Tourist guide to Madurai, Places to visit in Madurai


Madurai is Ancient and second largest city of Tamilnadu. Madurai is located in banks of Vaigai river. In Madurai Jasmine flower is famous. Sree Meenakshi Amman Temple is remark for Madurai city. Apart from that there is many places are there to visit. This page will help us guide to the people who wish to visit Madurai.

Madurai is one of the ancient cities in India. There is lot of historial events happend in Madurai. In Thiruvilaiyadal there is a small story in which poet Nakirar was punished by Sundareshwarar to fall into Pond of Lotus, which is in Meenakshi Amman Temple.The great tamil epic Silapathikaram was written based on the story of Kannagi, who burnt madurai due to injustice caused to his husband Kovalan.

Places to visit at Madurai


Sree Meenakshi Amman Temple


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Sree Meenakshi Amman temple is one of the historic temples which is located in Madurai. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is known here as Meenakshi Sundareshwarar and Goddess Parvathi who is known here as Meenakshi Amman. Meenakshi Amman kovil is 2500 years old temple, which has 14 Gopurams or towers including 2 Golden towers for main deities. As per legend, the sacred Suyambulingam discovered by Indira,the king of Gods at Kadambavanam later he built a temple in Madurai and enshrined that suyambulingam in that temple, that is Sree Meenakshi Temple. The King Kulasekara Pandyan built the temple in 1600, but in later the temple was developed by Nayak dynasty. The holiest places in this temple are "Pond with golden lotus (Porthamarai Kulam)", "Thousand Pillar Hall",and "Ashta Shakthi Mandabam". The most important festivals associated with this temple are "Meenakshi Tirukalyanam" which is celebrated in April every year, Teppa Thiruvizhah and Navarathiri. In the year 2009 Thirukudamulukku has been happened in Meenakshi Amman Temple.

Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal,Madurai


Thirumalai
Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal is suited 2kms south east from Meenakshi amman Temple. This mahal was built by the King Thirumalai Nayak one of the Nayak rulers in 1636. This palace consist of two parts Swargavilas and Rangavilas. In the palace complex there is Theatre, Royal Residence, Shrine, Apartments, Armoury,Pond and Garden. At present the palace has light and sound show which depicting the story of Silapathikaram in Tamil and English.

Gandhi Museum, Madurai


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The Gandhi Museum was established in the year 1948, for loving memories of the Father of our nation "Mahatma Gandhi" . Gandhi Museum was setup by the Gandhi memorial Trust, after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. This museum was setup in the place of Rani Mangammal Palace of Nayak Dynasty, which was later donated by the Tamilnadu Government to the Gandhi Memorial Trust. Gandhi Museum organizes Exhibitions, Seminars, Fine arts training courses and Yoga Classes. The museum library contains books on Gandhi and cultural background of India. The library has about 27,000 letters of Mahatma Gandhi.

Visiting time in Gandhi Museum, Madurai

Morning : 10: 00 a.m to 01:00 p.m
Afternoon : 02:00p.m to 05:30 p.m (All Days)

Mariamman Theppakulam,Madurai


Mariamman
The Mariamman Theppakulam in Vandiyur, Madurai is suited 5km south east from Sree Meenakshi Temple is one of the huge Temple tank in south India. Mariamman Theppakulam built in 1636 and was commissioned by Thirumalai nayakar in 1646.The length of the tank is 1000 feet and width is 950 feet. The mandapam and temple in the center of the tank the idol of Lord Vigneshwara is suited.The tank has total of 12 long stairs (steps) on all four sides. The tank will looking very nice with full of lights and flowers while celebrating The Float Festival on the Full Moon Day of the month January and February of every year.

Thiruparankundram, Madurai


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Thiruparankundram temple is dedicated to the Lord Subramaniya. It is suited 8km south from Madurai. Thiruparankundram is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramaniya. This is cave temple, One of the sangam poet Nakkirar has sung a log poem about this Temple is called Thirumurugatrupadai. Devayanai Marriage, Thirumalai Nayak and Mangammal Sculptures are there in this temple. The most important sculputure is Lord siva with flag of Rishaba in his hand cannot be found anywhere else. The important festival in this Temple is Vaigasi visagam, which is celebrated as Lord Subramaniyar's birthday, and Surasamharam, which is celebrated in the month November or December every year.

Alagar Kovil, Madurai


Alagar
Alagar kovil is suited 21 kms from Madurai. Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. As per legends Lord Vishnu came to this place for his sister's marriage (Meenakshi marriage) with Sundareshwarar. This journey is also celebrated as Chithirai Festival. This temple has plenty of Lord Vishnus Postures. Pazhmuthisolai the sixth house of Lord Murugan in the alagar hills, and holy water tank is available in theertha thotti are nice place to see in Alagar hills.

How to reach Madurai


By Air: Airlines facility is available to connect Madurai with chennai, Calicut, Bombay, Bangalore, kolkatta etc
By Rail: Madurai is connected by rail via Chennai with all places in India.
By Road: Madurai has excellent high ways facility connecting all cities in tamilnadu.

Cities near by Madurai

Tirunelveli is at a 151 kms from Madurai
Kodaikanal is at 120 kms from Madurai
Palani is at 122 kms from Madurai


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