Madurai, or the "City of Nectar" is a very popular and revered pilgrimage site of South India. The city is located on Vaigai River and it was the capital of Pandyan rulers till 14th century. Travelogues of historians and missionaries like Ibn Batuta prove that Madurai remained cynosure of all eyes for centuries because of its prosperity. Madurai was a famous trade centre for pearls, spices, clothes etc. during Pandyan rule. Commodities were exported through Madurai to Sri Lanka. The holy city is well connected through airways with Thiruchirapalli, Chennai, Bangalore and other cities of India. It is also connected through railways with Trichy, Rameshwaram and Chennai.
Our three days long itinerary for Madurai Tour is detailed below :
You will be warmly welcomed by the representatives of Tamilnadu Tourism on your arrival at Madurai airport. Thereafter, you will be lodged in a comforting hotel accommodation. Refresh yourself, have some snacks and relax. Rest of the day is all yours. Enjoy your luscious dinner and thereafter you will be briefed of your next two days itinerary of Madurai Tour and also about tourist places in Madurai.
The magnificent Meenakshi Temple is the greatest pull of Madurai. This Madurai temples is dedicated to goddess Meenakshi, who is the consort of Lord Shiva. The original temple was built by king Kulasekara Pandya, and its architectural splendor was improved by a series rulers later on, most prominent one among them being Tirumalai Nayak, who brought the Meenakshi Temple to its present glory. The temple is one of the most holy pilgrimages sites of Hindus. After finishing our visit to Meenakshi Temple during Madurai travel, we will go to see Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, which is huge temple lying 5 km east of Meenakshi Temple. Float festival is held here annually. After lunch, we shall visit Koodal Azhagar Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
We will proceed straight to Annamalai and Nagamalai after breakfast on third day of our tour. These striking rock formations are home to Jain and Hind ascetics. There are caves with Tamil Brahmi inscriptions and rock beds chiseled out as quarters for the sages. After this, we will go to see Gandhi Museum, which has rare collection of living memorials of Mahatma Gandhi and gives an elaborate account of freedom struggle of India. After lunch, we will proceed to Manalur, a suburb on the banks of river Vaigai. Temples in Manalur are believed to have sacred conch, lamp and other vessels that were used during Mahabharatha period.