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Tourist Attractions in Madurai

Madurai is one of the largest cities of Tamil Nadu famous for its temples. Located in Tamil Nadu, Madurai is visited by tourists from all over the world especially for Meenakshi Temple. Indian Holiday offers you the details of the major tourist attractions of Madurai.

Madurai is the city which is famous for its temples. Known as the Athens of the East, Madurai's temples are one of the major destinations for religious tour of South India. The temples of Madurai reflect the architectural splendor of the Dravidians and express the rich heritage and culture of our country. The Meenakshi Temple is the most famous temple of Madurai which attracts a number of tourists.

Meenakshi Temple: One of the major tourist attractions of Madurai is Meenakshi Temple. Located at the center of the town, the Meenakshi Temple is an architectural marvel of 16th century. It is considered to be one of the most sacred temples. Everyday thousands of tourists from all over the world visit this Temple.

Constructed by Vishwanatha Nayak in the year 1560, the temple is built in typical gopuram style with towering spires. The Meenakshi Temple it has 12 towers which rises to the height of 45 to 50 meters. The Thousand Pillar Mandapam is the major tourist attraction of Madurai's Meenakshi Temple.

Vishnu Temple: Located at a distance from the Meenakshi Temple, another major tourist attraction of Madurai is the Vishnu Temple. The presiding deity of Vishnu Temple is called Azghar. It is believed that this is another form of Vishnu. He is believed to be Meenakshi's brother. During Chitrai festival a grand procession is carried from this temple to the Meenakshi Temple.

Palamudhirsolai: Tourists can also visit Palamudhirsolai which is considered to be the abode of Lord Subramanya. There is a natural spring near this temple.