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Madurai Attractions
- Meenakshi Temple
- Mariamman Teppakulam
- Tirumalai Naik Palace
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Madurai Tours

East Gate at Minakshi Temple, IndiaMadurai, the cultural capital and second largest city of Tamil Nadu is one of the oldest cities of southern India. Madurai has been a centre of learning and pilgrimage, for centuries. It is believed that, the divine nectar falling from Lord Shiva's locks, gave the city its name - Madhurapuri, now known as Madurai. Known as the temple city, Madurai is situated on the banks of the River Vaigai. Madurai is also an important pilgrimage center. The 985 beautiful pillared Meenakshi Amman Temple is the major attraction of Madurai. The city is also renowned for its textile mills, engineering industries and large university areas.

Sightseeing at Madurai -
Meenakshi Temple : The Meenakshi-Sundareswarar temple has long been the focus of both Indian and international tourist attraction. It is one of the most important places of Hindu pilgrimage. The Meenakshi temple boasts an excellent work of Dravidian architecture, with gopurams (large gateways) and mandapams (multi-pillared halls) covered from top to bottom in an abundance of multi-coloured images of gods, goddesses, animals and mythical figures.

Mariamman Teppakulam : The Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam hosts the annual float festival in January and February. This is one major attraction in Madurai. This tank has an idol of Vinayaka or Vigneshwara installed on a platform in the middle.

TempleTirumalai Naik Palace : The palace and the temple here is a must visit for the tourists. The palace of Tirumalai Nayak is about a km from the temple. This Indo-Saracenic building was built in 1523 and was originally four times as large as it is today. The palace features the architectural works of the Nayaks.

Reaching Madurai -
Air : There are daily flights to Madurai from Chennai, Bangalore,Tiruchi & Coimbatore. Madurai Airport is 10 Kms away from Madurai City.
Rail : Madurai is an important railway junction of the Southern Railway and is directly connected to Chennai and Tirunelveli. Madurai is on the Madurai-Tiruchirappalli-Dindigul-Quilon line. The Vaigai Express, which is a super-fast day train between Chennai Egmore and Madurai takes 7 hours for the 495kms.
Road : There are excellent roads connecting Madurai to all parts of South India. Madurai City has 5 Major Bus Stand.

STD/ISD Codes -
If dialing from India -------0452 (number)
If dialing from abroad -------++91-452 (number)

Shopping in Madurai -
Madurai is best-known for its handloom sarees of excellent quality, brassware, wood carvings. Hajeemoosa is well know store house of fabric & sarees. Handicrafts can be bought from - Madurai Gallery, Imran Handicrafts Arts, Cottage Industries Exposition Ltd., Cottage Arts Emporium.
For jewelry you can go to - Thanga Mayil Jewellery, NSB Jewellers.

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