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Madurai City Guide

Madurai is considered the oldest city of South India that is positioned on the banks of the Vagai River. This city is the busiest commercial hub in south Tamilnadu all around the year. This divine city of spiritual enlightenment attracts thousands of visitors from all parts of the world. The ancient Dravidian Culture of the place has given it prominence. It is the place where the greatest poet Nakkerrar laid the foundation of Tamil language. The place was ruled by the Pandaya dynasty and served as their realm. During their sovereignty the development of cultural heritage as well as commercial trading was at its peak. The city is also famous as the Temple City. The renowned Meenakshi Temple is also located over here. You can also find here the textiles, Jasmine flowers and spicy cuisines.

Places to Explore

Meenakshi Amman Temple: It is among the most popular South Indian temples. This holy place is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Meenakshi. This place of worship is situated in the midst of the city. The 12 towers of the temple are its most impressive features. It has 5 entrances. One can find 4 entrances built according to the four major directions East, West North & South. All round the year, the temple hoists several festivals. The towers contain impressive art works and paintings. Inside the temple itself, there are thousands of pillars. During festivals the whole temple gets illuminated with wonderful lights.

Night Ceremony of the Temple (Closing Ceremony): The closing ceremony of the temple is worth watching. One can learn the rituals and formalities that are carried out during the closing ceremony of a Hindu Temple. The entrance ticket remains valid for whole day. It can also be used to go back to the holy place for Night Ceremony.

Note: Have your dinner before going to the temple as it may take long hours to return back.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
No Fee for Indians, Foreigner Rs. 50/- 0530Hrs to 1230Hrs and 1600Hrs to 2130Hrs NO Camera 50Rs & Video Camera 250Rs

Thirumalai Nayak Palace: The foundation of this palace was laid by King Thirumalai Nayak. The building that is still observable was the resident of the King Nayak. The throne of the king has been kept for display. The palace was alienated into two divisions, Swarga Vilasam and Ranga Vilasam. The style as well as architecture of the palace comprises of Dravidian, European and Islamic design. Huge circular pillars surround the courtyard of the palace. Visitors can observe the light shows as well as stories representing Nayak's life in the evening.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
Foreigner Rs. 50 (Rs. 25 for Child (03-12 yrs), Indian- Rs. 10 (Rs. 5 for Child age 3-10yrs) 0900Hrs – 1700Hrs NO Still Camera Rs. 30, Video Camera Rs. 100

Sound and light show at Palace:
Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
Adult Rs. 50, Children Rs. 25 18:45Hrs to 19:35 Hrs (Language English) NO Allowed

Gandhi Museum: This museum was constructed in the honor of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. Here a visitor can see many images depicting the peace movements, freedom struggle articles used by Gandhi Ji.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
- 10:00Hrs to 13:00Hrs and 14:00Hrs to 17:45Hrs National Holidays Rs. 50

Pazhamuthir Cholai Murugan Temple: It is the last abode of Lord Murugan out of six temples.

Entrance Fee Time to visit Holidays Video Camera
Rs-10/- 06:00Hrs to 19:00Hrs NO Not Allowed

Thiruparankundram Temple: This holy palace is among the six abodes dedicated to Lord Murugan. It was constructed by carving the rocks. The statues of Lord Shiva & Lord Vishnu facing each other in the main temple are the specialty of this shrine that is rarely found in Hindu shrines.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video Camera
NO 05:30Hrs to 13:00Hrs and 16:00Hrs to 21:00Hrs NO Still Camera Rs. 100 & Video Camera Rs. 250

Festivals and Celebrations in Madurai:

Pongal: This festival is quite popular in Tamil Nadu. It is also called the celebration of harvesting and it is celebrated as a thanks giving ritual to Sun God. This festival is celebrated in the mid of January, every year.

Chitrai Festival: It is a ten day celebration that takes place between May & April. During the celebration the idols of Lord Shiva & Deity Meenakshi are taken into procession that ends up in the temple.

Jallikattu: It means 'bull Taming', a very old heroic sport event for the people of Tamilnadu. This festival is celebrated during Pongal. It is organized every year in Alanganallur that is a small hamlet close to Madurai.

Wedding ceremony of Lord Shiva and Diety Meenakshi is the main attraction of the festival.