Travel To Madurai
 

Attractions in Madurai

 
The Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

The Meenakshi Temple - The Meenakshi temple is a beautiful example of Dravidian architecture, with gopurams or multi pillared halls, covered from top to bottom, in a profusion of multicoloured images of gods, goddesses, animals and mythical figures. The temple occupies an area of around six hectares, and has four entrances to it. The museum called the Temple Art Gallery is located within the temple and contains beautiful stone and brass images, examples of South Indian scripts, frescos and is an apt explanation of the Hindu pantheon and many other legends associated with it.


Thirumalai Nayaka Palace -
About 1.5 km from the Meenakshi Temple, this Indo-Saracenic palace was built in 1636 by the ruler whose name it bears. Much of it has fallen into ruin, and the pleasure gardens and surrounding defensive wall have disappeared. Today, only the entrance gate, main hall and dance hall remain for tourists.


Gandhi Museum -
Housed in the old palace of the Rani Mangammal, this oddly moving museum provides some little-known facts about the Mahatma, although the only real piece of Gandhi’s reminiscence is the blood-stained dhoti from the assassination, displayed behind a bulletproof screen. The museum also has an excellent history of India displayed with some fine old photographs.


Quick Getaways near Madurai
 

Tiruparankunram, Madurai

Tiruparankunram - Situated 15 kms away from Madurai town is Tiruparankundram, a very ancient pilgrimage center. There is a cave temple of Lord Muruga (Karthikeya), carved in a hillock, which is extremely enchanting and a fine example of ancient art.

Alagar Temple - Koodal Alagar Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is one of the earliest temples in Madurai. He is depicted here in 3 different poses -- sitting, standing and reclining. The temple is famous for it's annual Chithirai festival.
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