Roadtrip to Rameswaram and Kanyakumari

Tripoto
4th Aug 2018
Photo of Roadtrip to Rameswaram and Kanyakumari by Swati Keshri

We were 6 folks who left Bangalore via train to reach Madurai the next morning. We had pre-booked a Toyota Innova for 3 days from Madurai.

Day 1

After having a quick Darshan at the famous Meenakshi Amman temple, we left for Rameswaram at 11 A.M. In between, we stopped at Villondi Theertham beach which is an isolated serene beach en route Rameswaram. Thereafter, we stopped at Pamban bridge to take some quick snaps and soak in the beauty of the surrounding vastness. This bridge connects Rameswaram (which is on the Pamban island) to the mainland India. The last point today was Lakshmana Thirtham. Legends are that Lord Lakshmana established a Shiva lingam and worshipped him here. We reached Rameswaram late in the evening and were excited for the next day!

Villondi Theertham beach.

Photo of Villoondi Theertham Beach, Thangachimadam, Tamil Nadu, India by Swati Keshri

The monorail connecting Rameswaram with Madurai as seen from Pamban bridge.

Photo of Pamban Bridge, Pamban, Tamil Nadu, India by Swati Keshri

View from Pamban bridge.

Photo of Pamban Bridge, Pamban, Tamil Nadu, India by Swati Keshri

Lakshmana Theertham.

Photo of Lakshmana Theertham, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India by Swati Keshri

A 90 year old granny selling biscuits and books. Kudos to her!

Photo of Lakshmana Theertham, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India by Swati Keshri
Day 2

Today, we started off early for the Ramanathaswamy temple, the main attraction in Rameswaram. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A mandatory 22 Kunds bath is needed before 1 can visit the temple! The kunds are located inside the temple premise and can easily take an hour or two. There's a long queue to enter, however, one can take express tickets by paying Rs.125 per person(group of 20 folks) or Rs.250 per person(only your group). It's a crazy experience with you taking group bath amidst all sorts of unintended punches from all directions. After surviving the bath, we went for the Darshan. There's strict no photography inside the temple premises. So, stash your DSLRs in the hotel!

From here, we went to Dhanuskodi or the ghost town. This area is abandoned post the Tsunami destroyed the entire city. We spent some time near the dilapidated church and the nearby beach.

Dhanuskodi beach

Photo of Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu, India by Swati Keshri

Now, was the time to leave for Kanyakumari. We visited A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial which houses President Kalam's accolades and personal belongings. The Memorial has free entrance and nicely made with beautiful painting adorning the walls. It will take around 45 mins to take a tour and the Memorial is worth it! We reached Kanyakumari in the evening. It took us nearly 3 hours to reach here from Rameswaram.

Photo of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India by Swati Keshri
Photo of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India by Swati Keshri
Day 3

We started off the beautiful morning with the equally beautiful sunrise at Kanyakumari beach. One can see the gigantic and magnificent Vivekananda Rock Memorial and St. Thiruvalluvar Statue from the beach.

Golden beauty!On our way to the pier during sunrise.

Photo of Kanyakumari Beach, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu by Swati Keshri

The Memorial and the Statue as seen from the pier.

Photo of Kanyakumari Beach, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu by Swati Keshri

The vivacious city as seen from the pier.

Photo of Kanyakumari Beach, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu by Swati Keshri

Pier as seen during sunrise.

Photo of Kanyakumari Beach, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu by Swati Keshri

There are ferries which go to both the spots. It takes hardly 20 mins from the beach till the Memorial. It's made on the rock where Vivekananda meditated and is built on a very large area. This is the southernmost point of mainland India and one can get a nice view of the mainland from here. There is Mandapam here, however, it was closed when we went.

The Mandapam.

Photo of Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India by Swati Keshri

City as seen from the Memorial.

Photo of Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India by Swati Keshri

The statue as seen from the Memorial.

Photo of Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India by Swati Keshri

Memorial courtyard! Just sit here for feeling the gentle and at time violent breeze!

Photo of Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India by Swati Keshri

From here, the Statue is 5 min away from the ferry again. Standing at 133 ft, it's MASSIVE!

The unsuccessful attempt to capture 133 ft tall Statue!

Photo of Thiruvalluvar Statue, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India by Swati Keshri

Vivekananda Memorial as seen from Thiruvalluvar Statue

Photo of Thiruvalluvar Statue, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India by Swati Keshri

Both these spots would take around 1.5-2 hours. 

After returning to the mainland, we went to Arulmigu Bhagavathy Amman temple which is near the beach itself. We left our Car at Nagercoil station from where we had our return train to Bangalore. This marked end of the wonderful family trip!!

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