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  Madurai


Madurai is an animated city packed with pilgrims.
it is one of southern India's oldest cities, and has been a centre of learning and pilgrimage for centuries.

 
 
 

Speciality Of Madurai

Madurai is surrounded by several mountains. The Madurai city has 3 hills as its city boundary. Yanaimalai, Nagamalai, Pasumalai named after Elephant, Snake and Cow respectively. It is famous for Jasmine Flowers. Jasmine flowers are transported to other cities of India from Madurai.

 
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  • Air
    Connected with Madras, Calicut and Bombay.


  • Rail
    Connected via Madras with all the main places.


  • Road
    Madras- 472 kms, Trichy- 142 kms, Rameshwarm- 139 kms, Kanyakumari- 232 kms, Tirunelveli- 151 kms, Kodaikanal- 120 kms, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary- 136 kms, Palani- 122 kms, Thanjavur- 223 kms, Bangalore- 446 kms, Bombay- 1454 kms.

  • Local Transport
    Local buses, cycles.


 
  Major Places of Madurai

Meenakshi Temple

The Meenakshi temple is dedicated to Meenakshi, the consort of Lord Shiva.The Meenakshi-Sundareshwar temple has long been the focus of both Indian and international tourist attraction as well as one of the most important places of Hindu pilgrimage. People of the city wake up to the chant of hymns at the temple, which is the very centre of their cultural and religious life.

 

Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam

This is a huge temple tank about 5 km east of the Meenakshi temple. The mandapam in the centre has an idol of Vigneshwara (Vinayaka). This enormous temple tank is fed by water brought from the Vagai through an ingenious system of underground channels. It is the site of the temple's float festival.

 

Manalur

The chance discovery of 13th century icons of Bikshadanar and Krishna in child form, a sacred conch, a lamp and other vessels at Manalur, about 20 km from Madurai, has thrown fresh light on the history of this place.

 

Annamalai and Nagamalai

Annamalai and Nagamalai are two striking rock formations, and home to ascetics of the Jain and Hindu faiths. There are inaccessible caves with Tamil Brahmi inscriptions on rock beds which are chiselled out as quarters for the sages.

 

The Gandhi Museum

The Gandhi Memorial Museum is one of the distinct places to be visited in Madurai. This museum is one of the rare living memorials of "The Father of India" and has an elaborate historical account of India's struggle for independence.

 

Koodal Azhagar Temple

This ancient shrine has Vishnu in sitting, standing and reclining postures one above the other.

   

Thirumalai Nayak Mahal

There is no other building in Madurai, which better illustrates the architectural style of the Nayaks. This palace consisted mainly of two parts, namely Swargavilasa and Rangavilasa which house the royal residence, theatre, shrine, apartments, armoury, palanquin place, royal bandstand, quarters, pond and gardens.