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.
Kaliyakkavilai is situated about 52 km from Kanyakumari, which is its district headquarters. This lush green town is filled with coconut groves, making it even more scenic. If you are visiting Kanyakumari and you want to stay away from the bustling city, head to Kaliyakkavilai and enjoy in the lap of nature. It is very near the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border and is situated on the National Highway 47, making it a well connected village.
Places to Stay
There are several budget hotels in the village. Tourists has numerous options to choose from, including Hotel President (Tariff – Rs.648), Hotel Prathiba Heritage (Tariff – Rs. 583), Hill Top Ayurvedic Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 783), and Kailas Inn (Tariff – Rs.631).
Tamil is the official language of Kaliyakkavilai. However, Malayalam and English are also spoken in the area.
Some of the festivals celebrated in Kaliyakkavilai are Pongal in January, Vishu and Puthandu in April, Onam in September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
This village makes for a perfect weekend getaway. St Anthony’s Church is one of the major attractions. Kovalam beach is also 31 km away from here. Other places of interest lie in Kamyakumari, which is about 52 km away.
How to Get There
Trivandrum International Airport, which is located at a distance of 37 km, is the nearest airport from the village.
The major railhead connecting this place to other cities is the Thiruvananthapuram Central railway Station, which is 32 km away.
Buses ply regularly from Trivandrum, Kanyakumari and Chennai. Rathimeena Travels, SRM Travels, Parveen Travels, SRS Travels are some of the operators plying their buses on this route.