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.
T. Kallupatti is a Panchayati area located in the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu. It is situated at the cross roads of Virudhunagar and Theni and the Madurai to Rajapalayam Highways. It is located at a distance of 45 km from the nearest city of Madurai and 20 km from Tirumangalam city. The place is a famous for the Muthalamman Temple where the Goddess is worshipped with great devotion and gaiety.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels available at low budgets in the adjacent city of Madurai. Some of them worth a try are Lakshmi Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 590), Duke Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 682), Hotel Jeyasakthi (Tariff – Rs. 703), Hotel Kathir Palace (Tariff – Rs. 763), Sri Annapoorna Tower (Tariff – Rs.786) and many more.
Tamil is the official language of the region.
The important festivals celebrated in the region are Muthalamman (Goddess) Temple Festival in April, Mariamman Temple Festival in January-February, Ugadi in March-April, Pongal festival in June, Dussehra in October, Makar Sankranti in January and many more.
Places of Interest
There are a number of religious sites to visit in the region such as the Muthalamman (Goddess) Temple and Kaaliamman Temple that attract many tourists all the year round. Few other major tourist attractions found in the nearby city of Madurai are the Meenakshi Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Thiruparankundram, Gandhi Memorial Museum,Saint Mary's Cathedral and many more.
How to Get There
The Madurai Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 40 km from the region.
The nearest railway station is Tirumangalam Railway Station at a distance of 20 km from the area.
The major state bus service is the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) that runs across many places. Private bus operators such as KPN Travels, SRM Transports, Madurai-Radha Travels also operate between many places among others. Bus reservation through Ticketgoose.com’s mobile apps is one of the most convenient ways of booking your tickets