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 145 km from Chennai, Vellore has been the capital of many kingdoms such as Pallava, Chola, Nayak, Maratha, and Bijapur Sultan. Vellore is also well known for the 16th century Vellore Fort. Today it has a vast mix of medical and educational institutes - Christian Medical College and Vellore Institute of Technology being the most popular. Temples and Monuments are also a great tourist option here throughout the year.
Budget Hotels in Vellore
Hotels in Vellore are reasonably priced. Some budget-friendly options are Golden Temple Guest House (Tariff-Rs. 200), Ramachandraa Residency (Tariff-Rs. 175), and Veena Residency (Tariff-Rs. 594).
The official language of Vellore is Tamil. Hindi, Kannada, and Malayalam are also spoken here.
Events in Vellore
Pongal observed on 14 January is a traditional festival here. Saraswathi Pooja is celebrated in September-October to mark the end of Navarathri.
Places to See in Vellore
Vellore Fort is a noted tourist attraction. Ratnagiri Murugan Temple and Srilakshmi Golden Temple are worth a visit. The Assumption Cathedral and the 150-year-old St. John's Church inside the fort are equally well known.
How to Get There
The nearest domestic airport is the Tirupati Airport (100 km) and the nearest international airport is Chennai International Airport (130 km).
Vellore has three railway stations - Katpadi Junction (5 km), Vellore Contolement and Vellore Town Station that connect it to other major stations.
The new city bus station is located near Chelliamman Temple and the old bus station near the Vellore fort. Vellore has many private bus operators such as Sri Venkateswara Bus Service, Sridhar Bus Service, and Rao Travels that provide excellent bus service. Utilise the discounts and offers when you are booking a bus ticket online.