Places – Madurai
Trip Duration – 1 day | Grade – Day Tour |
Accommodation – Nil
Day Excursion Duration – 8 Hours | Category – Deluxe,Premium,Luxury
Pick up from Airport/Hotel transfers to Madurai by A/c Vehicle & English speaking chauffeur for the most popular day tour.
Madurai On the banks of the Vaigai river is a city that gives us a glimpse of South India we’ve never seen. Known as the “Athens of the East”, Madurai is so vivacious it infuses life in inanimate structures. The culturally diverse Madurai is a city one cannot leave South India without visiting.
Shree Meenakshi Temple
Its colourful and intricately carved towers make Shree Meenakshi Temple the most lofty and majestic display of Dravidian architecture. The temple covers an area of 6 hectares and has 12 gopurams each measuring about 50 metres in length. If devotion isn’t your cup of tea, walk into the temple to be a part of architectural marvels created at a time when the Kings still ruled. The Ayiramkaal Mandapam is a room that has 1000 pillars running across and it doesn’t matter how you view them; they’re always in a straight line. As you stroll towards the outer rooms, do tap the pillars, they produce melodious musical notes.
Thirumalai Nayak Mahal
Thirumalai Nayak Mahal was the erstwhile home of the rulers of Madurai. It was built way back in 1636 with the most beautiful Indo-Saracen architectural techniques. The elegant Palace has unfortunately been reduced to ruins, but so complete was the design that these ruins will paint a picture of the Palace in your mind’s eye. If your imagination is strong enough, walk through the ruins and walls will take shape.
Madurai is home to two of the most unique museums in the country. Gandhi Museum is set up in the palace of the Rani of Mangammal. This museum is simple yet heart warming. Arranged pictorially are moments captured from the Indian freedom struggle. Each picture is so beautifully taken, it tells its own story. As you walk by the display you will also notice exhibits of South Indian handicrafts symbolizing a very important chapter in our struggle for independence.
The second museum lies within the Gandhi Museum itself. Established during the 5th Tamil World Conference, the Government Museum displays unconventional yet lovely pieces of art carved from bronze, stone and even thread. The Government Museum is also home to the most adorable paintings. Once you finish touring the museum do walk into the children’s park to simply relive those sweet childhood memories.
Alagar Koil is a temple dedicated to the mighty Lord Vishnu. Located on the foot of the beautiful and forested Alagar Hills it is here that Lord Vishnu ascended to solemnize Lord Sundereswarer’s marriage to the radiant Goddess Meenkashi. Thronged by pilgrims since the Sangam age, this temple is beyond a mythical shrine thanks to its beautiful carvings and ornate pillars.
Nothing compares to the joy of visiting a town market bustling with energy. The Madurai market, still held in a very traditional manner, emanates an aroma of spices so strong you’re compelled to follow it. A little way ahead you can spot the most delicate arrangement of flowers for temple visitors to buy. As the aroma of the spices transforms to the fragrance of fresh flowers, you can’t help but admire the simple pleasures of life.
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