Madurai is an ancient city in Tamil Nadu which was once ruled by Pandya Kings. It is constructed in the form of a lotus and is known as the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu. The rich cultural heritage and a strong mythological ethos make this place an important landmark in the map of India.

Why Go There: Rich culture | Heritage | Pilgrimage
Ideal For: Friends | Family | Religious people | Nature Lovers
Trivia: It is known as ‘The Lotus City’.
Best Time To Visit: October- March
Things To Bring Back: Silk Sarees, Sungudi Sarees, decorative items of wood and brass, bell-metal lamps, stone carvings.

Places To Visit And Things To Do In Madurai

7. Meenakshi Amman Temple

Meenakshi Amman Temple is a historic temple situated at the banks of River Vaigai. The presiding deities of the temple are Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. There are great art pieces incorporated into the walls and pillars of the temple. Meenakshi Amman Temple is made up according to the ‘Shilpa Shastra’. It has 14 gateways towers or ‘gopurams’ dedicated to the Goddess Parvati. Golden ‘vimanas’, holy sanctums and shrines in the temple are the major attraction for of tourists who visit the temple.

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Distance From the City: 1 km
Ideal Duration: 1-2 hours

6. Alagar Koil

Alagar Koil is a temple situated in the North-East of Madurai at Alagar Hills. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The statue of Lord Vishnu is entirely made of stone and is a splendid masterpiece. There are various statues in different postures placed at different locations of the temple. The devotees offer holy prayers in the morning and evening. There are many songs sung in the praise of Lord Vishnu’s valour. The temple provides halls where you can perform certain rituals in the holy environment of the temple.

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Distance From the City: 4 km
Ideal Duration: 1-2 hours

5. Vaigai Dam

Vaigai Dam is a magnificent man-made 111 feet structure constructed over River Vaigai near Andipatti in Theni district. The massive dam was built in 1959 and it is an important source of water for irrigation and drinking purposes. It is a popular picnic spot that you visit with your friends and family. The mesmerizing scenery of the place spellbinds you and it is a perfect place for photo fanatics. This place is well-illuminated in the evening which makes the place admirable. The warm sunrises by the reservoir is a delight that leaves you refreshed and revived. The other side of the dam is a beautiful flower garden named as ‘Little Brindaban’. The playing area in the garden is specially constructed for children where you can watch your little ones play amidst nature.

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Distance from the city: 60 km
Ideal Duration: 2-3 hours

4. Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal

Thirulamai Nayakar Mahal was constructed in 1636 A.D. by King Thirumalai Nayak. The Palace depicts the perfect blend of the Dravidian and Rajput style of architecture. The exteriors and the interiors of the palace are adorned with stucco work that one can find at the domes and arches of the palace. There are 248 massive pillars that make you marvel at this architectural wonder of that time. There is a light and a sound show in the evening that you can enjoy with your friends and family. This is a glorious palace that you should not miss out on.

Distance from the city: 1.5 km
Ideal Duration: 2-3 hours

3. Koodal Azhagar Temple

Koodal Azhagar Temple is situated at the centre of the Madurai city constructed by Pandyas. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is the most famous and unique temple in Madurai. It Is constructed in the Dravidian Style of architecture. The temple is one of the 108 Divyadesams and lies on the 65th spot. Thousands of people who seek pilgrimage flock here to offer their prayers to Lord Vishnu.

Distance from the city: 1.5 km
Ideal Duration: 2-3 hours
Best Time To Visit: May-June

2. Gandhi Museum

The Gandhi Museum serves as a remembrance and a tribute to our father of nati0on, Mahatma Gandhi. The museum was established in 1959, 11 years after his demise. It is one of the few museums in the country that houses remarkable mementos associated with Indian history. It depicts the life of Mahatma Gandhi and India’s struggle for freedom from 1757 to 1947. The information is illustrated in the form of graphical representations that conveys an understanding of the struggle for freedom. The interesting part of the museum is the sections containing 124 rare photographs of Gandhiji’s personal life. The museum is a home to around 100 relics and replicas of artefacts created by Mahatma Gandhi.

Distance from the city: 2 km
Ideal Duration: 2-3 hours

1. Mariamman Teppakulam

This temple is constructed in the honour of Lord Vigneshwara. It has a huge tank in the compound of the temple that holds the record of largest tank in Tamil Nadu. The tank is filled with water at all times that serves as a primary source of water at the time of scarcity in Madurai. Legend says that the idol of God was found at the bottom of the tank when the temple was dug. The temple is a home for many festivals. All the rituals in the temple are performed with great pomp and pleasure.

Distance from the city: 4 km
Ideal Duration: 1-2 hours

How To Reach Madurai

Airways | Railways | Roadways

Nearest Airport:
Madurai International Airport
You cab book your flights by using: Goibibo Domestic Flight Offers | MakeMyTrip Offers | Yatra Domestic Flight Offers 

Nearest Railway Station:
Madurai Junction Railway Station

Nearest Bus Stop:
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Drive Down:
If you wish to take a drive to Madurai, you can rent a car from: BlaBla Car | Savaari | Aha Taxis 

Where To Stay In Madurai

Madurai Residency | Heritage Madurai | Regency Madurai by GRT Hotels 
You can book your hotels from: Travelguru | MakeMyTrip Hotels | Triphobo 

Hidden Gems

If you are in Madurai, these are the places which you should not miss out on:

  • The ‘Pazhamudhir Solai’, a temple created in the memory of Lord Subramaniya
  • The ‘Tirupparankundram Murugan Temple’, an excellent masterpiece devoted to mother Earth
  • The ‘Puthu Mandapam’, a shopping mall that satisfies a shopaholic within you

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  • Cottage Arts Emporium, a shopping place where you get brass items, kashmiri Shawls, paintings and more
  • Visit Hajeemoosa to buy Banarasi and Kanchivaram Sarees
  • Gorge on a delectable spicy dish ‘Mutton Kola’ at Amma Mess
  • Meena’s Idli Stall, taste some delicious idli and chutney

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