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Welcome to Madurai


Welcome to Madurai - The City of Meenakshi Temple

Madurai is one of the oldest cities of India. It's the second largest city and the cultural capital of the State of Tamil Nadu in South India. One of South India's great temple towns, Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era more than 2500 years old. Madurai was an important cultural and commercial centre even as early as 550 AD. It was the capital city for the great Pandya kings. So, Madurai city is famous for its Temples. They are known for its rich Architecture and Sculptural works. Besides, there are interesting places to be visited in Madurai.




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Nightlife in Madurai is full of vigor and energy. Young and old, rich and not so rich, everyone comes together to have a taste of the thrilling nightlife of Madurai. Enjoy a few drinks at one of the numerous bars or clubs in Madurai. It is also possible to enjoy a night of stimulating dances at one of the discotheques of Madurai. Nightlife in Madurai mainly consists of a few small bars. You can go for a drink or two at the bars and enjoy a good snack.



Madurai is a major commercial center in South India and still shopping in Madurai can be adventurous. The main activity is concentrated around the Meenakshi Temple. These are the places to visit for shopping, and actually many have specific markets for groceries (East Masi street), jewelry (South Avani Moola street), Electronics (Town hall road). Madurai is famous for cotton Sungidi Sarees ( Hand Loom) , Brass works, Tanjore Paintings, Handicrafts and antiques. Leading shopping areas of the Madurai city of Tamil Nadu are Chithirai, Avanimoola, Puthumandapam and Thevangu Chetty Choultry.



In Madurai, there is a lot of important tourist places. Indeed, some of the well-known tourist attractions of Madurai are Mariamman Teppakulam, Thirupparankundram Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Palace and Sri Meenakshi Temple. The old city palace in Madurai has been dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Exhibits highlight the Freedom Struggle and contain images and artifacts of the Gandhian movement. However, Madurai is also know because of the famous Chithrai Festival which takes place during mid April-May, during the Hindu month of Chithrai.


Standard time zone : UTC/GMT + 5 : 30 hours



Madurai is a city in Asia with equatorial climate. The best period to visit the city is between January and February when the temperature reaches 80°F (26° C). In May, temperature reaches 90°F (32° C). However, in October, the rain is very present with 174 mm detected in the rain gauge.


Public transport

Madurai has well-developed transport facilities. Indeed, transport in Madurai includes various modes like road, rail and air. Madurai is a lotus shaped city built around the Meenakshi Temple. In Madurai city of India, most of the people use two wheelers for transportation. The traffic inside the city is usually fine, but the heavy vehicles like trucks and tri cycles create congestion in the market place during the peak hours. The other major mode of local transportation in Madurai is the city bus. People travel from one part of the city to the other by city buses only. So, Madurai has lots of options to the transport.


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