Madurai Pilgrim break is where you visit some of the most significant pilgrimages in South India such as Rameshwaram, Madurai and Trichy. You visit one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples, one of the 51 Shaktipeetha Temples, one of the Panchabhoota Temples, one of the Sriranga Kshetram Temples, the beach from where Lord Rama's army invaded Lanka and a prime heritage site.
Meenakshi Amman Temple - One of the Shaktipeetha Temples and a major heritage site
Rameshwaram Temple - One of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples
Dhanushkodi Beach - From where Lord Rama's army invaded Lanka (now Sri Lanka) in Ramayana
Jambukeshwar Temple - One of the Panchbhoota temples of Lord Shiva
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple - A Hindu temple dedicated to Ranganatha, a reclining form of Lord Vishnu
Arupadaiveedu Temples - Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple and Pazhamudircholai Murugan Temple (Two of the Six Abodes of Lord Murugan)
Day 1 - Madurai Arrival and travel to Rameshwaram. Evening visit to Dhanushkodi Beach Arrive at Madurai and then you proceed to Rameshwaram (160 kms - 3.5 hours). Rameshwaram is set on the edge of Arabian Sea and is home to the Ramanathaswamy Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples of Lord Shiva and one of the four Char Dhams in Hinduism (other three being Dwarka, Badrinath and Puri). You arrive here by late afternoon. In the evening, you visit Dhanushkodi beach nearby where Lord Rama's army is believed to have built a bridge (known as Ram Setu) across Lanka (now Sri Lanka) in the epic Ramayana. Dhanushkodi is also the confluence of Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal and therefore a scenic spot. After spending some time at the beach, you return to Rameshwaram.
Day 2 - Travel to Trichy after Morning Darshan at Rameshwaram Today, early in the morning you visit Ramanathaswamy Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples of Lord Shiva and one of the most sought-after Hindu pilgrimages in India (being one of the Char Dhams). After darshan, you proceed to Trichy (220 kms - 4.5 hours), one of the large cities in Tamil Nadu, renowned for its Srirangam Temple (one of the Pancharanga Kshetrams) and Jambukeshwarar Temple (one of the Panchabhoota Temples). You arrive at Trichy by the evening.
Enroute on the Rameshwaram - Trichy route, you may stopover to visit Kanadukathan, a heritage village in the heart of the Chettinad region having homes of erstwhile Chettiar community that are now popularly visited by heritage travellers
Kanadukathan and nearby Karaikudi are renowned for Chettinad cuisine and popular with travellers for lunch enroute
Day 3 - Travel to Madurai after Visit to Srirangam and Jambukeshwar Temples. Visit Meenakshi Temple in evening Today in the morning (temples open at 6 AM for darshan) you visit Srirangam Temple and Jambukeshwar Temples and after spending time here, you proceed to Madurai (135 kms - 2.5 hours), renowned for the Meenakshi Amman Temple, one of the Shaktipeetha temples and one of the prime pilgrimages and heritage sites in South India. Temples reopen for darshan at 4 PM and therefore, you visit the temple in the evening for darshan and thereafter, spend couple of hours exploring and marvelling at the heritage character of the temple.
Day 4 - Visit Arupadaiveedu Temples around Madurai before departure Today, you visit two Lord Murugan Temples around Madurai, i.e., Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple and Pazhamudircholai Murugan Temple (part of Arupadaiveedu Temples, i.e., Six abodes of Lord Murugan) and thereafter, depart from Madurai for your onward destination.