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 Municipality in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu, Oddanchatram lies on the highway between Madurai-Coimbatore and Dindigul-Palani. Located at the base of the Western Ghats, Oddanchatram has the largest vegetable market, ‘Gandhi Market’, in the state which exports vegetables to other states and cities. Other than vegetables, the town is also famous for its milk products such as ghee and buttermilk. The cattle market that gathers right outside this town on every Friday is visited by people across the region.
Budget Hotels in Ottanchathiram
There are many hotels in Ottanchathiram. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at Aryaas, Naagar Hotel, Best Nagar hotel and Selvam Hotel that offers rooms from Rs.800 onwards.
Tamil is the Local Language.
Events in Ottanchathiram
All annual festivals like Pongal, Dussehra, Diwali, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated here. The Margazhi(Tamil month)Thiruvizha at the Sowdamman Temple is popular in the region.
Places to See in Ottanchathiram
Dindigul Fort, (25kms), Sirumalai Hill Station (50kms) and Parapalaaru Dam (14.5Kms) are places to visit near this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai.
Ottanchathiram has its own Railway Station.
Ottanchathiram Bus Stop provides regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a great number of private bus operators like SRS Travels, Porkalam Travels, SRM Transports and Joy Travels that run regular buses to and from the town. Online bus ticket booking is one of the easiest ways of booking your tickets.