Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Madurai

Tamil Nadu

(Goa, Kerala & South India)

Madurai is crowning glory of southern India located in the state of Tamil Nadu. Travelers can look forward to a host of intriguing travel experiences in the 2500 year old city that offers everything from Shiva temples to theme parks. Dubbed as the ‘Thoonga Nagaram’ or the ‘City that Never Sleeps’ in popular culture; Madurai is known to have an electric nightlife. The entire city is said to be built around the revered Meenakshi Amman Temple that was completed in 1655 CE.


Madurai is crowning glory of southern India located in the state of Tamil Nadu. Travelers can look forward to a host of intriguing travel experiences in the 2500 year old city that offers everything from Shiva temples to theme parks. Dubbed as the ‘Thoonga Nagaram’ or the ‘City that Never Sleeps’ in popular culture; Madurai is known to have an electric nightlife. The entire city is said to be built around the revered Meenakshi Amman Temple that was completed in 1655 CE.

Magnificence of the Meenakshi Amman Temple

The Meenakshi Amman Temple is the pride of Maduri positioned to the south of river Vaigai. It is a sprawling complex with 14 imposing towers; the tallest being 170 ft in height. The beauty of the duo of gold sculpted vimanas positioned above Shiva and Parvati in the heart of the temple is indeed awe-inspiring. Attracting a mind boggling number of 15,000 devotees each day, this temple draws in 25,000 people come Friday. They travel to see the 33,000 figurines inside that were built in the honor of the deity Parvati and her husband Lord Shiva.

Tourism in Madurai

Domestic as well as foreign vacationers can visit Thiruparankundram situated on a hill. The temple is at a distance of 8km from the city and is one of the six renowned Battle houses of the holy God Murugan. The fabulous Theme Park, Athisayam and the historic Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Kazimar Big Mosque is not to be missed. The city is also gaining popularity as a major center for medical tourism.

Heritage Walk through the Temple Town

Madurai, Tamil Nadu

“Do you not feel the southern breeze blowing from the city and bringing us the mixed fragrance of sacred black agarwood and sandalwood? The breeze is laden also with the smell of saffron, chives, and musk. On its way it may have wandered near newly opened buds of sweet water lilies; or trailed among champaks in bloom, or lost its way in groves of jasmine and madhavi, or caressed the buds of garden mullai".

So sang the bards in Silappadikaram, one of Tamil Nadu's major epics, describing Madurai, which already by 3 BC was a city of great renown, famous for its grand temples and bazaars.

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Chettinad Crafts and Culture Tour

Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Chettinad gets its name from the Chettiars, a powerful and prosperous business community whose influence is clearly discernible in the region's culture, crafts and cuisine. The old wealth of the Chettiars can still be seen in the large number of elaborate 19th century mansions they built in a mix of Indian and European styles. Apart from being renowned for its spicy and aromatic cuisine, Chettinad is famous for its crafts, such as the Athangudi handmade tiles and the Chettinad handloom saris.

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