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Destination Theme
Museums & Historical Places, Cities & Urban Areas,
Best Suited For
Foreign Tourists.
Recommended Duration
Two to Three days.

Quick Info

Madurai is a significant metropolitan city in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is the third largest city of the state after Chennai and Coimbatore. The city is famous for historical monuments like Meenakshi Amman Temple and Thirumalai Nayak Palace. It also has many prominent colleges. The city attracts a lot of local and foreign tourists because of its beautiful architecture and numerous festivals. The city has an airport of its own.

Rankings & Ratings

An energetic city that is home to some impressive structures and colourful festivals.

Editor's Rankings

#23 in 33 Destinations in & around Kerala
#5 in 9 Cities & Urban Areas in & around Kerala
#3 in 10 Museums & Historical Places in & around Kerala

Editor's Review

If grand architecture is something that impresses you, Madurai will hold your attention for a longer time. The city is quite hot. The food is hotter. But the city becomes more beautiful and active after the sun sets and you could do some nice shopping for handicrafts and souvenirs.

PROS

  • The architecture of Madurai is quite grand.
  • Variety of Veg and Non-Veg food items are available. 
  • You can shop for nice handicrafts and traditional souvenirs.
  • The city has an active night life.

CONS

  • The city generally has hot weather.
  • The city is densely populated and has traffic issues.
  • Food is quite spicy, especially for foreign tourists.
  • Auto drivers and guides quote high prices.

Itinerary Tips

  • The summers in Madurai are extremely hot. Tourists do not prefer visiting the place at that time.
  • The city celebrates many festivals in the month of April that tourists can enjoy.
  • Auto drivers usually quote high prices for a ride. You have to bargain.
  • The different temples are visited by tourists for their grand architecture, especially Meenakshi Amman Temple.
  • Thrimalai Nayak Palace and Gandhi Museum are must-visit attractions.
  • You can buy Tanjore Paintings, Handicrafts, Handloom Saris and antiques which are famous in Madurai.

Detailed Info

Madurai is famously called Thonganagaram which means 'The city that never sleeps'. Built around Meenakshi Amman Temple, the city of Madurai is the cultural centre of Tamil Nadu. The city has a number of historical monuments that attract a lot of foreign tourists. It is also one of the prominent academic hubs in South India.  Academic centres to learn Tamil culture, literature, art, music and dance are present all around the city.

Built in 1636, Thirumalai Nayak Palace is one of the major tourist attractions in Madurai. In the palace, sound and light shows featuring the virtues of King Thirumalai and the attributes of the palace are held. The Gandhi Memorial Museum in Madurai has a fragment of the blood-stained garment worn by Mahatma Gandhi when he was assassinated. Apart from this, Madurai has The Eco park, Rajaji Chidren's Park and a Theme Park, Athisayam. The city also celebrates a number of traditonal festivals including Meenakshi Tirukkalyanam, the Chittirai Festival and the Car Festival.

 

Altitude

The city is located 101 metres(330 ft) above mean sea level.

Weather

The city has very hot summers, slightly pleasant winters and experiences heavy rains during the monsoon.

Best Time to Visit?

During winter between December and February.

How to Get There?

By Air

Madurai has an airport of its own which is about 15 kilometres away from the centre of the city. The airport has frequent flights from Chennai and few direct flights from other cities in India. Outside India, it is only connected to Colombo and Dubai. 

By Train

The Madurai Railway Station is at a central location in the city. It is well-connected to other cities in India. From the station, you can take a taxi or auto to reach your hotel.

By Road

Private and state-run buses are available from all major parts of Tamil Nadu and some cities from the neighbouring states of Karnataka and Kerala. The city is connected with National Highways NH-7, NH-45B, and NH-49. 

 

Local Cuisines

The city is famous for its unique and exclusive food varieties like Paruthi Paal, Jigarthanda, Panangkarkandu Paal and Chettinadu varieties like Appam and Kuzhi Paniyaram.  Rice-based snacks like paniyaram (savoury snack shallow fried in a special mould) and idiyappam (string hoppers), kuzhambu (spicy stew) and a wide variety of meat dishes that include chicken, mutton, crab and rabbit are also famous.