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Madurai is one of the hotspot for world travellers for its nearby weekend destinations as it is in close proximity to the famous destinations of South India like Rameshwaram, Thanjavur, Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram, Munnar, Kodaikanal, Kanyakumari and Trivandrum.Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal is one of Tamil Nadu's finest hill stations. It is situated 7,200 feet above sea level amongst the picturesque Western Ghats of India. The Kurinji Flower is in full bloom around December once in 12 years, and it bathes the valley in a beautiful sea of blue. It was last in full bloom in 2006; its next bloom is expected in 2018. Kodaikanal is also referred as Princess of Hill stations.Thekkady (Periyar Tiger Reserve)
Make a trip to Thekkady simply for the fact that one of India's most popular wildlife reserves Periyar National Park is located in this region of Idukki District. The major attraction of this national park is the huge population of tigers. If you go for a boat ride in this lake, you would be certainly lucky to spot animals in the wild coming for drinking water or bathing.Munnar
Munnar is an ideal nature retreat, plan for a weekend trip to this exotic travel destination. It is only around 150 kms from Madurai. All that you can see in Munnar is dark green hilly terrains and tea plantations set on the slopes of the mountains. Salubrious weather, easy to climb mountains and the friendly locals make Munnar a nature lover's paradise.Rameshwaram
Rameshwaram is a not-to-miss pilgrimage town located in Ramanathpuram District of Tamil Nadu. It is 170kms from Madurai. Separated from mainland India by the Pamban Bridge. This tourist spot has been the centre of attraction for Hindu devotees across the world. The main attraction of this temple town is the great Ramanathaswamy Temple. Its relatively a clean sea with beaches, less crowded temples and sacred ponds give another reason to the avid travellers to add Rameshwaram to traveller's bucket list.Thanjavur
If you want to bag something more than spirituality from your trip to Rameshwaram, you should head to Thanjavur. Popularly known as Tanjore, this city is around 190 kms from Madurai and can be added to the list of weekend getaways from Madurai. A significant number of Great Living Chola Temples are found in Thanjavur that are UNESCOs World Heritage Site. If you are a lover of history and architecture, do not forget to visit the Brihadeshwara Temple, Marataha Palace and the famous Raja Raja Chola Mandapam.
Kanyakumari is a temple town in the southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula where you can see the three seas (Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea) meet. The temples found at this South Indian travel destination are historically enriched and let you take a bath in spirituality. The significant attractions of this town are Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Gandhi mandapam and the temple of Devi Kumari Amman. It is 250 kms from Madurai.Ooty
Ooty is a right spot for the nature lovers to feel the coloniall settlements during the British regime. It is also called as the "Queen of Hills". It is located at a distance of 105 kms away from Coimbatore. It sparkles with fresh vegetation and sceneries. The height of the hills in the Nilgiri range varies between 2280 and 2290 meters above sea level. It attracts the tourist by its charming flowers. Lofty mountains, dense forest, acres and acres of tea estates which are all a green feast for the eyes of the tourist.Pondicherry
An ancient French colony, dotted with magnificent heritage buildings, Tree-lined avenues and Mediterranean style houses, Pondicherry brings out the old world charm alive. Delectable cuisines, clean roads and above all the popular ashrams make Pondicherry a pick of the travellers of all taste. To the sightseeing options of Pondicherry, you can add Promenade Beach, Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Ashram or Arikamedu. Do not forget to visit the 'Matrimandir'. Pondicherry is around 170kms from Chennai.Mahaballiburam
Mahabalipuram is one of the beautiful places in south India. It hasa dream world of tamil arts and exhibits. The 7th century erstwhile port city is famous for its rock-cut shore temples. A lone lighthouse on a hill watches over a group of temples below. Mahabalipuram also has some great cafes that serve good seafood. As a backpacker's delight, one can find cheap accommodations and plenty of activities.South India Beaches
South Indian Beaches mainly takes into account the beaches of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, karnataka, Andhra Pradhesh, Pondicherry (Pudhucherry), Goa. The beaches of Kerala are placed between the Lakhswadeep Sea and the western Ghats in South India. The South Indian state of Tamil Nadu possesses the second longest beach in the world namely the Marina beach in Chennai. The Bay of Bengal stretches along the vast sand sea shores. Karnataka boast of a coastline of around 320 kms filled with the serenity and charming imagery of the beautiful landscape.