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Madurai

About Madurai

Madurai is also referred as the Athens of the East for the manner in which myth meets life. Initially known as Madhurapuram, Madurai is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu at present. This tourist destination is quite popular with pilgrims, the Meenakshi temple being the chief attraction.

Flights to Madurai

Madurai is well connected through operational flights with cities like Kochi, Chennai, and Bangalore. However the airport, located at a distance of 10 km from the city, does not serve for international flights.

Accommodation

There are numerous places to stay in Madurai. The accommodation options range from deluxe to mid rung budget hotels. The deluxe hotels in Madurai promise a comfortable stay with air conditioned rooms and other luxuries at your service. Budget travelers can book a stay in budget hotels at competitive prices.

Activities and Sightseeing

The sightseeing tour in Madurai revolves around making a visit in the various beautiful temples around the city. Key attractions include:

  • Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple
  • Ayirankkal Mandapam, popularly known as the Thousand Pillar Hall
  • Maraimman Thepukullam Temple
  • Tirumalai Nayakkar Palace
  • Gandhi Museum

To talk about shopping in Madurai, the city offers a plethora of options for shoppers. Go for cotton handlooms, silk saris, stone carvings, and jewelry. Authentic local handicrafts are a definite take home souvenir.

After you are tired with all the sightseeing and shopping, eating out in Madurai is a good choice. Although you don’t have much choice except the strict vegetarian cuisine around the temple complex, there are few restaurants that serve non-vegetarian cuisine for the die-hards.

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Travel Tip

Pack light cottons and plenty of sunscreens to beat the bright sun. Dress with decorum when you are visiting temples. Avoid skimpy clothes as bare shoulders and bare legs are usually frowned upon.