Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Where to Eat in Rameshwaram? Hotel Guru, Gujarati Bhojanalya and more!

Reached #Rameshwaram!! 
Any suggestions for good pure veg restaurant yummy food?

I checked into my budget hotel in Rameshwaram Brindavan residency sometime in the afternoon around 12, dead tired from an overnight train journey. By the time I and my family freshened up, 2 more hours passed away, and now I heard butterflies prancing around in my stomach. Weary as I was, I was dead hungry too. Realizing that we were well past lunch time already and neither of us had any time nor the energy to go scouting for a good pure vegetarian restaurant, I decided to approach the ever - helpful twitter experts for their recommendations on good pure vegetarian hotels in Rameshwaram (see the tweet above) and within a matter of minutes, I had from 2 highly esteemed Indian travel bloggers, what I would say, really the crux of the foodie scenario of what one can expect during their jaunt in the town!

Where to eat in Rameshwaram? What did the bloggers say:

Anu Shankar @anushankarn: Yummiest would be at the priests house! But there is a pure veg Gujarati hotel on road leading from the temple to beach. There are some small south Indian hotels on the same road. And on the one along the temple. Messes too. But don't remember names. Ask at the temple about messes.

Shrinidhi Hande ‏@enidhiHotel Tamil Nadu is one option, There are more around the main temple. Not super high class, but just okay. Hotel Guru is where we went... but they don't have any rice item in the evening.

Anu Shankar ‏@anushankarn: Many of these places don't offer rice in the night. Esp those near temples.

Shrinidhi Hande ‏@enidhi: Hotel MCM towers near temple also has good restaurant - haven't tried though.

Coconut in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu
When in Rameshwaram, don't forget to keep yourself well hydrated with one of these!
If you are planning a trip to this sleepy little town, I am sure these points will come in handy. And so will my food guide for Rameshwaram presented below. Read on!


1. HOTEL GURU

Located in the lane adjacent to the main temple, hotel Guru is a typical eatery that will serve you hot and fresh south Indian meals – breakfast / lunch and dinner at descent prices.

Exteriors of the Hotel Guru, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

If you keep aside any expectations of fancy cooking, cultured hygiene or a quiet relaxed ambiance, then you are just about good to go. It’s a good place to have tasty delicious freshly made chutneys, sambhar, idlis and dosas that address the needs of the hungry soul as well as the belly.

Interiors of Hotel Guru in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

Service is quick and prompt but be alert on what’s on the menu (applies in the case of a full meal) and if you are rightly being served all the items in the fare.

What to eat?

For all the time I was in Rameshwaram, Guru was my go-to eating joint. Though they have a long way to go in hygiene, the food was still flavorful and mostly fresh which is why I loved the food here. During breakfast times, order their Idlis, Wadas or Dosas (Rs. 40/- per plate) that come with hot piping sambhar, and 2 types of red and white chutneys.

Idli at hotel Guru in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu
Masala Dosa at Hotel Guru Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

For lunchtimes, opt for their meals (Rs. 80/- per head) served on a banana leaf with a generous helping of rice in the centre topped with hot lentil curry and surrounded by an assortment of vegetable curry and papad. Don’t forget to ask for your sweet buutermilk or chaas towards the end of the meal!

Lunch meal in Hotel Guru in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

Complement your meal with a glass of South Indian style filter coffee, served hot and frothy, a must have as it tastes like heaven especially after a weary hot day of wandering in the town!

Filter Coffee at Hotel Guru in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu


How to get there?

When walking up from Agni Teertham towards the main Ramanathaswamy Shivlingam temple entrance, take a right. A few meters away is the hotel.

Remember: Rice/meals are generally not served in the evenings.
Address: E Car St, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu 623526.
Timings: Open throughout the day / Items on availability.



2. ANAND BHAVAN.

Another joint situated close to the temple is Anand Bhavan. It is a similar eatery to Hotel Guru in many ways and one can expect the regular South Indian fare of dosas and idlis.

A crowded Hotel Anand Bhavan in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

We walked in this eatery one evening and found it was crowded with a good amount of people. A good place for families, friends, everyone!

What to eat?

Masala Dosa in Hotel Anand Bhavan in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

We ordered a plate of idlis and dosas which came with a bowl of sambhar and 2 types of chutneys. The dosa was crisp and overall the food was pretty descent. It’s a It’s a good place to satisfy your food cravings in Rameshwaram but if given a choice, I would still go for Guru.

How to get there?

This hotel is situated in the lane diagonally opposite the temple's back entrance. To get to the back door entrance, you can take an autorickshaw from the Agni Teertham for a minimum fare.



3. GUJARATI BHOJANALAYA.

If having south Indian food tires you while you are enjoying your jaunt in Rameshwaram, this is the place to go for tantalizing your taste buds with north Indian cuisine. Gujarati Bhavan is situated in the lane leading to the main temple from the beach area of Agni Teertham and is one of the rare places in this southern town that boasts of food from northern India.

The entrance of Gujarati Bhojanalaya in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu
Gujarati Bhojanalya in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

It’s a seated area and caters to family dining; the atmosphere is local and homelike. You have to take a coupon at the counter before you take a seat inside the room, the food is pretty satisfactory.

What to eat?

Typical Indian Vegetarian Thali is what is served here for lunch and dinner and that’s what you will eat! We were here on the New Years eve and the thali cost us Rs. 100 per person.

North Indian thali at Gujarati Bhojanalaya in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

We had a couple of puris, mixed vegetable curry, dal, rice, bondas and papad which I wouldn't call a lavish affair but fairly descent in taste and quality. The meal was topped up with a rasagulla (sweetdish) and the buttermilk finally was a cool and refreshing way to wash down all the extra calories.

How to get there?

Gujarati Bhojanalaya is tucked within a pale yellow coloured building in the lane leading from the beach area to the main temple. A few paces from the Rameshwaram beach, Gujarati Bhojanalaya will be towards the left hand side. Keep an eye out for a board at the entrance gate acting as an indicator.

Address: 15/16, Sanadhi Street, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu 623526.
Phone: 04573 221 301
Timings: Breakfast (7 AM – 10 PM); Lunch (12 – 2 or 3 PM depends on availability); Dinner (6 to 9 PM).


Rameshwaram is a small town but due to the touristy rush, there are a lot of messes and hotels that you can find to satisfy your taste buds. Basically, there is a lot to choose from! Just be a tad bit careful on the hygiene and you are good to go. And as always, remember the golden rule: Where there is a crowd, the food can generally be trusted!


Have you been to Rameshwaram?
Are there any pure vegetarian restaurants that you would like to recommend?
Please do so in the comments section!


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28 comments:

  1. Seems you've really enjoyed your time there, loved your travel posts too!

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  2. I am sure these information will be helpful to travelers in Rameshwaram. Your post reminded me that you were a perfect vegetarian in Nara too. It is cold here but the Japanese apricots are beautifully blooming!Have a happy week,sweet Arti.

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  3. Rameshwaram seems to be such a heaven for south Indian foods, considering it is deep in Tamil Nadu.But I must say these places look so clean and hygienic. The coffee and thali picture are really good.

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  4. India is one country where finding vegetarian food is always easy...I love my country for that :) Good old dosa is a reliable item to eat... The taste can't go wrong unless they insist on using sour batter

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  5. Liked the filter coffee pic. And dosa as well as Idli looks so tempting.

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  6. Comprehensive post Arti, so informative! Coffee looks so tempting. :-) Thanks for the details about hygiene information.

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  7. Thanks for the mention. This post will be good reference for the visitors

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  8. The photos make me hunger and these are delicious items, although I am familiar with these flavors… I feel hotel guru to be among the best. I also wish to visit rameshwaran some time and hope this post will help me then.

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  9. There are many options. Thali looks tempting.

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  10. Looks yum! Thanks for the suggestions.

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  11. This is such a helpful post. I haven't been there yet, making a note of these.

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  12. Idlies, dosas and sambhars all looks so yummy here! :)

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  13. Have never been to Rameshwaram. But now I know which post to refer to when I am heading there! Great post!

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  14. Exhaustive information.. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Very detailed post. It will be very useful for future travelers.

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  16. Even we have been to Anand Bhavan, quite famous & crowded in mornings..Your post reminded me our food experiences in Rameswaram.

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  17. A very informative post. Looks like you have enjoyed a lot in Rameshwaram. Loved reading all your posts on this place :)

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  18. Your posts are always full of practicality and are really helpful to those who want to pay a visit to the place. Thanks for sharing the details of the eateries... no bonus marks for guessing which one I would choose while I'm there...:-P The Gujrati Bhojonalaya for the mere love of ROSHOGOLLA!! :-D :-D

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  19. Thanks for sharing such a detailed post Arti.Very useful to all.

    Cheers,
    Sriram & Krithiga

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  20. Never been there but whenever get a chance will try these items.

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  21. Useful info and I like the filter coffee pic ;). :)

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  22. That looks like some great food !

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  23. I already feel hungry looking at the amazing South Indian food.

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  24. Very useful post. The food looks awesome.

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  25. Interesting post, i will recommend it in future.

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  26. Very useful information,we shall soon visit this place,so this was all the more helpful

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