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.
Dharmapuri is a town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The town is located near the border of neighbouring state of Karnataka to the west. The nearest major urban agglomeration is Bangalore, at a distance of 142 km to the north-west. Temple and cuisine-lovers can visit this place.
Places to Stay
The best place to stay in the region for the night is Bangalore city. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places of Interest
There are many places to visit in the area. Some of the places which are worth visiting are Thowheeth Mosque, Ahle hadees Pallivasal, Hogenakkal Falls (46 km away), Adhiyamankottai (named after the ancient Thahadoor rulers – the Adhiyamans who made it their capital in ancient times), Mount Carmel Church and others.
How to Get There
The Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore is the nearest airport at a distance of 178 km.
Dharmapuri has a railway station connects this town by a network of rails to cities like Kannur, Tuticorin, Coimbatore to name a few.
There are regular buses to Dharmapuri from Bangalore and Krishnagiri. Parveen Travels is a popular bus operator in the area. State-run buses are also available. Online booking of bus tickets have made ticket booking very convenient.