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Madurai is popularly known as Temple city, which  is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in India and situated on the banks of Vaigai River in Tamil Nadu, the city is renowned across the world for its Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple.Madurai is also known as  Athens of the East.

About Madurai

Madurai is the third largest city in Tamil Nadu. This city is famous for its Temples built by Pandyan and Madurai Nayak kings in the Dravidian style of architecture.Madurai has a rich historical background in the sense that Lord Shiva himself performed sixty-four wonders called Thiruvilaiyadals (divine acts). As early as the 3rd century BC, Megasthanes visited Madurai. Later many people from Rome and Greece visited Madurai and established trade with the Pandya kings. Madurai flourished till 10th century AD when it was captured by Cholas (rulers of north east Tamilnadu) & the archivals of the Pandyas.

The Cholas ruled Madurai from 920 AD till the beginning of the 13th century. In 1223 AD Pandyas regained their kingdom and once again become prosperous. Pandian Kings patronized Tamil language in a great way. During their period, many masterpieces were created. Silapathikaram, the great epic in Tamil was written based on the story of Kannagi a virtuous women of noble birth who burnt Madurai as a result of the injustice caused to her husband Kovalan, by the ruler of Madurai.

Madurai offers numerous places to see for visitors, each with a tale to tell. It is one of the most popular pilgrimage centres in India. So, if you are planning a visit to this Temple City, here’s how you can reach it.

WHERE TO STAY IN MADURAI

Madurai offers a plethora of options for stay. Right from hostels, budget, mid-range to star hotels, the temple city offers it all. Though many of the budget accommodations are located close to the railway station, some are located close to the Meenakshi temple. Madurai is a small town and options to travel in the city are also available, so distances should not be a concern. Most of the luxury hotels are located within a 10 km radius of the airport. Weather tends to be quite hot in summer, so it is advisable to book AC rooms.

WHERE TO EAT IN MADURAI

Hotels, shops and markets in Madurai function 24×7 and it is not for nothing that the city is called Thoonga Nagaram(city that never sleeps). You can get food at any time of the day or night. The city offers some unique flavored drinks like Jigarthanda and Paruthi Pal.

From street stalls to high end restaurants, the city offers it all. Despite being a temple town, restaurants in the city also serve non vegetarian food. Beware! Non vegetarian dishes tend to be very hot and it is not for the faint hearted.

Vegetarians need not despair. Eateries serving authentic Iyengar style meals and breakfast can be found in the city. Some restaurants also offer Rajasthani thalis. Chinese, continental and Chettinad cuisine can be savoured in addition to the ubiquitous South Indian specialities.

Best time to visit Madurai:

The average minimum and maximum temperature of Madurai is as given below. The best time to visit Madurai is also specified.

MONTH BEST TIME MIN. TEMP (°C) MAX. TEMP (°C)
January   21 28
February   21 28
March   22 32
April   20 25
May   22 23
June   24 29
July   23 28
August   23 24
September   23 25
October   25 30
November   22 25
December   22 26
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