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Experience More in Madurai

by Madhav Srinivasan 1709 days ago

With magnificent temples dotting its landscape, it’s no wonder that Madurai has come to be known as the temple city. But it’s not just all temples – there is much more that you can experience in Madurai.

Situated on the banks of the Vaigai River, Madurai is an ancient city. Established in the 6th century BC, Madurai was an important cultural and commercial center in South India. Its importance down the ages has given Madurai a rich heritage in buildings, arts and crafts. As a result, the city has always attracted visitors and is a poulaar place to holiday in South India.

Though Madurai is popularly known as the temple city, it is also called the Athens of the East for its fantastic monuments. It’s also known as the City of Festivals and the City of Four Junctions. Since the city is always abuzz with activity, it is often referred to as the Sleepless City!

What to See and Do in Madurai

There is much to see and do in Madurai. One of the sights that is truly awe-inspiring is the Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple. Built by the Pandya King Kulasekara and later rebuilt by Thirumalai Nayak, the temple’s architecture is simply stunning. But that’s not the only reason why the temple is so popular in the city. Over centuries, the temple has emerged as the hub of all art, literature, dance and music. In fact, the Meenakshi temple can be described as the soul of Madurai.

Other places that are a must-see in Madurai include the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, Azhagar Kovil, Thirumalai Nayak temple and the Gandhi museum. The Gandhi Museum is a treasure trove and has nearly 27,000 letters written by Gandhiji as well as several reels of micro-films. Madurai is a popular pilgrim as well as holiday destination includes in most of Tamil Nadu tour packages

There is also plenty to places to visit around Madurai. The famous hill station Kodaikanal is 120 km away from Madurai, while the holy town of Palani is 112 kilometers away. Palani is the most sacred site for worshippers of Lord Murugan and thousands of pilgrims visit the temple here. The Float Festival and the Chithirai Festival are important in Madurai’s cultural and religious calendar. During the Float Festival, the deities of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundereswara are taken in a procession before being placed on a float on the Mariamman Teppakulam. As the float traverse over the surface of the lake, the entire area is illuminated and the sound of music and hymns fills the air. The atmosphere in Madurai is truly electric during the Float Festival. When in Madurai, tourists should not miss a trip to Rameswaram

The Chithirai Festival is celebrated on the full moon day that falls in the month of Chithirai. The festival is held to commemorate the wedding of Goddess Meenakshi to Lord Sundereswara and Lord Vishnu’s visit to the city to attend the wedding. During the festival day, thousands of tourists and devotees throng the city to see the wonderful processions. Madurai also celebrates the Avani Moolam festival, which falls in the month of September, which much fervor and vibrancy.

The Best Time to Visit Madurai

The best time to visit Madurai is from October to March. The city is extremely hot during the summer months with the temperatures touch a scorching 42 degree Celsius. It is also not wise to visit Madurai during the monsoon season which lasts from June to August.

How to Reach Madurai

Visiting Madurai is easy as the city is extremely well connected. The city has an airport with flights coming in from major cities across the country. The rail connections are also good and there are trains from Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkota and Mysore which touch Madurai. The city is also well connected by road and there are bus services to nearby cities like Chennai and Bangalore. The local transport infrastructure at Madurai is also well developed and tourists can easily reach Madurai by taking up holiday packages from Chennai

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