Kathadi North

Cottage in Rameswaram

Part of the wonderful Kathadi North water-sports centre, these four fan-cooled, beach-chic concrete huts with thatched roofs and open-air bathrooms huddle just inland from bleach-blonde sands, on the mainland 18km west of Pamban Island. Rainwater is harvested, power is solar, doors are recycled, and palm fences use on-site materials. The open kitchen dishes out communal meals (₹450).

On Pamban Island, cheaper Kathadi South sleeps budget travellers in simple shared-bathroom huts.