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.
Illayangudi is a town located in Shivaganga district of Tamil Nadu. It was once a hub of Arab traders. The buildings and structure of Illayangudi has been highly influenced by the Indo-Saracenic architectural design. It is quite near some popular tourist places like Karaikudi (60 km), Madurai (74 km) and Rameshwaram (112 km). It is 485 km away from the state capital, Chennai.
Budget Hotels in Illayangudi
For relaxation, one has to travel to Karaikudi. Some of the budget hotels here are Golden Singar Hotel & Resorts (Tariff-Rs.500), Hotel Subalakshmi Palace (Tariff-Rs.600) and Malar Hotel (Tariff-Rs.700).
Tamil is the official language of this town.
Events in Illayangudi
Some important festivals of this region are Ugadi (April) and Ganesh Chaturthi (August).
Places to See in Illayangudi
Ilayangudi is mainly a trading hub and doesn’t have any places for tourist. However, some of the major attractions in Karaikudi are Kamban Mani Mandapam, Athangudi, Devakottai and Honey River.
How to Get There
Madurai Airport (90 km) is the nearest airport from this town.
The nearest railway station is the Karaikudi Railway Station based at a distance of 39 km.
Mainly state buses ply to and fro Illayangudi. Private operators like City Travels and Essaar Travels catering to Karaikudi, connects this region with other major cities and towns. Bus ticket booking discount coupons are available online on several bus booking portals. Make use of them while booking your tickets.