Places To Visit In Madurai

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Here are the top 19 tourist attractions to see in Madurai:

1. Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple

4.3 /5

1 km
from city center
1 out of 19
places to visit in Madurai

The Historic Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple is located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River, Madurai, Tamil Nadu. It is primarily dedicated to Parvati, known as Meenakshi, and her spouse, Shiva. That makes this temple different than the others is the fact that both God and Goddess are worshipped together. 

2. Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal

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1 km
from city center
2 out of 19
places to visit in Madurai

Thirumalai Nayak Mahal was constructed way back in the 17th century. Several buildings and temples had been constructed by him in the region and they have all been splendid both in terms of construction location and spirituality.

3. Vaigai Dam

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60 km
from city center
3 out of 19
places to visit in Madurai

Vaigai Dam, a magnificent human-made structure, is constructed over River Vaigai near Andipatti, Theni District in the South Indian State of Tamil Nadu. Andipatti lies about 70 kilometres from Madurai and travellers on their way to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary often visit this massive and wondrous dam.

4. Alagar Koil

Must visit 3.5 /5

4 km
from city center
4 out of 19
places to visit in Madurai

Alagar Koil is an exquisite temple situated in the north east of Madurai. The temple is the rest place of Lord Vishnu and is the sacred place for several followers of Lord Vishnu in the region.

5. Meghamalai

85 km
from city center
5 out of 19
places to visit in Madurai

Often known as the “High Wavy Mountains”, Meghamalai is a petit yet beautiful place located in the Western Ghats in the state of Tamil Nadu. At an elevation of 1500 meters, this place is a perfect getaway to beat the heat and enjoy some peaceful time relaxing amidst nature.

6. Samanar Hills

8 km
from city center
6 out of 19
places to visit in Madurai

Located in Keelakuyilkudi village near Madurai, Samanar Hills or Samanar Malai is a beautiful hill rock complex which was originally home to Tamil Jain monks. The hill caves are a popular place of tourism and have elaborate carvings and drawings of the monks, on the interior walls. The spot also has a beautiful lotus temple located in the premises.

7. Gandhi Museum

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2 km
from city center
7 out of 19
places to visit in Madurai

The Gandhi Memorial Museum serves as a remembrance and tribute to the efforts of our very own father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Established in 1959 in his cherished memory, eleven years after his demise, it is one of the few Gandhi Museums in the country.

8. Koodal Azhagar Temple

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1 km
from city center
8 out of 19
places to visit in Madurai

The Koodal Azhagar Temple is situated in the city of Azhaghar, the dazzling city of southern India. It is the temple of lord Vishnu with a magnanimous monument of lord Vishnu embossed in front of the temple.

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9. Athisayam

10 km
from city center
9 out of 19
places to visit in Madurai

Located on the Madurai - Dindigul National Highway near Madurai, Athisayam is a massive water cum amusement park. Sprawling over a vast 70 acres of land, the park boasts of a total of 40 games and 20 water rides. The park also has a 7D theatre, an eatery and a recreation garden for kids.

10. Mariamman Teppakulam

3.2 /5

4 km
from city center
10 out of 19
places to visit in Madurai

Constructed in the honor of Lord Vigneshwara, this divine temple is situated about 5 km from the meenakshi temple. It has a huge tank in the compound of the temple and holds the record of being the biggest tank in the region of Tamil Nadu.

11. Pazhamudhir Solai

3.2 /5

10 km
from city center
11 out of 19
places to visit in Madurai

Pazhamudhir Solai is a beautiful temple created in the memory of Lord Subramaniya who is worshipped by several people in southern India. It has great sculptures of Lord Subramaniya carved in wood and marble and is a wonderful temple with giant steps in the front of it.

12. Tirupparankundram Murugan temple

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8 km
from city center
12 out of 19
places to visit in Madurai

Tirupparankundram Murugan temple is one of the pilgrimage places in the southern India. The temple is an excellent master piece of art and is devoted to mother earth for the benedicts it has bequeathed on the holy earth.

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13. Chithirai Festival

13 out of 19
places to visit in Madurai

The Chithirai festival of Tamil Nadu happens to be one of the longest stretched festivals to be celebrated anywhere in the world. The festival is celebrated in the city of Madurai of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and is celebrated for one whole month. An approximate number of a million people gather for the celebrations from all over India and abroad.

14. St Maryês Cathedral

1,099 km
from city center
14 out of 19
places to visit in Madurai

St Maryês Cathedral is a gothic style catholic church situated in East Veli Street in Madurai. The striking architecture is a mix of European, Continental and Roman designs. The statue of virgin Mary installed inside is dressed in a saree. The church receives a regular influx of visitors all year long.

15. Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam

4 km
from city center
15 out of 19
places to visit in Madurai

Vandiyur Maiamman Teppakulam is a tiny pond located near the premises of Vandiyur Maiamman Temple in mandir. •Teppakulamê literally meaning temple pond is connected to the river Vaigai through underground tunnels and its water is used for temple rituals. The pond also has a Mandapam in the centre with a Ganesha Temple and a tiny garden.

16. ISKCON Madurai

1 km
from city center
16 out of 19
places to visit in Madurai

Situated in the Mani Nagaram Main Road in Madurai, ISKCON Madurai is a revered Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and his consort Goddess Radha. The temple reverberates with mantras and songs at all times and devotees are fed with prasad. The premises also has a pure veg tiny eatery for the devotees and other visitors.

17. Banana Market

1 km
from city center
17 out of 19
places to visit in Madurai

Banana Market in Madurai is a wholesale market for bananas situated in Rukmanipalayam. The place sells as many as 16 varieties of the fruit and is a hot trading place in the city. The bananas are brought early in the morning from the factory outlets and are unbranched from the branches to sell them to the local vendors.

18. Kazimar Big Mosque

2 km
from city center
18 out of 19
places to visit in Madurai

Kazimar Big Mosque or Kazimar Periya Pallivasal is the oldest mosque in Madurai located near the Periyar bus stand. The mosque also holds significant religious importance and is visited by pilgrims from far and wide. With a space to accommodate close to 1500 people, the mosque also has an enchanting architecture with a magnificent maqbara.

19. Goripalayam Dargah

1 km
from city center
19 out of 19
places to visit in Madurai

Goripalayam Dargah is also known as Hajha Syed Sultan Alaoudeen Syed Sultan Samsudeen Aouliya Dargah and is situated in Madurai. Done in green and white paint, the mosque has towering minars and a magnificent dome; and it houses the shrine of Hazrat Sulthan Alauddin Badusha and Hazrat Sulthan Shamsuddin Badusha.

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Can you suggest an itinerary for Madurai?

Day 1 - Reach Madurai by morning - noon. Have authentic South Indian breakfast/lunch . Visit the Thirumalai Nayakar Palace in the evening. Do try out the immensely popular Jigarthanda, which is a South Indian version of falooda.
Day 2 - Visit the Koodal Alagar temple, St.Mary's Cathedral and other major places of worship. Have a South Indian thali meal for lunch. Visit the Meenakshi Amman temple in the afternoon. All temples are extremely crowded during the weekends. Try the delicious kothu parotta for dinner.
Day 3 - Try to visit Pazhamudhircholai ( one of the 6 abodes of Lord Muruga ) if possible. Check out the Vaigai Dam. Experience the evening market in the city.

How can I commute within Madurai?

Local transport is by means of bus, taxi or auto-rickshaw. If wishing to visit nearby places, you can board a passanger train. However, remember to keep the train timetable in mind.
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What are the top restaurants in Madurai?

The best places to eat in Madurai are Jayaram Fast Foods, Emperor Restaurant, Surya Restaurant, Dhivya Mahal Restaurant, Taj Restaurant, Anna Meenakshi Restaurant. You can see all the places to eat in Madurai here

What are the top sightseeing places in Madurai?

The top sightseeing places in Madurai are Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, Vaigai Dam, Alagar Koil, Meghamalai, Samanar Hills.
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