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madurai

INTRODUCTION

Madurai is a city in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is known to be one of the most ancient cities in the Indian subcontinent. It is located on the banks of a river called Vaigai.

Madurai is also known to be the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu state, and has a large number of ancient temples (mostly Hindu temples) and monuments.

ATTRACTIONS

Madurai is a city with rich heritage, and has many historical and religious attractions, and also offers gastronomical experiences and other sorts of entertainment.

The city is highly famous for its historical and religious (mostly relating to Hinduism) landmarks, and other things such as:

HISTORICAL & RELIGIOUS PLACES

Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple – Whenever Madurai is talked about, the first thing that comes to people’s mind is Meenakshi Amman temple here – a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Meenakshi Amman. It is the city’s most popular landmark – and also one of India’s most ancient and popular temples.

Other ancient and popular temples in Madurai, that are a must-visit include:

MUSEUMS

Madurai has notably 2 major museums which preserve its history and significant elements:

PARKS & GARDENS

SHOPPING

Madurai has many shopping spots like street bazaars, commercial shops and all-inclusive malls, from where you can buy souvenirs and things like handicraft jewelry, bangles, silk and cotton sarees and trendy clothes and accessories. Some popular shopping spots in the city to explore are:

MALLS

Madurai has some good malls too, though not too many. These are also great places to spend a day and fulfil shopping and entertainment needs with friends/family:

CUISINE

Madurai has a great culinary identity as Tamil Nadu’s food capital. It has a wonderful cuisine that is influenced by local styles and tastes as well as neighbouring regions like Chettinad and Sri Lanka and even some North Indian regions such as Gujarat. Some popular dishes from Madurai’s cuisine include:

RESTAURANTS

Madurai is famous for its vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food scene, and the restaurants here offer both these cuisines in many varieties and specialties. Some popular restaurants and eateries in Madhurai which offer incredible food and gastronomical experience are:

HOTELS

Madurai has many incredible hotels for a comfortable stay. These come under affordable, luxurious and there are great options in both ranges. The city has resorts and high-end hotels for a luxurious stay, and also many affordable as well as low-budget hotels and inns in the central area from where most popular attractions of the city are easily accessible, or a bit farther away from the central temples area in the city. The location and hotel can be chosen according to convenience and budget from the many options that are available.

Some of the best hotels to stay at in Madurai are:

Luxury Hotels:

Budget hotels:

Resorts:

NIGHTLIFE

Although Madurai doesn’t have a very vibrant nightlife, it has some decent pubs that offer a great environment for people who are looking for something fun to do in the late hours.

Some interesting pubs and bars to check out in Madurai are:

FESTIVALS

Madurai, being a temple city with a population dominated by Hindus, celebrates many Hindu temple festivals, and has a generally festive atmosphere. Some of the popular festivals celebrated in Madurai are:

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

LANGUAGE

Tamil is the most spoken language in Madurai. But, languages like English is spoken as well.

Tamil: