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Madurai Video Reviews

Very Beautiful Palace  Video Review

Very Beautiful Palace

by Vishnu Katara
26th Apr 17
Shopping at Meenakshi temple  Video Review

Shopping at Meenakshi temple

by Rahul Koottiyani
27th Aug 15
Amazing architecture  Video Review

Amazing architecture

by Vikas Rana
22nd Dec 17
Thirumalai Nayakar Palace  Video Review

Thirumalai Nayakar Palace

by Senthil Kumar
19th Dec 17
Golden lotus  Video Review

Golden lotus

by Sonali Bhasin
29th Dec 17
Good view  Video Review

Good view

by Tinu
19th Dec 17
Inside the beautiful meenakshi temple!!!  Video Review

Inside the beautiful meenakshi temple!!!

by Rahul Koottiyani
27th Aug 15
3D Shivling Meenakshi temple  Video Review

3D Shivling Meenakshi temple

by Sonali Bhasin
29th Dec 17
Good view  Video Review

Good view

by Tinu
19th Dec 17
Azhagar Kovil Temple- The hidden gem in Madurai  Video Review

Azhagar Kovil Temple- The hidden gem in Madurai

by Ashish Shukla
30th Mar 17

I am heading to Madurai

Reviews (198)

Saranya Devanathan

Saranya Devanathan3.6/5

345 reviews

Ancient city live

Madurai is an experience of keeping the ancient structures and still modern city living . The city is too hot and humid even in June. Even though it drizzled the previous evening, it was still humid . To visit the temples around, you need to wear socks. Otherwise your soles get blisters to walk bare foot from the shoe stand to the entrance of the temple . For Thirumalai Nayakan Mahal's sound and light show, you need mosquito repellent since it is held in the open courtyard of the palace . There are eco parks all over the city - a welcome relief. Most of the sight seeing temples are closed between 1 - 4 pm. Either you take rest in the hotel or spend more time at Gandhi museum that opens at 2:30 pm after lunch . If you think of the famous Madurai malli (jasmine flower), be prepared to buy it by counting the number flowers - not as forearm's length . If you think Madurai idlies will be like jasmine flower, you will be disappointed. It is the same like any other place in Tamilnadu . But Jigirthanda is worth tasting. The shops are there all over the city . The fruits near Pazhamudirsolai Murugan Temple is not even that good like the pazhamudirsolai chain of juice centres in the city . Though there are no Uber, Ola is always available. It is cheaper in time and money than the autos after bargaining. There are many share autos, by paying Rs. 10, you can hop in and hop out. Be prepared for overcrowding . This temple city's temple start from the railway station itself. There are temples in front of the station and temple architecture on the top . The buggies inside the station does not want to carry senior citizen with her luggage. The escalator for platform No. 1 is outside the station. There is no indication whether the escalators in other platforms work or not . The cloth shops show all other sarees - not the chinnalampatty sarees . The Vagai river and Vandiyur Teppakulam is dry with no water. Just not worth visiting to see a dry pond. They say only on festival days, water will be full .

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Gopalakrishnan krishnamurthy

Gopalakrishnan krishnamurthy5.0/5

3 reviews

Very good and nice place to stay with family enjoy

Good place to stay with family we planned for 2 days and completed the journey and the overall experience and hotel stay was excellent . But you can access anywhere through bus and variety of hotels are available for food . Very nice . Lot of places are available to stay 1. Kudal alagar temple. 2. Meenakshi Amman temple ,. 3. Thiruparankundran temple ,. 4. KalAlagar temple.

Madurai Overview

History of Madurai

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 Megasthenes 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 Indias independence struggle as well. The city was home to leaders like NMR Subbaraman, Mohammad Ismail Sahib and Meer Ibrahim Sahib. It was Madurai where Mahatma Gandhi decided to wear the loincloth and shunned trousers as he was inspired by the agricultural labourers here.

People and Culture of Madurai

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-Sundareswarar Temple and St. Marys 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 Kallazhagar, 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.

Things to Do in Madurai

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 intra city 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.

Photos of Madurai

Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

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Suneeta shukla

Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Madurai

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Vishnu Katara

Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Madurai
Tirupparankundram Murugan Temple, Madurai

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Jagdish Raval

Tirupparankundram Murugan Temple, Madurai
Tirupparankundram Murugan Temple, Madurai

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Jagdish Raval

Tirupparankundram Murugan Temple, Madurai

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