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 Ramanathapuram of Tamil Nadu, Mandapam is located 48km east of the District headquarters Ramanathapuram. Mandapam is a coastal toan and fishing is the main source of income here. The important destinations located close to Mandapam are Rameswaram , Dhanushkodi , Karaikudi, Chettinad and Tuticorin.
Places to Stay
There are not many hotels in Mandapam. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at Sri Palaniandavar Lodge, Sumathi Lodge, Swami Ramanatha Tourist Home and Hotel Senthil Andavar that offers rooms from Rs.500 onwards.
All annual festivals like Diwali, Pongal, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Tamil is the Local Language.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to see in Mandapam are Gandhi Memorial (50mtrs), Thiruvalluvar Statue (1.7kms), Our Lady of Ransom Church (.8kms), Trekking at Marunthuvazh Malai (1.6kms) and Baywatch amusement park (1.8kms). Rameshwaram is located just 15kms from Mandapam.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai.
Mandapam has its own Railway Station
The Maraikayar Pattinam Bus Stop,Vedalai Bus Stop and Mandapam Bus Stand has regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a great number of private bus operators like Parveen Travels that runs regular buses to and from the town. If you are booking bus tickets online through ticketgoose.com you can travel hassle-free to anywhere in India.