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    Meenakshi temple Madurai
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    Meenakshi Temple
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Madurai Things to Do

  • Meenakshi Amman Temple

    Meenakshi Amman Temple is over 2000 years old, . Meenakshi Amman temple also known as Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple is located in the city of Madurai on the Southern bank of river Vaigai. The temple is dedicated to Sundareswarar (Lord Shiva) and Meenakshi (Parvathi). It is one of the few temples in Tamil Nadu to have four entrances facing four...

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  • Golden Lotus Tank

    In the heart of the Meenakshi temple in Madurai lies the Golden Lotus tank.You have a wonderful of the curved Gopuram from here.

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  • Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace

    A wonderful palace in Madurai constructed by an italian architect for King Thirumalai Nayak in 1636.Olly a fourth of the original palace now remains.Part of the palace was removed by the king's grandson for construction material to make a palace in Trichirapally !

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  • Meenakshi Temple

    This outstanding temple will overwhelm you with the sheer scale of it's size and the tens of thousands sculptures in stone depicting a thousand Gods and Goddesses.There is even a wonderful museum inside the temple premises ! You will need three to four hours to enjoy this ancient wonder.The temple comprises of 12 gopurams , the largest one...

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  • Gandhi Museum

    Madurai is the unusual setting for a wonderful Gandhi Museum - showcasing the life and times of the Father of our nation - M K Gandhi. The museum is located in a wonderful building -the old palace of Rani Mangammal.The most important exhibit here is the blood stained clothing that gandhi wore the day he was assassinated.You will need a couple of...

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  • Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace--Madurai

    Thirumalai Nayakkar PalaceThirumalai Nayakkar Palace built by King Thirumalai Nayakkar in 1636.And according to History its built by some Italian architecture but I didnt found name anywhere during visit.The palace complex area was originally four times bigger than it is now, consisting of two portions – Swarga vilasa and Ranga vilasa. There were...

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  • Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple

    Out of many places in Madurai this Meenakshi Amman Temple comes first in the list.Madurai has become the greatest attraction for every tourist who visits the South India.It leaves an unforgettable impression in our minds and gives indepth knowledge of Tamilian art,architecture and culture.They cherish sweet memories of their visit and will continue...

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  • Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal

    Barely 2 kms to the south-east of the Meenakshi Amman Temple stands the Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal. Constructed in the 1636 by King Thirumalai Nayak, the palace is a rare example of the Indo-Saracenic style (fusion of original Indian architectural concepts with those of Muslim architecture or plainly speaking pillars and beams merged with arches and...

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  • Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam

    About 5 kms from the Meenakshi Amman Temple, lies the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, a 16-acre water tank, 1,000 ft. length by 950 feet breath. Located in Vandiyur region, the tank has a Vinayaka (Ganesha) temple dedicated to Lord Vigneshwara, the Elephant-faced God at the centre. A temple dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Mariamman (diety of...

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Madurai Hotels

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  • The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Madurai

    A former governors residence, the Madurai Taj Garden Retreat is now one of the beautifuil, (but...

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  • Heritage Madurai

    11, Melakkal Main Road, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, 695 016, India

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Madura Park Inn

    38 Madukkulam Main Rd, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, 625003, India

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Madurai Restaurants

  • Well known in the city

    Established in 1966, Jayaram Bakery is a leading and reputed name in Madurai for bakery products & restaurants. I came here for lunch after visiting the Sri Meenakshi Sundareshvara Temple and had a meal upstairs above the bakery shop. Good food and wonderful bakery items.

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  • Indifferent curry

    The Mughal is the Royal Court Hotel's rooftop restaurant. There are less than a dozen tables in a dimly lit place without a view. Service was at best indifferent.This is in contrast to the hotel's main restaurant, which is an extension of its lobby. Service is excellent here and diners have a choice between an extensive buffet and a la carte...

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  • Fruit juice

    Madurai has number of juice stands and shops. In hot weather of Madurai, the juice made to order from fresh fruits really quenches your thirst. Watch which fruits are in season. Mangos, oranges, mosanbi are all good.

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Madurai Nightlife

  • Light and sound show

    The palace hosts light and sound show explaining the history of the palace and Madurai. Dialy shows can be enjoyed in either English or Tamil at different timings. The show is actually a big disappointment. See my tourist trap tip...

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  • Temple illumination

    There aren't much to do at night in Madurai. However, you can visit Meenakshi temple in the evening and see the towers illuminated. This mordern addition to temple attraction, I think, is bit corny. Nevertheless, you can sit around the Golden Pond and enjoy the evening breeze.

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Madurai Transportation

  • Go to Kanyakumari by train or head for...

    Our plan was to go to Kerala from here. If we had had a little more time, we would have gone to Kanyakumari, but we had a tight schedule and headed right to Alleppey, Kerala. The best option is to take to MS Guruvayur express train which departs at 15:00 and arrives in Alleppey around 2 in the evening. The distance is about 450kms. That means that...

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  • Take the train from Bangalore

    We traveled to Madurai from Bangalore. It is cc. 450 kms. Though Air Deccan had a reasonably priced but irregular flight between the two cities, I still decided to take the train. The overnight train journey lasts for about 11 hours and costs (the best available class, 2AC) 800.- Rs/person. Make your reservation well ahead since the train we took...

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  • Means of transportation

    By Air : Madurai has its own airport, located 12 km from the city center. There are daily flights to Chennai and twice a day flights to Mumbai. By Rail : Regular trains connect Madurai to Coimbatore, Chennai, Rameswaram, Kanyakumari and other towns of South India. The Madurai Railway Station is within the city center. By Road : Madurai is very well...

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Madurai Shopping

  • Unforgetable Shopping experience

    D'Code [ Exclusive Ladies Designer Wear Madurai ]They have good ranges, colours, designs. Their products are unique, trendy, fashion, Their products are Designer Readymade Chudidhar, Designer Chududhar materials, Designer Kurthis, Designer Sarees, Designer Nighties, Fancy Hangbags, Fancy Footwears, Shawls & Duppatta, Caps & Hats, Belts, Western...

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  • Hot to Buy a Sari

    These are the shops you can see too much of crowd during Deepavali/Diwali, Pongal and other festivals. Especially for marriages, there is a huge amount of shopping by the families!Sarees and SilksRajmahal SilksMadurai SilksNalli SilksGandhi SilksBhagyalakshmi SilksDesignsSelectionsArchanaKishkinthaShobikaCooptexTirupuvanam Pattu Coop...

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  • Tailor's Market

    The Tailor's Market section of Pudhu Mandapam is a long row of fabric shops and sewing machines. If you have a favourite piece of clothing, bring it along and they can copy it for you. Otherwise, they can turn around orders for blouses, shirts, skirts and pants overnight. Very inexpensive.

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Madurai Local Customs

  • Arranged marriages

    As we enter a small local temple , the decoration of the gods tells us a very special ceremony is going on. A young couple is celebrating their wedding. I don’t know if this marriage was an arranged marriage as most are still here. The traditional way is that the families search for suitable matches with the help of relatives and friends. There was...

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  • Puja Offerings

    Offerings are an essential part of Hindu worship. During puja a devotee presents items that, according to tradition, the particular god or goddess likes: often flowers, special foods, grains, coconuts, incense or oils. The items of preference vary from region to region and can usually be purchased at stands or stalls near temples. The puja...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Madurai Warnings and Dangers

  • Megamalai (teni, Tamilnadu), Road is too...

    Megamalai is a South india hill station. 120km from madurai. Road is too bad. No block walls in hand pin bend. There are so many craters on the road. No safety. you cannot going there in car. its not possible. if your going with ur car. take Stephine, tools and etc. at any time ur car tire pun jar. so be careful when ur driving with ur vehicles.

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  • Dont Use Flash

    The temple complex and its surrounding areas are spread over 60,000 sq. m. To get a perspective of this, check out the detailed model of the complex placed in one of the corridors of the temple. Don’t use flash to photograph it as the model is housed in a glass box. The flash of your camera gets reflected and will ruin your photo.

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  • visiting hours

    The temple is open from 5 am to 12.30 pm and from evening 4pm onwards .In between every one is locked out of the main temple .Though you can linger in the shops inside the outer wall,Once you walk out you are not allowed inside till the opening hours. In summer the heat is unbearable and walking around the temple on the hot stone pavement is an...

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Madurai Tourist Traps

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    by yumiyun Written May 20, 2003

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    The widely advertised light and sound show at Tirumalai Nayak palace is a big disappointment.

    The palace is just lit in different spot light colours while dialogue of king, queen and others demonstrate not-very-clear history. The story even jumps from one time of the history to another, making it impossible for those not familiar with the history of Madurai to comprehend what is happening.

    There are two separate tickets for seats. However, higher ticket only gurantees you chair with armrest in podium while the others sit in metal chair. The show is never crowded, and thus, makes not difference which ticket you purchase.

    The show gets quite dragging after a while. You will find many people leaving the palace long before it's over...

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Madurai Off The Beaten Path

  • Thirupparankunram

    Approximately 8km south of Madurai is a large rock in arid land. On one side of the rock is a Pandyan rock-cut shrine dating back to the 8th century. Figures directry carved out of the rock face are found in and out of the shrine walls. Scripture, animal figures and game etched on the rock are also found on the rock and the floor of the shrine...

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  • Madurai Streets

    This isn't really an off-the-beaten path tip, but it felt like a good spot to place this photo. . .it captures a bit of what I love about India. As tough as it can sometimes be, it is filled with these little scenes that capture my attention ~ the old and the new, the cursive beauty of the Tamil script and the English misspellings. . .and cows. ....

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Madurai Favorites

  • Legs covered for visiting temple

    Before I was allowed to enter inside the Sri Meenakshi Sundareshvara Temple, I was told that I had to cover my legs as I was wearing shorts. My guidebook didn't mention this and so I was stuck with a dilemma - should I walk all the way back to my hotel and change or should I look around for something to cover my legs with (a piece of material, for...

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  • Daily tours

    In Madurai, you can find buch of tour operator offering daily tour of Madurai, as well as excursion to Kannyakumari, Rameswaram and Kodaikanal. All of those places can be visited from Madurai in one day. If you don't want to get around on your own, it's great way to see places.

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  • Inside the Temple Part 3

    As elaborate as the detailing of the exterior of the Sri Meenakshi Temple is, don't forget to keep your eyes open for decoration where you least expect it. The Ayirrakal Mandapa, or Thousand-Pillared Hall, has 985 columns sculpted with lions and other animals. There is also a beautifully painted ceiling to boot.

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