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Referred to as the ‘Athens of the East’ due to the lofty towers of Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple just like the Greek Pantheon, the city finds reference in many literary works of Arabs, Romans and Greek travellers like Megasthenes.

Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai district is primarily famous for Sri Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Temple. Melur, Vadipatti, Thirumangalam, Thirupparankundram, Peraiyur and Usilampatti are some of the main towns in the district which is a hub for film shootings. Alanganallur, Palamedu and Avaniyapuram in the district are popular for Jallikattu. 

Madurai is Tamil Nadu’s culturally active and vibrant district. Its cultural heritage extends to more than 2,500 years from the great Tamil era. The district was an important cultural and commercial centre even as early as 550 AD. The capital city for the great Pandya kings was Madurai. 

Witnessing hot and humid weather throughout the year, Madurai is considered as the hottest district and city of Tamil Nadu. The South West Monsoon is in the district from June to September and is followed by the North-East Monsoon from October to December.  

Alagar Temple, Pazhamuthircholai, Gandhi Memorial Museum, Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, Theppakulam, Vandiyur, Thiruvathavur Thirumarainathar Temple, Thirumohoor Kalamegaperumal Temple, Thirupparamkunram Murugan temple, 1000 Thoon Mandapam, Eco Park, Kuruvithurai Vallaba Perumal Temple, Vaigai Dam, Anaipatti Anjaneyar Temple, Kodaikanal, Suruli falls, Kutladampatti falls and Kazimar Big Mosque are some of the tourist places in the district.

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Kutladampatti Falls, Madurai

Explore the unspoiled beauty of nature at Kutladampatti waterfalls. The picturesque beauty of this place has made this one of the most loved tourist spots.

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Koodal Azhagar Temple

Located in Madurai city, Koodal Azhagar temple is known for its brilliant architecture and design, making it a popular destination for pilgrim tourism as well as for those with a taste for fine architecture.

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Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple

Madurai is synonymous with Sri Meenakshi Amman temple. A famous pilgrimage spot, the temple is renowned for its classic architectural style, stupendous structures and carvings.

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Samanar Hills

History, culture, and nature come together at Samanar hills, a rocky stretch of hillocks, known for its many Jain and Hindu monuments dotted across its landscape. Locally known as Thiruvuruvagam, Samanar malai or Melmalai, the Samanar hills is located near Keelakuyilkudi village in the Madurai district.

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Hotel Tamilnadu - Madurai-1

3, W Veli St, Near Periyar Bus Stand, Periyar, Madurai Main

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Madurai Pudur, 296, Alagar Kovil Main Road


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Bustling and yet soulful, ancient and yet modern, cultured and progressive, Madurai epitomises the best of Tamil Nadu. Part 12 of an Outlook special on tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu.

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