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Temples in Madurai

Madurai Meenakshi Temple

The Meenakshi Amman Temple, one of the most attractive temples of Tamil Nadu is situated in the deepest part of the religious and cultural centre of the district of Madurai. Conveniently located at the heart of the temple city in Madurai, the Meenakshi Amman Temple stands out significantly for its unique architectural diplomacy and the importance of the enthralling ancient history behind its making. The temple is believed to have been built by Ariyanatha Mudaliar, the able Chief Minister of the Nayakar dynasty in 1569.

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Tirumalai Nayak Palace

This 17th century palace was built in 1636 AD by Thirumalai Nayak, a ruler of the Nayakar dynasty. Madurai was placed under the jurisdiction of King Thirumalai Nayak from 1623 to 1659 and the palace was erected by combining the architectural styles of the Dravidian and the Islamic giving it an overall classic and distinct touch. The structure, which is now only one-fourth of the original size, was the main palace where the king resided.

 

Mariamman Teppakulam

The Mariamman Teppakkulam is located at just about five kms from the Madurai Meenakshi temple. The Teppakkulam is actually a huge tank of water with an island situated at the centre of the tank. On the island is an idol of Lord Ganesha which is said to have been dug out by King Thirumala Nayak, the ruler of Madurai from 1623 to 1659.

 

Alagar Koil

This temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu is situated at about 21 kms from the city of Madurai and is well-known for its architectural works in and around the temple. The temple has distinctively large towers and beautifully created open courtyards surrounded by pillars. The tower dedicated to the shrine of a deity called Karuppa Swamy is said to depict the more passionate side of human relationships which has been skilfully described through beautifully-carved statues.

Popular Places in Madurai

Gandhi Museum

The Gandhi Museum which was established in 1959 is in Tamukkam Palace. This museum is one of the five Gandhi Museums in India.

Phone number: 0452 253 1060

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Kazimar Big Mosque

It is first Islamic worship place in Madurai which is situated within the city. The mosque can accommodate around 2500 people. It is also known as ‘ Kazimar Periya Pallivasal’.

Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal

Thirumalai Nayak Palace is a 17th-century palace erected in 1636 AD by King Thirumalai Nayak, a king of Madurai’s Nayaka dynasty who ruled Madurai from 1623–59, in the city of Madurai, India.

Samanar Hills

It is believed that the Samanar’s or Tamil Jain’s lived in Samanar Hills, which is situated opposite the Nagamalai. The hill is composed of granite and there were large number of caves inside the hill.

Vaigai Dam

This dam provides water for irrigation and drinking purpose for the Madurai district. It is built across the Vaigai river and this picnic spot is located around 70 Kilometers from Madurai.

Adhisyam

It is a water amusement park located in Dindigal main road of Madurai. It is a clean theme park with lots of water and land themed rides.

Phone number: 0452 246 3848

Vandiyur Kanmoy Tourist Complex

It is a tourist destination with boating facilities, restaurants and children’s train. Tourists can also avail house boat facilities. It is located at a distance of 6 kms from the Periyar bus stand.

Rajaji Park

Rajaji Park is a children play area located 2 kms away from the Madurai Bus stand. There are restaurant facilities and a Bird’s park nearby.

Gorippalayam Dargah

Gorippalayam Dargah is the largest mosque in Madurai which was built in 13th century, containing two tombs of Delhi sultans of the Madurai Sultanate.

Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal, which is a popular tourist destination in South India, is also known as ‘Princess of Hill Stations’. It is situated around 120 kms from Madurai.

Shopping in Madurai

Milan Em Mall

Milan’em is a shopping mall which consists of four floors, packed with large number of shops. It is situated at 100 Feet Road, K.K Nagar, Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

Phone number: 91- 452-4347000

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Puthu Mandapam

Puthu Mandapam is a place where tailors and cloth stalls are present in large numbers. This place can be found at the east of Meenakshi Temple and is a great place for buying cotton and fabrics.

Prithu Mandapam market

The Prithu Mandapam Market is an old pillared hall located inside the eastern entrance of the Madurai Meenakshi Temple. It is the best place in the city for purchasing cotton fabrics.

North Chitrai Street

North Chitrai Street is the place where you can find Coffee shops, Restaurants, Schools, Shopping Malls, Garment Shops etc.

Hospitals in Madurai

Apollo Speciality Hospital

The Apollo Hospitals Group is the pioneer of integrated healthcare delivery in India, located at Lake View Road, Madurai Main Road, K.K. Nagar,Karaikudi,, Madurai.

Phone number: 91-452 5391444/47

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Meenakshi Mission Hospital

Meenakshi Mission Hospital, with over 700 beds, has been delivering world-class treatment and care, at an affordable cost. The hospital is at Lake Area, melur Road, Madurai.

Phone number: 91-452-2588741(10 Lines) / 91-452-4263000

Government Rajaji Hospital

Government Rajaji Hospital was established in 1842 and was later converted as a Teaching Hospital in 1956. The hospital is located at Goripalayam, Madurai

Phone number: +(91)-(452)-2532535 | 2532536 | 2532537 | 2532538 | 2532539 | 2532540 | 2533240 | 2552542

A R Hospital PVT LTD

A R Hospital Pvt. Ltd. is one of the best General Hospitals in K K Nagar with good customer service. The hospital is Near Hindu Office & Mattuthavani Bus Stand, K K Nagar, Madurai.

Phone number: +(91)-(452)-2586629 | 2586630 | 2586631 | 2586632

Quality Care Hospital

Quality Care Hospital is located near the Periyar Bridge at Sarvodaya Main Road, Ellis Nagar in Madurai.

Phone number: 0452 – 2600828, 0452 – 2600829

 

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