The third largest city in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, Madurai is nestled amidst three majestic hills - Yanaimalai, Nagamalai and Pasumalai. According to legends, this city was established around the ancient Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. The name 'Madurai' is derived from the word mathuram, meaning sweetness, since it is the place where drops of sweet nectar had fallen from Lord Shiva's hair. Owing to its religious significance and the number of temples sprawling across the region, Madurai came to be known as the 'Athens of the East'. The city is host to many textile industries and is also famous for its production of Jasmine flowers. With bustling markets, old palaces, well-preserved museums, majestic shrines and innumerable festivals, the city offers a perfect blend of history, art, culture and spirituality.
Attractions in Madurai
Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple
Nestled along the banks of River Vaigai, Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple is an ancient shrine devoted to Goddess Parvati and her male consort Lord Shiva. This massive temple is noted for its splendid architecture, which features exquisite sculpting.
Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam
Spread over a large area, Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam is one of the biggest temple tanks in the south of India. The tank has a mandapam and a Lord Vigneshawara temple in its centre.
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Gandhi Memorial Museum is situated within the Tamukkam Palace, which once belonged to the Nayak dynasty. This museum, through 265 vivid illustrations and antiques, depicts the entire course of India's freedom struggle.
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
Built in 1636, the Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal is an exemplary of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Exquisite paintings, designs and carvings of the palace speak volumes about the talent of skilled craftsmen.
One of the oldest temples in the country, Alagar Kovil is situated atop its namesake hill. This grand Vishnu temple is talked about in the great Tamil epic - Silappathikaram.
Sri Koodal Alagar Temple
Located in the heart of Madurai, Sri Koodal Alagar Temple is one of the 108 revered Vishnu shrines in India. The unique feature of this temple is that its sanctum sanctorum is formed by several structures placed above each other.
Our Recommended Hotels in Madurai
Fortune Pandiyan Madurai
Fortune Pandiyan Maduraiclose
Situated in Madurai, Fortune Pandiyan Hotel is nestled amidst 3 acres of lush greenery. There are 57 accommodation options in the hotel that are categorised as Standard Rooms (28), Fortune Club Rooms (20), Fortune Exclusive Club Rooms (6), Fortune Suites (2) and Presidential Suite (1). The dining facilities available in the premises include a multi-cuisine restaurant with a pool and garden view, barbeque restaurant, pub and a pastry shop. There are function halls, conference hall and an outdoor lawn in the hotel, where corporate meetings and seminars, along with social events can be organised. The hotel has a swimming pool with a kiddie section, gymnasium, spa and saloon for recreation, leisure and wellness.
Situated in Madurai, Sangam Hotel lies in proximity to the renowned Meenakshi Amman Temple. The accommodation units on offer at this hotel are categorised as Standard Rooms, Executive Rooms, Deluxe Rooms and Suite. There is an in-house multi-cuisine restaurant in the hotel, as well as, a bar where guests can enjoy delicious food and exotic drinks. This hotel has a conference hall (seating capacity up to 250 persons), mini hall and amphitheatre lawn (seating capacity up to 400 persons), where meetings, seminars, private parties and wedding ceremonies can be hosted. There is a swimming pool, lounge area and an in-house shopping boutique in the hotel for recreation and leisure.
11, Melakkal Main Road, Kochadaimore...
The Heritage Madurai is a 5-star heritage resort situated at Kochadai in Madurai. The accommodation units in the luxury resort include a Luxury Villa, Geoffery Bawa Rooms, Deluxe Club and Deluxe Comfort. The in-house restaurant, bar and coffee shop serve a wide array of delicious food and beverages. There is a cultural village in the resort that has a music room, handicrafts sections and arts and crafts centre. The resort has a well-maintained swimming pool and a heritage spa, which offers various massages and Ayurveda therapies. It also offers leisure and recreation facilities, like kid's playground, badminton court and mountain bikes.
The Gateway Hotel Madurai
40 T P K Roadmore...
The Gateway Hotel Maduraiclose
Situated on Pasumalai Hill, The Gateway Hotel is spread over 62 acres of lush greenery. This hotel has 63 stylish rooms, which are classified into Standard Room, Superior Room and Executive Room categories. There is a banquet hall, meeting rooms, poolside area and lawn in the premises, where meetings, theme parties and wedding ceremonies can be organised. In terms of dining options, there is a restaurant in the hotel that serves local and international delicacies, along with a bar offering a range of beverages. There is an Ayurveda centre in the premises, along with a fitness centre and swimming pool for recreation and leisure.
GRT Regency Madurai
38 Madukkulam Main Rd, NH7, Palanganatham Signal Junctionmore...
GRT Regency Maduraiclose
Lying on the Palanganatham Signal Junction, GRT Regency Madurai is a luxury hotel in the South Indian city of temples. The hotel offers a wide array of guest facilities like Wi-Fi zones, doctor-on-call, travel desk, laundry, foreign exchange, Ayurveda therapy centre, gymnasium, swimming pool, boutique shop and direct international dialling. Three large halls and a board room are present inside the hotel for successfully hosting corporate events and social gatherings.
Ahaaram – the multi-cuisine restaurant here – serves dishes from North and South Indian cuisines, apart from Chinese and Continental delights. The on-site lounge bar named Madhuram is a perfect place to relax while relishing the finest of imported and Indian spirits. The property features a total of 57 air-conditioned rooms, which are categorised as Superior and Deluxe. Common amenities across both the room categories are Wi-Fi connectivity, cable TV, hot/cold running water and direct dial telephone.
Map of Madurai
Madurai tour packages
Kerala and Kovalam
(10N / 11D)
Spices of Kerala
(09N / 10D)
Grand South India
(14N / 15D)
South India Temple
(09N / 10D)
The Golden Chariot Southern Splendour
(07N / 08D)
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