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 mining and power generation township in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu, Neyveli is one of the modern, well-planned townships in the country. A Township that was developed after lignite mining started in the region; Neyveli houses power plants that generate a large percentage of thermal power in the state. Well-connected by rail and road, the township has many places of worship and also has some of best educational institutions in the region.
Budget Hotels in Neyveli
There are many hotels in Neyveli. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at Hotel Radha, Blue Diamond Hotel and Restaurant and Sri Venkateswara Hotel that offers rooms from Rs.800 onwards.
Tamil is commonly spoken in this region
Events in Neyveli
All annual festivals like Dussehra, Diwali, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated here. Thaipoosam festival at the Villudayanpattu temple of Lord Murugan and the 'Panguni Uthiram' festival for the Lord Murugan at Villudayanpatti Temple are special in Neyveli.
Places to See in Neyveli
The samathi of Saint Vallalar Sri Ramalinga (7kms), the Natarajar Temple, which has the largest Panchaloha idol and the first in Asia, the 600-year old Khasi Vishwanathar temple at Vadakku Vellur, a mosque, church and Jain temple are located within 1km of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Puducherry
Neyveli has its own Railway Station
Neyveli Bus Stop provides regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a great number of private bus operators like KPN Travels, Hindusthan Travels, ARC Travels and Universal Travels that run regular buses to and from the town. Avail of bus ticket offer when you book your tickets through Ticketgoose.com.