Why visit Madurai

Here’s what the city has to offer...

Madurai, located along the banks of the Vaigai river, is believed to be one of the oldest cities in India with a history dating back to the 3rd century BCE. Ruled by a series of south Indian kings, most notably, the Pandyas, the city was a bustling centre for trade, religion and learning. It continues to be the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu, and is today renowned for its temple-dotted skyline. The famous Meenakshi Amman Temple lies at the centre of this city.


A short drive will take you to the ancient Jain caves at Samanar hills. Other significant landmarks include the 17th century Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace and the Koodal Alagar temple. Madurai is also renowned for its ‘mess’ culture; inexpensive, clean eateries that serve up a variety of delicious food – from biryani, parottas and kal dosais to a wide range of meat delicacies.


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