Madurai - At a glance
Best Time to Travel :
November to March
Tamil and English
Hindu, Muslim and Christian
Summer : (24o C to 34o C) & Winter (20o C to 29o C)
Hot and humid
Indian cuisine and different country foods
How to Reach :-
By AirMadurai airport is located at a distance of around 10 km from the heart of the city. It connects all the major cities of the country and solves a lot of problems of the visitors. You can always get flights for Madurai from Bangalore , Ahmedabad, Agra and other places.
By RoadThere are state as well as private buses that connect Madurai with various cities of the country. Madurai is connected by well laid road network to places including Bangalore, Trivandrum, Kochi and Coimbatore.
By RailThe Madurai railway station has very good connectivity with all the major cities of India. It solves each and every problem of the visitors about how to reach Madurai. You can get easy transport facility from the railway station to reach any particular location in this city.
Madurai then acted as a cultural centre to Pandyan dynasty and now is serving as administrative headquarters to Madurai District is famous for temples. These temples were built by Madurai Nayak and Pandyan dynasty in pure Dravidian style. Madurai is considered to be India’s prominent pilgrimage centre for Hindus.
Madurai records its history as old as 3rd century BC. Megasthenes has mentioned Madurai in his works as a Greek ambassador during the Mauryan rule. This serene city is built around famous Meenakshi temple. This temple is built symbolically signifying the structure of cosmos.
Places to visit in Madurai
When you step your foot on Madurai, you will feel a stupor of blessedness. The reason is that the city is lotus shaped. It has rectangular streets which find the origins of their names in the months of Tamil calendar.
Meenakshi Amman temple originally built by a Pandya King is the greatest Shiva Temple in Tamil Nadu. It has a story that Nataraja performed a dance with his raised right leg here. Lord Shiva is believed to be pleased with the construction of this temple and has performed various dances. This temple has attracted tourist from all over the world and is located in the heart of the city of Madurai.
There are many astonishing sculptures inside premises and as well as on gopurams of the temple. You would be amazed to see an engraved mythical creature called Yaali which is similar to the Chinese dragon on the pillars of Meenakshi temple. Once you are inside the temple you would not miss to move your eyes off the ceiling. There are most beautiful and ancient paintings which adorn the roofs of Meenakshi temple.
Other points of tourist attractions are the Maqbara and Kazimar Big Mosque. The Maqbara is located within the Mosque. You can also visit Thiruparankundram hill and a Dargah mounted on its top. Then there are other religious visiting points like Goripalayam Dargah, Theppakulam part of Vandiyur temple, Koodal Azhagar Koil, St. Mary’s Cathedral Church.
Madurai is the city one should visit at least once in their entire life – time to experience the feeling of heavens. It will amaze you with the experience when Gods touch their blessed feet to the grounds and your soul feels blessed.