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.
Kaikatti is a small village in the Tiruchirappalli district of Tamil Nadu. The nearest urban region, Trichy, is 217 km away from here. The capital city of Chennai is located at a distance of 483 km. The vast stretch of paddy fields, coconut groves makes Kaikatti a picture perfect village to visit during the weekends.
Places to Stay
There are no accommodation facilities in Kaikatti. One has to travel to Tiruchirappalli to put up for the night. Some of options worth trying here are Hotel Gold Coin (Traiff-Rs.500), Nandha Residency (Tariff-Rs.600) and Rockfort Residency (Tariff-Rs.700).
Tamil is the official language of this area.
Pongal (January) is the most significant festival in Kaikatti. Ganesh Chaturthi (August) is another important festival celebrated in this region.
Places of Interest
Swami Ayyapan Temple is the main highlight of this place. However, there are several tourist attractions in Tiruchirapalli such as Rockfort Temple (83 m high), St John’s Church (4 km), Government Museum (3 km), Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (10 km) and other holy places.
How to Get There
Trichy Airport, which is located at a distance of 220km, is the nearest from Kaikatti.
Trichy Railway Station (52km) is the closest to this village.
National Highway 209 passes through this village; therefore, both state buses and private buses are quite active in this area. Sri Bhagyalakshmi Travels and Parveen Travels are some top operator catering to this region. For online bus booking, log on to Ticketgoose.com and get your tickets.