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Taking earned the nickname Athens of the East, Madurai has never left any of its travellers less than existence awe inspired. The city, which is second largest in the state of Tamil Nadu, is a source of tourist attractions as its nation and architectural marvels speak of grandeur and wisdom. Major credit goes to Nayaka rulers who during their reign got many temples and buildings created.

Meenakshi Temple

Undeniably the most famous of all attractions in Madurai is Meenakshi Temple. This temple stands as a evidence of the brilliant figure art that existed in India. Built on an acreage spanning 15 acres, the temple is a place with movement all the time you can spot travellers as well as tourists. Some interesting features of the temple are the hall of thousand pillars where viewing from any angle will make us to see all the supports in a straight line and musical pillars which when tapped produce a musical sound.

Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace

Additional most popular magnetism in Madurai is Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace. It was built by King Thirumalai Nayak in year 1636 (hence its name) in Indo-saracenic style with tall arches adorning the palace. Being former residence to the king, only one-fourth of the actual assembly is intact. Efforts have been made in recent years for renovation of the palace.

Puthu Mandapam

Now comes a place in the list for shopaholics and art followers! Puthu Mandapam lies just a stone’s throw away from Meenakshi temple and it’s a lovely market with items like jewellery, fashion accessories, scarves, fabrics, handicrafts etc being sold. You can buy paintings, wearables from here and also take away lovely mementos for your loved ones back home.

Saint Mary’s Cathedral

It is one of the eldest Catholic churches in India and is that’s why one of the top tourist charms in Madurai. You will be shocked to know that the church has been constructed blending various architectural styles together- European, Roman as well as Continental. Don’t forget to lay your eyes upon the tall and attractive bell towers created in Roman architectural style.

Banana Market

Bananas particularly unripe ones are a significant feature of the food culture of Tamil Nadu. So here is a comprehensive market specially dedicated for the sale of bananas. Sixteen different varieties of bananas are sold in this market. Come and watch people working in this market as activity never seems to come to a close here.

Murugan Idli Shop

Yet another purpose to explore Tamilian food culture! Murugan Idli shop is a delight for the ones who love to discover a place gastronomically. The shop is a decent eating place with a friendly ambience offering taste buds tingling authentic south Indian dishes- Idli and Dosa. Apart from these dishes you can have a taste of this shop’s spicy chutney powder which is actually a special blend ready by them helped with oil to mix with it.

Gandhi Memorial Museum

This academy is one of the five Gandhi Sangrahalayas (museums) in India. It was recognized in 1959 and houses an extravagant collection of illustrations – pictures to show Indian freedom struggle and pictorial gallery portraying life of Mahatma Gandhi. The museum also has choicest of example handicrafts from the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. You can also find the personal belongings of Gandhi like his spectacles, shawl and also the bloodstained Dhoti that he was exhausting when he was murdered.

How to Reach

   By Plane

Madurai is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights.

   By Train

You can easily get regular trains to Madurai from other major cities of the country.

   By bus

There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Madurai.

   By Luxury car

Madurai is well connected by road with rest of Tamil Nadu. you can hire luxary car hire.

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