Meenakshi Amman Temple
The Meenakshi temple is the city’s
main attraction. A perfect example of
Dravidian architecture. Dedicated to
Meenakshi, the lovely consort of Lord Shiva,
the original temple was built by Kulasekara
Pandya, but the entire credit for making the
temple as splendid as it is today goes to
The Nayaks ruled Madurai from the 16th to
the 18th century and left a majestic imprint
of their rule in the Meenakshi -
It is also one of the greatest Shiva
Temples of Tamilnadu.
Framework & Architecture: There are 12
temple towers (Gopurams). The temple complex
covers 6 hectares right in the middle of the
city and is flush with visitors from all
over, each and every day.
The towers that loom overhead are famous
for detailed carvings of the gods and
goddesses, mythological figures and running
depictions of legendary tales.
The Temple Museum is at the ‘Thousand
Pillared Hall’ where each of the 985 pillars
are carved in great detail.
All of the towers are currently draped in
scaffolding and opaque coverings obscuring
the sculptures at least until the end of
Located : 1 km from Railway station &
Periar Bus stand. 6 km from Mattuthavani Bus
stand. 3 km from Arappalayam Bus stand.
Timing : 5am to 12.30pm and 4pm to 10pm.
Contact : Ph : 0452-2344360.
21 km from Periar Bus Stand. 15 km from Mattu
Thavani Bus Stand. 18 km from Arappalayam Bus
Stand. A celebrated Vishnu Temple dedicated to
Lord Alagar. The temple is situated on a hill
amidst panoramic surroundings. The shrine is
known as Alagarkoil and the hill, Solaimalai.
The temple also contains some beautiful carvings
and makes the visit rewarding. Pazhamudhirsolai,
one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya is
located a top the hill. Ph : 0452-2470228.
Athisayam Theme park :
A water Theme Park situated at Madurai -
Dindigul Road at PARAVAI, matter of 15 kms from
Madurai. Entrance Fee : Rs.300 for Adults and
for Children Rs.200. Contact : 0452-2463848-51.
Gandhi Museum :
Located 3 km from Periyar Bus stand. 4 km
from Mattu Thavani Bus Stand. Housed in the old
Palace of Rani Mangammal, the Gandhi Museum
depicts the highlights of the freedom struggle
and contains a picture gallery of the Gandhian
movement. Also can be seen are a gallery of
relics, khadi and village industries section and
South Indian Handicrafts section. Time : 10 a.m.
to 1 p.m. & 2 p.m. to 5.45 p.m. (Open all days)
Ph : 0452-2522822.
Govt. Museum :
The Govt. Museum, situated within the
premises of the Gandhi Museum Complex, was
estatblished during the 5th World Tamil
Conference (1981). Visiting Hours : 10 a.m. to 1
p.m. & 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Every Friday and 2nd
Saturday of each month are Holidays. Ph :
Kaalamega Perumal Temple:
Kaalamega Perumal Temple is an ancient
Vaishnava pilgrim centre situated at Tirumogur
which is 12 km north east of Madurai. It is one
of the 108 Divya Desams sung by Alwars. Kalamega
Perumal is the presiding deity.There is separate
sanctum for Mogurvalli consort of Kaclamega
Perumal.Location : 13 km from Mana
Madurai Junction Railway Station.Festivals: The
annual Brahmotsavam is celebrated in the month
of Vaikasi ( May – June) Mohini Avataram is also
performed in that period. Panguni uthuram, Aadi
Pooram, Janmashtam, Navarathiri and Vaukunta
Ekadesi are also celebrated here.Bus & Train
facilities are available from Madurai. Ph:0452-2423227
Kazimar Periya Pallivasal :
Hazrat Kazi Syed Tajuddin who came from Oman
during late 12th century, got this land from the
king Kulasekara Pandiyan and constructed the
mosque which is the first ever Muslim place of
worship in Madurai. All his descendants (Huqdars
- Share holders of that mosque called Syeds)
have lived in the same locality for 700 years,
and managed the mosque since then. Syed Tajuddin
was appointed as Kazi of the sultans, and till
now his descendants who live at Kazimar street,
Madurai are appointed as Kazis to the government
of Tamil Nadu. All syeds belong to the Sunni
sect of Islam with Hanafi school. Most of the
descendants of Kazi syed tajuddin are shadhilis
(shazuli) and follow the Sufi order Fassiyatush
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal :
About 1.5 Kms from the Meenakshi temple, this
palace was built in 1636 by the ruler whose name
it bears. The imposing edifice is famous for the
“Stuccowork” on its domes and impressive arches.
The Sorgavilasam (Celestial Pavilion),
measuring 75m x 52m, constructed entirely of
brick and mortar without the support of a
single rafter or girder, is a marvel of
indo-Saracenic architectural style.
Among other striking features of the
palace are the massive white pillars,
several of which line the corridor that runs
along the courtyard. Connected by high
decorated arches, these pillars measure 20m
in height and have a circumference of 4m.
Elsewhere, there are polished black stone
pillars of varying heights.
The original Palace Complex was four
times bigger than the present structure.
This palace consisted mainly of two parts,
namely Swargavilasa and Rangavilasa. He
conducted daily dance and music performances
in the palace.
This palace was destroyed by his grandson
Chokkanatha Nayak and the valuables were
transferred to other places.
Also a wonderful light and show
programmes are functioning everyday in this
Thirumalai Nayak Mahal that reveals the
story about this palace. It can be visited
from 9a.m to 5 p.m on payment.
The tourists are allowed to take
Located at Palace Road, Madurai - 625 001
Ph : 0452-2332945, 2338992.
Koodal Azhagar Temple :
Situated 1 km from Periyar Bus stand. This
ancient and acclaimed Vaishnavite Temple, is
noted for its remarkable architectural and
sculptural magnificence. The Lord here is in the
sitting (Asana), standing (Sthanaka) and
reclining (Sayana) postures- all enshrined in
one vertical plane. Ph : 0452-2338542.
Kutladampatti Water Falls :
It is located 36 KMs from Periyar bus stand
on the way to Kodaikanal. An amusement park lies
in a hill called "Sirumalai" with a natural
beauty 7 km away from Kutladampatti near
Vadipatti village. The height of the falls is 87
feets. During holidays and festive days
thousands of domestic tourists take bath and
enjoy the natural beauty. Near this falls a
500-years-old temple dedicated to Goddess
Thadagai Nachiamman is there.
Kochadai Village Deity Temple :
It is located 5 Kms from Periyar Bus Stand.
This temple village deity "Ayyanar" attract
thousands of devotees from all over Madurai
District. It is believed that those who proxy to
this deity receive blessings of health and
South is famous for
flowers. Particularly the women must
adorn their heads with the most fragrant
flowers. Madurai is surrounded by
several mountains. It is famous for
Jasmine Flowers. Jasmine flowers are
transported to other cities of India
from Madurai. Madurai is well known for
its fragrant Jasmine flowers. Jasmine is
known as Malli or Malligai in Tamil.
Madurai Malli is an important
horticultural produce. The buds are
transported every day to major cities in
India, like Chennai, Mumbai and
Bangalore. Even there are online shops
like flowers.com who deliver madurai
malligai/madurai malli to any
destination you want.
Arokia Annai Shrine :
Miraculous Spring Jesus’ Miraculous Medicine.
The Miraculous Spring started pouring out from
the right-side of the main Alter from 8th of
September 2001, the feast of Our Lady’s birth,
at the foot of Our Lady’s statue that attracts
thousands of pilgrims from all over the world.
Many pilgrims experience physical, spiritual and
phychological healings. Hindus and Muslims also
come to this shrine. It has been located on 27
km on Madurai Dindigul High Road at Vadimanagar,
Vadipatti, Madurai - 625218, Ph : 04543-254499.
Madurai Kamaraj University :
The Madurai Kamaraj University (1966)
situated in Nagamalai Pudukottai, has 18
schools, which in turn is made up of 72
departments. It pioneered the concept of
Distance Education throughout India, and its
Directorate of Distance Education currently
boasts of a student strength of about 130,000.
Several other Arts and Science colleges are
present in and around the city, affiliated to
Madurai Kamaraj University. It has departments
where one can study traditional beliefs,
legends, customs, etc., as well as intricate
technologies like Geo Informatics, Bio
Informatics and beyond. A complete academic
pride for Madurai. Ph : 0452-2458471.
Vandiyur Mariamman Temple :
This is a huge temple tank about 5 km east of
the Meenakshi temple. The mandapam in the centre
has an idol of Vigneshwara (Vinayaka). It is
said to have been found when the earth was being
dug out from here to build the Thirumalai
Rajaji Park :
Located near Corporation Office Timings 10:00
a.m. to 08:00 p.m. open all days. Entrance fee:
Rs. 1/- per head. No tickets for children below
3 years. Ph : 0452-2531012.
Pazhamudhir Cholai :
Pazhamudhir Cholai is situated 2 kilometers
away from Alagar Koil on a small hillock., This
is one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga.
Sri Aravindar Annai Trust Meditation Center
It is 10 Kms south of Madurai Junction at
Thirunagar 6th stop. It is dedicated to realise
the ideal of Sri Aravindar and Sri Annai. It is
one of the oldest places of meditation. Visiting
and Meditation Hours at 4:30 p.m. to 08:30 p.m.
daily. Ph 0452-6544899.
Thirumohur Temple :
A Vishnu temple located 20 kms from Madurai
and 3 KMs from Othakkadai. The Main deity of
this temple is "Kalamega Perumal" and
Sembagavalli Sudharsana or Chakramis powerful
deity in this temple. Ph:0452-2423227.
A Siva Temple located 25 KMs from Madurai and
5 kms from Othakkadai. The presiding deity of
this temple is Siva and Parvathi. This is the
birth place of Saivit Saint Manikka Vasagar.
8 Kms from Madurai. The temple here is
dedicated to Lord Subramanya and is one of the
six abodes of the Lord. Its inner-most shrine is
cut out of a solid rock. Ph : 0452-2482248.
Ramakrishna Math :
Ramakrishna Math, Madurai is a branch of the
world renowned Ramakrishna math and Ramakrishna
Mission with its Head Quarters at Belur and
Howrah. Ph : 0452-2680224, 2681181.
‘Thiyagi’ Vishwanathadas Memorial House :
Situated 16 km from the city. Born on 1886. A
great Poet and Drama artiste he was quite famous
among the youth of those Days. He chose drama as
his vehicle to fight the British. He was a Devil
in the Eyes of British. Died on 31-12-1940. His
memorial is situated at 56, Viswanath Das
St. Mary’s Cathedral Church
St. Mary’s Cathedral in Madurai is the seat of
the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madurai. It is
one of the oldest Roman Catholic church is
situated 2 km South East of Madurai Railway
station and 200 meters from the Thirumalai Nayak
Yoga Nara Simha Temple: The
Cave Temple at Yanaimalai
There is one temple dedicated Narasimha the
cave temple at yanaimalai eight kms from Madurai,
on the way to Melur. There is a hill in the
shape of an elephant adjoining it. Hence the
name Yanaimalai. This temple is situated to its
west as a village called Narasingam.The Goddess
there is called Narasinga valli. The Chakra
Theertham inside the temple is very famous.The
cave temple was built on 770 A.D.Location:
Narasimgam is situated between Melur and Madurai
– 8 kms from Madurai Bus Service is available
from Madurai and Melur.
Jil Jil ‘Jigarthanda’
Jil Jil Jigarthanda is a south Indian
beverage. It originated in Madurai. In
Hindi "Jigarthanda" translates to "Cold
Heart". The worlds "Jil Jil" are added
to give it a rhyming sound and they
roughly translates to "Cool Cool". It is
generally prepared and served by road
side pull-inns in Madurai as refreshment
during the Indian summer.
The Great Man ‘Thiyagaseelar’ Kakkan
In the district of
Madurai near Melur there is one village
Thumbai Patti where our man of
simplicity was born on 18-06-1909. In
the midst of poverty he was educated
only up to 10th standard. Immediately
after the completion of school education
Kakkan entered into public life. Thiru.
N.M.R. Subburayan and Vaidhya Nathayyar
of Madurai were very popular in those
days. They encouraged Kakkan in his
political activities. Thiru. N.M.R.
Subbarayan introduced him to Mahatma
Gandhiji when he visited Madurai. He was
attracted by Gandhijis principles. He
became one of the noted congress
workers. He was elected in Samaya Nallur
constituency in 1957 and in Melur
constituency in 1962. He became the
minister for Agriculture Department. in
the cabinet of Thiru. K.Kamaraj. In 1963
Kamaraj stepped down from the ministry
according to K. Plan, Thiru. M.
Baktavatchalam became the chief
minister; in his cabinet Kakkanji held
responsible for Home Department,
Finance, Education Hindu Religious
endowment and Harijan welfare. He died
on 28-12-1981. His statue was unveiled
on 31-08-1997 near the High Court at
Madurai. The house in which he lived at
Thumbaipatti village has been announced
as his memorial.
Kadambavanam - Temple of Tamil Tradition
Kadambavanam Cultural centre is the new
tourist hotspot in Madurai. Set in an
extremely picturesque locale just twenty
minutes from the city, Kadambavanam is a
centre for and of the tamils, to
conserve, preserve and showcase whatever
is Tamilian. It features a live showcase
of Tamilnadu’s tradition and culture
where visitors can enjoy Tamil dances
and music, arts & crafts, rural games,
food varieties and spiritual practices.
You could feast your senses on
Bharathanatyam, the divine dance form,
with its graceful costumes and the soul
stirring Carnatic music performed live
at the auditorium. A variety of
colourful Tamil folk arts, Karagam,
kavadi, Oyilattam, Thappattam, Poikkal
kudhirai etc., are performed. The show
is well compered with explanation and
stories of the region thrown in. The
show is completed by a traditional
dinner which offers a cross section of
the tamil cuisine including yester year
food forgotten even at homes – all in a
rustic setting. With a wide variety of
art form, food choices, mythology and
philosophies to be exposed, every day a
varied selection is on offer.
Kadambavanam works on a social
entrepreneurship model involving local
villagers to run the show. Kadambavanam
is dedicated to the cause of promoting
and preserving the tamils’ precious art
forms for posterity and in the process
providing dignity and livelihood to many
an impoverished rural artist. Visit
Kadambavanam for an authentic Tamil
cultural experience. Open from 5 p.m.
onwards everyday. Daily cultural
programme starts at 6 p.m. Natham Road,
Parali, Dindigul District – 624401. (25
km from Madurai City) Ph: 04544 220322,
Mobile Nos: 90039 13063, 90039 26209.