On a fine happy Friday evening, We decided to visit a historic place in south Kerala. Fixed our trip to Madurai - Rameshwaram - Dhanushkodi and choose public transport for commutation. Monday morning was targeted return date.
Preparations for TripDress for two days, 2 DSLR camera (both borrowed from friends), Camera Tripod, Sunglass
12th July 2014, 03:00 Took four second sitting train tickets from Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station to Madurai. Guruvayoor - Chennai Egmore Express train arrived at 3:50 , which was 10 min after the expected time of departure. Well that's usual in Indian Railway. It was rush time and hardly managed to get seat after 3 stops. Train rushed through areas covers with windmills and sunflower garden. Wanted to book return ticket on Punalur Passenger train from Madurai to Thiruvananthapuram. Normal booking was over with many in waiting list. Our challenge was to book four e-Tatkal tickets on IRCTC website. Usually Tatkal tickets get sold in 10 minutes from start of sale time. Start of sale time is fixed as Previous day's 10:00. Luckily, our tickets were booked. Thanks to the improved IRCTC website and Vodafone Internet coverage. Train arrived 5 min early from the time of arrival at Madurai station.
Walked to Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple through the streets of Madurai. Amazed to see architecture of Meenakshi Amman Temple. Spend hours closely examining structural designs. Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal was near with a few walkable km through street. On the way we had our lunch with their special cauliflower pakwada and jigarthanda juice. Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal also gave as a visual treat with its architecture. It was also a kind of museum which exhibited history of Madurai. Headed to bus station to find a bus to Rameshwaram after filling our stomach with rotti and a special vegetable curry.