Madurai is known to be a famous temple city in India. This traditional city is situated on the banks of the Vaigai River. Madurai is a 2500 year old city which became a commercial center after 550 AD. Tourists are attracted by the temples, prosperous arts and crafts. The city is also called the "Athens of the East" for its fantastic architectural monuments. The best time of the year to visit Madurai would be between Octobers to March since the city is extremely hot during summers.
Budget Hotels in Madurai
There are several star rated and budget hotels in Chennai. Some of them are Hotel Padmam (Tariff-Rs.1,409), Hotel Empee (Tariff-Rs.1,089), Sri Annapoorna Tower (Tariff-Rs.1,294) and Kathir Palace (Tariff-Rs.880).
The official language of Madurai is Tamil. The other languages spoken include English, Saurashtra, Telugu, Urdu and Hindi.
Events in Madurai
Some famous festivals and events of Madurai include Jallikattu(Jan), Chithirai Festival (April / May), Float Festival (Jan-Feb)
Places to See in Madurai
There are several places of tourist attraction in Madurai, though the most famous Meenakshi - Sundareswarar temple (52 kms from Periyar bus stand ), Gandhi Museum (4Kms), Kazimar Big Mosque(1km), Thirumalai Nayak Mahal ( 1km from Meenakshi temple), St. Mary's Church ( 2km from Periyar bus stand), Pazhamudhircholai(10Km north of Madurai).
How to Get There
Madurai Airport is situated about 12km away from the Madurai railway station. It offers domestic flight operations to major cities, while international services are limited only to Colombo.
Madurai Junction is considered to be the second largest revenue division in Southern railway next to the Chennai division.
Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Stand is the mofussil bus stand that is located in Mattuthavani, Madurai. The three leading bus operators / Travels that offer extraordinary services are Abt X bus operator, Sharma Tours bus operator, Madurai Radha bus operator. Booking a bus ticket has never been easier as you can book through your mobile as well.
A suburb of Kochi, Aluva is located on the River Periyar. This place is famous for the Mahasivarathri festival which is held yearly in the Shiva Temple. Aluva is situated about 12 kms away from Kochi. The major tourist attractions of Aluva are the Shiva Temple, Seminary Church and the Marthanda Varma Bridge.
Budget Hotels in Aluva
There are good budget hotels in Aluva. Some of them are Four Seasons Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 629), Bright Heritage (Tariff – Rs.1,600), Hotel Breeze (Tariff – Rs.1000) and Alankar Tourist Home (Tariff –1200).
The official language of Aluva is Malayalam. The other languages include Hindi, English and Tamil.
Events in Aluva
The Important Festivals of Aluva is the Mahasivarathri (Feburary).
Places to See in Aluva
There are several places of tourist attraction in Aluva. Some of the places include Shiva Temple (2 kms from Aluva) Sivarathri manappuram(3 kms from Aluva) Aluva Palace (1 kms from Aluva), Aluva Masjid (7 kms from Aluva), and Pottachira Sree Krishna Temple ( 10kms from Alleppey).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport. Cochin airport is about 15 kms away from this town.
Aluva is well connected to major cities of Kerala. There are regular trains to Cochin and Trivandrum.
KSRTC buses connects to all the major cities and districts of Kerala. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Kallada Travels, Hindusthan Travels and Tippu Sultan Travels. Book bus tickets online from the confines of your home or office without any hassle.