MADURAI: THE CITY WHICH NEVER SLEEPS

Madurai is an important city in the Southern part of India. It has great cultural significance with its history of over 2 millennia of habitation. Also known as the cultural capital of Tamilnadu, Madurai is one of the best choices to experience the pristine traditions and culture of the state. It is one of the temple towns in India and is also a pilgrimage site for many.

PLACES TO VISIT

  1. Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple: Located on the bank of River Vaigai, the temple is an architectural masterpiece. The beauty lies in each minute details of the craftwork on the walls and pillars of the facade. The Ayiram Kal Mandapam inside the temple is another masterpiece built in the Pandian era. The hall consists of 1000 pillars carved out of a single rock.
  • Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal: Built in 17th century, the palace showcases the Dravidian and Rajput styles of architecture, and is a national monument. This is near to the Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple and is a must-visit place while in Madurai.
  • Vaigai Dam: The dam is built over the river Vaigai, and is situated in Andipatti. There is a garden adjacent to the dam, which is well maintained. This is the perfect spot for visitors looking for peace of mind and a quiet time.

BEST FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

FOOD

  1. Madurai Kitchen: Great food consisting of Asian cuisine, and comes with a reasonable price too. The ambience is nice and is quieter. 
  2. Murugan’s Idli Shop: If you are into the local cuisine, this is perfect for you. Breakfast is recommended in this restaurant.

ACCOMMODATION

  1. JC Residency: The hotel offers a complete package including the gym and a pool. The service is very good and the food is out of the world.
  2. Hotel Supreme: The view from the hotel is amazing. The food and the ambience are nice and are one of the best places for people with wanderlust.

HOW TO REACH

If you are travelling by air, Madurai has an international/domestic airport. The airport has arrivals from major cities like Chennai, and Colombo.  

Trains are extensively used to get to the area. The railway station is centrally located and is connected to major cities in South India. This includes Bombay, Bangalore, and Chennai. You can plan your route accordingly. 

Madurai has a very good road infrastructure and network. It has multiple highways connecting them to the other part of the nation. It will take approximately an 8-10 hour journey from Bangalore or Chennai if you are travelling by road. There are also many buses by the government throughout the state.

 BEST TIME FOR VISIT

The climate is tropical, and hence visiting during the summer is not recommended for foreign tourist. December to February has a mild climate compared to others. If you are visiting to have the full experience of the natives, it is best to visit the area in time of festivals.

Pongal is one of the most celebrated festivals in the area, with the highlight being the famous “Jallikattu”, which is a part of the 3-day festival. Chithirai festival is celebrated in April-May, and we can see footfalls in range of millions pouring into the city for the festival. 

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