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.
Ayyampettai is a small town in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. It is located on the banks of the Kudamurutti river. The mighty Cauvery river is at a distance of 6 km north of the town. The nearest major agglomeration is the district headquarters of Thanjavur at a distance of 16 km south-west of the town.
Places to Stay
Lodging facilities are better in the city of Thanjavur. Some of the budget hotels which are worth exploring are Tamil Nadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Lion City Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Ramnath (Tariff – Rs. 900), Valli Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500) among others.
The official language of Ayyampettai is Tamil.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in Januray, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Places of tourist interest are mostly located in Thanjavur. Some of the places worth exploring are Brihadisvara Temple and Fort, Sri Subramanya Shrine, Annai Vailankanni Shrine and the Thanjavur Royal Palace and Museum.
How to Get There
The nearest major airport is the Tiruchirapalli International Airport at a distance of 81 km.
Thanjavur Junction Railway Station is the nearest railway station at a distance of 22 km.
Both state government-run transport buses as well as private buses ply on the roads of the area. Parveen Travels is one such private operator. You don’t have to stand in serpentine queues anymore as you can easily book bus ticket online.