Rameshwaram is located at about 571 km from Chennai. It is considered as one of the holiest places for Hindus in India and is well-connected by rail, road and air. However, the best way to reach Rameshwaram from Chennai is by car, a journey of around 12 hours. The places covered between Chennai to Rameshwaram include Chennai - 82km -> Maduranthakam - 79km -> Villupuram - 112km -> Perambalur - 62km -> Tiruchirapalli - 54km -> Pudukkottai - 54km -> Devakottai - 59km -> Devipattinam - 69km -> Rameshwaram.
There are several petrol pumps of Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and HP, apart from hospitals, ATMs and road-side dhabas on the route.
Transport options from Chennai to Rameshwaram
Chennai to Rameshwaram By Car: Take a cab from Chennai to Rameshwaram, which takes around 12 hours. The cost of cab ranges from INR 9 to INR 24 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Ideal for families, senior citizens and groups.
Chennai to Rameshwaram By Bus: Take a direct bus from Chennai to Rameshwaram, which takes around 10 hours. Several government luxury buses operated by the Tamil Nadu Road Transport Corporation buses are available. Ideal for individual travellers and backpackers.
Chennai to Rameshwaram By Train: Take a direct train from Chennai to Rameshwaram that takes around 12 hours. Mandapan station is just 2 km away from Rameshwaram. From the station, you can take auto-rickshaw or bus to reach the city centre. Ideal for families with kids and senior citizens.
Chennai to Rameshwaram By Flight: Take a flight from Chennai to Madurai, the nearest airport to Rameshwaram and takes aver an hour. Rameshwaram city centre is situated at a distance of about 163 km from Madurai airport. You can take a cab to reach the city centre that takes around 3 hours. Comfortable and ideal for families travelling with senior citizens and kids.
We have started our journey with Sedan type taxi with 3 friends accompanying me. We travelled through GST Road with all excitement with us. We crossed Ramnad, Devakottai and all. In Devakottai we can see Chettiar Houses they are good proof to our ancient architecture. After that when we reached Pappan Pallam, there will be more excited to see a sea on both sides in middle of the bridge & also the crossing of Train in that bridge. In all over india this is the only bridge which has roadway bridge higher than the railway bridge. What a creativity and architecture we amazed with it.
There are more small islands & Theerthan to visit there but due to time concern we visited few places only Like, 1. Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam Samathi 2. Vivekananda Mandapam 3. Ariyaman Beach 4. Rameshwaram Temple etc.
We will advise travellers to spend at least 3-5 days to halt on this place to view all the attraction.
The Rameshwarm Express reaches early in morning by around 4:15 Am. If you are away by around 3:30 you can witness the train passing through the Pamban Bridge. If you can take a quick bath and go to the temple early in morning. You can have darshan of Spadiga Lingam. Its in view for the public only from 4:30 Am to 6 Am everyday.
Ride on Pamban Bridge was an enjoyable moment. We departed from Chennai at 9 pm and reached Rameswaram at 8 am. The climate was hot but we enjoyed the new welcoming atmosphere. Buses were not allowed inside the city. So we had to take an auto to the hotel. For security reasons no vehicles were permitted to go near the temple and so we had to walk 10 metres to MCM Towers which was very close to the temple. We returned to Chennai by Sethu Express.
It was a wonderful experience travelling in the train from Chennai to Rameshwaram and it was a new experience while travelling in the Pamban Bridge in the middle of the sea and overall it was excellent. The train was in good condition and we have enjoyed the journey.
I travelled in SRS Travels from Chennai to Rameshwaram for last month in sleeper non-AC. The bus service was very good and I like the experience. And the travels reached the destination in scheduled time. Bus sleeper was very good. Then they reached the boarding point at the particular time. Bus quality was very good and the bus took halts at hygienic food places.