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MADURAI

Madurai or the "city of nectar" is the oldest and second largest city of Tamil Nadu. This city is located on Vaigai River and was the capital of Pandyan rulers till the 14th century. it was originally known as Kadambavanam or theMeenakshi Sundareswarar Temple Madurai, Madurai Temple Tour "forest of Kadamba" or the Nauclea kadamba. Madurai is an animated city packed with pilgrims, beggars, businesspeople, bullock carts and legions of underemployed rickshaw- wallahs. Dating about 2500 years back in time, it is one of southern India's oldest cities, and has been a centre of learning and pilgrimage for centuries. Reading through inscriptions, travelogues and the writings of missionaries, one can gather that Madurai was the cynosure of all eyes because of its prosperity. Ibn Batuta describes the beauty of Madurai in the midst of the destruction, as having a layout and scheme that was centred round the Vaigai.

The entire city of Madurai is built around the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple the temple par excellence. Concentric rectangular streets surround the temple, symbolizing the structure of the cosmos.

Legend says that Lord Shiva appeared in the dream on the king, Kulasekhara Pandya. The king was amazed to see drops of nectar or madhu falling down of earth from Lord Shiva's matted hair. The "madhu" was so sweet that the place where it fell came to be known as Madhurapuri, which in course of time became "Madurai."

Location: Tamil Nadu
Languages spoken: English and Tamil 
Best time to visit: November till March

Access: 

By air : Madurai has a domestic airport with fairly good facilities. It is served by several domestic airlines including Jet Airways, Indian Airlines, Kingfisher Red, Paramount Airways mainly from Chennai.

By Train : Trains are the major mode of entry into the city. The railway station is centrally located and many facilities are accessible from there. Madurai is well connected by trains to many parts of India like Chennai , Bangalore, Mumbai (Bombay) and Delhi. A train journey from Chennai takes 8 to 10 hours and is the preferred railhead.

Road : Madurai is situated on National Highways NH-7, NH-45B, NH-49. Almost all of them are presently being upgraded to multi-lane ways as part of National highway development program. Travel from Chennai and Bangalore will take approximately 8-10 hours. Madurai can also be reached fromTirumalai Nayak Palace Madurai, Madurai Sightseeing Tour Kerala, Bangalore and Mysore. 

City tour of Madurai
Visit the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering gopurams (rising high above the surrounding country side). Later, visit the Tirumalai Nayak Palace - A gracious building in the Indo saracenic style, famous for the Stucco work on its domes & arches. 

 
* Cost of Madurai City Tour :  USD 45 per car

Cost includes chauffer driven air-conditioned medium car (2 pax) and currently applicable government service tax. 

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