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Madurai Travel Guide

    Madurai Meenakshi Temple

    Madurai Meenakshi Temple



Madurai Travel Guide

The city of Madurai is in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It has a rich heritage of its own with a ancient lineage of historical past. This is also commonly referred to as the Temple City. One of the most celebrated cities of ancient India Madurai has a tradition of festivities and cultural trends that are in practice even today. There is a widespread interest among the people for its culture and sees a large amount of people who visit the place every year.


One of the most important temples here at Madurai is the Meenakshi Sundareswar Temple. It was built by the Pandya king named Kulasekara. Dedicated to Lord Shiva this temple stands as one of the most remarkable architectural feats of ancient India. It is believed that in its times of royal glory the city was shaped like a lotus and had this temple at its center. There is an intricate journey of storytelling and depiction that can be seen on the walls and ceilings of the temple.


There is also the Thirumalai Nayakar Palace that you can see here. An embodiment of art of the highest order this palace was built by Thirumalai Nayakar in the year 1636. The palace has every aspect of life included in its architecture with residential quarters, theaters, worship shrines, gardens, palanquins, fountains and lakes among several other aspects. The huge structure of the palace coupled with the beautiful pillars is an amazing feat of engineering and art.


You can also see a beautiful temple at Navagraham that is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This is also believed to be older than the Meenakshi Temple. Despite the traditions of its ancient past there are several churches and mosques here that co-exist as a perfect symbol of religious harmony.


If you are traveling to Madurai thinking you will only get to see temples and a rich ancient heritage you need to read on. There are plenty of entertainment options available here in the form of amusement parks and aquatic theme parks. Theaters and multiplexes are also there for your entertainment options. This is now a modern city as well that has simultaneously developed in many fields of industry and commerce.


You will get a wide choice of accommodation facilities when you stay at Madurai. There are luxury hotels of the highest standards to even budget accommodations that will provide impeccable services and worth for your money.


There is a regular schedule of flights that will be available from Madurai airport. You can fly from here to all important parts of the state as well as the country. The Madurai railway station is an important junction of southern railways. From here there are connecting trains available to several distant places in Tamil Nadu and other parts of the country. There is an extensive network of roads and highways that connects the city with other parts of the region and the country. 


Madurai Important Websites


Madurai District Official Website


Madurai Corporation Website


Madurai Wiki



Madurai Emergency Numbers


Police Control Room

+91 452 2730100

City Ambulance

+91 452 2661266

Airport Enquiry

+91 452 2671333

Railway Enquiry

+91 452 2743135

Tourism Enquiry

+91 452 2742888


Last Updated: 26/08/2012


  • Stunned
     I visited this temple recently and was stunned!

    2012-07-22 09:50:44

    by raaman

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