The total distance between Rameshwaram and Kanyakumari is 325 Km and it takes as much as six and a half hours to reach the destination by car. As per several forum answers, the shortest route from Rameshwarm to Kanyakumari is through – Ramanathapuram, Kizhakari, Sikkal, Tuticorin, Tiruchendur and Koodankula, which is also very picturesque as people get to drive along coastal roads.
But this should be avoided during the monsoons as the road conditions get really bad and can be unsafe for driving. However, for those with an undying love for road trips, who have some time and patience, this drive; can be a very memorable one as the scenic beauty of this stretch is mesmerizing.
Options of Transportation from Rameshwaram to Kanyakumari
Rameshwaram to Kanyakumari by Car:
You can choose to rent a cab or a tourism car to go to Kanyakumari from Rameshwaram, this drive as mentioned above will take around six and a half hours if the road conditions and everything else remains normal. Approximate cab rates vary from INR 8 to INR 30 per km and also depend highly on the type of the car you choose. The car drive is a comfortable, convenient and picturesque option especially for large groups of travelers.
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Other Route Options:
Ramanathapuram – Kilakarai – Ervadi – Sayalkudi – Thoothukudi – Kanyakumari: total distance 320 km, state highway route throughout, not a comfortable ride in terms of road conditions.
Ramanathapuram – Paramakudi – Arrupukottai – Sattur – Kovilpatti – Tirunelveli – Nanguneri – Vattakotai – Kanyakumari: this is a bit of a longer route, but is very comfortable and scenic. The route is via National Highways throughout, so the ride is comfortable.
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Rameshwaram to Kanyakumari by Bus:
You can board a bus from Rameshwaram to Kanyakumari, which takes around 7 hours to reach the destination. The Kanyakumari bus stand is located a kilometer away from the city centre. This option is ideal for economical or backpacking travelers who want to travel light.
Rameshwaram to Kanyakumari by Train:
A direct train ride from Rameshwaram to Kanykumari will also take around seven hours, like the bus ride. The Kanyakumari rail station is about 3 km away from the city centre. One can take an auto-rickshaw or a cab to travel to the city centre.
Tips from Fellow Travelers, Who Have Done a South India Trip:
Many travelers who decided to travel the economical way by bus revealed that the deluxe or AC buses that run privately, are the best options for visitors. As the service of the SETC (Tamil Nadu state government) buses are not very reliable.
They often breakdown in the middle of the journey, or have long halts due to the negligence or insincerity of the bus drivers. This often causes an unnecessary delay in the journey. Also the roads chosen by some these buses are not the best and the ride can be very bumpy.
For people traveling via Madurai, it is highly recommended that they spend a couple of days in Madurai as that is also a good holiday destination and has a lot to offer. Most buses traveling from Rameshwaram to Kanyakumari do go via Madurai and often a change of buses is required. The route via Madurai is also the best for convenience and comfort as the road conditions and availability of transportation is the best.
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