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 in the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram is located on Pamban Island and is separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel. Situated in the Gulf of Mannar, at the very tip of the Indian peninsula, Rameswaram is about 50kms from Mannar Island in Sri Lanka. The town is connected to mainland India by the Pamban Bridge. Hindus consider Rameswaramone of the holiest places in India and the temple town is art of the Char Dham (four most important holy centres) pilgrimage.The Rameswaram TV Tower is the tallest tower in India
Budget Hotels in Rameswaram
There are many hotels in Rameswaram. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay atHotel Brindavan Residency (Tariff Rs.1,129), Hotel MCM Towers (Tariff Rs.1300), Hotel Queen Palace (Tariff Rs.1,506) and Hotel Vinayaga (Tariff Rs.1,687).
Events in Rameswaram
Annual festivals like Pongal, Dussehra, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here. The annual two-day Saint Anthony fest at the island draws huge number of people. Other prominent celebrations include Car festival (February-March), Kavadi Festivals (April), Tiru Kalyana (July-August) and Karthika Deepam festival (November)
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Places to See in Rameswaram
Ramanathaswamy Temple and Temple Tanks (1km), Gandhamathana Parvatham (3kms) and Dhanushkodi (18kms) are places of interest in this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai
Rameswaramhas its own railway station
Rameswaram bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like Universal Travels and SRM Transportsrun regular buses to and from the town. Book your bus ticket online through Ticketgoose.com.