Looking for a destination drenched into cultural, mystical and mythical ambiance? What about the temple city of Madurai in South India.
Madurai is an ancient town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is second largest of Tamil Nadu after Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu. The city is often described with various nicknames like the Temple City, the Athens of the East, the City of Jasmine, and the Cultural Capital of Tamil Nadu. The mystical city of Madurai was once the capital of Pandya Kings and ancient Southern civilization. Its cultural heritage is 2500 years old. The city has been an important trade centre and has carried out trade as far as Greece and Rome since as early as 550 BC. .
Introduction to Madurai is incomplete without the mention of world famous Meenakshi Temple, also known as Meenakshi Amman Temple or Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. The city of Madurai is associated with mystical legends. According to a popular belief, Lord Shiva showered divine nectar (Madhu) from his locks over the city. And since then the city is known as Madurai. Legend says that Lord Shiva came to the earth in the form of Sundareswarar to marry a beautiful girl named Meenakshi of Madurai (incarnation of goddess Parvati). The main deities of the temple are goddess Meenakshi and Lord Shiva.
The beautiful city of Madurai is built around the Meenakshi Temple. The entire city is laid out in the shape of the Lotus. The life in Madurai moves around the Meenakshi Temple. No one can think of Madurai without the Temple. Today, the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple is a historic Hindu Temple in India. Its architecture is awesome and spectacular. It is an important authentication for Vishwakarma Brahmins for their masterpiece architectural work in chiseling this marvelous temple. It was a frontrunner in the election for the modern Seven Wonders of the World for its awesome and spectacular architecture.
The temple has 985 magnificently sculptured pillars forming the Thousand Pillar Mandapam Hall. There are 12 outstanding Gopurams or towers that beautifully sculptured and painted. It is a significant symbol for the Tamil People and their rich culture. During festivals the charm of Temple is worth seeing. Due to this magnificent and mystical temple of goddess Meenakshi, today Madurai is one of the most important India's Hindu pilgrimage sites. It attracts a large number of pilgrims and tourists from all over India and abroad for Madurai tours in Tamil Nadu, India.
Besides temples, Madurai is also known for some other attractions like Tirumalai Naik Palace, Gandhi Museum, Pottramarai Tank, Kazimar Big Mosque, Goripalayam Dargah, Koodal Azhagar Koil – Vishnu Temple, St. Mary's Cathedral Church, etc. While on tours in Madurai, you do not forget to try the delicious idlis, vadas, filter coffee, and fresh warm Thirumalveli Halwa.
A visit to Madurai also provides opportunity to see nearby places like Munnar, Thekkady, and Palani Hills. There are also some recreations parks and picturesque locations & spots where tourists can unwind and get spellbound the magic of Madurai city tours. Tourists can also fulfill their shopping curios in famous Pudu Mandapam Market.
Meenakshi Temple, Thousand Pillar Mandapam Hall, Ashtha Sakthi Mandapam, Golden Lotus Tank, Oonjal Mandapam, Vasantha Mandapam, Tirumalai Naik Palace, Gandhi Museum, Pottramarai Tank, Kazimar Big Mosque, Goripalayam Dargah, Koodal Azhagar Koil – Vishnu Temple, St. Mary's Cathedral Church.
Munnar (a famous hill station in Kerala), Thekkady (famous for wildlife).
Athisayam Water Theme Park, Eco Park, Rajaji Children Park, Have Valley, Arasaradi Cricket Ground, MGR Race Course Stadium.
300 km away in south from Chennai.
Heritance Madurai, Hotel GRT Regency, Hotel Germanus, Taj Garden Retreat, Madurai Residency, Hotel Fortune Pandiyan, Royal Court, and many more.