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    Best time to Visit Madurai: Whole Year

    Category : History/heritage: History & Heritage,Culture & Festival
    Pilgrimage: Pilgrimage

    Duration(days) : 2 Days

    Description

    Madurai is a 2,500-year-old city with rich historical and religious significance.
    This city that is located on the banks of Vaigai river and has glorious past and a busy present. It has flaunts the architecture of many great temples which are visited by thosands of devotees from all over the world.
     
    The of the famous places to visit in Madurai are
    •  Sree Meenakshi Amman Temple
    •  Thirumalai Nayak Palace 
    •  Thirupparankundram Temple
    •  Gandhi Memorial Museum
    •  Koodal Azhagar Temple

     

    Madurai is always busy regardless of the time of the day. 
    During your visit to Madurai - make sure you taste the famous ‘Madurai idlis’; which you will find in almost all restaurants, being around the clock.

     

    Madurai is also famous for its trade mark Chungudi cotton sarees, color dyeing, motifs ,Handicrafts, Brassware and wooden toys.


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    Sree Meenakshi Amman Temple / Sri. Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple

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    Meenakshi Amman Temple is located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River. It is dedicated to Parvati, (also known as Meenakshi), and Shiva, (also known as Sundareswarar). Though the present temple structure was built between 17th century. It is said that the temple was actually built in the 6th century BC by survivors of the Kumari Kandam. It is one of the most famous temples in South India. This huge temple that extends beyond 6 hectares of land. With several concentric quadrangular enclosures contained by high stone walls, the temple complex has 33,000 sculptures. The thousand pillar hall is one of the amazing works in the temple that is famous for its architectural brilliance.
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      Thirupparankunram Temple

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      Thiruparankundram Temple is carved in rock and is monstrous in size for such an architecture. The temple is known for its carvings, the temple is gigantic in size with 48 ornate pillars and 150 feet high beautiful Rajagopuram at the front. According to the legend this is where Murugan married Deivayanai, the divine daughter of Indra. This cave temple is also considered as the place where sun and moon abide. It is located 8 kms from city centre and it has a beautiful pond near it.
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        Thirumalai Nayak Palace

        Entry Fees :₹ 10 Time To Visit :9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 5 PM

        Thirumalai Nayak Palace is a 17th-century palace built in Indo-Saracenic architectural style. This palace was built in 1636 by king Thirumalai Nayak as his residential palace. Only a quarter of the original structure is intact, consisting of entrance hall, courtyard, dance hall, and audience hall. It is situated close Meenakshi Temple and is one of the prime attractions of Madurai. There's a half an hour sound and light show every evening. The entry fee is Rs 10 for Indians and 50 rupees for foreigners.
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          Gandhi Memorial Museum

          Entry Fees :₹ Free Time To Visit :10 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 5:30 PM

          Gandhi Museum was constructed in memory of Gandhiji after his assassination. The museum houses a Picture Gallery, which presents Gandhiji’s visual biography. The history of Freedom struggle is depicted with 265 illustrations in the Special Exhibition section. The ‘Hall of Relics’ preserves some original and replicas of Gandhi’s personal belongings. It contains a number of items used by him including a shawl, spectacles, yarn, and the bloodstained dhoti (loincloth) that he was wearing when he was assassinated in Delhi in 1948. Gandhi took up wearing the dhoti in Madurai in 1921, as a sign of national pride.
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            Alagar Kovil

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            Alagar Kovil is a beautiful village situated 21 kms from Madurai. It is famous for Vishnu Temple dedicated to Lord Azhagar (brother of Goddess Meenakshi). The temple is situated on a hill amidst panoramic surroundings. The shrine is know as Alagar Koil. The temple also contain some beautiful carvings and makes the visit rewarding.
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              Koodal Azhagar Temple

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              Koodal Azhagar temple is one of the ancient temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The sculptures, paintings and architecture of the temple are splendid. It is believed that the temple was originally constructed by the Pandyas. Later, more structures like shrines and pillared halls were added by Madurai Nayaka and Vijayanagar kings.
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                Pazhamudhir Solai

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                Pazhamudhir Solai is another famous temple in Madurai dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is considered as one amongst the six abodes of Lord Murugan. It has unique sculptures carved of marble and wood. It has an intricately carved vimana and a beautiful gopuram. The temple is located on hill top and the giant steps in front of the temple make for a great climb.
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                  Samanar Hills

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                  The caves found near Samanar Hills are believed to be dated back to 1 AD. These caves were used by Samanar (the Jains). You can find many Jain carving and sculptures here. Samanar Hills is situated 10 km away from the famous Meenakshi Amman Temple. The hill top offers splendid view of Madurai.
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                    Puthu Mandapam

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                    Puthu Mandapam, is a 17th century pillared entrance hall opposite the Meenakshi Temple's east tower. You will find rows of tailors and stalls selling fabric, scarves, jewellery, fashion accessories, handicrafts, and art work.
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                      Mariamman Teppakulam

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                      Mariamman Teppakulam is a beautiful square tank spread over a huge area of almost 16 acres, located about 5 kms from Meenakshi Temple. The tank is the scene of the colourful float festival held in January/February to celebrate the birth anniversary of King Thirumalai Nayak, who built this tank. On the occasion of the Float Festival, innumerable tourists from different parts of the country come to visit the city. On the Northern side of the tank, you will find a temple is dedicated to Mariamman, a famous village deity of Tamil Nadu.
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                        Vaigai Dam

                        Entry Fees :₹ Free Time To Visit :06:00 am to 06:00 pm

                        Vaigai Dam is built across the Vaigai River, and is located around 70 km from Madurai. There is a beautiful garden, called as Little Brindavan near the dam which offers as a picnic spot for locals. There is a musical fountain near the dam and it operates on weekends and on government holidays between 6 am and 8 pm.
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                          By Air
                          Madurai Airport is just 10 km away from the city and it has flights from Chennai, Bangalore, Tiruchi and Coimbatore. 

                           

                          By Rail
                          Madurai Junction has direct rail connection from Chennai and Bangalore Cant.
                          It takes approximately 8 hours 35 minutes to reach Madurai from Bangalore through train.

                           

                          By Road 
                          Madurai has good road connectivity and has frequent bus connectivity from all the neighbouring cities.

                          The distance from Madurai to Bangalore is approximately 341 Kms. It takes roughly 6 hours to reach Madurai from Bangalore by car.