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.
Situated in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district, Sullurupeta, is about 95 km away from its district headquarters. The city is located at a distance of 516 km from state capital Hyderabad. India’s first satellite centre “Sriharikota” is located at a distance of 20 km from here.
Places to Stay
There are many budget and mid-tier priced hotel accommodation here. Some of them are Athidhi Grand Hotel (Tariff- Rs. 1,000), Hotel Maansi (Tariff- Rs. 850), Komala Lodge (Tariff- Rs. 400), and Simhapuri Lodge (Tariff- Rs. 350).
The official language of Sullurupeta is Telugu and Tamil. The other languages spoken here are English, Hindi, and Urdu.
Flamingo festival is the core event in Sullurupeta held in January every year. Other local festivals include Ugadi and Venadu Darga.
Places of Interest
Some of the places nearby are Srikalahasti (39 km) includes Sri Kalahasteeswara Temple of 12th century, Talakona Waterfalls, and Gudimallam Temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Sullurupeta is the Tirupati Airport (58 km).
Sullurupeta and Akkampet railway stations are the closest to Sullurupeta.
Sullurupeta is well connected to Hyderabad with three private bus service operators offering Volvo AC semi and sleeper buses at average ticket price of Rs 890 per passenger. APSRTC also has frequent non-AC buses from Nellore and Hyderabad. Three daily private buses from Vishakhapatnam operated by Sree Kaleswari Travels and Kaveri Kamakshi Travels. You don’t have to stand in serpentine queues anymore as you can easily book bus ticket online.