Travelling the southern most india needs a lots of research, since there is no clear way described on internet. In this blog, I am listing out the places that I managed to cover the places, thus cutting the budget at every possible way on can imagine. I think you have been searching for a while till you reached on my blog. So without taking much time lets jump to the trip and fly you to a dream place of many…
i am from odisha the land of Lord Jagganath (one of the 4 Dhams in India). If you are from Eastern or Northern side of india then for you this is the best way to follow my guide and for the peoples from western or southern you could take this blog as suggestion.
It was a month of mid march, sitting with a cup of coffee and imaging of exploring south India and a sudden idea stuck “what about exploring the southernmost tip of india like be ?”. searched for some infomation, booked my ticket and left for this trip.
The first and affordable means of transportation for a budget traveller are trains and it is the only means of transportation for long distance cheaply, i took the train from Bhubaneswar to Kanyakumari (15906 vivek exp.). It cost me around ₹800, reaches around 10am thrusday and takes 41 hrs. (There is no direct flight to kanyakumari so you have to land in chennai and then again take train to kanyakumari. Around 10:00am the train arrives with a whistle at kanyakumari and i’m all set to step out and explore.
while on the way to my Hostel, the aroma of South India foods on the street will crave and not let you go without tasting the delicious authentic foods(idli, vada, dosa) all you get in each corners of streets.
NOTE :(Choose wisely while eating from street as you can get hospitalised, instead of budget travelling you end up flushing all your money to hospital).
5-day Itinerary – where to stay, when to go, best place to eat.
Where to Stay at Kanyakumari :
There are several options available, you can either stay in hotels, hostels or Homestays. The place where i stayed was “Raghavi tourist home” is nearly 1km from railway station. It cost me around ₹400 per night from booking.com. As soon as i reach, checked-in freshen up took my duffle bag with a bottle of water as you need to refuel youself to cope up with the climate of south.
Vivekananda rock memorial & Thiruvalluvar statue
Desperate to visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial, I eagerly headed Vivekananda Memorial. The picturesque views of the enormous Indian Ocean were worth witnessing. The spectacular architecture of memorial was constructed to honor Swami Vivekananda in the early 70s. There are two main structures here, the Vivekananda Mandapam and the Shripada Mandapam. Just 800mts to ferrypoint where you have to take ferry to visit those place.
Visting Hours – 8 AM To 4 PM
Entrance Fee – ₹20
Ferry Fee– ₹35
Post lunch went to “Trisea Sangam” the place where bay of bengal – arabian sea- indian Ocean meets. Here you can have 1 hrs to stay and enjoy the breeze and look the mesmerising view with sunset.
The wandering Monk Museum
This place provide a great glimpse of the life of Swami Vivekananda, his journey through all the phase.
Timing of Museum- 8:00am to 12pm / 4pm to 8pm.
Entry Fees- ₹10
Wax museum & City Sight Seeing
On the very next morning, go to Sunrise point, where you can have the beautiful view of sunrise and take time lapse if you want to. 🙂
Timing of Museum- 8:00am to 6:30pm
Entry Fees- ₹50
The best time to travel between cities are night coz they saves time and also you get the broad day time to explore the place. so I took the night train from Kanyakumari to Rarmeshwaram(22622 exp. runs only on Tuesday/friday/sunday) takes approx 7hrs to reach in the wee hour of the next day.
Where to Stay at Rameshwaram :
The best & cheap option to stay is at yatriniwas, which cost me approx ₹150 per night, there are many budget backpacker hostel over rameswaram one can find under ₹400. You can book a ride or can trek like me to sight seeing this places for the day.
The Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameshwaram is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the 12 jotirlingas in india and one of the few temples that is built entirely in the Dravidian architectural style. It houses the second largest pillared corridor in the world.
Temple Timings: 5 am to 1 pm, 3 pm to 9 pm
APJ Abdul Kalam Museum
Presenting an interesting sightseeing choice, Former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam House is which has now been converted into a museum is a place worth visiting. Kalam House is undeniably one of the most popular places to see in Rameshwaram. It is situated on Mosque Street.
Timing of Museum- 8:00am to 7:00pm, off on weekends.
Entry Fees- ₹5
Sri Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir / Floating Stones
Situated just 2km from Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple, is also a major tourist place which has an idol of Lord Hanuman bearing 5 faces. The temple is known for the floating rocks that are preserved here. These rocks are considered to have been used by Lord Rama when he made a bridge from India to Sri Lanka to get his wife, Seeta, back from Ravana.
Ramar Patham temple / Gandhamana Theertham
Start your trek to Ramar Padham, place where the footprint of lord rama has been imprinted. it will take 40mins to trek from panchamukhi hanuman temple oneway, Legend believes that it was the resting and planning place of Lord Rama and his army before their journey to Sri Lanka. The feet of Lord Rama can be found engraved in a stone chakra at the premises of the temple. The temple is situated at a high point of the hillock and one can view the surrounding sea, lighthouse and Ramanatha Swamy Temple from its top.
Take rest for the day and explore the city in the evening.
Dhanushkodi can be accessed from Rameshwaram. You can take an Auto most of the way or from Rameswaram town to the tip of Dhanushkodi, a government bus runs every 30 minutes, but for the last half and hour you will need to transfer into a 4 WD tempo traveller type vehicle which does round trips to Dhanshkodi.
The auto will cost you ₹400 – 500 approx to and fro
Govt. bus fate is ₹30
Tempo traveller will cost apoprox Rs. 30/-
Timming: 8am to 5pm
After visiting the abandoned town, Coral Church and other place head back to Rameshwaram by 1pm. On the way back you can also visit the railway station left behinf with the dhanuskodi.
Catch the train to Madurai(16780 tirupati mail) around 4pm and will arrive at 7pm in the evening at madurai. On the way to madurai you can see the pamban bridge.
Where to Stay at Madurai :
Here book a budget hotel or can go to YMCA(Young Men’s Christian Association) just adjacent to meenakshi temple and 12mins walking distance from railway station. Book a dormitory online for ₹200 only which i booked.
On the next very morning take a visit to Meenakshi temple. Upon visiting you can roam around the city and absorb the culture and cuisine.
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