Madurai is the third largest city of Tamil Nadu. Koodal, NanmadaKoodal, Malligai are the various names of Madurai. This city was ruled at different times by different peoples including Later Pandyas, Later Cholas, Carnatic Kingdom, Madurai Nayaks, British and Madurai Sultanate. In South Tamil Nadu, Madurai is referred to as one of the main educational and industrial Hub. Various historical monuments are the identity of Madurai.
Gandhi Museum was established in 1948, in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi. This place is having great historical importance. Gandhi Memorial trust set up this museum after bapu’s assassination. Rani Mangammal museum of Nayak dynasty was replaced by Gandhi Museum.
In 1636 AD, Thirumalai Nayak Palace was built by King Thirumalai Nayak. It is a good example of architectural grandeur in India, designed by an Italian architect. It is 2.5 km away from Meenakshi temple.
From Meenakshi Amman temple, Vandiyur Marriamman Temple is situated at a distance of about 5 km. It is the largest tank present in South India.
Meenakshi temple is located in the South side of river Vaigai, is a historic temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati. It is very popular temple about 15,000 visitors visit it daily.
The nearby places of Madurai include Kodaikanal, which is one of the finest hill stations present in Tamil Nadu. It is situated in Western Ghats of India, 7,200 feet above the sea level. The famous kurungi flower bloom here and make the valley very beautiful.
Vaigai Dam is built across river Vaigai, is an awesome picnic spot near an agricultural research station.
Another beautiful place to visit near Madurai is Pazhani, which is one of the most famous temples in India of Lord Muruga.
Here you would find special food and famous dishes that include Indian, North Indian and South Indian dishes. Modern Restaurant is famous for spicy chilly dishes like parantha (wheat bread with layers of cooked dough) garnished with green chilies, lemon and cilantro.
Arya Bhavan located on the corner of west Masi Street and Dindigul Road, which is famous for its amazingly large dosa (fermented crepe). Temple View Root Top Restaurant-It is located in the Hotel Park Plaza and serves non-veg dishes along with vegetarian dishes.
The NH 45B, NH 7, NH 49 and NH 7 are the National Highways that passes through Madurai. Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation headquarters is situated in Madurai. An important railway junction of southern Tamil Nadu is the Madurai Junction. Madurai Airport is located just 12 km away from the city.
One should visit all the historical and religious temples and places of Madurai including its famous Meenakshi Amman Temple. You can enjoy amusement water parks of Madurai.