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.
- Aayiram Kaal Mandapam – Translated to “Hall of Thousand Pillars” – it is as the name suggests, a hall/fort that has thousand pillars, built in 1569 AD (a monument from the Pandian era/dynasty).
- Thirumalai Nayagar Mahal – A 17th century palace/durbar hall with majestic pillars; this Mahal (hall) belonged to by King Tirumala Nayaka, a king of Nayaka dynasty under whose rule Madurai was during the time, and was built in 1636 AD.
- St. Mary’s Cathedral – Also called the Church of Our Lady of Dolours, this is a cathedral in Madurai that was constructed in 1841 by the New Madurai Mission (originated from Portuguese colonization of Goa).
Other ancient and popular temples in Madurai, that are a must-visit include:
- Koodal Azhagar Temple
- Kallazhagar Temple
- Azhagar Kovil Temple
- Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakkulam
- Narasingam Yoga Narasimha Perumal Temple
- Sri Mavoottru Velappar Temple
- Tirupparam Kunram Murugan Temple