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46 Holiday(s) found in Madurai | Price Range: Rs. 11,700 to Rs.42,999

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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Enticing Tamil Nadu & Kerala

7 Nights Pondicherry (2)  →  Madurai (2)  →  Munnar (2)  →  Kochi (1)

Explore fascinating destinations of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Pondicherry offers a peek into its colonial past, Madurai and Rameshwaram boast of famous temples and Munnar in Kerala promises a pleasant hill station experience.


Enticing Tamil Nadu & Kerala

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Charismatic Tamil Nadu

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


Charismatic Tamil Nadu

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Memorable South India

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


Memorable South India

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Stunning Karnataka & Tamil Nadu

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


Stunning Karnataka & Tamil Nadu

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South India's Scenic Splendours & Heritage

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


South India's Scenic Splendours & Heritage

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Mysore-Coorg-Kodaikanal: Charming South

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


Mysore-Coorg-Kodaikanal: Charming South

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Impressive Tamil Nadu & Kerala

6 Nights Munnar (2)  →  Kodaikanal (2)  →  Madurai (2)

A tour of Munnar, justifies Kerala’s title ‘God’s Own Country’. These destinations display different facets of the state. While Munnar is a serene hill station renowned for its unending tea plantations, ;


Impressive Tamil Nadu & Kerala

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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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Glittering Kerala (With Madurai)

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


Glittering Kerala (With Madurai)

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Amazing Tamilnadu & Kerala

7 Nights Pondicherry (1)  →  Madurai (2)  →  Munnar (2)  →  Thekkady (1)  →  Kumarakom (1)

Visit the most popular attractions of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. From the French-style town of Pondicherry to the impressive temples of Madurai and Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu offers a cultural experience. Kerala, on the other hand, boasts of paradise-like natural beauty. The misty tea gardens of Munnar and the aromatic spice plantations of Thekkady add to the charm of this state.


Amazing Tamilnadu & Kerala

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Magnificent Tamil Nadu

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


Magnificent Tamil Nadu

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Scenic Tamil Nadu

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

Tamil Nadu is the perfect holiday destination for culture enthusiasts. Your tour package starts in Chennai with the famous Kapaleeshwarar Temple, a stone structure in the heart of Mylapore. San Thome Church's fantastic white building is a sight not to be missed. Your tour proceeds to famous Shaivite and Vaishnavite temples that dot the state. Their incredibly preserved structures stand witness to the age of flourish of Dravidian architecture. Spend a relaxing day in Pondicherry as you visit peaceful Auroville or walk along the beach.


Scenic Tamil Nadu

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Tamil Nadu & Kovalam: Temples & Beaches

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


Tamil Nadu & Kovalam: Temples & Beaches

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South India's Rich Heritage & Natural Beauty

11 Nights Chennai (1)  →  Mahabalipuram (2)  →  Pondicherry (2)  →  Madurai (2)  →  Thekkady (1)  →  Munnar (2)  →  Kumarakom (1)

Visit Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the southernmost states of India. Tamil Nadu's sightseeing attractions include fine samples of temple architecture. Mahabalipuram's eighth century Shore Temple has withstood corrosion by the salt-laden air and water while Meenakshi Temple's colourful gopurams define the temple complex of Madurai. Ramanathaswamy Temple boasts of the longest corridor of pillars, making it an excellent subject for photography. You will also visit Kerala's popular hill station of Munnar, full of lush green tea gardens. The backwaters of Kerala are equally inviting.


South India's Rich Heritage & Natural Beauty

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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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Stunning South India

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

Witness different facets of South India, from the serene hill resorts of Ooty and Coonoor to well-known cosmopolitan cities of Bangalore and Mysore during a tour to this part of the country. While one part of the tour offers endless visual treats and nature's therapy, the other gives a chance to peek into the rich culture of the region. To make it memorable, a boat ride on the mesmerising Ooty Lake can be a great choice.


Stunning South India

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Fascinating Tamil Nadu

10 Nights Bangalore (1)  →  Mysore (1)  →  Ooty (2)  →  Munnar (2)  →  Madurai (2)  →  Tiruchirapally (1)  →  Tanjore (1)


Fascinating Tamil Nadu

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Fascinating South

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


Fascinating South

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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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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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Incredible South - Tamil Nadu and Karnataka

10 Nights Mysore (1)  →  Ooty (2)  →  Munnar (2)  →  Madurai (2)  →  Pondicherry (2)  →  Mahabalipuram (1)

Choose this South India holiday package for a fascinating trip south of the Vindhyas. From sightseeing in Mysore, you will travel to Ooty and Munnar, popular hill stations in the Nilgiris. Madurai and Rameshwaram's temples will leave you awestruck while Mahabalipuram's well-preserved relics will offer a peek into the region's past. Pondicherry brings Europe closer to home with its French style buildings and even names of roads still in French.


Incredible South - Tamil Nadu and Karnataka

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Magic Of Mysore & Madurai

7 Nights Mysore (1)  →  Ooty (2)  →  Munnar (2)  →  Madurai (2)

Explore South India with this Karnataka and Tamil Nadu holiday package. Your trip starts in Mysore with the Mysore Palace, a unique combination of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic styles of architecture. From the magnificent fountain show at Brindavan Gardens, you will head to the beauty of Ooty and Munnar in the neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. After enjoying the lovely hill station weather here, Madurai and Rameshwaram's temples will overwhelm you with their magnificence.


Magic Of Mysore & Madurai

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Ooty-Coorg-Kodaikanal: Honeymooners Paradise

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

This is the ultimate honeymoon package! From Ooty to Coorg to Kodaikanal, newlyweds will get the opportunity to sample the immense beauty of the Nilgiris' blue mountains and wide valleys. This package also includes sightseeing in the pleasant city of Mysore near Bangalore.


Ooty-Coorg-Kodaikanal: Honeymooners Paradise

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Appealing South India

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


Appealing South India

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Spiritual & Religious Tour of South India

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


Spiritual & Religious Tour of South India

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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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Explore Tamil Nadu

11 Nights Chennai (1)  →  Mahabalipuram (2)  →  Pondicherry (2)  →  Tanjore (1)  →  Tiruchirapally (1)  →  Madurai (1)  →  Thekkady (1)  →  Munnar (2)

Fly south this holiday season! See Tamil Nadu's magnificent temples, forts and palaces that stand witness to the glorious rule of ancient empires. The artistic and cultural splendour of Mahabalipuram, Tanjore and Pondicherry will quench your thirst to visit a variety of sightseeing spots. Kerala is a part of the package too as you round off the trip with a relaxing time in Munnar and Thekkady.


Explore Tamil Nadu

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Tamil Nadu Temple Trip & Kovalam -Superior

4 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameshwaram (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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Mesmerizing South Tour

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


Mesmerizing South Tour

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South India: Beaches-Temples-Wildlife

7 Nights Kovalam (2)  →  Kumarakom (1)  →  Thekkady (1)  →  Madurai (1)  →  Pondicherry (2)

Kerala is one of the most relaxing destinations to holiday in. Stroll along the Kovalam Beach, relish the calm of the forest at Periyar and lounge in the backwaters at Alleppey. Then, head to Madurai and Pondicherry, for a taste of traditional Tamil hospitality. See the impressive entrance to the Meenakshi Temple and explore the serene surroundings of Auroville in Pondicherry.


South India: Beaches-Temples-Wildlife

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Temples & Beaches of Tamil Nadu & Kerala

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

An epitome of heritage, the temples in Tamil Nadu are grandeur personified. Take a long walk along the sandy Covelong beach or feel the ultimate adrenaline rush by indulging in some of the most adventure water sports. God's own country Kerala, is also home to some of the revered temples. The Malabar coastline of Kerala boasts of beautiful palm trees and you can also enjoy the sweet and fragrant air around the beaches.


Temples & Beaches of Tamil Nadu & Kerala

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Delight In The Treasures Of South India

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


Delight In The Treasures Of South India

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Bliss Of South India

7 Nights Chennai (1)  →  Mahabalipuram (2)  →  Pondicherry (2)  →  Tanjore (1)  →  Madurai (1)


Bliss Of South India

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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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Temples & Beaches of Tamil Nadu & Kerala -Standard

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

This package gives you a panoramic view of South Indian temples and beaches. Visit some of the most sought after temples of Southern India and let the spirituality of the places infuse into your soul. Witness the spectacular evening aarti ceremony at Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai and watch throngs of devotees chant prayers and songs in unison. Also, visit the famous Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameshwaram. After you have paid homage to the deities, head to Kanyakumari and watch the beautiful sunset on the endless sea. With this package, you will also visit the pristine Kovalam Beach and enjoy a respite from the hustle-bustle of the world.


Temples & Beaches of Tamil Nadu & Kerala -Standard

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Tamil Nadu Temple Trip & Kovalam - Standard

4 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameshwaram (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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  • Transfers
  • Sightseeing

Kerala Tour of Temples-Hills-Backwaters & Beaches

7 Nights Madurai (2)  →  Munnar (2)  →  Kumarakom (1)  →  Kovalam (2)

This honeymoon package combines tourist attractions of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Visit the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai and see the colourful gopurams that dominate the temple complex. The Ramanathaswamy Temple boasts of one of the longest halls of pillars. Munnar and Kumarakom will please you with their dissimilar and yet, exceptional natural beauty. You will also have the opportunity to explore the sea coast in Kovalam and Kanyakumari.


Kerala Tour of Temples-Hills-Backwaters & Beaches

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Diverse Tamil Nadu & Kerala

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

This Tamil Nadu and Kerala package makes sure you see something different every day. From the distinctly French 'White Town' of Pondicherry to the traditional temple complex of Madurai, from Munnar's tea gardens to Kovalam's picturesque beach and Kumarakom's backwaters, you will be treated to a tour full of cultural and natural variety.


Diverse Tamil Nadu & Kerala

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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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Enchanting Tamil Nadu

10 Nights Chennai (1)  →  Mahabalipuram (2)  →  Pondicherry (2)  →  Tanjore (1)  →  Tiruchirapally (1)  →  Madurai (1)  →  Munnar (2)


Enchanting Tamil Nadu

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Tamil Nadu Temple Trip & Kovalam -deluxe

4 Nights Madurai (1)  →  Rameshwaram (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 -deluxe

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  • Accommodation
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  • Sightseeing

Kerala & Tamil Nadu: Natural & Cultural Riches -standard

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

Take a break from the rush of urban life with this ten-day tour package to South India. Starting from Munnar, go all the way to the tip of the Indian subcontinent and watch the pristine sunset at Kanyakumari. Feel the beauty of nature at its zenith as you cruise on a houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala and watch the rustic beauty of the surrounding villages and farms. Laze on the amazing shoreline of Kovalam and visit the famous temples of Rameshwaram and Madurai. This tour has a lot to offer and gives you a vivid glimpse into every facet of Southern India.


Kerala & Tamil Nadu: Natural & Cultural Riches -standard

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Kerala & Tamil Nadu: Natural & Cultural Riches-deluxe

9 Nights Munnar (2)  →  Thekkady (1)  →  Madurai (1)  →  Rameshwaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)  →  Kovalam (2)  →  Kumarakom (1)

Take a break from the rush of urban life with this ten-day tour package to South India. Starting from Munnar, go all the way to the tip of the Indian subcontinent and watch the pristine sunset at Kanyakumari. Feel the beauty of nature at its zenith as you cruise on a houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala and watch the rustic beauty of the surrounding villages and farms. Laze on the amazing shoreline of Kovalam and visit the famous temples of Rameshwaram and Madurai. This tour has a lot to offer and gives you a vivid glimpse into every facet of Southern India.


Kerala & Tamil Nadu: Natural & Cultural Riches-deluxe

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Discover Tamil Nadu

11 Nights Munnar (2)  →  Thekkady (1)  →  Madurai (1)  →  Tiruchirapally (1)  →  Tanjore (1)  →  Pondicherry (2)  →  Mahabalipuram (2)  →  Chennai (1)

Start your southern sojourn in Kerala where the misty valleys of Munnar will charm you. Relish the heady aroma of Thekkady's spice plantations as you visit this town of dense forests. Tamil Nadu brings forth a different experience as you step into its past, visiting shining examples of Dravidian architecture and strolling through neighbouring Pondicherry's French style quartiers. Your holiday culminates in Chennai, a cosmopolitan mix of places to see and things to do.


Discover Tamil Nadu

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Kerala & Tamil Nadu: Natural & Cultural Riches - Superior

9 Nights Munnar (2)  →  Thekkady (1)  →  Madurai (1)  →  Rameshwaram (1)  →  Kanyakumari (1)  →  Kovalam (2)  →  Kumarakom (1)

Take a break from the rush of urban life with this ten-day tour package to South India. Starting from Munnar, go all the way to the tip of the Indian subcontinent and watch the pristine sunset at Kanyakumari. Feel the beauty of nature at its zenith as you cruise on a houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala and watch the rustic beauty of the surrounding villages and farms. Laze on the amazing shoreline of Kovalam and visit the famous temples of Rameshwaram and Madurai. This tour has a lot to offer and gives you a vivid glimpse into every facet of Southern India.


Kerala & Tamil Nadu: Natural & Cultural Riches - Superior

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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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