The religious island of Rameshwaram is around 600 kms from the state capital of Chennai.
Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu, an island in the shape of a couch is believed to be the place from where the epic hero of Ramayana, Lord Rama went to Lanka to slay the demon king Ravana. It is said that Rama worshipped Lord Shiva at this place by making a lingam out of the sand to seek his blessings before going to Lanka. Rama's temple at Tamil Nadu is a terrific destination. Along with being a major pilgrimage for the Hindus, Rameshwaram is a happening holiday spot too. The Lingam is one of the twelve Jyotirlingams of India. Rameshwaram is also known as the Varanasi of the south.