Madurai – which is a 2500-year-old city built by Pandian King Kulashekarar, so it is called as “Pandiya Nadu” in the ancient day’s Other state peoples know Madurai only by this name. Madurai is also called as “Athens of the East”, “Temple City”, “Thoonga nagaram” – which means city never sleeps and so on. Madurai is an important industrial and educational hub in South Tamil Nadu. The city is home to various automobile, rubber, chemical, and granite manufacturing industries and many more places to visit in Madurai.
The word Madurai may be derived from Madhura (sweetness) arising out of the divine nectar showered on the city by the Hindu god Siva from his matted hair.
The Madurai city has several historical monuments, with the Meenakshi Amman Temple and Tirumalai Nayak Palace being the most prominent. YGO travels one of the best tours and travels in Madurai is providing better guidance for the people to explore the temple city easily.
- Meenakshi Amman Temple
- Koodal Azhagar Temple
- Thirumalai Nayakar Palace (Mahal)
- Arulmigu Mariamman Temple – Teppakulam
- Gandhi Museum & Government Museum
- Rajaji Park
- Eco Park
- Thirupparankundram Temple
Meenakshi Amman Temple
Meenakshi Amman Temple, the historic temple which is located on the southern bank of the Vaigai river. The temple depicted Meenakshi – the avatar of Parvathi marriage to lord shiva in his avatar, sundareshwar. What makes this temple different from the others is the fact that both God and Goddess are worshipped together. Meenakshi Amman temple covers around 14 acres in the heart of the Madurai City.
The base piece of the sanctuary is produced using rock, while its towers (gopuram) are produced using limestone. There is an array of sculptured and brightly painted gods, goddesses, animals, and demons. Meenakshi Amman temple has 14 towers. The tallest one is Southern Tower which rises to over 170 ft (52 m).
Meenakshi Amman Temple is famous for its Architecture. This temple gives the name “Athens of the East” to Madurai city. This temple built in an elevated plan, so we can see that temple from any part of Madurai. This temple is suggested for the Wonders of the World and got the top 15th rank by votes.
Ashta Shakthi Mandapam, Meenakshi Nayakkar Mandapam, Potramarai Kulam (golden lotus tank), Swami Sundareswarar Shrine and the Thousand Pillar Mandapam are some interesting places inside the temple.
After visiting the Marvelous Meenakshi Amman Temple, we can explore more experience of architectural form Pudhumandabam and Nandhi Statue near the temple.
Koodal Azhagar Temple
Koodal Azhagar Temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu, which can be reached within 5 mins from the Meenakshi Amman Temple. This temple, constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture. Koodal is another name for the city of Madurai and Azghar in Tamil translates to ‘beautiful one’, referring to Vishnu as Koodal Alagar and his consort Lakshmi as Mathuravalli.
Koodal azhagar temple covers 2.5 acres which were built by Pandyas. This temple is considered to be one of the 108 Lord Vishnu’s holy abodes (divyadesams). The Speciality of this temple from another is, in this temple, Vishnu appeared in 3 different postures – sitting, standing and reclining.
This temple depicts wonderful architecture and artwork and has a corridor around the main shrine, which has rustic color paintings on the walls depicting different gods and goddesses. The vimana has beautiful sculptures that are wonderfully carved. It has decorative windows that are built carved.YGO, one of the best tours and travels in Madurai provides the best chauffeur and cab assistance to make your trip without any hassles.
Thirumalai Nayakar Palace (Mahal)
After visiting the Temples, we can move forward to the nearest and interesting place Thirumalai Nayakar Palace. This palace is situated 2 km southeast of the Meenakshi Amman Temple. Thirumalai Nayakar Palace constructed using the mix of Dravidian and Rajput style.
Many parts of the palace were destroyed in the ancient days during war, which was 4 times bigger than the current place. Now the current palace is the main building of the King, Thirumalai Nayakar where he lived.
This is one of the best architectural monuments of South India. The exterior and interior of this palace, have been decorated richly. The excellent Coating works are done on the arches and domes of the palace. The massive pillars are interesting things in the Palace. There are total, 248 pillars inside this grand palace. Visitors can see at the night, for the great sound and light show which is a desirable one.
After the return from the Palace, visitors can be done one of the most interesting shopping variety of clothes and another product what they want with valuable prices can be done. And we can enjoy the most delicious Jigarthanda, from the shop “Famous Jigarthanda” at the walking distance.
Arulmigu Mariamman Temple – Teppakulam
Arulmigu Mariamman Temple was built 2000 years ago and the temple dedicated to the goddess of Rain. This temple located around 3 km from the Thirumalai Nayakar Palace. This temple is one of the religious sites of the Madurai city.
Teppakulam means temple pond, mainly used for devotional festivals. This place was formed due to the excavation of Sand, which used to Making bricks for the construction of Thirumalai Nayakar Palace.
This teppakulam approx. 305 m long and 290 m wide, nearly equal to the area covered by Meenakshi Amman temple, has 12 steps (which was made by granite) on four sides. This is the biggest tank in the Tamilnadu. The tank is connected to the Vaigai River through an ingenious system of underground Channels. In the center of the tank, there is a Mandapam called Maiya Mandapam (Central Mandapam) with Vinayakar temple and garden.
Gandhi Museum & Government Museum
Gandhi Museum located 3.4 km away from Arulmigu Mariamman Temple. Gandhi Museum was established in 1959, which is one of the 5 Gandhi museums in India. The specialty of this Gandhi Museum is having the blood-stained garment worn by Gandhi when he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse.
The museum has an original letter written personally by Gandhiji to Narayanan Sathsangi of Devakottai. A congratulatory message sent by Gandhiji to freedom fighter and poet Subramania Bharati is also preserved in this museum. Another interesting letter is the one written by Mahatma Gandhi to Adolf Hitler addressing him as “Dear Friend”.
The Picture Gallery presents a visual biography of Gandhiji. It contains photos, paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, quotations, and some original articles used by Gandhiji.
Government Museum is near the compound of Gandhi Museum. It was established during the 5th World Tamil Conference held in 1981. Training sessions and summer training camps on arts, music, and crafts are held here.
The museum deals with…Archaeology, Anthropology, Zoology, Numismatics, Botany, and Geology.
It also has a fine collection of bronzes, sculptures, musical instruments and paintings which are not allowed to be photographed. Training sessions and summer training camps on arts, music, and crafts are held here.
World Tamil Association – The Ulaga Tamil Sangam
Ulaga Tamil Sangam, also known as the World Tamil Sangam, established on 1 March 2016, is a center for higher research for the Tamil language located in the city of Madurai. It can be reached within 5 mins, from the Gandhi Museum. The Ulaga Tamil Sangam building covers over an area of 87,300 square feet and it was declared open by Former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa through a video conference from Chennai on 1 March 2016.
Madurai has been known as the center of ‘Muthamizh’ (the three-forms of Tamil language — Iyal (prose), Isai (music) and Nadagam (drama) since the Sangam age. It is also considered the epicenter of Tamil development activities.
Rajaji Park is one of the amusement park, which can be reached from Gandhi Museum by walk for 2 mins. This park is managed by the Corporation of Madurai. Madurai Rajaji Park in Madurai is famous for Amusement Park, Picnic, Garden, Scenic sports.
It is an ideal region to spend amusement time with the circle of relatives. The park is open all day from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
The park is embedded with many wonderful rides and swings and children experience right here plenty with their family participants. The area is also excellent for spending a few hours of amusement and relaxation pretty far far away from hustle and bustle of the city There is a nicely-maintained garden inside the park.
Eco – Park :
Eco Park covers 5.5 acres of land is a leisure spot for all age groups. Located at the western end of Anna Maligai, the park was set up and developed by the Madurai Corporation. Apart from its 124 varieties of herbal trees, the park houses more than five hundred varieties of small and big shade-giving trees. The major highlight of the park is the tallest artificial fountain that pumps water up to 110 feet and the four optic fiber illuminated trees. There is a minimal fee for entry to the park.
Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple:
Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple also called as Subramanya Swamy Temple is a Hindu temple one of the Six Abodes of Murugan, located at Thiruparakundram. This temple located 9.4 km from the heart of Madurai City. The temple has an extraordinary Rock-cut architecture. Thiruparankundram Temple was built in the 8th century by Pandyas. This temple, has separate shrines for Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Durga, Lord Vinayaka and of other prominent Hindu deities. This temple is known for a special feature, idols of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu face each other, which is a unique aspect in a Hindu temple. From this temple, the sun and moon can be seen together, which is a major attraction.
How to Reach Madurai??
A prominent city of Tamil Nadu, Madurai is easily accessible from almost throughout the country. The city has its airport and a railway station, making it convenient for all to commute to the city easily. Other nearest airports and railway stations happen to be Chennai and Coimbatore.
Madurai has its airport which is well-connected by the rest of India. The number of domestic airlines operate on the route and several flights fly daily to Madurai. And it has International airlines to Dubai, Singapore, and Srilanka. Another option is to take a flight to Chennai or Mumbai from any part of India and then take another flight to Madurai from thereafter.
Just like the airport, Madurai has its railway junction which is well-connected to all major cities in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Even if you cannot avail of a direct train to Madurai, you can avail of trains either from Chennai or Coimbatore. Express trains from Trichy, Kochi, and Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore are also available connecting the cities to Madurai.
Madurai can also be reached by road. Travelers can take either a bus or a car. National Highway 45 and 45B connects Madurai to Chennai. It is one of the amazing drives that one can experience. Apart from that, Madurai can be reached from Bengaluru via NH 49. Other cities from where direct buses for Madurai are available to include Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. The state bus network, A/C buses as well as Non-A/C buses, private cabs and taxis connect the city.
What to eat??
South Indian cuisine dominates in Madurai and when you’re here, you must sample as many local dishes like Dosai, idli, Sweets, Meals as possible that are served on banana leaves, you’ll never run out of food to try. Here are some of the best places to eat at –
- Famous Jigarthanda Shop
- Sulthan Restaurant
- Burma Idiyappam Kadai
- Madurai Idli Shop
- New Shri Ram Mess
- Amma Mess
- Konar Mess
You can also visit the tourist places like Kodaikanal, Rameshwaram, Kanyakumari from Madurai. YGO the best travel agency in Madurai provides better assistance for you to explore this Madurai. To know about the package or to book the cab/Rail/air/hotels contact 8111002088, 8111002099. We would offer you the best plan or a travel tip to experience the Madurai.