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 panchayat town in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu,Eruvadihas the river Nambi flowing through it. The town is one of the oldest in the state and is believed to have existed for the last 800-1000years. The spread of Islam is attributed as the reason for the development of this town.
Places to Stay
There are not many places to stay in Ervadi. Tourists visiting the place can stay at the Hotel Sri Venkateswara Lodge in Valliyur, which offers rooms for Rs.500 onwards
All annual religious festivals like Ramzan, Pongal, Diwali and Christmas is celebrated here.
Tamil is the main language spoken in this town.
Places to Visit
Peer Shahib Grand Mosque, Mohideen Masjid, Baith-As-Salaam Masjid and Mohaideen Masjid are places to visit in the heart of town.
How to Get There
The nearest international airport is at Thiruvananthapuram (125 km)
The nearest railway station is at Valliyur(5kms)
Ervadi Bus Stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators Rathimeena Travels and Tippu Sultan Travelsthat offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Ticketgoose.com provides a number of online bus ticket booking offers from time to time.