Madurai is famous as the temple city and is almost synonymous with the famed Meenakshi Temple. Located on the banks of River Vaigai, Madurai is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu.Temple dedicated to Goddess Shakti or Meenakshi.It is one of the important centers of Hindu pilgrimage. The Meenakshi temple exemplifies the Dravidian architecture with gopurams (large gateways) and mandapams (multi-pillared halls) covered from top to bottom in an abundance of multi-coloured images of gods, goddesses, animals and mythical figures. Rameswaram town in Ramanathapuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located on an island separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel and is less than 40 kilometers from the Jaffna Peninsula, Sri Lanka. Together with Kashi, it is considered to be one of the holiest places in India to Hindus. Hence, it is a bustling pilgrim centre. According to legends, this is the place from where Lord Rama, built a bridge Ram Setu(also known as Adam's Bridge) across the sea to Lanka to rescue his consort Sita, from her abductor, Ravana. This is also the place where Rama worshipped Shiva to be absolved of the sin of killing Ravana, hence the name of Shiva, which became the name of the town - Rameswara (lord of Rama). Both the Vaishnavites and Shaivites visit this pilgrimage centre which is known as the Varanasi of the south.
Daywise Itinerary for Pilgrimage Tour Madurai - Rameswaram
Day 1. Arrive in Madurai transfer from Madurai Airport / Madurai Railway Station to Hotel , visit Madurai Meenakshi Temple , other places depends on arrival time in Madurai.
Day 2. Early morning departure to Rameswaram (160 kms - 3 hours). , Rameswaram temple visit and visit all other important places of intrest in Rameswaram , overnight stay in Rameswaram.
Day 3. Holy dip in Rameswaram beach and then proceed to Madurai , visit Thirupparankundram (arupadai veedu ) and visit Pazhamutircolai ( arupadai veedu ) At the foot of the hill is situated Azhakar Kovil, which is one among the 108 divyadesams. Evening Visit Meenakshi temple.