MADURAI – Athens of East

One of the top-notch cities in the state of Tamil Nadu in the Southern India and is also known as the third largest city. It is situated on the banks of river Vaigai and is having major settlement for the two millennia and also one of the oldest cities in the world. It is home to lots of manufacturing industries like-automobile, chemical, rubber and granite. It has been developed as the second tier city for the IT companies and few of the IT companies have opened offices over here. It is well known with different names like-Koodal, Madurai, Malligal Maanagar, Thirualavi and Naanmadakoodal.

How to reach Madurai?

The word Madurai has come from Madhura which arises out of divine nectar which is showered on the city by Shiva from the matted hairs. It lies on the fertile and flat plain of the river Vaigai which runs in the Southwest and North West direction via city which is dividing city in two parts named as Nagamalai hills and Sirumalai hills.

  • Via Air 

Airport of Madurai is located just 12Km from the city and is considered one of the important airport in Tamil Nadu. It is providing domestic flights services to all major cities in India along with International services to Sri Lanka, Colombo and Dubai. The carriers which are operating from airport are- Jet Airways, Air India, Mihin Lanka, Spice jet etc.

  • Via Train

It is one of the important junctions in the Southern Tamil Nadu and does constitute a separate division of the Southern Railway.  It is the second largest revenue division in the Southern railway next to division of Chennai. There are direct trains which are connecting to major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Bhopal, Nagpur, Trichy etc.

  • Via Road /Car

The National Highways which pass through Madurai are- NH7,NH 208, NH 49, NH 45B etc. The state highways which are passing through the city are- SH-33, SH-72A, SH-72, SH-73A etc are connecting various parts of the Madurai district. They are having 3 major bus terminals like MIBT, Periyar and Arappalayam. Apart from the Government buses there are private and mini buses which are running across the city.

Top 10 places to visit in Madurai 

  • Alagar Koil
  • Gandhi Museum
  • Sri Meenakshi –Sundareswarar Temple
  • Koodal Azhagar Shrine
  • Mariamman Teppakulam
  • Thirumalai Nayak Palace
  • Samanar Hills
  • Pazhamudhir Solai
  • Kutladampatti Falls
  • MGR Race course stadium

Where to Eat and Stay?

Its food is well quoted as “Manadirkku idhamana sappadu” and it inherits the true taste of Tamil. It is possessing its exclusive and unique food like jigarthanda, Paruthi paal, panangkarkandu paal and chettinadu varieties which are similar to Kuzhi, appam, paniyara, etc. There are numerous restaurants but every student from college knows that where they should land up for full filling their desire of having tasty food. It is known as “Evening Mutton Stalls” for the pittance. It is having the strong aroma of watering dishes which are really not for the fainted heart. In case if spicy hot things are not your cup of tea then you’re starting location should be Kotthu Parotta without the chillis and gravy or chilli powder mixed into it.

There are large numbers of hotels near the railway stations specifically on the streets coming towards West Tower St as you walk away from the station as well as temple. If you are checking out for the luxurious once then they are located further from the stations. Some of the well budgeted hotels and restaurants are- College house, TM house, Sree Devi, Hotel Aarthi, The Madurai Residency, Hotel Supreme, Hotel JC Residency etc.  The most suitable and preferable means for greeting is “Vanakkam”with the hands folded at chest.

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