Madurai is the Third Largest city in Tamil Nadu. Situated on the banks of the River Vaigai, the city has been a noteworthy settlement for two centuries and is one of the oldest frequently developed cities in the world. This city was the capital of the Pandyan kingdom – at first at Korkai, around 600 BCE and later moved to Koodal (the present Madurai) amid the rule of Nedunj Cheliyan I.
Madurai is well known for its temples built by Pandyan and Madurai Nayak rulers in the Dravidian style of design. It is still one of India’s most extraordinary Hindu pilgrimage places. It is again called City of Junctions, City of Jasmine, Temple city, City that never rests and City of four junctions.
Attractions: Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Mahal, Koodal Alagar Temple, Thiruparankundram Temple, Alagar Koil, Srivilliputhur Andal Temple, Gandhi Museum, Vandiyur Mariamman Temple, Narasingam, Pazhamudhir Solai, etc…
Nearby places: Munnar, Idukki, Thekkady(Periyar wildlife Sanctuary), Tiruchirappalli, Thanjavur
Best Time to visit: October to March
Peak Season: January to February & April to May
How to Reach
- By Air: The city has a domestic airport which is about 13 kms away from the city center.
- By Rail: Madurai Junction is one of the major railways station in Tamil Nadu. Direct Trains are connected operates from this station and also station is well connected with major cities of India.
- By Road: Many National Highways are connected to this city such as NH7, NH 45B, NH 49 and NH 208. To reach Madurai is very much easy through road from many cities of South India. State Transport and private like buses as well taxis and cabs are also available too.