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Madurai, Masterpiece of South India

Updated on March 4, 2011

Madurai,situated on the bank of River Vaigai, is the third largest city of Tamil Nadu, India. It has great historical importance since it had been the capital city of ancient Pandiya Kingdom. It is also called as Temple City as it boasts many number of historical temples known for outstanding and amazing architecture of ancient Tamil Nadu. Besides temples Madurai is the place for many other tourist attractions such as Gandhi Museum, Vandiyoor Pond, Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Thiruparankundram and Azhagar Koil.

Some Important Tourist Attractions of Madurai

Shri Meenakshi Amman Temple

This is the prime attraction of the city and was built during Pandiya period. The temple is provided with many number of towers including four prime towers in all four directions and each of them has average height of about 160 ft. The prime Goddess here is Shri Meenakshi Amman and God is Shri Sundareswarar. It is believed that Shri Meenakshi Amman is the incarnation of Goddess Shakthi Matha, consort of Lord Shiva. The other important deities of the temple are Mukkuruni Vinayakar, Madurai Veeran, Akora and Agni Veerabathran and Navagrahas. You can enjoy the beauty of Golden Lotus Pond situated at the center of the temple. You will be also able to see the gold veiled tower from a particular point of the temple.

Thirumalai Nayak Palace

This is one of the popular tourist attractions located at the heart of the city. It was built by the king called Thirumalai Naickar in the year 1636. The stunning architecture and many number of very huge pillars made this worthy enough to visit.

Thiruparankundram

This is one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga and located at about six Kms away from the center part of the city. This proudly standing as the first abode of Lord Muruga. In legend it is told Lord Muruga wedded Shri Devayani, the daughter of Devtha Indiran. The temple of Lord Muruga is situated at the bottom of about 200 m high huge rock and we can also saferly reach the top of the rock as it is provided with steps.

Vandiyoor Pond

This is also a popular tourist attraction of the city. This is a beautifully constructed huge pond provided with a temple at the center. The people can reach temple by boat. It would be really nice to enjoy the stunning beauty of the pond and peaceful atmosphere.

Industries in Madurai

Madurai is one of the fast growing industrial cities in Tamil Nadu. It is the place for large number of Textile, Granite, Chemical, Automobile, Pharmaceutical, Food and IT industries. Madurai supplies all kinds of automobile components required for various companies like Honda, General Motors, Toyota and Ford. It is also provided with many number rubber based industries. TVS and Sundaram are the prominent rubber based units here. IT industry also has a significant growth in Madurai. Honey Well Technologies, Alfa Web Solutions, AJ Square Consultancy are some of the notable IT industries in Madurai. Tamil Nadu Government recently launched two IT parks on the outskirts of the city. Madurai has many number of textile mills. Thiagaraja Mills Pvt. Ltd., Kasim Textile Mills, Madura Coats and Sundaram Txtiles are some of the leading textile mills in Mdurai. Tourism is the main industry and each year thousands of people from both domestic and foreign countries are coming here.

Accomodations At Madurai

Being a great tourist place of India it has many number of luxurious hotels. Germanus, Taj Garden RTetreat, Madurai Ashok and Madurai Park Inn are some of the popular hotels of the city. The city well connected by air, rail and road from different cities of the state. Rameshwaram, Kodaikanal, Thekkady, Courtallam are some other intersting places around Madurai.

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