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 town and a Municipality in Theni district of Tamil Nadu, Periyakulam lies at the foothills of the Western Ghats bordering on Kerala. The town is also known as the ‘Mango City’ as a major share of the mangoes produced in the state comes from this town. Located on the 'Varaha' river, Periyakulam is sometimes called ‘pi City’ forit’s famous sweet pi. The town gets its sweet water from the Berijam Lake in Kodaikanal.
Budget Hotels in Periyakulam
There are many hotels in Periyakulam. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Hotel Rajendra, MSP Lodge, Sri Siva Lodge and Sri Rajaram Lodgethat offers rooms from Rs.500 onwards.
Events in Periyakulam
Annual festivals like Pongal, Dussehra, Ramzan, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here.
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Places to See in Periyakulam
Balasubramanian Temple (2kms), VaradharajaPerumal Temple (.5kms), Sothuparai Dam (9 km), Kumbakarai Falls (8 km), TheerthaThotti (2 km), Vaigai Dam (15 km) and Manjalar Dam (18 km)are some of the places to visit in this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai
The nearestrailway station is at Theni
Periyakulam bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like Joy Travels, SRM Transports, Sri Bhagyalakshmi Travels and JR Travels run regular buses to and from the town. While booking your tickets online, look out for bus booking offer that many bus booking portals provide.