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Introduction

One of the oldest cities in South Asia, Madurai, on the banks of the River Vaigai, has been an important centre of worship and commerce for as long as there has been civilization in South India - indeed, it has long been described as "the Athens of the East". The highpoint of visits to temple cities is Madurai. It is famous for its Meenakshi Temple. It had also been the political capital of the Pandyan and the Nayakan dynasties. The illustrious past of the city can still be witnessed in the architectural splendor of the temples and the palaces.

Area 109 sq km
Altitude 101 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-26.0 C-40.0 C Winter-18.0 C-29.0 C
Language Tamil, Sourashtra, English
STD Code 0452
Rainfall 85 cm average yearly
Best Time to Visit November to February

Madurai MapOther cities map


How to get there

  1. Air :- Madurai has its own airport and there are flights, which connect the city with Chennai, Tiruchirappalli. The airline services have at least one flight daily from Madurai to Chennai. From there one can take flight to anywhere in India.
  2. Rail:-Madurai has one of the major railway junctions of South India. It is connected with the all the major tourist as well as religious places in Tamil Nadu.
  3. Road:-There are good motorable roads, which connect this, second largest city of Tamil Nadu with other parts of the state as well as other places in India. Madurai has five bus stands, which cater to the needs of the people. Madurai has one of the major railway junctions of South India. It is connected with the all the major tourist as well as religious places in Tamil Nadu.

Places to Visit

Meenakshi Temple Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam Thirumalai Nayak Palace
Thirumalai Nayak Palace Gandhi Museum  

Excursion

Megamalai Kodaikanal Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Suruli Falls

Accommodation

Hotel Royal Court Hotel Germanus Hotel M. R. International Taj Garden Retreat
Hotel The Madurai Residency Hotel Madurai Ashok (ITDC) Hotel Park Plaza