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 small city in Erode district of Tamil Nadu,Sathyamangalam lies on the banks of Bhavani River, a tributary of the Cauvery in the foothills of the Western Ghats. Situated on the southern side of the Western Ghats, Sathyamangalam is about 65kms from Erode and 70kms from Coimbatore.The Coimbatore-Bangalore National Highway (NH 209) passes through this town. Sathyamangalam lies close to the border of the adjoining Karnataka State.
Budget Hotels in Sathyamangalam
There are many hotels in Sathyamangalam. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay atBull and Bush Resort (Tariff Rs.500-1000), Pleasant Holiday County Resort (Tariff Rs.1000 onwards) and PV Lodge (Tariff Rs.400)
Events in Sathyamangalam
Annual festivals likePongal, Dussehra, Ramzan, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Places to See in Sathyamangalam
Bhavanisagar Dam (17kms), Sathyamangalam Forest (25kms) and Bannari Amman Temple (12kms) are places to visit near this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Coimbatore
The nearest railway station is at Erode
Sathyamangalam bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like Roadlink India Travels, SPS Travels, KPN Travels and ABT X Travelsrun regular buses to and from the town. Avail of bus ticket booking coupon when you book your tickets online.