One of the oldest living cities, Madurai, holds the soul of Tamil Nadu in its magnificent and grand temples that are among the finest and most awe-inspiring specimens of architecture in the country. The most spectacular of these is the Meenakshi-Sundareswarar Temple, which is the heartbeat of the city and is visited by thousands of devotees. Madurai once traded with ancient Rome and it preserves its distinct character in various arts and textiles that have been bestowed by the Pandian kings (4th century-16th century). From exquisite sarees to wooden toys and sculptures, Madurai is a hub of shopping, where visitors can find a fine selection of unique and handmade products. After a busy and vibrant sample of the city's bustling streets, tourists can take a respite in the serene and scenic hill stations flanking the city. From the picturesque hill station of Kodaikanal to splendid waterfalls, Madurai is surrounded by natural beauty that leaves you breathless.


Earlier known as Madhurapuri and Thoonga Nagaram, meaning a city that never sleeps, Madurai grew around the Meenakshi Amman Temple, which was constructed 2,500 years ago by Pandian king, Kulasekhara. Popularly called the Athens of the East, it was visited by Greek explorer, Megasthenes in 3rd century BC. Other famous travellers who visited this ancient south Indian city included Pliny in 77 AD, Ptolemy in 140 AD, Marco Polo in 1203 AD and Ibn Batuta (1333 AD). Legend has it that king Kulasekhara once dreamt of Lord Shiva, from whose hair, drops of sweet madhu (nectar) rolled down on earth. The point where they fell was known as Madhurapuri.

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Teppakulam

Teppakulam

A stone's throw from the famous Meenakshi Temple, Teppakulam,...

Kaanadukathan

Kaanadukathan

This quaint little town is famous for its majestic houses built in...

Kumbakkarai Waterfalls

Kumbakkarai Waterfalls

The serene and scenic Kumbakkarai Waterfalls, about 100 km from...

Gandhi Museum

Gandhi Museum

One of the five Gandhi Sangrahalayas (museums), this is a tribute to...

Government Museum

Government Museum

Attached to the Gandhi Museum, the Government Museum draws a large...

Thirumalai Nayak Palace

Thirumalai Nayak Palace

This majestic palace stands as a fine blend of Islamic and Dravidian...

Sri Meenakshi-Sundareswarar Temple

Sri Meenakshi-Sundareswarar Temple

One of the largest temple complexes in India, Sri...

Srivilliputtur Andal Temple

Srivilliputtur Andal Temple

This ancient temple is one of the most important temples in Tamil...

Palani

Palani

This beautiful hill station is located in Tamil Nadu's Dindigul...

Theni

Theni

Covered in thick foggy mist and dotted with neatly lined plantations...

Suruli Waterfalls

Suruli Waterfalls

Cascading down a height of 46 m, the delightful Suruli Waterfalls, in...

Tirupparankundram

Tirupparankundram

The town of Tirupparankundram is an important religious centre and is...

Karur

Karur

Located on the banks of river Amaravati, Karur is famous for being...

Karaikudi

Karaikudi

Around 90 km from the city centre, Karaikudi draws visitors with its...

Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal

The literal meaning of Kodaikanal is the gift of the forest and the...

Megamalai

Megamalai

Surrounded by gorgeous tea estates and cardamom plantations that dot...

Azhagar Kovil

Azhagar Kovil

Famous for its captivating architecture and intricate sculpting, the...

Shenbaganur Museum

Shenbaganur Museum

A walk in this museum will make you see and feel natural history. It...

tiruchirapalli

tiruchirapalli

Lying along the banks of River Cauvery, the ancient city of...

thanjavur

thanjavur

Scattered with gorgeous monuments, a legacy of the mighty Cholas, and...

rameswaram

rameswaram

Nestled in Pamban Island that is shaped like a conch, Rameswaram, in...