While Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu, Madurai is the heart and soul of the state. This temple town is one of the oldest cities of the world and despite its small size, is immensely popular among tourists for the famous Meenakshi Temple. It is also well known for being a centre point to various places of interest.
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Rameshwaram is flocked with tourists all year long because of the popular Ramanathaswamy Temple and for being the house of the finest presidents of India, Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. A trip to Rameshwaram from Madurai would take approximately 4 hours in a private car. You will be covering a distance of about 170 km to reach this beautiful seaside town that’s located on the Pamban island and is connected to mainland India via the Pamban Bridge.
Yet another pilgrimage destination, it is said that Lord Rama had built a bridge from Rameshwaram to Lanka to rescue his wife, Sita from Ravana. Thus, Rameshwaram also happens to be the closest point from Sri Lanka. The Mannar Island in Sri Lanka is only 40 kilometres from here. With fantastic deals and a great fleet of vehicles to choose from you can be on your way to Rameshwaram with our one day trip by private car.
The holy town of Rameshwaram is one of the four places of the Char-Dham pilgrimages and hence a lot of tourists flock here to pray to Lord Rama, the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. It is said that those who complete the four Dhams will attain ‘moksha’ (freedom from the cycle of death and rebirth).
Interesting Fact: Even though Rameshwaram is named after Lord Rama, the primary temple here is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Historians say that it is also because Lord Rama prayed to Lord Shiva here to clear him off his sins for killing Ravana.
The rich history of Rameshwaram, the stories associated with each temple, the detailing in the architecture, picturesque landscapes and clean beaches attracts various travellers from across the globe.
If you are travelling to Madurai, a one day Madurai to Rameshwaram Trip by Car will take you back to the days of Ramayana and will unfold great mysteries.
What to Expect
We will be starting our journey by 7 AM by picking you from your place of accommodation in Madurai and head towards Rameshwaram. Our first stop here would be the Agni Theertham where you can take a dip to wash away your sins.
From here, we will head to the five-faced Panchamukha Hanuman Temple. After unveiling more about the epic, Ramayana here, we will head to the Ramanathaswamy Temple, the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
We will then proceed for Lunch. After devouring onto some local delicacies of the Tamil cuisine, we will unveil the House of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, which has recently been converted into a museum and displays various glimpses from his life.
This day trip to Rameshwaram from Madurai will also give us the view of the Pamban Bridge. Last but not the least, we will be visiting Dhunushkodi, an abandoned town 20 km from Rameshwaram, where one can see the Ram Setu. From here we will head back to Madurai which will take us about 4.5 hours and we will drop you to your hotel / home by 9 pm.
Places to Visit on this One Day Chennai to Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram Sightseeing Trip
The seashore opposite the Ramanathaswamy Temple is the Agni Theertham where one can take a holy bath. You will find this tank flocked with people performing various Hindu rituals including washing away the ashes of the dead, or a barren couple praying for a child, etc.
Historically speaking, it is said that it was here that Goddess Sita performed her ‘Agni Pariksha’, where she had asked Lord Laxman to set her on fire to prove her purity. Sita because of her chaste nature was unharmed. Hence a dip in this holy sea is considered to make a person pure.
- Things to do: Take a dip at Agni Theertham first, if you need to take a dip inside the Ramanathaswamy Temple. Hence this is the first stop during your One Day Madurai to Rameshwaram Trip.
- Timings: Monday- Sunday, from 5 am to 6 pm
- Recommended Duration: 30 Minutes
- Entry Fee: Free
Panchamukha Hanuman Temple has an idol of Lord Hanuman with face faces (PanchMukh) made with black stone and covered with a red cloth and vermillion.
It is said that Lord Hanuman had to extinguish five lamps, so that Lord Rama would be able to kill Ravana. Since all the five flames were burning in five different directions, he revealed his five faces at once to burn the five lamps The front-facing face is of Lord Hanuman, while on the sides, the faces are of Lord Narasimha, Lord Adivaraha, Lord Garuda and Lord Hayagriva.
One must see the floating stones that have been placed here from Ram Setu, the ones that were used to build the floating bridge for Lord Rama to reach Lanka.
- Things to Do: One can buy these floating stones for a nominal price outside the temple complex.
- Timings: Monday: Sunday from 6 am to 7 pm
- Recommended Duration: 20 Minutes
- Entry Fee: Free
One of the 275 greatest Shiva temples of the continent is the Ramanathaswamy Temple, it is opulently famous for being a holy pilgrimage site for the Hindus.
The structure of the temple is similar to the other ancient temples of South India with a high compound wall. Its outer corridor is one of the longest temple corridors with a height of 6.9 metres and boasts of 1212 pillars.
There are 64 temple tanks where one can take a holy dip as an act of atonement. Without taking a dip here, your one-day sightseeing trip to Rameshwaram from Madurai will be incomplete.
- Things to Do: Read the inscriptions on the walls to take a closer look at the historical importance of the temple
- Timings: Monday- Sunday from 4:30 am–1 pm & from 3 pm–8:30 pm
- Recommended Duration: 1 hour
- Entry Fee: Rs.50
Rameshwaram is the birthplace of one of the best scientists and the eleventh president of India, Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and hence a day trip to this city would be incomplete without visiting his house whose first floor has been converted into a museum in 2011.
The museum is now looked after by his brother and it provides a glance into the life of Dr Kalam using various photographs, medals, awards, and his contribution to defence & development. The ground floor is now a souvenir shop while the second floor is an art gallery.
- Things to Do: Apart from looking back at the achievements of the great scientist, one can shop for Rameshwaram souvenirs or even seashell items here.
- Timings: Monday- Friday from 8 am to 7 pm
- Closed On: Weekends
- Recommended Duration: 30 Minutes
- Entry Fee: Rs.5
On your One Day Madurai to Rameshwaram Trip by Car, you will also be witnessing the Pamban Bridge from the bylane road next to the bridge. It was inaugurated in 1915 and was the first sea bridge of India. It connects the island of Rameshwaram to NH 49.
It is constructed 41 feet above sea level and is approximately 2 km long. While most of the bridge has similarities with the other sea bridges with 143 piers, what makes it interesting is the double-leaf bascule section which can be raised to form a passage for ships to pass.
- Things to Do: Drive through the bylane of this 2km sketch of the bridge and let the fresh breeze touch your face.
- Timings: Open all-day
- Recommended Duration: 5 Minutes
Your last tourist place during the One Day Madurai to Rameshwaram Trip in a private cab will be Dhanushkodi, which is also popularly known as Ram Setu. A deserted town located 20 km south-east from Rameshwaram is Dhanushkodi. Although the town was destroyed in the Rameswaram cyclone of 1964, yet its ruins are worth your time.
It is said that Lord Rama had ordered Lord Hanuman to build the floating bridge here which the later obliged with the help from his Vanar Sena. There are hardly any settlements here apart from a few fishermen and is also untouched by tourists.
- Things to do: One can spend time at the rather deserted and clean beaches here.
- Timings: Open all-day
- Recommended Duration: 45 Minutes
What to Eat!
Since the town is a holy pilgrimage site for Hindus, one is likely to find mostly vegetarian Tamil cuisine. Try the authentic South Indian dishes like Dosa, Idli Sambhar, Vada Sambhar, Rasam Rice and filter coffee. However, since its a coastal town, one is also likely to find seafood such as crabs and fish, but far from the temple complexes.
What to Shop!
Any day trip to a tourist place is incomplete without buying souvenirs. However, Rameshwaram has a lot more to offer. Apart from decor items made using seashells and idols of various gods and goddesses, one can also shop for quality silk sarees, khadi fabric, jewellery made using palm leaves & handicraft items made by the locals.
You must ensure that you take back a few of these items from Rameshwaram which are unique to this region and it is unlikely you will find it anywhere else. Do remember to bargain to buy them at a reasonable price.
On your One day trip to Rameshwaram from Madurai, do enjoy the scenic road routes. From Dhanushkodi to Rameshwaram’s Ramanathaswamy Temple, the state of Tamil Nadu will leave you spellbound with its religious connection. The best way to explore the state is by hiring a cab. In your all-inclusive one day Madurai to Rameshwaram tour package by cab, we will ensure you of a safe and hassle-free experience.