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.
Tuticorin is also popularly known as Thoothukudi. The word Thoothukudi derives its meaning from two Tamil words –Thootu (dig) and Kudi (drink). The region is most famous for Pearls and it is traditionally known for pearl fishing and ship industries. This place has a huge port and it is popular for it as Tuticorin is considered to be one of the oldest seaports in the world. The place is relatively warm and pleasant from January to March and is enjoyable to visit during these months.
Budget Hotels in Tuticorin
There are several hotels that provide enjoyable accommodation for tourists at a reasonable price. They are Sathya Park and Resort (Tariff –Rs.900), Geetha International Hotel (Tariff –Rs.600), Sugam Hotel, Tuticorin (Tariff –Rs.500) and Jony International Hotel (Tariff –Rs.600)
Events in Tuticorin
Panimaya Matha Thiruvila is the most celebrated festival in Thoothukudi. It happens every year during the month of July or August.
Tamil, is the most spoken tongue in Tutocorin while the other language spoken in this region include English.
Places to See in Tuticorin
Some of the interesting places that brings in different kinds of tourists to Tuticorin are the Paniya Matha Church (1km), Manapad (60kms), Ottapidaram (22kms), Tuticorin Port (29 kms), Kattabomman Memorial Fort (20kms from bus stand), Kalakadu Wildlife Sanctuary (20kms east of old bus stand), Tiruchendur Temple (40kms) and The Basilica of the Lady of Snows (1.8kms).
How to Get There
Tuticorin Airport is located at Vagaikulam which is about 14 km from the heart of the city. The Government has been making plans to broaden and modernize the facility to include more aircrafts.
Thoothukudi railway junction is considered to be one of the oldest railway stations in India. The first railway line between Madurai and Thoothukudi was established in 1874. Now the railway line connects to major cities which include Chennai to Tuticorin, Bangalore, Madurai, Mysore, Coimbatore and Tirunelveli.
Thoothukudi New bus stand is located on Ettaiyapuram road; while the old bus station is situated in Palayamkottai road. These two bus stations serve local and interstate travelers. Travellers can make use of online bus tickets booking facility provided by a number of travel websites.