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5 Places of Interest in Madurai

Updated on November 2, 2017

South Gopuram of the Meenakshi Amman Temple

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Located on the banks of Vaigai river, Madurai is a major tourist destination in Tamil Nadu. It is built around the famous Meenakshi Amman Temple. It is known as the "Athens of the East". This ancient city has been a major settlement for over two millennia.

Madurai is a blend of the ancient and modern. It is well-known for its historical monuments and for its automobile, rubber, chemical and granite manufacturing units.

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How to reach Madurai?

Even Madurai has an international airport, it is not a major airport. It handles around 850,000 passengers annually. This busy city is well-connected by road and rail. Madurai Junction is the main railway station in Madurai, which has seven railway stations. Four highways pass through the city. Madurai has three bus stations.

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Madurai International Airport, Airport Road, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625022, India
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Junction Overpass, Southern Railway Colony, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625016, India
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Hotels in Madurai

5 Star Hotel
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Heritage Madurai
The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Madurai
Star Residency
Madurai Residency
Hotel Templecity Dreamz Inn
Poppys Hotel
Hotel Royal Court
Hotel Park Plaza
Hotel The Nook
The SPK Hotel
Hotel Kathir Palace

Places to visit in Madurai

More than 9 million people visit Madurai every year. Here are some popular tourist attractions in Madurai.

Meenakshi Amman Temple

This historic Hindu temple is dedicated to goddess Parvati, who is also known as Meenakshi, and Lord Sundareswarar (another name of Lord Shiva). The temple complex, which covers around 45 acres, has 12 gopurams(towers). All towers are sculptured and painted.

The Aayiram Kaal Mandapam (which means a hall of 1000 pillars), which is a part of this temple, is a unique monument that was built in the year 1579. The actual thousand pillars are no longer accessible to the general public because they have deteriorated over the centuries.

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Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India
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Gandhi Memorial Museum

Gandhi Memorial Museum is one of the five Gandhi Sangrahalayas in India. The building that houses the museum was constructed in 1670 during the reign of the Nayak Dynasty. Here you will find a visual biography of Mahatma Gandhi, illustrations that depict the history of the freedom movement, some of his personal belongings, handicrafts and much more.

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Tallakulam, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625020, India
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Kallazhagar Temple

Located in Alagar Koyil, around 21 kilometers from Madurai, this Vishnu temple is in Dravidian architecture. The temple is in a picturesque locale and is surrounded by two forts.

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Alagar Hills R.F., Tamil Nadu 624401, India
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Pazhamudircholai Murugan Temple

Located on a hilltop around 25 kilometers from Madurai, this temple is also known as the Solamalai Murugan Temple. It is believed to be the last of the six abodes of Lord Muruga. This temple is surrounded by dense forests. It is the only temple among the Aaru Padai Veedu (means six warhouses) temples, where Lord Muruga can be found along with both his consorts Valli and Deivanai.

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Alagar Hills R.F., Tamil Nadu 624401, India
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Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal

This 17th-century place was built by Thirumalai Nayak, a king of Madurai's Nayaka dynasty, with the help of an Italian architect. It is a blend of Dravidian and Islamic styles of architecture. It houses an auditorium, royal residence, rooms, sanctuary, palanquin place, armory, royal bandstand, garden and pool. The original palace complex was four times bigger than the present structure.

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