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.
Thirumangalam is a suburban area of the South Indian temple town, Madurai. It is located in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The centre of Madurai city is located 24 km to the north-east. One can also stop by in the area while heading down to Rajapalayam. Temple enthusiasts can also halt in the area en route Madurai.
Places to Stay
Being a small place, there is no great variety when it comes to places of lodging. However Madurai has a couple of good budget hotels. Some of these places which deserve mention are MR International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Tamil Nadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Duke Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Taj Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. English is also understood in certain places such as hotels.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The area is not that remote, yet in terms of tourist sites, it has nothing much to offer. Some of the places which are worth visiting in the neighbouring urban hub of Madurai are Meenakshi Amman Temple, Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, Alagar Koyil and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Madurai Airport at a distance of 19 km.
The closest railway station is the Madurai Junction railway Station at a distance of 24 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses pass through the area. Parveen Travels is one of the major operators in the area. Buses to the area are readily available from Madurai. Now, you can book your bus ticket by using Ticketgoose.com’s mobile apps.