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DR.APJ ABDUL KALAM MEMORIAL
The Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam National Memorial which was built in memory of Kalam by the DRDO in Pei Karumbu, in the island town of Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in July 2017.On display are the replicas of rockets and missiles which Kalam had worked with. Acrylic paintings about his life are also displayed along with hundreds of portraits depicting the life of the mass leader. There is a statue of Kalam in the entrance showing him playing the Veena. There are two other smaller statues of the leader in sitting and standing posture.
Dhanushkodi is on the tip of Pamban island It shares the only land border between India and Sri Lanka, which is one of the smallest in the world at 45 metres. The town was destroyed during the 1964 Rameswaram cyclone and remains uninhabited in the aftermath. Dhanushkodi was reachable either on foot along the seashore or in jeeps. Government of Madras declared Dhanushkodi as a ghost town, unfit for living.
Pamban Bridge is a railway bridge which connects the town of Mandapam in mainland India with Pamban Island, and Rameswaram Opened on 24 February 1914 it was India's first sea bridge, and was the longest sea bridge in India until the opening of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in 2010. In 1988, a road bridge was also constructed parallel to the rail bridge. This road bridge is also known as Indira Gandhi Road Bridge. The Pamban railway bridge spans a 2.065 km strait between the Indian mainland and Pamban island. The bridge is located in the world's second most corrosive environment after Florida, making its maintenance a challenging job.
Arabian Traders during the sea trade era settled here and adopted the local language. They developed a dialect called ‘Arwi’ which is a combination of Arabic and Tamil. Arabian food and traditions are still followed. The Arab descendants are called Maraikayars and are found all over the coastal regions of India and Sri Lanka. The migration of the people after the decline of the marine trade and industry resulted in people exploring the other parts of the globe.
The fort was built by Maratha ruler Serfoji II in 1814–1815 to commemorate the successful advance of the British over Napoléon Bonaparte in the Battle of Waterloo. It is an eight-storeyed, hexagonal tower, which is 23 m high overlooking the Bay of Bengal. In December 2004, five monuments including the fort were damaged in the Indian Ocean Tsunami. The fort acted as a residence for the royal family and also as a light-house. A stone inscription reads “a friend and ally of the British to commemorate triumphs of British Arms and downfall of Bonaparte.
WILD LIFE AND BIRD SANCTUARY
The sanctuary was created in 1967 for conservation of the near threatened blackbuck antelope, an endemic mammal species of India. It is famous for large congregations of waterbirds, especially greater flamingos. The 7-square-kilometre (2.7 sq mi) core area of this sanctuary has been proposed as a National Park by Governement. In the 8th century a brick and mortar lighthouse at Kodiakkarai was said to have been built during the regime of Raja Raja Chola I. In 1890 the British erected a 13-metre (43 ft) lighthouse at Kodiakkarai which is still in use near the remains of the old Chola lighthouse.
SIKKAL SINGARAVELAN TEMPLE
Sikkal Singara Velar Temple is one of the most popular Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Muruga. It is one of the rare traditional Hindu temples that has both Shiva and Vishnu deities in the same complex. It is believed in Hindu mythology that this place was once a jasmine forest and due to its pleasant smell, the semi-human goddess with cow's trunk, Kamadenu lives here. The most important festival is Soora Samharam associated with Lord Muruga getting the weapon Vel from his divine mother, Parvathi to destroy the demon king, Soorapadman.
PICHAVARAM MANGROVE FOREST
Pichavaram consists of a number of islands interspersing a vast expanse of water covered with mangrove forest. The Pichavaram mangrove Forest is one of the largest mangrove forests in India covering about 1100 hectare of area. It is separated from the Bay of Bengal by a sand bar. It also supports the existence of rare varieties of economically important shell and finfishes. The mangroves also attract migrant and local birds including snipes, cormorants, egrets, storks, herons, spoonbills and pelicans. About 177 species of birds belonging to 15 orders and 41 families have been recorded.
Vaitheeswaran meaning the "God of healing" and it is believed that prayers to Vaitheeswaran can cure diseases. Vaitheeswaran is a Tamil derivative from vaidya (Doctor) and Ishvara (God/Master). The temple received contributions from various rulers of the region like Vikrama Chola, Vira Rajendra Pandya, Achuthappa Nayak (1560 - 1614 AD) and Maratha prince Thulaja. The temple has five inscriptions mainly belonging to the period of Kulothunga Chola I (1070-1120 CE). The temple is one of the nine Navagraha temples of Tamil Nadu and is a part of the popular Navagraha pilgrimage in the state.
It is one of the largest South Indian temples and an exemplary example of a fully realized Dravidian architecture. Built by Tamil king Raja Raja Chola I between 1003 and 1010 AD, the temple is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Great Living Chola Temples. The temple is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Tamil Nadu. The temple complex is a rectangle that is almost two stacked squares, covering 240.79 metres (790.0 ft) east to west, and 121.92 metres (400.0 ft) north to south. the temple is popularly known as the Big Temple. It turned 1000 years old in September 2010. To celebrate the 1000th year of the grand structure, the state government and the town held many cultural events.
THIRUNALLAR TEMPLE – KARAIKAL
Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple or Dharbaranyeswarar
Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Sani(saturn).
The presiding deity is Lord Siva, Dharbaranyeswar and
the place Tirunallar was historically called Dharbaranyam.
THIYAGARAJAR TEMPLE THIRUVARUR
Thiyagaragar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva,
The temple complex covers 30 acres, and is one of the
largest in India.The temple has six daily rituals at various
times from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and twelve yearly festivals on its calendar
ERVADI DARGAH – RAMANATHPURAM
Ervadi is an location of the grave and shrine of
Qutbus Sultan Syed Ibrahim Shaheed Badusha, the ruler of Madinah Al Munawwara
.The graves of Emperor Sulthan Syed Ibrahim Shaheed Badusha along with
his kith and kin is found in the main dargah campus
VELANKANNI CHURCH – NAGAPATTINAM
Velankanni has been chosen as one of the heritage
cities for HRIDAY - Heritage City Development and Augmentation
Yojana scheme of Government of India.The town is home to a significant
Roman Catholic Latine Rite Shrine called the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health.
PAPAVOOR DARGAH – NAGAPATTINAM
HAZARATH SHAH KHAJA ALAVUDEEN CHISTHI (R.A) THE FAMOUSE SAINT DARGHA SHAREEFF.
DANISH FORT ( FORT DANSBORG) THARANGAMBADI
Tharangambadi, formerly Tranquebar near
the mouth of a distributary of the Kaveri River.
The Danish Fort was built by Danish colony
from 1620 to 1845, and it is still known as Trankebar
Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, is connected to
mainland India by the Pamban Bridge which connects the town of
Rameswaram on Pamban Island to mainland India.
SANGEETHA MAHAL – TANJAVOR
India is renowned all round the world for ancient
musical instruments and its well-learned artists.
The southern part of the country has been the birthplace of several such
well-famed personalities right from the ancient times.
POOMPUHAR – NAGAPATTINAM
Poompuhar is located close to the spot where
the river Cauveri flows out into the sea.
This ancient port city earlier called as
Kaveri poompattinam,served as the Capital of early Chola rulers.
SARASVATHI MAHAL – TANJAVOR
The Saraswathi Mahal library started as a Royal Library for
the private pleasure of the Nayak Kings of Thanjavur who ruled 1535 - 1675 AD.
MUTHUPET DARGAH – THIRUVARUR
Muthupet Dargah is the popular name for Andavar
Shahul Dawood Kamlil Valyullah Dargah in the town of Muthupet.
MASTAN PALLI DARGAH – KARAIKAL
Mastan Syed Dawood dargah at Karaikal is dedicated to the memory of descendant of
the prophet who came to Karaikal from Bukhara the capital of turkistan.
POINT CALIMERE WILDLIFE AND BIRD SANCTUARY
Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary(PCWBS) is a
21.47-square-kilometre (8.29 sq mi)protected area in TamilNadu
The sanctuary was created in 1967 forconservation of the near-threatened
blackbuck-antelope, an endemic mammal species of India.
RAJARAJAN KING MANIMANDAPAM
It had a museum in the ground floor, which was built in 1984 to
commemorate the 1000th birth anniversary of Raja Raja Chola,
who as the most famous king in Thanjavur.
Thanjavur was the centre of art, religion and architecture during those times.
MUTHUPET MANGROOVES LAGOON AREA
This lagoon covers an area of approximately 6,803.01 ha of
which only 4% is occupied by well-grown mangroves.
The rivers-Paminiyar,Koraiyar,Kilaithankiyar Marakkakoraiyar and other tributaries .
The Pichavaram Mangrove Forest is the world's
third largest mangrove forest.
Pichavaram mangrove forest is located between two prominent estuaries,
VADUVUR BIRD SANCTUARY
The irrigation tank receives water from November to April
every year which attracts a numerous foreign birds from Europe and America.
There are also numerous lakes which provides the most required variety of fishes for the birds.
NAGORE DHARGA SHARIFF
The World Famous Islamic Holy Place Of
Nagore Dargah.which built over the tomb of
the Sufi saint Hazrath Nagore Shahul Hamid.
Dargah opening hours: Morning: 4.30AM to 7AM. Evening: After sunset to 9.30PM