Weekend trips are fun! They rejuvenate our minds by providing a quick diversion from our daily routine. Recently, we went on a weekend trip to Madurai from Bangalore. We hired a car at Madurai and visited Rameswaram. The road trip to Rameswaram was a lot of fun due to Tamil Nadu’s natural beauty and well-maintained roads.
A few reasons which made our trip memorable and all our readers should try visiting these places:￼
- Pamban Bridge
The road trip to Rameswaram springs many surprises and Pamban bridge tops all of them. The bridge connects town of Rameswaram on Pamban island to the rest of India. On one side of this 2 Km. road bridge is small fisherman’s town and shore is teemed with small fishing boats and nets. The other side, is the famous railway bridge recently popularised in the movie Chennai Express. Of course, we stopped and took plenty of photographs!
- Rameswaram Temple
Ramanathswamy Temple built in the 12th century is a work of architecture and has the longest corridors amongst all the temples in India. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas and is one of the most visited religious shrine for the Hindus. We offered our prayers early morning and then explored Rameswaram for the rest of the day.
- Dhanush Kodi and secluded beaches
Dhanush Kodi is the southernmost tip of thePamban island and is closest to Sri Lanka. After 2002 cyclone, it is an abandoned village with empty huts, boats. On our way to Dhanuskodi, we encountered the most scenic things ever – white sands which submerge in December with Bay of Bengal water and bright blue sea-water with clean beaches.
- APJ Abdul Kalam birth-place
On our way back, we visited Bharat Ratna APJ Abdul Kalam’s museum which houses his medals, relics and photographs from his childhood. It is indeed APJ’s greatness that he achieved so much in his life in spite of his humble beginnings.
- Madurai – Food, Meenakshi Temple and the palace
On our way back, we visited the famous Meenakshi Temple – the ancient temple with 1000 pillars, 14 gopurams (gateway towers) and 33,000 sculptures. It is indeed a wonder and you have to visit it to experience the grandeur. Another hidden architectural wonder is Madurai Palace where Mani Ratnam’s Tere Bina from Guru (starring Aishwarya Rai) and Kehna hi Kya from Bombay was shot.
Tamil Nadu also has nation’s most awesome cuisine and Madurai is where it all started. We recommend visiting Murugan’s idly shop and any of the traditional thali restaurant. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and go on this wonderful road trip.