Top 9 Things to do in Madurai, India

July 19, 2017 Marianna Hollaway

Madurai is one of the major cities in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the administrative headquarters of Madurai District, the third largest city in Tamil Nadu, and the 25th most populated city in India. Located on the banks of River Vaigai, Madurai has been a major settlement for two millennia.
Restaurants in Madurai

1. Sri Meenakshi Temple

North Chitrai Street | J K Plaza, 10/20, Bye-Pass Road, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India, Madurai 625001, India +91 90433 25105
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Sri Meenakshi Temple

Experience the culture of Madurai with this private tour of its ancient temples. Spend approximately 45 minutes visiting each of the Dravidian temples built by the Pandyan and Madurai Nayak kings, earning the city its nickname Koil Maanagar, which means Temple City. Discover why Madurai, also called the City of Junctions or Koodal Nagaram, is one of India's most outstanding Hindu pilgrimage centers.

Reviewed By starkman2017 - Calgary, Canada

well worth the visit to see a touch of hindu culture. I am so glad we had a guide on the Gate 1 tour. I loved the paintings on the ceilings and the beautiful brass/golden images of their sacred dieties. Although it was hot ouside inside teh temple it was cool.

2. Pazhamudhir Solai

Near Alagar Koil Temple, Madurai, India +91 90433 25105
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4.5 based on 223 reviews

Pazhamudhir Solai

One of the six important abodes (Arupadaiveedu) of Lord Murugamore.

Reviewed By Dossarathy - Tiruchirappalli, India

One of the six abodes of lord Muruga, this temple is above Azhagar Kovil. Monkeys around this temple makes your visit interesting! BUT, those will not enter the shrine adds the beauty!

3. Aayiram Kaal Mandapam

Inside Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, India +91 90433 25105
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4.5 based on 205 reviews

Aayiram Kaal Mandapam

Reviewed By neeleshkulkarni - New Delhi, India

This is a veritable art gallery within the main temple next to the sarovar. The roof is painted regularly every 12 years.The motifs are amazing and the picture of Meenaxi ammal seems to turn in whatever direction you go.Each of the pictures painted on the roof is fascinating and a good guide will tell you about the bet of them

4. Koodal Azhagar Temple

Perumal Koil Sannathi Street | Opp Periyar bus stand, Periyar, Madurai 625001, India +91 452 233 8542
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4.5 based on 152 reviews

Koodal Azhagar Temple

Reviewed By fallfans

Les frequently seen by overseas visitors, this temple is friendly and welcoming. We were able to get into the inner sanctum and see the idols. It was very atmospheric and exciting
A bit out of town but worth it if you have time. We went as part of a tour but there seemed to be plenty of buses

5. Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine

Solaimalai Hill, Madurai 625001, India +91 90800 25105
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4.5 based on 312 reviews

Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine

Reviewed By Balasubrahmanya... I - Bengaluru, India

On the way to Pazamidir Sholai, this is at the foot of the hill. Nice, calm, big temple, where you can spend some time. If you have good time to spend in Madurai, you can surely go here.

6. Gandhi Museum - Madurai

Madurai, India +91 452 253 1060
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4 based on 560 reviews

Gandhi Museum - Madurai

Reviewed By Richard W - Swansea, Wales

History is normally written by the winners, the oppressors not the oppressed so it was fascinating to see the Indian perspective of the Raj (admittedly jazzed up a little I think)...but made me rather uncomfortable to be associated with this. Reminded me a little of my Welsh heritage and history where we were similarly kept under the thumb of our absent, elite landed gentry for many years
Well worth an hour or so

7. Tirupparankunram

Tirunelveli Tirupparankunram Road, Madurai 625004, India +91 90433 25105
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Tirupparankunram

Reviewed By G Ramani I - Pune, India

I was very keen and curious to visit this beautiful old and magnificent; at the same time well maintained temple. The priests are mixture of young and old acharkars (Purohits/priests) and so cordial and in perfect harmony with one and all. The kept the entire surroundings clean with touch of class, indvidual and collective discipline and always ready to tell about each and every God in the main shrine..following left to right introduction of God and Goddesses.
The refused to take money, instead told to put it in various hundis (Metallica box container forv money collector) located at strategic and appropriate locations. It is one of the main reasons why this temples have so much of simplicity, humbleness and service to society, citizens and environment
The shops outside are very sparkling and a tempting place to buy something more so price are very reasonably budgeted and more you buy...less you pay policy
The entire temple premises very neat, tidy and totally free from plastic or used papers.

8. Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal

Near Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, India +91 90433 25105
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3.5 based on 725 reviews

Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal

Reviewed By Chriscris - Hertford, United Kingdom

The parts which are restored and remain are very impressive. It does not feel like a palace but is interesting nevertheless. The main part is apparently used for sound and light shows which accounts for the Seating in the centre. The pillars are impressive. The throne is a copy of the original. One of the halls has a good display of ancient statues, mainly made of stone. Worth a visit if you are in the area and as it is close to the amazing Meenakshi temple could easily be visited at the same time.

9. St. Mary's Cathedral Church

East Veli Street | 2 Km From Madurai Railway Station, Madurai, India
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4 based on 64 reviews

St. Mary's Cathedral Church

Reviewed By Rajani B

St. Mary's Cathedral is a ancient Roman Catholic church located near the Railway station in Madurai. The church was built in Roman style initially and has undergone several phases of renovation. Bell towers are very well designed. It's well maintained and tourists flock here for its unique architecture.

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