Magical Madurai…

If you are travelling to South India make sure that magical Madurai is on your itinerary. Madurai is one of the oldest cities in India and is full of wonderful sights. My “must sees” in Madurai are:

  1. Sri Meenakshi-Sundareshwara Temple…This temple is well worth the visit with its massive gopuras and statues. It is one of the largest temple complexes in all India. Be prepared for a queue to get in as it is a very popular destination for Indian tourists. Every day anywhere between 15,000-20,000 people pass through its front gates. It is open daily from 5am-12.30pm and between 4-8.30pm.
  2. Thirumalai Nayak Palace…Only one-quarter of this palace still survives. It has two eighteen metre high rows of columns on either side of the palace which are amazing to walk through. An old museum and many stone statues are housed in an adjoining hall and garden. I really recommend the wonderful light show (in English at 6.45pm nightly). This show depicts the Tamil saga of the “Heavenly Pavillion” and was very entertaining.
  3. Gandhi Memorial Museum…This is a well organised museum which depicts India’s history and the life of Mahatma Gandhi. When travelling to the museum you cross over a large bridge. On your return ask the driver to take you on the lower road under the bridge ~ this will give you a great view of Madurai’s washing being done on the banks of the Vaigai river. Vast lines sway with coloured clothing as far as the eye can see.
  4. Puthu Mandapam…This pillared hall can be found at the eastern side of the Sri Meenakshmi Temple. Here you can buy fabrics and waiting tailors will whip you up an outfit within the hour. I got a lovely white shirt made for 200 rupees.

We stayed at the Park Plaza Hotel located at 114-115 West Perumal Maistry Street, Madurai. It is a mid range Indian hotel that is very clean and well located just a short auto-rickshaw ride from the temple area. The great thing about this hotel is that the rate includes breakfast and dinner. We loved eating here as the food was tasty and  the menu extensive.

13 thoughts on “Magical Madurai…

  1. Hey Lakshmi soon i am going for a vacation to India, i will visit this place and the places you recommended. Thank you for sharing this 🙂

  2. Lovely shots! Reminded me of our visit years ago. We went on a shopping binge in Karaikudi then, and the prices were unbelievable…..rosewood cradles for Rs 300, and carved coconut scrapers for Rs 100!!! Where have those days gone? 🙂

  3. Amazing Article ….. Perfect Layout for this kind of stuff…..! Great Work done….! Hope you really loved the food over there…..That is the essence of Madurai…..! Should visit my native once again…! Cheers….!

    • Thank you so much for your generous compliment. I can’t wait to return to Madurai. There was a gorgeous little restaurant just near our hotel where I could get a coffee for 4 rupees and sit and chat to locals ~ a lovely experience 🙂

  4. Lakshmi, your photos are always so beautiful. Thank you for sharing them. I particularly love the one in this collage that features the massive columns with the people, who lend scale to it.

    • Thank you so much Jennifer…yes the columns were HUGE! I really enjoy trying to take interesting photos on my trips. Thank you for noticing 🙂

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