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.
Sankarankovil is said to be the most beautiful temple towns of the Tirunelveli district. This district which has an old city charm is famous for its huge historical significance since some of the temples in this place are more than 1000 years old. Sankarankovil is situated 56 kms away from the Tirunelveli District and 40 kms east of western Ghats hill. The town is also called by other names such as SNKL and Sangai. There a two temples of Shiva and Parvathi. It is believed twice a year sunrays do fall on the plinth.
Budget Hotels in Sankarankovil
There are several good budget hotels that are easy on your pocket. Some of the good hotels are Applettree Hotel 1 (Tariff –Rs 1,900), Hotel MNH Royal Park (Tariff –Rs.500), Nainar Hotel (Tariff –Rs.1000) and Sree Bharani Hotels (Tariff –Rs 500 to 1000).
Tamil is the main language spoken in the region.
Events in Sankarankovil
Adi Thapasu" festival is most famous festival celebrated in Sankarnkovil. The other festivals include Chithhirai Bramotsava (July), Adi thapasu festival (August), Iyppasi Thirukkalyanam festival ( October) and Theppam floating festival (Febuary)
Places to See in Sankarankovil
Kalugumalai (21 kms from Sankarankovil), Kuruvikulam Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple (15 km from Sankarankovil), Sri Sankaranarayana Swamy temple (close to Sankarankovil bus stand) and Sankaralinka swamy Smetha Gomathiambal temple.
How to Get There
The only nearest airport is situated at Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram. These airports offers domestic and international flights.
Three passenger trains pass through Sankarankovil. Sankarankovil railway junction is situated at Chennai Egmore –Sengottai line. Pothigai express is a daily train that connects Chennai and Sankarankovil.
Sankarankovil has bus terminus located at Rajapalayam and Thirunelveli roads. The Rajapalayam bus stand is considered to be the old bus terminus and this offer services to interstate and interregion, while the other bus stand only servers the local town. You can now book your bus tickets from a number of travel portals checking out for the best bus ticket prices.