Day by Day itineraryDay 1: Arrival at the Madurai Airport/Railway Station
Rameshwaram tour begins from Madurai as we pick you from the city’s international airport or railway station and transfer you to the hotel booked at Madurai.
Among the pilgrimage cities, Madurai holds a special place due to its architectural resplendence and rich culture and is therefore popularly called the Athens of the East. The city is situated on the banks of the River Vaigai and is built around the famous Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in the form of a lotus.
Rameshwaram tour package begins with the visit to the splendid and majestic Meenakshi Amman Temple. Day 2: Local Sightseeing of the City of Madurai
After a wholesome breakfast, join us for the local sight seeing of the revered city Madurai, popularly known as the temple city, jasmine town or the sleepless city.
Later reach back hotel and relax.Overnight stay at hotel in MaduraiDay 3: Madurai to Rameshwaram (175 km; 04 hour drive)
After a wholesome breakfast at the Madurai hotel, check out of the hotel and drive to Rameshwaram.
This is an island situated at the tip of the Indian peninsula in the Gulf of Mannar. This place is a prime pilgrimage centre for the Hindus and has mythological significance. It is believed that Lord Rama had built a bridge or setu (Adam's Bridge) here to rescue his wife Sita from her abductor.
The reigning deity here is the Linga of Sri Ranganatha, which is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of India. Check in at the hotel booked in Rameshwaram and relax. Later, join us for the sightseeing of this holy city.Day 4: Rameshwaram to Kanyakumari (250 km; 06 hour drive)
After breakfast and checking out of the hotel, drive to Kanyakumari and on arrival check into the hotel at Kanyakumari. Join us for sightseeing in the afternoon, which includes temples, memorials palaces and so on.Overnight stay at hotel.Day 5: Kanyakumari to Trivandrum (100 km; 3 hour drive)
After checking out from the hotel at Kanyakumari, drive to the last destination of the Rameshwaram tour, that is Trivandrum.
On the way, the Padmanabhaswamy Temple is visited. This is an intricately carved, lavish temple and is a must see.
In the evening, you will be dropped to the airport/railway station. Your Rameshwaram package tour comes to an end with the drop off to the city of Trivandrum.
Madurai Travels : Madurai Travel Guide
Where to eat ? What to buy ? Must do things in Madurai ?
Madurai Food Guide : Surya(110 West Peruma Maistry St, +91 452 234 3151, South Indian Cuisine; best dosas are served here; cost for two is INR 600) ; Murugan Idli Shop (No 196, Near Pothys and Jos Alukas, West Masi Street, Madurai 625001, 2341379; South Indian Cuisine; signature idlis are served here, cost for two is INR 200) ; Temple View (114 West Perumal Maistry St, 0452 234 6625, Multi-cuisine Restaurant; serves good idlis)
Madurai Shopping : Decode is the best market in Madurai which sells designer products.Their products are designer readymade churidar, designer kurthis, designer sarees, designer churidar materials, designer night wears, fancy foot wears, fancy hand bags, shawls and duppatta, belts, western wear, caps, hats, t-shirts, sunglasses, jeans, perfumes, cosmetics, accessories etc. (Add:11, 80 Feet Road, Annanagar; PH:91 452 4394404.) Hajeemosa (1874, Hajeemosa is particularly very popular for Banaras silks and Kanchipuram saris) .
Madurai Famous Places : The Rameshwaram package tour allows the visit to the Meenakshi Amman Temple, Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Samanar Hills, Gandhi Memorial and Pazhamudhir Solai. The Vaigai Dam is a good place to visit too. The Agricultural Research Station has been constructed near to the dam, by the Government of Tamil Nadu. A variety of crops, like the paddy, black gram, sorghum, cow pea and cotton are grown here. Vaigai Dam is a good picnic spot for the locals around Madurai/Dindigul.
Madurai Attractions : You should visit the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple and take a 2 hour walking tour of the city.
Special Travel Tips for Meenakshi Amman Temple :
- Before entering the Meenakshi Amman Temple, make sure your legs and shoulders are covered.
- The best time to visit the temple is during the Meenakshi Tirukalayanam festival which celebrates the wedding of Meenakshi Amman to Lord Shiva. This festival takes place in the month of April.
- Do not miss the interesting corners of the Meenakshi Amman Temple, where you will find multiple elephants. The elephants bless you after you give them a one rupee note. This is interesting to watch.
Rameshwaram Tourism : Rameshwaram Tour Guide
Best places to eat in Rameshwaram ? What to buy in Rameshwarm ? Must do things in Rameshwaram ?
Best Places to Eat in Rameshwaram : Gujarat Bhavan (Sannadhi Street Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu – 623518; 04573 -221301; Gujarati cuisine and the Gujarati thali should be tried; cost for two is INR 250) ; Vasanta Bhavan (E Veli St, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, 090470 11000; Multi-cuisine Vegetarian Restaurant; dosa and uttapam are worth trying; cost for two is INR 450) ; Ram Nivas (Near Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu 623526, India; Chinese and Indian cuisine; palak paneer and dal fry deserves special mention; cost for two is INR 250).
Best Things To Buy In Rameshwaram ; Kala Seashell Mart (240 East Street, Rameswaram – 623526, 096002 60696) in Rameshwaram is the largest seller of sea shells ranging from all kinds of products such as curtains, watches, shell lamps etc. The shop is open from 5am-8pm.Gandhi Sea Shell Mart (30-N Market Street, Rameswaram-623 526, in Tamil Nadu. Phone: 04573 221652.) This market sells crafted products like bags, fans, art craft made from, sea shells, coconut fibres, palm leaves and so on. These marts are good to buy bulk products at a cheap rate. You can buy trousers, saris, handkerchiefs, night dress etc from textile shops in Varthakan Street and Middle Street.
Must Visit Places in Rameshwaram City and Around : The Rameshwaram tour package includes visit to some of the most significant places here, such as the Ramanathaswamy Temple, Dhanushokdi Beach, Erwadi, Agnitheertham, Gandamadana Parvatham. This is a shrine of significant importance where the imprint of Lord Rama’s feet placed on a Chakra (wheel) is found. Ramanathapuram is an ancient town near to Rameshwaram City, which houses the Ram Vilas Palace of the Sethupathi Rajas and is a must visit destination.
Things to Do in Rameshwaram City :Pay a visit to the Dhanushokdi Beach. Here you can walk into the Bay of Bengal and watch the colourful fishes, corals and seaweeds.Pay a visit to the Ramanathaswamy Temple which has the longest corridor among all the Hindu temples and is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temple.
Kantakumari Travel Guide : Kanyakumari Tourist Guide
Where to eat in Kanyakumari ? What to buy in Kanyakumari ? Must do things in Kanyakumari ?
Best Places to Eat in Kanyakumari : Sangam Restaurant (2-18 A6, Main Road, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, 629702, India; 91-4652-246161, Multi-cuisine Restaurant; try seafood here; cost for two is INR 400) ; Archana Restaurant (East Car Street, Kanyakumari, India, 04652-246787; Tamil Cuisine; try idli, dosa and sambhar vada here; cost for two is INR 25); Triveni Restaurant (76-B, Kanyakumari Main Road, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, 629702, India, +91-4653-246328, Vegetarian Restaurant; their specialty dish is pongal and sambhar vada; cost for two is INR 300)
Shopping in Kanyakumari : This place is famous for seashell products and you can buy conchas, straws and clips made of coconut shells. These are available in the street markets of Kanyakumari. Tamil Nadu crafts and Poompuhar (KalaimagalIllam Sannathi Street) is a perfect shopping destination for handicraft items, made from art plate, brass miniatures, sandal wood products, Thanjavur paintings, korai mats, batik prints, palm leaf products, kalamkari prints, stone carvings, paper mache, appliqué work, pith products, Thanjavur cut glass, musical instruments etc. The prices are fixed and there is no chance of bargaining.
Must Visit Places in Kanyakumari City and Around :Devi Kanyakumari Temple, Suchithram Temple, Bhagavathy Amman Temple, AdiKeshava Perumal Temple, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Vattakottai Fort, Mathur Aqueduct, Padnamabhapuram Palace, Triveni Sangam, Thirparappu Falls, Our Lady of Ransom Church, Kanyakumari Gandhi Memorial and Thiruvalluvar Statue are must see places in Kanyakumari. Enjoy the overnight stay at the hotel in Kanyakumari.
Things to Do in Kanyakumari City : Pay a visit to the Olakaruvi Falls. It is an hour long trek from the foothills to the water fall. It is believed the water has healing powers. Visit the Padnamabhapuram Palace, which is architectural splendour and is made of granite and offers breathtaking views. Visit to the Kanyakumari Temple is a must as it is believed that during the tandav dance of Shiva, a piece of Goddess Durga’s body fell here. This place is of mythological significance.