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This family-friendly Madurai hotel is located in the historical district, 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Meenakshi Amman Temple, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Thirumalai ...
Situated in Madurai, this spa hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Meenakshi Amman Temple and within 6 miles (10 km) of Thirumalai Nayak Palace and Vandiyur Mariamman ...
Situated in Madurai, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Meenakshi Amman Temple and within 3 miles (5 km) of Thirumalai Nayak Palace and Vandiyur Mariamman ...
Sitting on the banks of the river Vaigai, Madurai is one of the oldest cities in India and in the rest of the world, having been inhabited since around the 3rd century BCE. It is famous for its rich heritage, Dravidian style temples and festivals, and is one of the country’s most important Hindu pilgrimage centres.Don’t Miss
The Meenakshi Amman Temple is one of the main reasons why people visit Madurai. The temple is dedicated to Parvati and Shiva, and is a significant icon of the city and the Tamil people. Another temple worth visiting is Koodal Azhagar Temple, which is dedicated to Vishnu and features a five-tiered gopuram.
The 17th century Thirumalai Nayak Palace is a classic mix of Dravidian and Rajput architecture styles. The palace used to be four times the size it is today and was once considered to be one of the wonders of the South. The palace houses a museum that displays original portraits of Thirumalai Naicker, 17th century stone carvings and sculptures of Hindu gods. The Gandhi Museum is also popular as it displays Gandhi's blood-stained dhoti.
If visiting in April or May, travellers should not miss the 12-day Chithrai Festival. One million people come each year for this famous festival that celebrates the celestial wedding of Parvati and Shiva. Every January Madurai celebrates its annual bull run (Jallikattu) to coincide with the Pongal festival (harvest festival).Restaurants and Bars
Madurai food is true Tamil food, though it also has its own specialties like paruthi paal, panangkarkandu paal and jigarthanda. Mutton stalls are found in the streets, as are raw banana bhajia. Still, the best meals will be eaten in hotels like The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai. Fresh coconut water can be found at stalls all over the city, as can tea shops. Alcohol is served almost exclusively in upscale hotels like the Heritage Madurai.Shopping
Madurai is a major commercial centre, with most shopping options being concentrated around the Meenakshi Temple. The city is known for its cotton sungidi saris, brass works, antiques and Tanjore paintings that can be purchased in shops everywhere. South Avani Moola Street is the best place to shop for jewellery, while electronics can be found along Town Hall Road.