Madurai is a major city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, It is a historical as well as an industrial hub of South and famous world vide for the Meenakshi temple. It is mentioned by Megasthenes who came to Maurya Empire as Greek ambassador. It is ruled by various rulers like believed to be of significant antiquity and has been ruled, at different times, by the Pandyas, Cholas, Vijayanagar Empire and the British.
Place of tourists attraction in Madurai
Meenakshi Temple– Madurai is also known as a temple town of Tamil Nadu, Meenakshi Amman Temple that is well known to world is major center of attraction in Madurai, it draws visitors from around the world, and the temple complex is huge in size with no. of Gopurams, dedicated to Meenakshi and her consort Sundareswarar. Top portion of temple (vimana) made from a single big rock weight approx 60 ton. It is historic temple build in start of seventeenth century. Every day more than ten thousand tourists visit this temple.
Koodal Azhagar Temple– dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It has idols of the Navagraha God of nine planets. Alagar Koyil is a famous Vishnu temple, approx 20km from Madurai in the foothills of Solaimalai. Azhagar main deity of the temple is believed to be the brother of Meenakshi, the presiding deity at the Meenakshi temple.
Pazhamudircholai– beautiful temple with various statues on its wall, it is located on the Solaimalai hill, it is first temple dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is most visited place in Madurai after Meenakshi temple.
Kazimar Mosque– It is major place of Islamic faith in the city. Pandyan who ruled here gifted a peice of land to Kazi Syed Tajuddin, who was descendant of Islamic Prophet Muhammad. Then Kazi constructed a mosque here in 13th century.
Goripalayam Mosque is mosque near the grave of Sultanate rulers Alauddin, Shamsuddeen and Habibuddin, it is located in Gorippalayam.
Tirupparankunram Dargah– located at the top of the Thiruparankundram hill where the cemetery of Sultan Sikandhar Badushah the then ruler of Jeddah and Madurai who travelled to India along with Sulthan Syed Ibrahim Shaheed of Ervadi during 12th century is located.
Thirumalai Nayak Palace– It is second most famous tourist spot in Madurai after Meenakshi temple. This palace was constructed by Thirumalai in 17th century in Indo-Saracenic style. This monument converted in Gandhi Sanghralayas, one of the five in the country. Here you can see the part of blood spotted clothes worn by Mahatma Gandi when he shot dead by Nathuram Godse. This place visited by Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. that inspired him to lead peaceful protests against discrimination.
The Eco park an Rajaji children’s park situated near Tallakulam are two main parks where daily thousands of visitors come to enjoy the beautifully developed parks with modern lighting and fountains.
How to reach Madurai
Rail: Madurai railway stations is an important junction of Southern Railway. It is well connected to most of the major cities of the country.
Road: Madurai has good rood network through which city is well connected to all the parts of South India. There are 5 major bus stands in the city, from where you can get bus to most of the cities of Tamil Nadu as well as the neighboring states. AC and non-AC both type of bus readily available.