worshipped Mahadev at this site. Rameshwaram, one of the Char Dham of the Hindus, is a great pilgrimage centre and a culmination point in the quest of the ‘moksha’ (मोक्ष - salvation) for both the ‘Shaivaites’ (शैव) and the ‘Vaishnavites’ (वैष्णव). Rameshwaram is famous for Ramanathaswamy Temple, Ram Setu , Dhanushkodi , Setupati, Gandhamadan Parvat and many more shrines associated with Lord Ram. Though the Hindu pilgrims frequent the island throughout the year but the tourists prefer to visit Rameshwaram during suitable weather conditions. As per the travel trend, for the pilgrims, the best time to visit Rameshwaram is summer season, whereas for general tourists the best season to visit Rameshwaram is the winter season, especially from November to February.

Visiting Rameshwaram in Winter Season: Winter season commences from October and lasts till March. The weather conditions remain pleasant and conducive to the tourists. The temperature varies between 17°C and 35°C. A secular tourist can enjoy sea sports and outdoor activities amidst chilly winds. The annual ‘Aruthra’ festival in December attracts a large number of pilgrims.

Visiting Rameshwaram in Monsoon Season: From July to September, Rameshwaram observes short spells of downpour during Monsoon season. In these months, the temperature varies between 15°C and 35°C and the humidity remains in leash due to intermittent spells of rain. Though the secular tourists desist from visiting Rameshwaram during rainy days but the religious visitors reach in significant numbers & keep exploring the pilgrimage sites.

Visiting Rameshwaram in Summer Season: Summer season starts from mid March and continues till June. The temperature varies between 28°C and 41°C. During noon hours, the sunny days are marked by scorching heat but the temperature gets down during morning and evening making sightseeing a pleasant experience. Summer season is known as the ‘pilgrims’ season’ in Rameshwaram due to large influx of the devotees. One can frequently observe religious processions and chanting during these days.

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