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Madurai Holiday Packages

History blends with mythology at Madurai. This South Indian temple town conjures up images of the stuccowork-rich gopurams (nulltowers) of the Meenakshi Temple. Witness a burst of Dravidian-style temple architecture, and a dense display of sculptural work depicting mythological Hindu gods, goddesses and demons.

With the Meenakshi Temple at its heart, the entire town unfolds like a fully-bloomed lotus, concentrically outward from the centre. This ancient town strikes you by the grandness of its temples, their architectural and sculptural detailing, and the sense of space and scale.

Popular legend has it that Madurai is the actual site of Lord Shiva and Meenakshiâs wedding, and the labyrinthine temple celebrates the love of goddess Meenakshi and her groom Sundereshwar.

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Beautiful Tamil Nadu

7 Nights Mahabalipuram (2)  →  Pondicherry (2)  →  Tiruchirapally (1)  →  Madurai (2)

Discover Tamil Nadu, a land of magnificent temples and lovely beaches. In this holiday package, you will see the splendid sculpted walls of temples in Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram and the towering and colourful gopurams of the Meenakshi and Ramanathaswamy temples. Trichy's Rock Fort is built atop an ancient rock and has been important throughout history, right from the Pallavas in the sixth century to as recent as the British. Pondicherry's French influence over architecture and names of streets will give the impression of being in another country altogether.


Beautiful Tamil Nadu

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  • Meals
  • Sightseeing
  • Optional

Spiritual & Religious Tour of South India

4 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameshwaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (2)


Spiritual & Religious Tour of South India

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  • Meals
  • Sightseeing
  • Optional

South India: Scenic Hills-Beaches & Temples

7 Nights Madurai (2)  →  Kodaikanal (1)  →  Rameshwaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)  →  Kovalam (2)


South India: Scenic Hills-Beaches & Temples

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  • Transfers
  • Meals
  • Sightseeing
  • Optional

Wonderful Tamil Nadu

7 Nights Mahabalipuram (1)  →  Pondicherry (2)  →  Madurai (2)  →  Rameshwaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)

This Tamil Nadu holiday package is your introduction to the wealth of Dravidian history, culture and architecture. From sculptures of half-animal gods on temples in Kanchipuram to the long corridor of pillars at the temple in Rameshwaram, you will see brilliant samples of workmanship executed centuries ago. By the sea is the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-visit. There is also some leisure time in Pondicherry to soak up the welcome French hangover of the town.


Wonderful Tamil Nadu

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  • Meals
  • Sightseeing
  • Optional

Tamil Nadu: Natural to Spiritual Treasures

4 Nights Kodaikanal (2)  →  Rameshwaram (1)  →  Madurai (1)

Plan a different honeymoon with your loved one. While Tamil Nadu may seem like an unlikely honeymoon destination, its attractions are sure to leave you spellbound. Your trip starts in Kodaikanal, a hill station full of lush greenery and magnificent views. Rameshwaram and Madurai will stun you with their impressive temples, allowing you to admire Dravidian architecture and seek blessings for this new chapter of your life.


Tamil Nadu: Natural to Spiritual Treasures

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  • Sightseeing
  • Optional

Appealing South India

5 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameshwaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)  →  Kovalam (2)


Appealing South India

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Fascinating South

7 Nights Ooty (2)  →  Kodaikanal (2)  →  Madurai (1)  →  Rameshwaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)


Fascinating South

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Graceful South

6 Nights Mysore (1)  →  Coorg (1)  →  Ooty (2)  →  Kodaikanal (2)

In the upcoming holiday season, take a tour to some of the enchanting destinations of South India like Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty and Kodaikanal. Tour to this part of the country is not complete without exploring Coorg, which awes its visitors with the lush green environs and serene environs. Enjoy an awe-inspiring view of Ooty from the majestic Doddabetta Peak and admire the natural beauty of Sim's Park. End this journey by exploring Kodaikanal with visit to Kodai Lake, Bryant's Park and Pillar Rocks.


Graceful South

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Mesmerizing South Tour

6 Nights Chennai (1)  →  Mahabalipuram (1)  →  Tanjore (1)  →  Tiruchirapally (1)  →  Madurai (2)


Mesmerizing South Tour

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  • Sightseeing
  • Optional

Ethnic Tamil Nadu

8 Nights Chennai (1)  →  Pondicherry (2)  →  Tanjore (1)  →  Tiruchirapally (1)  →  Madurai (1)  →  Rameshwaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)


Ethnic Tamil Nadu

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Abundant Tamil Nadu & Kerala

8 Nights Kovalam (1)  →  Kumarakom (1)  →  Thekkady (1)  →  Munnar (2)  →  Madurai (1)  →  Pondicherry (2)


Abundant Tamil Nadu & Kerala

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Tamil Nadu Temple Trip & Kovalam - Deluxe

4 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameswaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)  →  Kovalam (1)

This South India temple and beach tour include Madurai, which is called the `Athens of the East' because of its antiquity and great historical relevance. Also, it is famous for the world acclaimed Meenakshi Temple. Rameshwaram, the temple town where Lord Ram struggled for his wife Sita is the holy place where Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea to rescue Sita from Ravana. Kanyakumari, another famous destination is known as the land of Amman temples. Kovalam is the beach paradise of Kerala and is very near the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple.


Tamil Nadu Temple Trip & Kovalam - Deluxe

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  • Accommodation
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  • Sightseeing

Traditional South- Temple Tour

3 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameswaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)

Visit some of the most revered shrines of Hinduism with this four-day journey. Take blessings at the centuries-old Meenakshi Amman Temple at Madurai, known for its elaborate and beautiful architecture. At Rameswaram, visit one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India, the Ramanathaswamy Temple, a site of immense religious and historical significance. Proceed to serene and picturesque Kanyakumari, at the very tip of the Indian peninsula. Surrounded by three oceans on three sides, Kanyakumari is a visual treat for all. It is also the site of the renowned Kumari Amman Temple.


Traditional South- Temple Tour

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Rameswaram Dham Yatra

3 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameswaram (2)

Go on a spiritual journey to Madurai and Rameshwaram, to allow the tranquil energy to soothe you. Rameshwaram is an important pilgrim destination and is also one of the four dhams of Vishnu. A stroll in the concentric quadrangular streets of Madurai will leave you astonished. This four-day tour includes a visit to famous temples including Meenakshi Amman Temple, Alagar Koyil and Pazhamudhircholai in Madurai and Kothandaramaswamy Temple, Lakshmana Theertham, Rama Theertham and the famous Five-Faced Hanuman Temple in Rameshwaram.


Rameswaram Dham Yatra

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  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Sightseeing

Tamil Nadu Temple Trip & Kovalam -superior

4 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameswaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)  →  Kovalam (1)

This South India temple and beach tour includes Madurai, which is called the `Athens of the East' because of its antiquity and glorious historical relevance. Also, it is famous for the world acclaimed Meenakshi Temple. Rameshwaram, the temple town where Lord Ram struggled for his wife Sita is the spiritual place where Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea to rescue Sita from Ravana. Kanyakumari, another important destination is known as the land of Amman temples. Kovalam is the beach paradise of Kerala and is very near the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple


Tamil Nadu Temple Trip & Kovalam -superior

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  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Sightseeing

Tamil Nadu Temple Trip & Kovalam - Standard

4 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameswaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)  →  Kovalam (1)

This South India temple and beach tour includes Madurai, which is called the `Athens of the East' because of its antiquity and glorious historical relevance. Also, it is famous for the world acclaimed Meenakshi Temple. Rameshwaram, the temple town where Lord Ram struggled for his wife Sita is the spiritual place where Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea to rescue Sita from Ravana. Kanyakumari, another important destination is known as the land of Amman temples. Kovalam is the beach paradise of Kerala and is very near the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple


Tamil Nadu Temple Trip & Kovalam - Standard

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  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Sightseeing

Rameswaram Dham Yatra

3 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameswaram (2)

Legends say that Lord Ram built a bridge from Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka to rescue his wife, Sita. Come on a 4-day tour that can also be termed a pilgrimage, to the sacred shrines and theerthams of Rameshwaram and Madurai. Visit Meenakshi Temple and be spellbound by the beauty of Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal Palace?. Take a dip in the holy waters of Lakshmana Theertham and head up the hill of Gandhamadana from where Lord Hanuman is said to have begun his flight to Lanka.


Rameswaram Dham Yatra

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Sourthern Breeze!

9 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameswaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)  →  Kovalam (2)  →  Alleppey (1)  →  Munnar (2)  →  Thekkady (1)

Come to South India with its paradisiac wonders. Enjoy a marvellous holiday for ten long days. Pay a visit to the various places of interest like Madurai, Rameshwaram, Kanyakumari, Kovalam, Alleppey, Munnar and Thekkady. Get awe-struck by the natural beauty and wilderness of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Stop by the time-honoured remains of the Ramanathaswamy Temple. Be spellbound by the vistas of the sprawling tea gardens of Munnar. Traverse the serene backwaters of Alleppey on a houseboat and gather memories for a lifetime.


Sourthern Breeze!

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South India Tour!

14 Nights Ooty (2)  →  Kodaikanal (2)  →  Munnar (2)  →  Thekkady (2)  →  Alleppey (1)  →  Kovalam (2)  →  Kanyakumari (1)  →  Rameswaram (1)  →  Madurai (1)

South India is an epitome of natural beauty. It is an excellent contrast to time-honoured traditions and culture on one hand and innate modernism on the other. It is a unique variation of the scenic resplendence as well as the contemporary lifestyle. Dotted with the rolling hills, extensive tea and spice plantations, frothy cascades of gushing waterfalls, majestic ranges of the Western Ghats, lush green National Parks, panoramic beaches and tranquil temples, South India is a place of bewitching splendour and adventure activities. Enjoy a 15-day tour to Ooty, Kodaikanal, Munnar, Alleppey, Kanyakumari and many other spectacular locations. Enjoy a lifetime experience.


South India Tour!

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Know More About Madurai

Madurai Guide

  • Shopping in Madurai

    The temple town of Madurai has been a popular textile centre since ancient times. Shops bursting with colorful silks, cottons and batiks spill onto the eastern entrance of so much as the Meenakshi Temple. Shopping in Madurai involves a fair bit of walking amid the colorful chaos of its marketplace. At Puthu Mandapam Market, you can choose from an array of cottons and batiks, the place also has a row of tailoring shops that can reproduce your dress with cottons and printed fabrics in a few hours. A must-buy when in Madurai is the silk named after the city. The collection of Madurai silk and handloom sarees at Hajeemoosa Textiles is very impressive. This fine silk comes in myriad colors, but has a distinct pattern.

    Cottage Arts Emporium, Poompuhar Handicraft Shop and Madurai Gallery are some places to find one-off hand-woven silks and cottons, besides bell-metal lamps, bronze figurines, and wood and stone carvings. Browse the market for the ethnically crafted silver and gold jewelry â some of these government emporiums offer a rather impressive collection. Or you can even head to South Avani Moola Street which is predominantly a jewelry market. Grocery is available on East Maasi Street, and electronics at Town Hall Road.

    Madurai is not quite the place for brands, shopping here is about fine pieces of textiles, brass-works, Tanjore paintings, Sungidi handloom sarees, wooden handicraft and an array of antiques. To get a feel of the local market culture of Madurai, stroll to Pundumandapam â an old mall, as much as 500-years-old, speckled with tailor shops, quaint stores selling books, handicraft and bronze sculptures. You can even try the cooperative stores (often a union of weavers and/or looms) such as Co-optex for dainty handloom cotton sarees.

    ATMs of most nationalized and private banks can be found in the city. You can use your credit card at the emporiums and other big stores, but at the street-side market you would need cash at your disposal. Major banks accept foreign exchange â you can walk into any branch to enquire. Though you will find money exchangers in mid and high range hotels. Commercial money changers are available in the area around the Madurai railway station.

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  • Restaurants in Madurai

    Restaurant - Madurai is not really the place for European or Oriental cuisine, sticking to regional delicacies here is a safer bet. The food here is flavored with a host of spices and condiments, though coconut and tamarind are added to almost all vegetarian recipes. Not to mention, most dishes are rustled up using coconut oil or coconut milk. Coconut chutney, sambar (seasoned lentil broth), rasam (a hot broth made of tamarind juice and pepper) and mixed spices are served with every meal to enhance the taste. A typical Tamilian meal comprises steamed rice, lentils, grains and vegetables. And if you are non-vegetarian, there is a great variety of Chettinad delicacies to choose from. Chettinad pepper chicken is an all-time favorite of the locals. You can even try out the Tamil style of Mughlai cuisine, especially the biryanis and paya (a type of spiced broth generally eaten with paranthas or appam).

    Typical South Indian breakfast is readily served and to perfection at most local restaurants. Popular breakfast options include idli (steamed rice cakes), dosa (a pancake made from a batter of rice) and lentils crisp fried on a pan, vada (deep fried doughnuts made from a batter of lentils), pongal (a mash of rice and lentils boiled together and seasoned with ghee, cashew nuts, pepper and cumin seed), yogurt and uppma (cooked semolina seasoned in oil with mustard, pepper, cumin seed and dry lentils). Any Tamil meal is incomplete without crisp papadam or appam!

    You could try out some of these restaurants: Modern Restaurant, Murugan Idli Shop, Arya Bhavan, Ruby Restaurant, Temple View Rooftop Restaurant, Meenakshi Bhavan, Saradha Mess, Muniyandi Vilas, and of course the in-site restaurants at such 5-star properties as Taj Garden Retreat. Besides, there are a host of coffee shops doing a smattering of snacks.

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  • Things to do in Madurai

    Synonymous with the rich cultural and architectural heritage of South India, Sree Meenakshi Temple beckons a traveler to delve deeper into the colorful Hindu mythology. This colossal temple complex forms the lifeline of Madurai city, and gives vent to every human emotion by way of sculptures that make it larger than life. Popular legend has it that Madurai is the actual site of Lord Shiva and Meenakshiâs wedding, and the labyrinthine temple celebrates the love of goddess Meenakshi and her groom Sundereshwar (meaning good looking god or Lord Shiva). With the temple in the center, the ancient city of Madurai fans out like a fully-bloomed lotus.

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  • How To Reach Madurai

    Surface - Madurai is situated on National Highways NH-7, NH-45B, NH-49, and a drive from Chennai and Bangalore will take approximately 8 to 10 hours. The city has a decent network of state government operated and private buses to all major cities in Tamil Nadu. The buses also ply from important cities in the neighboring states of Kerala (Ernakulam, Trivandram) and Karnataka (Bangalore, Mysore). Most interstate and overnight buses in Madurai terminate at Mattuthavani Bus stand. Private buses can be found closer to the city center near Periyar bus stand. Ticketing and reservation facilities are available at these bus stands.

    Rail- Madurai railway station is centrally located and well-connected by trains to Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. A train ride from Chennai takes about 8 to 10 hours, and is a preferred railhead. You can book your train tickets from Indian Railwaysâ reservation centres or online from IRCTC.

    Air - Madurai has a domestic airport served by several domestic airlines including Jet Airways, Indian Airlines, Kingfisher Red and Paramount Airways. The flights connect mainly to Chennai. The airport is about 15 kilometers (.3 miles) from the city off National Highway 47. It is ideal to hire a pre-paid taxi from the counter in the arrival lounge of the airport, unless you have someone to meet you at the airport.

    Sea - Madurai is situated inland, and is dissected by River Vaigai. However, the nearest ports of entry are Chennai ( kilometers/281 miles) and Tuticorin ( kilometers/100 miles). .

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  • Weather in Madurai

    Typical of peninsular India, the climate of Madhurai is tropical: hot and humid for much of the year. Though, frequent showers provide welcome relief. Surrounded by several mountains, the border of Madhurai city is marked by three distinct mountains: Yanaimalai, Nagamalai, and Pasumalai, named after their resemblance to the elephant, snake, and cow respectively. Located at 9°56'N 78°07'E / 9.93°N 78.12°E / 9.93; 78.12, the average elevation of Madhurai is 101 meters ( feet) above mean sea level.

    Summer in Madhurai is short but fierce. May and June are the peak summer months, when the temperature ranges from 26.3°C to over 40°C. At this time the sun can seem scorching. Winter too is short but mild. Starting from December till end of February or early March, the weather is pleasant and the temperature ranges from 18°C to 30°C. July to October are the monsoon months, though light showers are common through the year in Madhurai, July to October are the monsoon months.

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