First Time Tourists Guide in Madurai

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Madurai is a major city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Madurai is also called the city of Junctions, city of Jasmine, and Temple city.

There is a historic Hindu temple, Meenakshi Amman Temple. Besides, there is Koodal Azhagar Temple which is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu.

Get several Madurai's souvenirs at Jute Cottage and Poompuhar.

Madurai has several comfortable accommodations like Regency Madurai by GRT Hotels and POPPY'S Hotel - Madurai.

Curious about Madurai's cuisine? There are The Banyan Restaurant and Zaitoon Restaurant.

Experience new things in the Gandhi Memorial Museum which belongs to Rani Mangammal of Nayak Dynasty.

Take a moment to the wonderful palace called Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace, it is a 17th century palace which was built in 1636 AD by King Tirumala Nayaka. Let's stroll this city right now! It's worth visiting!

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SIGHTSEEING

Meenakshi Amman Temple is dedicated to Meenakshi, a form of Parvati, and her consort, Sundaraweshwar, a form of Shiva. It is well known as the historic Hindu temple which is located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River. Meenakshi Amman Temple was built by King Kulasekara Pandaya. It was rebuilt after the 14th century, further repaired, renovated and expanded in the 17th century by Tirumala Nayaka.

Meenakshi Amman Temple

A historic Hindu temple.

Well maintaned and great for pray.

Eateries offer traditional taste food items like milk, soups, juices etc.

Address : Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India

DOWNTOWN

Koodal Azhagar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu which is located in the center of the city, Madurai. Koodal has a meaning "beautiful one" from Madurai and Azhaghar. The temple is an ancient one and very close to the Meenakshi Amman Temple. Worship time is usually held from 05.30 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 9 pm. You can also join their upcoming event available here to experience Madurai's culture.

Koodal Azhagar Temple

Pretty silence place ancient temple situated in center city of the Madurai.

The temple is realy magnificent.

Good maintenance inside the temple.

You can pray to the main god very closely.

Address : Perumal Koil Sannathi Street Near Periyar Bus Stand, Periyar, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India

SHOPPING

Jute Cottage is a lovely little shop that serves local India's crafts. It is a good choice to look for gifts to bring home. You will find several jute artifacts, mats, bags, and bangles. Poompuhar offers several wood carving items, stone, and metals. You can purchase all the things about India's souvenirs here.

Jute Cottage

Cute little gift shop in Madurai.

It provides uniques and interesting gifts.

It also provides complete items like bag,wallet,and etc.

The staff is very kind and helpful.

Address : 12/1, Dinamalar Avenue, DSP Nagar Main Road,, Bypass Road, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625016, India

Poompuhar

Excellent place for souvenirs and gift articles.

The place has a lot of artifacts,and statues of varying sizes and prices.

A good collection of antique, gift items, awesome collection of stone, brass and bronze idols.

Staff are very helpful.

Address : 12, West Veli Street, Opp. Railway Station, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India

FOOD & DRINK

Street food in Madurai has become the most popular thing as it draws foodies from all over the world. This culinary culture is influenced by so many cultures like Chettinad, Sri Lanka, Mughlai and etc. Its cuisine includes several aspects like rice and meat dishes, spicy curries, parathas, sweets drinks, and many more. Besides, Jigarthanda is the most popular beverage in Madurai. The basic ingredients including milk, almond gum, sarsaparilla root syrup, sugar, and ice cream.

CULTURE

Madura's culture can be seen through several aspects such as architectural majesty, customs and traditions, religious sanctity, magnificent artwork, handicrafts, ballads, folk dances, dramas, songs, festivals and ceremonies.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best times to visit Madurai for ideal weather are on January 8th to April 8th.

HOTEL

Regency Madurai by GRT Hotels located close to the Madurai airport and the railway station. It is easily accessible from the city's business district and shopping hubs, and just 10 minutes drive away from the historical site Meenakshi Amman Temple. Regency Madurai by GRT Hotels offers excellent amenities and facilities you might enjoy. Feel the progressive nature of the city during your visit to Madurai. POPPYS Hotel - Madurai offers its spacious rooms and suites, fine dining, and excellent amenities. This hotel is near several top attractions like Meenakshi Temple, Alagar Kovil, and etc.

Regency Madurai by GRT Hotels

The hotel is very nice and well maintained.

Rooms are well furnished and clean and the service is very prompt.

The food is very tasty and the breakfast spread is excellent.

The staff are very courteous and friendly.

Address : 38, Madakulam Main Rd, Vinayai Nagar, Palanganatham, Signal Junction, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625003, India

POPPYS Hotel - Madurai

One of the best hotels of madurai.

Rooms are spacious, well arranged and clean.

Food quality and variety is also good.

Staff is very courteous, amenities are good.

Address : 122, Airport-Mattuthavani Ring Rd, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625107, India

RESTAURANT

The Banyan Restaurant specialty in Indian food. They have popular dishes you might try like vegetable Chettinad and the biryani. This restaurant is located inside the Heritage Hotel. In addition, you can also order western food here. Zaitoon Restaurant, Madurai is the perfect place in town and one of the most popular restaurants which serve Middle-East food along with Indian and Chinese. They offer a variety of delicious cuisine from North Indian, Chinese, Seafood, and Arabian.

The Banyan Restaurant

Beautiful restaurant with nature around.

Staff are excellent in their service paying details to minute details.

Each dish has a touch of madurai taste.

Also good spot for get together with office colleague and managers.

Address : Heritage Madurai, 11, Melakkal Rd, Kochadai, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625016, India

Zaitoon Restaurant, Madurai

Zaitoon is easily one of the best restaurants in town.

They obviously have very high standards regarding the quality of the food they serve.

Dishes are very hot and yummy.

The ambience of the restaurant is good.

The waiters are very welcoming and kind.

Address : 80 Feet Rd, New LIG Colony, Anna Nagar, Sathamangalam, Tamil Nadu 625020, India

CAFE

Gobble Dobble might be the coziest space in Madurai. There are several things to do such as watching live sport, stand-up comedy, board games, table games while you can enjoy several menu offerings in Gobble Gobble like delicious pizza, pasta, waffles, pancakes, sandwiches, shakes, and coffee. Mung Beans is located in the ambiance place which is small but cozy. Mung Beans is a good place for vegans, all dishes are tasty and such a perfect place for college students for evening snacks. The price is affordable and worth visiting.

Gobble Dobble

Cozy place with wide variety games, good music.

Awesome ambience and interiors.

It offers delicious fod and sncaks at reasonable price.

The waiters are friendly and fast.

Address : 1, Vanamamalai Nagar, Duraisamy Nagar main road, Bypass Rd, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625016, India

Mug&beans

A decent place where you can have a pleasant vegetarian menu foods.

The cafe is well decorated and has comfortable seats.

Excellent dish panneer tikka sandwich at Mug and beans.

The waiters are super.

Address : Moolakarai, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625004, India

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Harvey's Lounge Bar is a perfect destination while you can enjoy the attractions of its popular tourist spot. It is good to refresh and relax after a busy weekday. Do fun interesting activities like ambient music and their available drinks. Come with your buddies would be a perfect idea. It is an excellent place to hang out with your buddies. There are several varieties of side dishes. Great ambiance, decor, and other interesting things to do.

Harvey's Lounge Bar

A great heritage lounge.

Fine ambience worth a visit

it offers local and variety of cocktails and beers.

The waiters are kind and friendly.

Address : The Gateway Hotel Madurai, No. 40, Tirupparankunram Rd, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625004, India

Big shots bar madurai

A very good party place for madurai peoples.

The place is friendly for girls and offers great hospitality.

They serve amazing biryani and range of drinks.

Nice place to go with friends for having leisure time.

Address : Hotel heritage residency, opp theekathir K.salai pudhur, by pass, road, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625016, India

INTERESTING PLACE

Gandhi Memorial Museum is located in the city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu, India. Gandhi Memorial Museum is well known as Gandhi Museum. There are several collections in this museum such as an original letter written personally by Gandhiji to Narayanan Sathsangi of Devakottai. In addition, there are several additional insightful exhibits in the museum-like a pictorial representation of the evolution of the national flag. The northern wing of the building has a vast library and research wing housing books, journals, letters, and films related to Mahatma Gandhi.

Gandhi Memorial Museum

A Must visit in Madurai for people interested in Gandhi and local history of Architecture.

Huge collection of of India's history and nicely scripted in paintings.

Good display and illustration of Gandhi's work and life through image and objects.

Bookshops around the museum sells various kinds of Gandhian books.

A must visit place for every Gandhian and perhaps every Indian.

Address : Collector Office Rd, Tamukkam, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625020, India

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace is the 17th century palace which has a classic fusion of Dravidian and Rajput styles. This palace is the greatest in South India which was built in 1636 as a focal point of his capital at Madurai, Thirumalai Nayak. You can join the tours by visiting this palace from 9 am to 5 pm including the show time at 6.45 pm to 7.35 pm in English; 8 pm to 8.50 pm in Tamil.

Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace

Nice place to spend time with family.

Full of history and well maintaned.

You can tak epicture for your instagram feed with a palace as a background.

Address : Palace Rd, Mahal Area, Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India