We reached Madurai around 1:30 AM. We hadn't book a hotel in Madurai as we were hoping to get a retiring room at the station itself. But all the retiring rooms were already booked. (If you have an onward train ticket from a station, you can book a retiring room at that station. It has all the basic amenities, including an AC, which is not bad for the cost. It is booked for 12 and 24 hours)
So, we headed out and found an auto (he found us) who helped us to get a room in a very very very basic hotel for ₹600 (for 2 people, non AC, 24 hours). It was nearby the railway station. But we were tired and sleepy so we slept as soon as we hit the bed. After waking up we walked towards the temple, stopping for breakfast in between. After visiting the temple, we went to the Mahatma Gandhi museum, which had very fascinating objects, from some of the letters he wrote, to the blood laden cloth he wore on the day he was killed. The auto took ₹100 from the railway station to the museum.
We then went to the palace by an Ola (yes, we forgot that we are in Madurai now and Ola is available there! 😅) But before going to the palace we decided to go to a church nearby.
The palace was nice. Can do with some better maintenance. We watched the light and sound show there which was horrible. We then came out and had a JIGARTHANDA (₹100/glass, the shopkeeper gave us the special one). You need to try it. It was amazing. And then we headed back to the market since we had an hour and a half before our train back.
We had our dinner after picking up our luggage from the room and walking around the market.
And then we boarded our train back.
It was an amazing journey. You can cut the cost and a day inthis trip by not booking a hotel in Kanyakumari. You could instead visit all the places in one day. It would be a little hectic but you'll save money and time.
Note: Always try traveling at night especially if you are backpacking. It saves your money as you don't have to stay in hotels overnight and it helps you to travel the city more.
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