Madurai, the third largest city in Tamil Nadu is the cultural capital of the state. The city of Madurai and the Meenakshi temple here are believed to have been built by the Pandiyan king Kulashekar, after clearing a forest. Situated on the banks of the Vaigai River, Madurai is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, with recorded history dating back to 3rd century BC. Ancient texts of the Greeks and Romans mention the trade links with Madurai. Being culturally advanced, the city is said to have hosted the Tamil Sangam and plays a notable role in the promotion of Tamil language. Though the city is mainly associated with the Meenakshi temple, Madurai has also contributed to the Indian Independence movement. The agricultural laborers of Madurai are said to have inspired Mahatma Gandhi to wear the loin cloth. Predominantly an agricultural sector, today Madurai is a blend of cultural heritage and technological advancement. Getting around this heritage city is easy as every road ultimately leads to the temple. Designed to resemble lotus petals, Madurai city is built around the thousand pillared Meenakshi temple.
The Tiruchirappalli Rock fort, located in the city of Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu is a historic fortification and temple complex built on an 83 meter tall (272 ft) ancient rock dating over 3.8 billion years. The mystic temple is an example of awe-inspiring rock architecture. The fort had played a remarkable role in laying the foundations of the British Empire in India during the Carnatic Wars.
The name ‘Rock fort’ comes from military fortifications built here, first by the emperors of the Vijayanagara Empire and later by the British Empire. The massive rock was first cut by the Pallavas but it was the Nayaks of Madurai who completed both the temples under the Vijayanagara Empire. In the mid 14th century, the region was controlled by the Delhi Sultanate after Malik Kafur’s raid on South India. Rock fort has seen the transfer of powers from Nayaks to Mysore kingdom to the French and then to the British.
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Madurai, one of the oldest Indian cities, dates back to the pre-Christian era; a land of festivities and exotic cuisine. Madurai caters to the food junkie and the pious traveler alike. There is no better way to enjoy this throbbing ancient city than to trek along the streets infested with roadside eateries which open up in the evenings. Interestingly, Madurai is referred to as ‘thoonka nagaram’ which means that the city does not sleep ever and many eateries stay open here well into the night.
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