Rameshwaram is a beautiful city of temples located in the state of Tamil Nadu. This city is known for its divine beauty. Rameshwaram is well connected to the city of Madurai by railways and roadways with the distance of 168 km. However, the best way to travel Rameshwaram from Madurai is by road. It is around 4 hours journey. Direct buses, taxies and cabs are available from Madurai to Rameshwaram. On the route, several petrol pumps of Bharat Petroleum, Indian Oil and HP, medical shops and hospitals, ATMs and road-side snack points and restaurants are located.
Transport options from Madurai to Rameshwaram
Madurai to Rameshwaram By Car: Take a cab to travel from Madurai to Rameshwaram which takes around 4 hours. The cost of cabs ranges from INR 10 to INR 22per kilometer, depending upon the type of car. Take NH 49 to travel from Madurai to Rameshwaram. Meals at dhabas and restaurants can be enjoyed during the journey. Journey by cabs is ideal for families, senior citizens and groups.
Madurai to Rameshwaram By Bus: Direct buses are available from Madurai to Rameshwaram at intervals of 30 minutes. NH 49 connects Rameshwaram to Madurai. It is a 4 hour journey by bus. As not a long journey, it is suitable for families, senior citizens and single travellers.
Madurai to Rameshwaram By Train: Direct and regular express trains are available from Madurai to Rameshwaram. Rameshwaram Kanyakumari Express and Rameshwaram Madurai Passenger trains are best and takes 4 hours to reach Rameshwaram from Madurai. Places include in the train route are Madurai Jn. - 47km-> Manamadurai Jn. - 24 km - >Paramkudi - 36km - > Ramankanthapuram - 54 km - > Rameshwaram. Tea and snacks stalls, rest rooms, waiting rooms, book stalls are available on the stations. Ideal for families, senior citizens and groups.
This train departs from Madurai around 12 pm and takes 4 or 4. 30 hours to reach Rameshwaram. One of the easiest way to Rameshwaram in minimum cost. The ticket was around 30 Rs and journey was pleasant. There was no crowed in train. Everyone was proper sitting and views are fantastic. When you go over the Pamban bridge, views will mesmerize you.
At 12:30 Pm the train leaves Madurai Junction and reach Rameshwaram by 4:00 Pm. As, entire train is passenger and no compartment is under reservation, one need to reach the Station a little early to grab the seat. It goes via scenic Pamban Bridge. A grt scenes on the either side of tracks with group of Peacock in the adjacent fields. A journey to remember.
The road condition was good and consistent. No tolls on the way. We stopped twice for coconut water and tea. We crossed small villages as we went, so you cannot increase your speed much. The road is also a bit narrow at some places, though should not be a problem, since the traffic is less.
I travelled to Rameswaram from Madurai by train and it was a nice experience and I went with my family. On the way we reached Rameswaram and first we went on Pamban Bridge and it was a nice experience. Travelling on water over 2.5 km cool breeze, nice sightseeing, boating, fishing etc. Must travel place.
We planned the vacation from 31st, May 2012 to 19th June 2012 to visit Madurai and Rameswaram. We started the journey by train from Agra Thirukkural Exp in the morning and reached Madurai the next day morning. In Madurai we visited Meenkashi Temple, Thirumalainaick Palace and later travelled to Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, Gandhi Museum. Scenes from the train were good and the journey to Madurai is really good but beware of pick-pocketers.
After Madurai we hired a taxi and started our journey to Rameswaram. We caught NH-49 from Madurai and reached Rameswaram within 3.30 hrs. We just stopped before Pamban Bridge to see bluish great ocean from there (seems very good if you are from inland areas, I am from U.P.).
In Rameswaram we visited-Ramanathaswamy Temple(must visit), its nearby sea shore (very beautiful), Dhanushkodi, Tample Tanks, Abdul Kalam sir's birth house etc. Really a very beautiful place to visit.