Madurai Tourism

Madurai Tourism

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Madurai Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Altitude: 8 m
  • Pincode: 625001
  • District: Madurai
  • Language: Tamil
  • STD code: 0452
  • Weather: Summer 26 to 41°C, Winter 18 to 32°C
Madurai, also called the Temple City, is located in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is also one of the oldest inhabited cities of India. Apart from the Temple City, a few other names for the city are the ‘City of Four Junctions’, ‘City of Festivals’, ‘Athens of the East’ and ‘Sleepless City’, all pointing to one or other aspect of Madurai.

The name Madurai is supposed to have originated from the word ‘Madhura’ in Sanskrit, which means ‘sweetness’. The history of Madurai dates as far back as the 3rd century BC. The city finds mention in the works of Megasthenese as well as Arthashastra by Kautilya. Madurai was ruled by the Kalabhras until the 6th century, after which, it was subsequently ruled by many other dynasties, viz. the Pandyas, Cholas and Nayaks.

The British took control of Madurai in 1801, and it was then that it was made a part of the Madras Presidency. Madurai holds significance in India’s independence struggle as well. The city was home to leaders like NMR Subaraman, Mohammad Ismail Sahib and Meer Ibrahim Sahib. It was Madurai where Mahatma Gandhi decided to wear the loin cloth and shunned trousers as he was inspired by the agricultural labourers here.

Madurai is known to have a mix of cultures and religion, which is evident from the presence of many religious structures belonging Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. Some of the important religious structures of Madurai, which also serve as tourist places, are Goripalayam Dargah, Meenakshi-Sundreswar Temple and St. Mary’s Cathedral Church. Gandhi Museum is another tourist attraction of Madurai.

The Chithirai Festival, which will be celebrated in Madurai from April 22 to May 4, 2012, is a major tourist attraction. Organised every year at the Meenakshi Temple, the important facets of the celebrations include the coronation of Goddess Meenakshi; a wedding marked by rituals between the deities and the Chariot Festival. According to mythology, Lord Vishnu came to Madurai to attend the wedding of his sister, Goddess Meenakshi. But as he was late, he missed the wedding and became extremely angry, which is why he went back home. This legend has resulted in a grand procession that marks the end of the festivities where Lord Kallazhaga, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, is carried back to the temple.

Madurai has come to be called the ‘sleepless city’ because of its 24x7 work culture. There are plenty of food joints here, which remain open 24 hours, along with the transport, which is operational late at night.

The city is well connected to other parts of the country. It has an airport, a railway station and a reliable public transport system, which commuters can use for intercity as well as intracity travel. Being a major city, Madurai is well connected domestically by air, road and rail transport. The Madurai airport is at a distance of 10 km from the city centre.  Taxis are available from the airport. The nearest international airport is in Chennai.

It is also well connected by rail including major cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Mysore, Coimbatore, Chennai and others. By bus, it is connected to several cities within the state as well as neighbouring states. Frequent services are available to Chennai, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram etc. Services are provided by the TSRTC as well as private operators.

Lying at an elevation of 101 m above sea level, Madurai experiences a hot and dry weather throughout the year. The day temperature during the summer months hovers at about 40° Celsius while the same during the winters is between 20-25° Celsius. It is best to avoid visiting Madurai during the rainy season from June to August when the south-west monsoon hits the city. The best time to visit Madurai is from October to March.

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Mohan Nair

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  • Mohan Nair
  • 10 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  2211 readers

"Madurai - a must visit destination" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Madurai, well known for Meenakshi Temple and its 1000 pillars Mandap is a real treat for someone who is really interested in Temple Architecture. Everything inside and outside the temple are a rare piece of artistry made out of hard work and dedication. Four towers in the temple also really beautiful. Despite being the hot summer, we never feel the heat in side the temple thanks to the special mode of construction. Each pillar in the mandap is made out of single stone with encryptions.
Main market is in around the temple as it is the main attraction here. There are no restrictions regarding dress code here, men can wear shirts, pants and even jeans. Getting darshan is not very difficult thanks to the great arrangements done by the authorities.
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Muzaffar zargar

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  • Muzaffar zargar
  • 6 Reviews
  •  35 readers

"Simplicity" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Madurai is temple city, where old ancient architect of menakshi temple really fascinat, with all four towers around the temple and old and famous bazar Mandapam.
The place of worship and relax
More over central point to Bangalore Chennai Cochin, deluxe night trainspot is always available to reach mojar destinations
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Mukesh kasera

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  • Mukesh kasera
  • 8 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  41 readers

"Place worth visit" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Specially for pilgrims it is really a good place to visit. The temple is built nicely in those days when today's modern architecture facilities were not available. I had visited with my wife. I visited temple twice and got darshan with all comfort without paying any thing. Easily reachable from railway station.
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Mukesh shelat

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  • Mukesh shelat
  • 7 photos
  • 11 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1651 readers

"Maurai " The Temple city""

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was a great pleasure for me to visit Madurai the temple city after a long time. We with our family went for pilgrimage visit to this temple. We entered Madurai not directly but on way returning from Kodaikanal via Alhagar Temple (Balaji).
It was a overnight halt and we needed to catch the flight to Mumbai next day I. E. Feb16th;2017.
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Umang Kardani

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  • Umang Kardani
  • Lives in Gandhinagar
  • 17 photos
  • 27 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  7389 readers

"Little bit religious"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It's city of temples.
I was visiting there only for that Meenakshi Amman temple that was the only name I remember from my history text book.
Really that Meenakshi Amman temple was great place especially that 1000 pillar architecture I loved the temple but I don't like other temple due to unhygienic conditions.
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Irfan basha

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  • Irfan basha
  • 2 Reviews
  •  183 readers

"Good Hotel"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Good Budget hotel. No Negatives with the staff or with the Management. Worth for money. Near to temple and railway junction just reachable with 5 minutes walk. Rooms are clean. Advance booking is required since the hotel is always full with the travelers.
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  • Velmurugan
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
  •  303 readers

"Excellent tourist spot"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Dear friends I am gratefully explaining about the experience which I got in Madurai .. It is an excellent spot for the family members to spent the time with the traditional value and to know more about the father of our nation Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi museum. It is an extraordinary thing which is in Madurai to know more about our history of our freedom. The world famous temples and it's construction gives an extraordinary moment to know about the value of tamilans and the value of god and the way how they constructed. Nice to explain about the value of Madurai.
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Pramod upadhyaya

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  • Pramod upadhyaya
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  • 4 Reviews
  •  226 readers

"Perfect journey"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 6, 2016
Though we reached around evening at SPK hotel, however we planned too visit the Meenakshi Sundaram temple in that evening. Finally we see and again in next day also we visited once again to see the temple premises in day time. Its indeed a great temple with vast area and architectural. Rush was so, not that much.
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Kadiyala praveen

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  • Kadiyala praveen
  • 5 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1029 readers

"Place of Gods"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 3, 2016
Really the Meenakshi temple situated in Madurai is centre of attraction for the city and sides of temple was excellent namely north, south, east and west ..
Tfn is also less cost with nice quality which is near temple (south side) ... Lotus pond situated inside is wonderful and colorful.
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Vanam Mutyalu

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  • Vanam Mutyalu
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  266 readers

"Extraordinary Temple and world famous with rich hidden civil engineering which is invisble at every"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 1, 2016
Wonderful experience visiting this famous meenakshi temple, The art sculpture involved is apparently impossible for present designers, who ever may be, the time and patience paid by king planners, organizers, workers are amazing - not sufficient if you any kind of words for this workmanship. We must really feel proud that this temple is in our great India. Which is traditionally very rich country.
Regarding shopping we liked very much Pancha Loha or brass made statues and other god and goddess available in temple premises are no where available in India. One must do shopping there. Other famous traditional sarees are also available in Madurai town.
The total atmosphere is completely religious and festive mood. Different types in different design flowers fabricated available in entire Madurai and Tamilnadu. I love this place.
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