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Very Beautiful Palace

Very Beautiful Palace  Video Review
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Thirumalai Nayak Palace

Vishnu Katara
26th Apr 17

Shopping at Meenakshi temple

Shopping at Meenakshi temple  Video Review
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Meenakshi Temple

Rahul Koottiyani
27th Aug 15

Amazing architecture

Amazing architecture  Video Review
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Meenakshi Temple

Vikas Rana
22nd Dec 17

Thirumalai Nayakar Palace

Thirumalai Nayakar Palace  Video Review
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Thirumalai Nayak Palace

Senthil Kumar
19th Dec 17

Golden lotus

Golden lotus  Video Review
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Meenakshi Temple

Sonali Bhasin
29th Dec 17

Good view

Good view  Video Review
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Thirumalai Nayak Palace

Tinu
19th Dec 17

Inside the beautiful meenakshi temple!!!

Inside the beautiful meenakshi temple!!!  Video Review
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Meenakshi Temple

Rahul Koottiyani
27th Aug 15

3D Shivling Meenakshi temple

3D Shivling Meenakshi temple  Video Review
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Meenakshi Temple

Sonali Bhasin
29th Dec 17

Good view

Good view  Video Review
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Arulmigu Madana Gopalswamy Temple

Tinu
19th Dec 17

Azhagar Kovil Temple- The hidden gem in Madurai

Azhagar Kovil Temple- The hidden gem in Madurai  Video Review
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Alagar Koil

Ashish Shukla
30th Mar 17

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Reasons to go to Madurai

1Tamil Nadu - Pongal
Tamil Nadu - Pongal

Why: Pongal is a 4-day festival that celebrates the dawn of the harvest season in Tamil Nadu. ‘Pongal’ means ‘to boil’ in Tamil and this festival is observed in the month of Thai (January-February).

The first day which is referred as Bhogi is commemorated on the last day of the month of Margazhi to honor Lord Indra (the god of rain). The sun God is worshiped on the second day. On the third day, cattle are honored by bathing and decorating them with multi-colored beads, tinkling bells, sheaves of corn and flower garlands tied around their necks. The last day of Pongal is also known as Kannum Pongal day for thanksgiving to one's family, relatives, and friends for their support.  

HolidayIQ traveller Vikash Patel shares, “Some of the important festivals in Tamil Nadu is also celebrated during winter season including 4-day harvest festival Pongal starting from 14th January every year.”

When: 13th - 16th January 2017

How to get there: The best places to experience Pongal are Madurai and Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu.

Madurai:
Closest airport - Madurai airport

Railway station - Madurai

Thanjavur:

Closest airport - Trichy International airport

Railway station - Trichy Junction (58 km)

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2Madurai Flower Market Renowned For Madurai Malli
Madurai Flower Market Renowned For Madurai Malli

Madhurai Flower market is renowned for it jasmine flowers which are known as madhurai malli. The jasmines from here are exported to other parts of India as well as to countries like Germany, America and Italy. The Madurai jasmine is unique because of its fragrance. For the jasmine and the rose, the Madurai flower market has also received an international recognition as both of these flowers are extensively used in the fragrance industry.

HolidayIQ Traveller Snkr shares, "Visit temples and the other famous places. Don't miss the delicious Madurai idly and Madurai malli."

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3Devotion to the Peak at Madurai
Devotion to the Peak at Madurai

HolidayIQ Reviewer Kasi Venkoba Rao shares, “Meenakshi temple; This temple is always attractive and divine irrespective of the number of times one may visit. Every time, this temple looks pious and gracious.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Srikanth adds, “Good temple to visit and you will be happy. It is just 20 to 25 km from Matuthavani.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Shijo Thomas shares, “The temple is dedicated to Parvati and was built in the 1600s. It is surrounded by 14 gopurams and has a hall of 1000 pillars. Meenakshi temple is approximately 2 km from the station at the heart of the city.”  

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4A place for Dravidian architecture
A place for Dravidian architecture

HolidayIQ Reviewer ABHINAV Kumar shares, “The magnificent architectural marvel is a pure bliss. Once you enter the temple you will be amazed and surprised at every corner. The goddess temple has two types of darshans.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Mahendra Jain shares, “Beautiful temple with intricate architecture; Meenakshi Temple is must-visit place in South India. Its architecture reminds you of our capabilities in Ancient India”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Nagendra Revooru adds, “Wow, amazing temple The temple is dedicated to Meenakshi, her eyes are so attractive, bird, on one hand, the statue is great.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sangram ghatge says, “Colourful temple with good architecture; Temple was very crowded, we took 100 Rs ticket but still, it took 2 hours for darshan.”  

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5Experience divinity
Experience divinity

Temple | Architecture | Religious | Museum

HolidayIQ Reviewer Ramasastry Patnala adds, “We must travel this place to experience the divine presence of Lord Siva, Parvathi, and Lord Vishnu. We have visited world famous Meenakshi Devi temple with exquisitely carved sculptures everywhere. The temple is in the heart of the city and we entered through West gate and had great darshan of Goddess Meenakshi Devi and Lord Sundareswara(Siva). It is an architectural wonder and we can not miss even an inch of the premises. It is filled with not only sculptures but also excellent paintings on the roofs.

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Reviews (201)

Saranya Devanathan

Saranya Devanathan3.6/5

378 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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Nallasivan p

Nallasivan p5.0/5

2 reviews

Excellent tour

I went to Chennai along with my family from Madurai on 16th October 18 and returned back 0n 20th october 18. Both onward and return journey I have traveled along with my family through spice jet. We had a pleasant journey. Prompt timing. Excellent hospitality. Thank you spice jet.

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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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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