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.