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Visiting Madurai was quite a fruitful experience for me. My sole reason for visiting this interesting place was just exploring and learning new things. Basically, whatever I could get my hands on! The other day while watching a documentary I got to know that this city was ruled by the Pandya rulers for a very long time in its history and was developed as a lotus. And hey did you know that this city is also believed to be the social capital of the Tamil Nadu. 

What I particularly liked was the Meenakshi temple at this place. Located on the banks of the Vaigai river this temple is really an amazing tourist destination in Madurai! Watching the enormous temple I was surprised to know by a local guide that most of its present architecture was built after the 14th century. However, later on in history, it was Malik Kafur who had plundered the temple and stole many of the valuables.

The whole temple had been dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi with a sanctum for her consort namely Sundareshwarar. The Thiruparankundram is one of the imperative old temples which has been committed to Lord Muruga. For your information here, Lord Muruga is none other than Lord Karthikeya. The temple that I am now talking about is situated on a hillock and is located at a distance of 8km from the city.

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Gandhi Museum houses Gandhi's bloodstained dhoti and some different ancient artefacts. The city is known for its vivacious and clamouring markets. Shopping here is fun and reasonable. Something else Madurai, India is known for its astonishing street food. Heritage walks are constructed for the duration of the day. The individuals who wish to find out about the freedom battle, however, will be occupied with the broad content housed here. Tamil speakers and long-term visitors might be keen on the classes and workshops offered in subjects as varied as t’ai chi and nearby herbs.

Places to visit in Madurai

Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal

The Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal was quite an interesting place to visit. I really liked the overall vibe not just of the tourist attraction but also of the people who had come to explore the heritage of India.

Vaigai Dam

Exploring and watching the vast expanse of this dam was quite a mesmerizing experience for me. I have to admit that I had never seen such kind of thing before. Constructed near the Andipatti, Theni district this place does have something peaceful about it. 

Samanar Hills

These hills are located in the Keelakuyilkudi village near Madurai. The beauty of these hills is simply mesmerizing. And I couldn’t doubt that this indeed was quite popular among the locals and travellers alike. 

Things to do in Madurai

Visit the Gandhi Museum

As the name suggests, the Gandhi Museum has been specifically dedicated to our very own father of the nation. This place opens from Monday to Sunday except on Fridays which is a day off. The opening timings are from 10 am to 1 pm and then from 2 pm to 5:45 pm in the evening. Moreover, I was quite fascinated by knowing the fact that various activities are also conducted here such as yoga classes, Hindi and Sanskrit classes etc. People here are taught self-employment skills which is what I loved the most about this place.

Athisayam Park

When I visited this water cum amusement park, I didn’t have many expectations from this place. However, the moment I stepped I had proven myself wrong. There were at least 40 games along with 20 water rides which are nothing but loads of fun to ride. Moreover, there was also a 7D theatre. And I couldn’t resist myself watching the brilliant show.  

Events and festivals in & around Madurai 

Jallikattu

In this festival, one can see a man and the beast coming across each other. However, I have never seen it myself but this sounds to be quite fierce. 

Pattabhishekam

This is performed amid the hymns of the eighth day of the Chithirai festival at Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple. This ceremony begins with several rites and after this, the abhishekam is performed.

Chithirai Festival

This is celebrated in the Tamil Month of Chithirai. The legend behind this festival says that Lord Vishnu in the form of Alagar rode on a golden horse to Madurai to specifically attend the celestial wedding of the Goddess Meenakshi which had to take place with Lord Sundareswarar.

Best time to visit Madurai

The months from October to March are perhaps the best time to visit and explore Madurai. The reason I am saying this is owing to the fact that during this particular time one can have fun discovering new sights and wandering around the city. 

How to reach Madurai? 

There are three different airports in the city like Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, SpiceJet. Madurai is well-connected to the city by trains and here the railway stations offer smooth connectivity with the major cities across India. Madurai, India offers smooth connectivity to the NH- 7, NH- 45B, NH- 49.

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