Madurai is one of the ancient cities in India and its history dates back to the pre-Christian era. There are numerous Historical Monuments in Madurai and some of them are in their ruins. Most of the Historical Monuments are still the major attractions for the tourists in Indian and is visited by many.
The Sangam Rulers were the first to establish their supremacy in this vicinity and raise Madurai to the height of a heritage city. Afterwards the Vijaynagar Emperors took over the empire and the kingdom afterwards passed over to the Nayakas. They were also the able rulers of the empire.
The golden age of the Tamil Literature had been during the Sangam Rule. Madurai is also known as the City of Learning. There are numerous Universities and Places of Learning at Madurai. So, it is one of the most reputed spot for Erudition in South India.
The temples, monuments and places of learning in Madurai point out the rich cultural heritage of India. Located in the hilly terrains of the Western Ghats the Historical city of Madurai is an archeological wonder.
The Sivaganga Palace is one of the archeological wonders of India. Ever since its construction the Sivaganga Palace had attracted the tourists from across the globe. Sivaganga is located about 40 kilometers from Madurai.
The ancient Marava Kings used to rule here and the decays of the Sivaganga Palace reminds us of the glorious heritage of India. The Sivaganga Palace had been constructed in the style of the Thirumalai Nayaks.
All these point out the rich style of Rajputana Architecture. The temple of Raja Rajeswari had been constructed by the Royal Family and continues to lure tourists to the city of Madurai.
Thirumalai Nayak Mahal: The Thirumalai Nayak Mahal is the best specimen of the Indo-Saracenic form of architecture and had been constructed in 1523 BC. It had been conceived by Lord Nappiere in the year 1866-72 and later numerous renovations were made in order to make the Thirumalai Nayak Mahal a wonderful tourist attraction on the City of Nectar, known as Madurai.
The renowned Light and Sound Show still attracts the tourists not only from every nook and corner of the country but also from abroad. All these acoustic shows are generally based on the lives of Tirumalai Nayak. There are gardens and many halls inside the Tirumalai Nayak Mahal.