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.
An industrial city in the Cuddalore district, Chidambaram is a temple town of Tamil Nadu. The place is surrounded with beautiful temples and architectural monuments.This city has attracted many of Shaivites and Vaishnavites for renowned Chidambaram Natarajar temple. The Chidambaram Temple has the Akasha Lingam of Shiva and this pilgrimage place is considered to be best Lord Shiva Temples of Tamil Nadu.
Budget Hotels in Chidambaram
There are good budget hotels in Chidambaram . Some of them are Natraja Residency (Tariff – Rs.1500), Heavens Land Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Akshaya Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1300) and R K Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000).
Events in Chidambaram
Natyanjali Dance Festival (March) is one of the famous festivals in Chidambaram. This festival celebrates various kinds of dance forms.
Tamil is the Local Language here. The other language include Telugu and Hindi.
Places to See in Chidambaram
There are several places of tourist attraction in Chidambaram . Some of the places include Nataraja Temple ( 16 km from Chidambaram) Vaitheeswaran Koil (24kms from Chidambaram), Thillai Kali Amman temple (12 kms from Chidambaram), Tiruvetkalam Temple (2 kms from Chidambaram), Pitchavaram backwater (16.5 kms from Chidambaram) and Tirunallurpperumanam Temple (2 kms from Belgaum).
How to Get There
The nearest airport from Chidambaram is Pondicherry Airport. It is located 66kms away from the city.
Chidambaram Railway Station is well connected with the major destinations of Tamil Nadu and Andhra pradesh
There are regular bus service available to the major districts and cities of Tamil Nadu , Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.Private bus operators like KPN Travels, ABT X Travels and ARC Travels run regular buses to and from the village. Book a bus ticket in advance and travel without any hassle to any destination in India.