Nestled on the bank of the Vaigai River, Madurai is a popular temple destination in Tamil Nadu. This city is thronged by the pilgrims throughout the year to seek blessings in the towering temples. The erstwhile capital of the Pandyan dynasty, Madurai is a hotspot of rich cultural heritage.
With our meticulously crafted Madurai tour packages, tourists can explore the famous attractions of this amazing city and get glimpses of the glorious bygone era. This is among the oldest living cities in the country and home to awe-inspiring architectural marvels that can leave everyone spellbound.
In the earlier times, this city was known as Madhurapuri and Thoonga Nagaram, which means the city never sleeps. Madurai is renowned for the Meenakshi Amman Temple, which was constructed 2,500 years ago by Pandian King, Kulasekhara. As per the legend, the king Kulasekhara once dreamt of Lord Shiva, from whose hair, the drop of the sweet Madhu (nectar) rolled down on earth.
The point where they fell was known as Madhurapuri. This city is a perfect blend of mythology, spirituality, and natural bounties. This town is blessed with breathtaking landscapes and jaw-dropping locales. The temples of Madurai are an amazing example of Dravidian-architectural style with intricate carvings and mesmerizing sculptures.
Madurai is popularly known as the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu and is encompassed by Sirumalai and Nagamalai hills. The city is built in the shape of lotus owing to which it is also known as ‘The Lotus City’. It is a popular tourist place among pilgrims, families, newlyweds, nature lovers, and history buffs. Dotted with historic monuments, towering temples, and vibrant markets, this enthralling town is one of the best options to visit for a vacation in South India.
During the Madurai trip, tourists can explore the picturesque beauty and scenic vistas of the town. There are some of the notable temples in the city, which hold a special place in Hindu mythology such as Alagar Koil, Koodal Azhagar Temple, Tirupparankundram Murugan Temple, Vandiyur Mariamman Temple, and ISKCON Temple.
Other significant tourist spots in Madurai include Pazhamudir Solai, Gandhi Museum, Samanar Hills, Meghamalai, and Vaigai Dam. We offer a wide range of Madurai holiday packages with which visitors can choose the staying option of their own choice that suits their requirements and budget. All sorts of facilities are available during the Madurai tour including a guided tour, comfortable stays, swift transfers, and delicious meals for a pleasurable trip.
Madurai is also known for handicraft and art. The dynamic markets of the city are also the main attractions of the city and among the must-visit places during the Madurai holiday trip. Our travel experts have curated tailor-made Madurai travel packages for every age group of travelers. We also provide great deals and offers on tour packages, which tourists can enjoy the vacations.
The tour packages can be customized as per the conveniences and tourists can avail of the facility of modification of itinerary. For an outstanding trip, we provide a detailed itinerary with the guided Madurai sightseeing tours. Have a look at various Madurai tour packages below that are based on the duration covered in the city. Also, gather information about the city to plan a hassle free tour.
Best Places to Visit on your Madurai Trip
Madurai is among the oldest inhabited cities in the country like Varanasi. It is home to some of the popular tourist attractions of South India. Renowned for its architectural wonders, spiritual centers, ancient temples, lush greenery, glistening river, and vibrant markets, Madurai is a perfect blend of natural bounties and manmade marvels.
From towering gardens to verdant hills, and many more tourist attractions, Madurai is a culturally rich city that depicts the glory of the bygone era. Here are some of the best places to visit on your Madurai trip –
- Meenakshi Amman Temple
- Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
- Vaigai Dam
- Alagar Koil
- Samanar Hill
- Koodal Azhagar Temple
- Gandhi Museum
- Mariamman Teppakulam
- Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam
- ISKCON Temple
The best time to visit Madurai is from October to March during the winter seasons when the city enjoys the salubrious weather that makes the sightseeing tour comfortable. It is a perfect time to indulge in outdoor activities. This is the peak season to visit Madurai and enjoy a leisure trip. Madurai experiences a hot and dry climate almost throughout the year.
However, in these months the city enjoys pleasant weather. In summer, Madurai experiences unusually hot weather which makes the excursion difficult. Budget travelers can choose to visit Madurai in this season as the accommodation prices remain low and booking for train and airport are easily available.
The Chithirai Festival is organized in Madurai from April to May, which is among the most popular celebrations in the town. This 15-days festival is celebrated with great pomp and zeal. It offers glimpses of the rich cultural heritage of Madurai at its best.
Madurai is a popular tourist destination in South India and every year innumerable tourists visit here to seek blessings in the renowned temples and explore the city. It is well-connected by the major cities and towns of Tamil Nadu as well as the whole country by all modes of transports including air, train, and road.
Madurai has its own airport, locally called Madurai International Airport, which welcomes flights from other countries as well as from all over the country such as Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, and other major cities. Taxi, buses, and cabs are easily available outside the airport to reach the desired destination in Madurai. It has its own railhead namely Madurai Railway Station from where a plethora of trains operate to different cities, towns, and villages.
There are many trains that come into the city via Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Tiruchirapalli, Mumbai, and Kolkata. From outside of the railway station, the local auto rickshaw and taxi are easily available to travel in the city.
Traveling to Madurai by road is a preferable option for someone who is traveling from a nearby place including Kochi, Thrissur, Ooty, Kozhikode, and Thanjavur. The regular government-run and private buses ply from these places for Madurai. The city has connectivity with the major towns of the nearby states and cities of Tamil Nadu by well-maintained national and state highways.
The tourists can travel by their own bike, car, and private taxi without any hassle. The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation or TNSTC provides the services of luxury Volvo and semi-Volvo buses for Madurai from other cities.
Best Accommodation to stay on your Madurai Tour
Madurai is a popular tourist destination and to welcome travelers from all over the world, the city houses a wide range of accommodation options such as hotels, resorts, lodges, and guesthouses. From economical to luxury hotels, Madurai has something for everyone including family, friends, backpackers, and honeymooners.
These resorts are equipped with all the modern and world-class amenities for a comfortable stay. Here are some of the best hotels in Madurai that can make the Madurai tour package memorable –
- Courtyard by Marriott
- Fortune Pandiyan Hotel
- JC Residency
- Hotel President
- Heritage Madurai
- Moskva Hotel
- Astoria Hotel by Sparsa
- Amika Hotel
- Regency Madurai by GRT Hotels
- The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai
- Gopuram Residency
- Hotel lotus
- Treebo Trend Royal Elite