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.
If you are thrilled about South India and want to try the cuisine, temples, hills, cultural diversity, Ettimadai is one of the places where you need to be in. The sub-urban area is considered to be an outskirts area of Coimbatore. The heart of Coimbatore lies at a distance of 21 km north of the area. Ettimadai is also known for its greenery.
Places to Stay
Being a small place, naturally there will be no places to put up for the night. One is forced to venture into Coimbatore for lodging. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Raamus Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Vinayak Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Sri Krishna Vilas (Tariff – Rs. 900), KK Residency Hotel (Tariff –Rs. 800) and others.
The official language of the area 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
The place does not have anything interesting to offer other than its greenery, unlike Coimbatore where some of the must-see sites include TNAU Botanical Gardens, Gass Forest Museum, Government Museum, Siruvani Waterfalls, Vaideki Falls, VOC Park and Zoo, Marudamalai Murugan Temple, CSI Immanuel Church among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Coimbatore International Airport at a distance of 29 km.
Coimbatore Junction Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 19 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses pass through the area. Parveen Travels is one of the major operators in the area. Buses to the area are available from Coimbatore. Most of the travellers these days opt for online bus ticket reservation.