Erwadi, also known as Ervadi, is a small village in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is a part of the Ramanathapuram district. It is virtually located along the Bay of Bengal coast. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the town of Ramanathapuram at a distance of 29 km north. The village is famous for its Islamic shrine complex, which houses the mausoleum of Qutub-us-Sultan Syed Ibrahim Shaheed Badusha. Thousands of pilgrims flock to the area every year.
Places to Stay
One will definitely have to choose Ramanathapuram for lodging as the area does not have proper hotels. Some of the options which can be considered from a traveller’s point of view are Ruby Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Kings Inn Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 880), Hotel Haza Palace (Tariff – Rs. 500) and Ramanatha Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 300) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil.
The important festivals of the area are the Urs (yearly commemoration of saints’ deaths), the month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Pongal in Januray, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The best places to visit in Erwadi are the dargah (mausoleum), featuring the tombs of saints and rulers and the Erwadi Masjid. It is said that the Erwadi Masjid’s 250 feet high minaret is visible from any spot on any of the beaches of the district. Therefore, it acts as a lighthouse for fishermen who venture into the high seas. Being located close to such a picturesque coastal location, one would not ask for more once in the village. You can take a ride to Azhagankulam, 42 km away, on the Bay of Bengal coast and visit places of interest such as the Athiyuthu Jamiya Masjid, Pattani Shahib Dargah, Bhagavathi Amman Temple and others.
How to Get There
The major airport near the area is located at a distance of 134 km in Madurai.
The closest major railway station is the Rameshwaram Railway Station at a distance of 75 km.
Both state-run and private buses ply through this area. Parveen Travels, SRS Travels and KPN Travels are some among those operators. Buses to the area are available from Ramanathapuram. Ticketgoose.com is one of the best bus ticket booking sites from where you will get good deals and offers.