Here is your travel guide to Madurai
The temple town of the South of India, it has a lot to offer
The famous temple town of the south, Madurai has a history that can be dated back to as early as the pre-Christian era. The town is not only surrounded by lush green lands and a pleasant climate but also oozes rich culture and tradition. Right from witnessing religion, tradition, and customs up close in the remote villages to getting lost in nature and the quaint temples, Madurai will leave you satisfied. Here are some places to visit there.
This magnificent structure currently resides under the care of the Tamil Nadu Archaeological Department, simply because of its historical value. The architecture of the Mahal dates back to 1636 when it was built by King ThirumalaiNayak. The architecture is a mix of Dravidian and Islamic styles comprising pillars and stucco work on its domes and arches. This Indo-Saracen architecture style draws thousands of tourists every month. The place also comprises the royal residence, workers’ quarters, ponds, gardens, Darbar hall, Natakasala, and throne room.
This is one of the most important places to include in the list. Situated in Keelakuyilkudi village, Samanar Hills, or SamanarMalai as it is also known, is touted to be one of the most beautiful places in Madurai. This hill rock complex also boasts of caves that are old and add the perfect required historical charm. If history is to be believed, these caves were inhabited by Jain monks and Tamil Brahmins over 2000 years ago. Proof of which can be seen in the form of inscriptions and carvings done on the walls. These carvings narrate the life of the monks. The hill complex is also famous for its sunrise and sunset views, which can’t be missed at any cost. Also, a must-see is a lotus temple.
Meenakshi Amman Temple
This over 2500 years old temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Meenakshi, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. This colourful majestic temple is also famous for its 14 majestic towers or Gopurams that comprise intricate carvings. The Meenakshi Amman Temple dons a Dravidian architecture-style temple. The temple spread over 13 acres also hosts a golden lotus sacred pool and mandapas.
A few more places to visit in Madurai are PazhamudhirSolai, KoodalAzhagar Temple, ThirupparamkunramMurugan Temple, AlagarKovil, PudhuMandapam, Gandhi Memorial Museum, Kazimar Big Mosque, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Yanaimalai, Vaigai Dam, Athisayam, VandiyurMariammanTeppakulam, ISKCON Madurai, GoripalayamDargah, Meghamalai, Banana Market, MuruganIdli Shop, and Velachery Pottery Village among others.