Heritage Walk through the Temple Town

Madurai

“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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“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.

On this Walk:
• Explore the marvellous architecture and legends of the Meenakshi Amman Temple, understand the temple rituals, and see its water tank and the grand 1000-pillar hall.
• Walk through East Chithirai Street, leading out from the temple, into the vibrant bazaars and feel the pulse of this historic city.
• Meander through small streets, passing the tailor's market, vegetable market, banana market, flower market, and many other specialty shops which will leave one gaping at the collection proffered.
• At the Thirumalai Nayakar Palace, see the beautiful entrance gate, main hall and dance hall, and feel the vibe of a long forgotten era.

Duration of the Tour: 2 hours.

TOUR STYLE: Heritage

MEETING POINT: East Gate of the Temple (We will email you a map and directions)

END POINT: Thirumalai Nayak Palace

TOUR START/END: Our guide can fix a taxi for you to get back to the hotel or we can also arrange for your pickup and drop from/to your hotel with an extra cost. Please write to us for cost.

TOUR DURATION: 2 hours depending on your interest.

GROUP SIZE: Maximum 6 people and Minimum 2 People.

PRICING: As mentioned above, all our tours are private.

INCLUSIONS: Local English speaking guide, entrance fees and transport as indicated.

EXCLUSIONS: Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for guide & driver.

WHEN: Every day morning at 9 Am and evening at 4PM. Prior reservation required. Timings may vary slightly depending on weather / season. We will confirm the exact start time along with tour logistics once you book the tour.

WHAT TO WEAR: Please dress modestly for the walks; this is a traditional area of Madurai and ensure you have adequate sun protection. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

TOUR NOTES: Please note, the food on the street is delicious but does not meet national or international hygiene standards. Although we only go to very popular places, with good local reputations, these stalls do not cook using bottled water or wash their utensils with it. So eating street food is always risky. If you prefer not to risk it, but still want to see what it’s all about, then at the end of the walk, we can take you to Haldirams where you can try chaats and other popular dishes in safe and hygienic conditions.

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