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Madurai - No Atheist's Land
Madurai - Fast Facts
Location - Lies on the either side of
the dry Vaigai River in the south
Area - 3,676 sq.km
Population - 24,00,339
Best Time - October - March
STD Code - 0452
Languages - Tamil, English, Telugu and Malyalam
Madurai - Attractions
¤ Meenakshi Temple
¤ Tirumalai Nayak Palace
¤ Gandhi Museum
¤ Koodal Azhagar Temple
¤ Azhagar Koil
Tamil Nadu - Attractions
Madurai is a historical Indian city and
is about 2000 years old. Situated on the banks of the river Vaigai, the city
is believed to be built by the Pandayan king Kulasekra. Madurai is most
commonly referred to as ' The Temple City'. The temple architecture here
exhibits a seamless synergy of the distinctive aesthetics of its rulers. The
entire aura of the city compels us to go holy and thank God for bestowing
all the blessings on us in the form of prayers.
See & Do
Meenakshi Temple -
Is Meenakshi Madurai or is Madurai Meenakshi? Confused! Such is the bond of
both which each other. Since time immemorial this temple has been the focus
of both the Indian and international tourists.It is difficult to grasp the
dimensions of this great temple. There are about 12 gopurams in this temple.
The temple complex and the surrounding areas are spread over 60,000 sq m.
Madurai is also revered as one of the five Cosmic Dance Halls Of Shiva.
Tirumalai Nayak Palace -
Just 1.5 km from the
Meenalshi temple lies the Tirumalai Nayak Palace. Built in 1636, this palace
is a fine synthesis of Indo-Islamic architecture.
Gandhi Museum -
This museum is located in the old palace
of Rani Mangammal. This musesum gives a droll account of the independence
Koodal Azhagar Temple -
This ancient shrine has Vishnu in
sitting, standing and reclining postures one above the other.
Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam -
The tank has a mandapam
at the centre enshrining Lord Vigneshwara. -The Teppakulam float festival is
conducted in Jan-Feb.
Azhagar Koil: (21 kms/15 mile.) -
A Vishnu temple on a
picturesque wooded hill. During the Chithirai Festival in April/May, Azhagar
travels to Madurai for the Celestial marriage.
Madurai is famous for its bright tie- and -dyed cotton
Sungudi sarees. The Co-optex ( West Chithirai street) and Khadi
Emporium(Town Hall Road) have dusty shelves that occasionally throw up some
kind of surprise. For handicrafts the Poompuhar Sales Emporium ( East Avani
Moola Street) is very much preferred. A great place to buy locally
manufactured cottons as well as the batiks loved by many travellers is Puthu
Mandapam, an old, stone-pillared hall just along from the eastern entrance
to Sri Meenakshi Temple. Here you'll find lines of textile stalls opposite
rows of tailors, each busily treading away and capable of whipping up a good
replica of whatever you're wearing in an hour or two.
- Murugan Idli Kadai - Located at the Melamaasi Veedhi serves the best
idlis in town together with ultra-spicy chutney.
- New college House
- Modern Restaurants
- Gujrati Bhojanalayas
- Supreme Hotel
- Mahal Hotel
- Aryan Bhawan
- Ruby Restaurant
- Temple View Roof Top Restaurant
- Taj Garden Retreat
The weather is normally dry and hot during summers, with
rains during October-December and the winters are slightly less hot than the
Max: 37.5 Deg. C.
Min: 26.3 Deg. C.
Max: 29.6 Deg. C.
Min: 20.9 Deg. C.
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