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Tourism of Madurai

How to Reach Madurai

By Air

Madurai itself has airport, located 12 km far away from the city center. There are daily regular flights to Chennai and twice a day flights to Mumbai and Delhi.

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By Train

Regular trains connect Madurai to Coimbatore, Chennai, Rameswaram, Kanyakumari and other towns of South India. The Madurai Railway Station is within the city center.

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By Road

Madurai is very well connected by a network of roads and road transport to all major towns of Tamilnadu and surrounding areas.

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Madurai Meenakshi Amman Kovil

The world famous Meenakshi Temple is situated in Madurai, one of the oldest city of Tamil Nadu. The magnificent temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Meenakshi, is the perfect example of Dravidian architecture. The temple complex encircles the statues, which reflects the whole range of human emotions. The temple complex covers an area of 6 hectare and houses the structures date back to the 12th to the18th century. Originally the temple was built by Kulasekara Pandya, but the real credit for making the temple goes to the Nayaks. The Nayaks, who ruled over Madurai between the 16th to the 18th century, left a magnificent impression of their rule in the Meenakshi Temple.

Thirumalai Nayakar Palace

The Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal is one of the important tourist attractions in Madurai situated very near to the temple. It was built by the King in the year 1636. An Italian architect built the palace for the king. The king and family resided in the palace. The Swargavilasa and Rangavilasa are the two parts in the palace. There are various other places in the palace where the tourists are allowed to go. Mahal2 The tourist can visit the palace for an entrance fee. It is said that during the British rule in India , the place was used for administrative purposes. Now the Archaeological Department of the country has declared the palace as a national monument and now the palaces has been renovated and open for public. In the evenings, the Light and sound show takes place in the palace in which the life history of the king and rule in Madurai is being told with sound and light effects.

Gandhi Museum

Rani Mangamma's palace has been renewed and converted to Gandhi museum.The museum displays information about Mahatma Gandhi, and most importantly it showcases the original blood-stained garment of Gandhi when he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse. The other piece of the garment is kept at the Gandhi Museum in Delhi. This museum, is one of the 5 museums in India (others in Mumbai, Barrackpore, Sabarmati and Patna) known as Gandhi Sanghralayas. Also lot of pictures taken during the Life time of Gandhi with various leaders all around the world and also during various incidents of freedom struggle is kept. Martin Luther King Jr. visited the museum during his tour of India in 1959 and is said to have got his inspiration to launch a series of peaceful agitations against racial discrimination.No entry fee is collected from visitors and is open from 10AM to 4PM IST.

Kazimar Big Mosque

This famous mosque (masjid) is located at the heart of Madurai city, within 500 metres of the Periyar (Central) bus stand and within 1 kilometre South East of the Madurai Railway Junction and 800 meters south west of the Meenakshi Temple. His Holiness Hazrat Kazi Syed Tajuddin (a descendant of Prophet Muhammad) who came from Oman during 13th century, received this land from the then Pandiya king, Ku(lasekaran) Pandiyan, and constructed the mosque which is the first Muslims' place of worship in Madurai.

St. Mary's Church

meenakshi Amman Temple madurai Haven't found the right destination for your trip? Let us inspire you! Inspire Me! Introduction Located on East Veli Street in Madurai, St. Mary's Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madurai. It is one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in India, situated about 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) south-east of Madurai Railway Station and 200 meters from the Thirumalai Nayak Palace. Its two elegant Roman style bell towers, about 42-meter-high (140 feet), are visible from a distance.

Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal, the charming hill station, is situated at an altitude of about 2,133 meters above sea level with an area of 21.45 sq.km in the beautiful Palani Hills. The name Kodaikanal means the "gift of the forest". With her wooded slopes, mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and a beautiful lake, Kodaikanal is the most popular hill stations in South India. Kodai. The hill-plantain fruits and plums are known for their taste and freshness. The pride of Kodaikanal is the 'Kurinji-flower', which blossoms once in 12 years. The Kurinji last bloomed in 1992. The hill town is also renowned for its educational institutions of international repute. The temperatures in summer range from a maximum of 20°C to a minimum of 11°C, and in winter from 17°C to 8°C. Annual rainfall in the region is around 165 cms. The climate of Kodaikanal is pleasant throughout the year, but the best time to visit Kodaikanal is from April to June and from September to October.

Nearest Railway Stations are Madurai (MDU) – 120 kms and Kodaikanal Road (KQN) - 80km.
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