Madurai is located in Madurai district of Tamilnadu. It is situated on the banks of river Vaigai. Madurai is the oldest cities in India. This place is famous for Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. City is having several names few names are City of four Junctions, City that never sleeps, Temple city, City of Jasmine, and City of Junction. Madurai played a vital role during independence period. Most famous festival in Madurai is Meenakshi Tirukalyyanam. This festival celebrates during April- May for 10 days. Millions of visitors visit this place during this festival season. Other famous festivals in Madurai are Pongal, Chithirai, and Festival of Cradle.
What to see in Madurai:
Meenakshi Temple: Madurai is famous for this temple. This consists of several enclosures. Major attraction of this temple is Beautiful stone work on the walls . Temple is having 14 gateway towers. Ayiram Kal Mandapam is most attractive. Original temple was sacked in 1310 by Malik Kafur, Muslim Invader. Current structure was built between 1623 to 1655 CE.
Mariamman Teppakulam: Main idol of this temple is in the tank. In this temple Lord Vigneshwara is worshipped.
Gandhi Museum: In India there are 5 Gandhi Museums. It is one of those museums. Primary attraction of this museum is Blood stained Dhoti of Gandhi along with photos of his lifetime.
Goripalayam Dargah: This dargah consists of 2 Muslim saint graves. Those saints are Hazrat Sulthan Shamsuddin Badusha and Hazrat Sulthan Alauddin Badusha.
Thirumalai Nayak Palace: This was built by Thirumalai Nayak in 16th century in Indo Sarcenic Architecture style. 3/4th of this palace was ruined. At present only 1/4th palace with 248 pillars.
Koodal Azhagar Temple: Huge statue of Lord Vishnu in front of the temple is the major attraction of this temple. Main Idol of this temple is Lord Vishnu. It is one of the oldest temples of south India.
Alagar Koli: This temple is famous for Sculptures and Stone Carvings. Lord Vishnu is worshipped in this temple.
Kazimar Big Mosque and Maqbara: It was constructed by Hazrat Kazi Syed in 13th century. It is the oldest Mosque in Madurai.
Pazhamudhir Solai: It is one of the six abodes of the lord. This temple is dedicated to Lord Subramanya. It is located near Alagar Koli temple.
What to see around Madurai:
Tirupparankundram Murugan Temple: Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is located 8kms away from Madurai which was built by Pandya King in 8th century. It is one of the rock cut temples.
Athisayam: It is located 7kms away from Madurai. 20 water rides and plenty of games can be played here.
Vaigai Dam: This is the major source to the irrigation of the surrounding regions. Vaigai Dam is located on the river Vaigai. Other attraction near this dam is Agricultural Research Institute. It is located 69kms away from Madurai.
Getting to Madurai: Madurai is well connected with roadways, railways and airways. From cities such as Coimbatore, Bangalore, Trichy, Chennai, etc buses, trains and airbuses are available to reach Madurai. Madurai airport is 10kms away from the main city.
Getting around Madurai: Buses, taxis, private vehicles, cabs are available to visit the surrounding places of Madurai.
Best time to visit Madurai: Between March to June temperature is extremely hot so better not to come to this place during those months. Best time to visit this place is between October to February.
Where to Stay in Madurai: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Madurai. Budget range, Midrange and Luxury Hotels are available to stay. As per the requirement of the visitors, they can choose to stay.
Where to eat in Madurai: Plenty of restaurants available to eat in Madurai. Breakfast will not available here. Almost all the restaurants offer Iyengar Style of Meals. Only few restaurants offer Chettinad, Continental, Chinese and South Indian cuisines.