Madurai which is known as the Athens of East, is situated on the banks of the Vaigai River. This historical and cultural place has magnificent architectural monuments. The place which had developed fully into commercial centre during 550 AD was earlier known as Kadambavanam or the "forest of Kadamba. Temple and food enthusiasts must visit this place.
Places to Stay
There are several star rated and budget hotels in Chennai. Some of them are Sri Annapoorna Tower (Tariff – Rs 1,228), Hotel Rajadhane (Tariff – Rs.1116), Hotel Supreme (Tariff – Rs. 1,900), Hotel Empee (Tariff – Rs. 1,538) and others.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Madurai, and the places to visit are Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple (52 km from Periyar bus stand ), Gandhi Museum (4 km away), Kazimar Big Mosque (1 km away), Thirumalai Nayak Mahal ( 1 km from Meenakshi temple), St. Mary's Church ( 2 km from Periyar bus stand), Pazhamudhircholai(10 km north of Madurai).
How to Get There
Madurai Airport is situated about 12 km away from the city. The airport is busy with both domestic and international flights.
Madurai Junction is a state-of-art modern railway station that is considered to be the most busiest railway junctions in Tamil Nadu There are several direct trains from Madurai which connect the city to some major cities of Tamil Nadu.
Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Stand is a mofussil bus stand which is located in Mattuthavani, Madurai. This is considered to be the largest bus terminus of Tamil Nadu. The bus stand boasts of all the facilities, and was built at a cost of Rs. 10 crore. The are three leading bus operators who offer extraordinary services are Kesineni Travels, Blue Mount Travels and Jai Hanuman Travels. Booking bus tickets through ticketgoose.com is a hassle-free experience.