Madurai - The Temple city
Madurai is a city which is designed as a petals of lotus. As the lotus flower is seen, all streets of Madurai were designed with Meenakshi Amman Temple as the center surrounded by expanding square roads. Each corner of all roads are interconnected. This helps any visitor who visits Madurai to understand where they exactly are. In Madurai, you will never get lost. Due to the construction rules (you cannot build any buildings that hides the temple), from any corner of the city, you can see the Meenakshi Amman Temple. Just take a walk on the road which will always leads to one of the four gates of the temple.
This city lived under various rulers which brought different cultures and traditions to the city. Madurai houses the oldest MALL of the world named Puthumandabam which is a place where you can get everything that is needed for a marriage to your daily life.
The world famous Meenakshi Amman Temple
is the main attraction of Madurai. It is the first place to visit for any visitor to Madurai, being the oldest temple which is in the center of the city. The beauty of this temple is the surrounding of the temple. A walk on the road is enough to buy you anything from dresses to household utensils etc. This Temple contended for the new 7 wonders of the world.
Chitirai Festival is another main attraction of our city Madurai. This is a ten day event that happens during the first month of Tamil calendar. Alaghar visits Madurai on the 11th day.
Madurai is the land of Temples. It is one of the few cities in Tamilnadu where you can find temples in every road and street. In Madurai, you can find Churches, Mosques and Temples coexists without any enemity on each others.
Places to see in Madurai
Meenakshi Amman Temple, Tirupparnkunram, Azhakar Kovil, Samanar Hills (Jain temple)in Keelakuyilkudi, Yanaimalai, Pazhamudircholai, St. Mary's Cathedral and Kazimar Big Mosque, Ten pillar lane, Thousand Pillar Mandapam (Musical stone pillars), Gandhi Museum, Adhiyasayam Water Theme Park, Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Flower Market and many more to do like, trekking, bird watching, wild life safari in the nearby places..
Madurai is known for it's food. From a simple vegetarian food to the Non Vegetarian food, you can get anything in Madurai. Served in clean Use and Throw banana leaves, this tasty hygienic food costs less than what you spend in other cities.
Getting around Madurai
Travelling to places of interest from Madurai is very easy. Madurai is the centre place to travel down south and up north with AIR, ROAD and RAIL connectivity. Some of the important local destinations are Periyar Tiger Reserve (Thekkady), Kodaikanal, Ooty, Munnar, Sirumalai, Kanyakumari, Thiruchendhur, Rameshwaram, Courtallam, Vettankudi, Koonthankulam and Saamanatham (Bird Sanctuaries)for bird watching, Chennai, Pondicherry, Tanjore, Velankanni in Nagapattinam and to nearby states like Kerala and Karnataka (Bangalore), Goa and Andhra Pradesh (Hyderabad).