Take a bus or train from Madurai to Rameshwaram (172km/3.5hours) in the morning. Rameshwaram is an island city connected to the Indian mainland via a cantilever bridge (more on that later). Its Dravidian styles temples are less crowded and ideal for meditation. There are numerous sacred ponds dotting the temples where one can take a dip to wash away their sins. It also has a fair share of secluded beaches where you can escape the crowds.