Ramanathapuram is a town in Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It lies on the south of the Vaigai River bank. Its name originated from the name of Lord Rama.
Ramanathapuram used to be a capital of the Maravan rajas. Prominent pilgrimage of the town includes Rameswaram, a centre of pilgrimage for lord Shiva and Rama, and Erwadi dargah, a spiritual place for Muslims from across the world. The modern town is engaged in textiles and jewelry products; cotton milling and the manufacture of the cement are the major industries of the city. It has a few engineering colleges - Anna University, UCER-Ramnad campus, Syed Ammal Engineering College, and Mohamed Sathak Engineering College.
Ramanathapuram is connected to other cities by NH-49 and its surrounding region consists of the flat southern portion of the state’s coastal plain.