Home to the famed Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai is one of the oldest cities of India. The city is famous for is rich cultural heritage and glorious tradition, and finds mention in ancient Greek and Roman texts. The three Tamil Sangams evolved and flourished here. The Meenakshi Amman temple is situated in the heart of the city, and there are a number of temples in and around the city. The city has been a centre for learning and pilgrimage for centuries.

Eating Out!

Madurai is a culinary delight for its distinct brand of traditional south Indian food. For example, a trip to Madurai isn't complete without savouring the piping hot idlis (and sambar) and myriad chutneys served at the Murugan Idli Shop. Another must-try is the 'Jigirithanda', a traditional milkshake with a distinct flavour that is synonymous with the city. The city also has its fair share of excellent multi-cuisine restaurants, including the Taj Garden Retreat, and Aaharam (inside the GRT Regency).

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Meenakshi Amman Temple; Thirumalai Nayak Palace; Gandhi Museum; Kazimar Masjid.


Madurai has long been famous for its textiles. The city teems with cloth stalls and tailors' shops. A great place for getting cottons and printed batik fabrics that the city is renowned for is Puthu Mandapam, the pillared former entrance hall at the eastern side of Sri Meenakshi Temple. Curiosities such as bell-metal lamps, bronze images, and wood and stone carvings can be bought at the government-owned Poompuhar Handicrafts shop, the Cottage Arts Emporium and the Madurai Gallery.

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