Friday, 10 August 2012

MADHURAI

Madurai
Madurai, in Tamil Nadu is one of the most ancient cities of India that dates back to the Sangam period long before the Christian era. Madurai boasts of a rich past during which it was the center of Tamil literature and many masterpieces were produced during those days. Madurai is also home to a large number of temples that reflect the refined architectural works of yore. There are numerous tourist attractions in Madurai that will fill your trip to Madurai with joy and excitement. 

The most renowned landmark of this town is Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple which has architecture par excellence. You will also find concentric rectangular streets surrounding the temple and symbolize the structure of the cosmos. Lots of devout pilgrims drop in to this place for worshipping the immensely revered idol. 

On a city tour of Madurai, you will also come across the Thirumalai Nayak Palace that was built by a king in the year 1636 with the assistance of an Italian architect. The intricate art work and stunning interior decorations of this palace are worth taking a look on a travel to Madurai. 
Some of the other major attractions in this spectacular town are Gandhi Museum, Thirupparamkundram, Azhagar Kovil and Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam. This city has also kept pace with the rest of the world and for the recreation purpose you can find several clubs, cinema halls, cultural centers and skating complex. Tourism is fast growing here and you will definitely enjoy the vacations in Madurai to the fullest extent, thanks to the tourist friendly atmosphere provided by the authorities. The shopping enthusiasts are also going to find this town an amazing one since it has a large number of shops offering quality handlooms, fabrics and saris. 

There is no dearth of the lodging options that are available in Madurai and you can find varied classes of hotels here. Some of the famous hotels in this town that are ideal for the accommodation purpose include the Taj Garden Retreat, Madurai Ashok and Madurai Park Inn. These hotels offer great value for money and promise a gratifying stay. Madurai is easily accessible by the air, rail and road network. There is an airport in Madurai that connects the city Chennai and Mumbai by regular flights. Cities like Coimbatore, Chennai, Rameswaram and Kanyakumari are well-connected by the rail network. The road transport is equally good and the nearby destinations of Tamil Nadu and other south Indian states can be conveniently accessed by well maintained roads. 

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