Rameshwaram to Madurai by Road – Distance, Time and Useful Travel Information

Madurai is a city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the cultural and economic capital of Tamil Nadu and is known for its rich history, cultural heritage, and temple architecture. Madurai is also known for its jasmine flower production, and the city is often referred to as the “City of Jasmine”.

  1. Why travel from Rameshwaram to Madurai?
  2. Traveling from Rameshwaram to Madurai by car
  3. Best time to take a road trip by car
  4. Popular routes from Rameshwaram to Madurai
  5. How to Reach Madurai By Train
  6. How to Reach Madurai By Flight
  7. Popular Places to eat in Madurai
  8. Attractions in Madurai for Sightseeing
  9. Hotels and resorts – Accommodation in Madurai

Why travel from Rameshwaram to Madurai?

Madurai is home to a number of ancient temples, many of which are known for their stunning architecture and intricate carvings. Madurai is surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes, including the Western Ghats mountain range. When you take a road trip, you can enhance your experience by enjoying everything that lies on the way. With a Savaari, you can turn your drive into a fun-filled journey and also customize the trip to your liking, travel time, and budget.

travel from Rameshwaram to Madurai

Travelling from Rameshwaram to Madurai?

The road is a popular route for road trips in Tamil Nadu. Avail a car rental from Rameshwaram to Madurai and enjoy the drive through temple towns, villages, and finally, through the famous Pamban Bridge. With our completely customizable Rameshwaram to Madurai trip packages, you can stop at any of these places and do some quick sightseeing. Let us help you discover the best routes to travel from Rameshwaram to Madurai by car.

Important Highway Information about Rameshwaram to Madurai

Highway NameRameshwaram to Madurai Highway
Alternate NameNational Highway 87
Highway NumberNH87
Distance174.3 km
Starting PointRameshwaram
End PointMadurai
Highway QualityGood

Best time to Visit

Being closer to the Eastern Coast, Madurai experiences a typical hot and humid climate. Summers are usually very hot with temperatures crossing mid-thirties (Celsius). December to February is the winter season and the temperature ranges between 20 and 29 degrees Celsius. It is the best time to visit Madurai by car as the climate is very pleasant at this time of the year.

Quick Facts about Rameshwaram to Madurai

Road Distance from Rameshwaram to Madurai174.3 kms
Aerial Distance from Rameshwaram to Madurai149 kms
Travel Time for Rameshwaram to Madurai3 hours and 10 minutes
Travel Time for Rameshwaram to Madurai by Train3 hours and 40 minutes
Best RoutesRameshwaram to Madurai Via NH87
Best time to visitOctober to March

Route 1: Rameshwaram to Madurai via NH87

The distance between Rameshwaram and Madurai on this route is around 176 KM and takes roughly 3 hours. Always check live maps and instant traffic updates for the latest information on road conditions. This is the shortest route and the fastest way to travel between Rameshwaram to Madurai. The traffic on this route is regular and you can avoid road closures.

Here’s the basic route map from Rameshwaram to Madurai

Rameshwaram to Madurai via NH87

Popular sights/monuments that you will encounter along this route

  • Ramanathapuram Palace, Ramanathapuram: An ancient palace and an important historical site of the region.
  • Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Ramanathapuram: A major Hindu temple with connections to the Ramayana
  • Sri Sundararaja Perumal Temple, Paramakudi: A famous and celebrated Hindu temple with a lot of history.
  • Alagar Kovil Temple, Manamadurai: A beautiful and large Hindu temple.
Alagar Kovil Temple, Manamadurai

Places to eat along this route

  • Heaven’s Park, Ramanathapuram: Popular fast-food restaurant serving burgers and fried chicken as well as vegetarian options.
  • Sivakami fast food, Manamadurai: Local restaurant serving fast food, a nice spot for snacks.
  • Adam Non-Veg Hotel, Manamadurai: Family-friendly restaurant serving popular non-vegetarian dishes.
  • Vikas Hotel, Thiruppachethi: A popular local restaurant, good for quick stopovers.

Rameshwaram to Madurai Road Condition via route 1:

The Rameshwaram to Madurai road condition via NH87 is excellent. It is the fastest route and has tolls but no road closure.

Route 2: Distance and Time taken from Rameshwaram to Madurai via Aruppukottai – Valinokkam Rd

This is a longer route to travel than the previous one and it takes more time. There is also a toll on this road. The distance on this route is about 220 KM and takes around 4 hours. To avoid road closures, always check for the latest updates and follow a live map when travelling.

Here’s the basic route map from Rameshwaram to Madurai along this route:

Rameshwaram to Madurai via Aruppukottai – Valinokkam Rd

Popular sights/monuments that you will encounter along this route

  • Mandapam Mini Coral Beach, Maraikayar Pattinam: A peaceful spot without much crowding and beautiful views of the sea.
  • Kushi Beach, Sattakkonvalasai: Beautiful and serene beach, good for families.
Kushi Beach, Sattakkonvalasai
  • Ramanathapuram Palace, Ramanathapuram: An ancient palace and an important historical site of the region.
  • Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Ramanathapuram: A major Hindu temple with connections to the Ramayana.
  • Kilakarai Lighthouse, Kilakarai: A popular tourist destination and a great spot for photography.

Places to eat along this route

  • Nonbu Kadai, Ramanathapuram: Also known as Foodies Junction, this local restaurant is popular for its burgers.
  • Hotel Idris, Ervadi: An old and popular restaurant with affordable meals for travellers.
  • Shanmuga Bhavan, Kariapatti: A bakery and tea stall with a wide variety of sweets and savouries for snacking.
  • Vee Yaar Restaurant, Mandhiri Odai: Popular local restaurant serving vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare.

Rameshwaram to Madurai Road Condition via route 2:

The road condition via Aruppukottai – Valinokkam Road is good. It is the longer route and has tolls but no road closure.

Rameshwaram to Madurai Best Route

Both the above routes are good for travelling from Rameshwaram to Madurai with both having interesting stopovers and ample food stops. Both roads have tolls but there is a big difference in the distance and time between them. If you want to save time and still have a comfortable drive, then the route via NH87 is your best option.

How to Reach

By Train

Several trains operate between Rameshwaram and Madurai. The Rameswaram Express operates daily and takes about 6 hours to reach Madurai. You can also hire a car rental in Madurai to reach your destination. For all train bookings, you can visit the Indian Railways website or check with any online travel portal. For the most updated train timings, always check the latest timetables of IRCTC, before booking.

Train NameDepartureArrivalDuration
08495 – RMM BBS FESTSPL08:50 AM11:13 AM2 hour and 23 minutes
05119 – RMM MUV FEST SPL11:55 PM01:40 AM1 hour and 45 minutes
22621 – RMM CAPE EXP08:55 PM11:40 PM2 hour and 45 minutes
16780 – RMM TPTY EXP04:00 PM06:55 AM2 hour and 55 minutes

By Flight

There are no direct flights from as Rameshwaram does not have an airport. The nearest airport to Rameshwaram is Madurai Airport, which is about 170 kilometers from Rameshwaram. To reach Madurai from Rameshwaram, you can take a train or a cab from Rameshwaram to Madurai, or you can take a flight to Madurai from a nearby airport.

Attractions in Madurai for Sightseeing

  • Start with the popular temple tour of the Meenakshi Temple, which is synonymous with the city, followed by the Koodal Azhagar Koli Temple and the Kallazhagar Temple.
  • Visit the historical, 17th-century Thirumalai Nayak Palace for the awe-inspiring architecture with a mix of Dravidian and Rajputana styles.
  • The Gothic-style St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Goripalayam Mosque are also two iconic sites worth exploring.
  • To visit Madurai like a local, take a walking tour of temples and heritage monuments, join the famous food trail that extends through the night, shop for traditional textiles, or try your hand at pottery at Potter’s Village.

Book a tourist cab in Madurai to travel and explore like a local.

Savaari recommends – Popular places to eat in Madurai

For centuries Madurai has remained a hub of traders, travellers, and rulers from Rome, Greece, Sri Lanka, the Middle East, and more, making the town a melting pot of culture, which had a great impact on the city’s cuisines. 

To sample the best of classic and contemporary, ethnic and international cuisines, explore these places in Madurai –

  • Burma Idiyappam Kadai, Deputy Collector Colony
  • The Banyan Madurai, Heritage Madurai, 11, Melakkal Rd, Kochadai
  • Bhagwati Mohan’s Bhojanalaya, 33, Dhanappa Mudali Street, opposite HOTEL TEMPLE VIEW, Madurai Main
  • Phil’s Bistro, 444, 9th Main Rd, Managiri, KK Nagar
  • Madurai Kitchen, Courtyard Madurai, No 168, Alagar Kovil Main Rd, next to Circuit House

Hotels and resorts – Accommodation in Madurai

Hotel NameAddressPhone Number
The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai, MaduraiNo. 40, Tirupparankundram Rd, Pasumalai, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 62500404527133000
Heritage Madurai11, Melakkal Rd, Near Fenner & Passport Office, Kochadai, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 62501604522385455
JC Residency14, Lady Doak College Rd, Chinna Chokikulam, Tamil Nadu 62500207373737302
Astoria HotelsNo: 65, 70 Feet Road, Ellis Nagar, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 62501604522600071
Regency Madurai by GRT Hotels38, Madakulam Main Road, Vinayai Nagar, Palanganatham, Signal Junction, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 62500309994454120

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