Madurai is the second largest city after Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The city has a rich history that goes back to the 3rd century BCE. Many great dynasties such as Pandyas, Cholas, Madurai Sultanate, Vijayanagar Empire, Madurai Nayaks, Carnatic kingdom, ruled the city. It prides on its historical monuments like Meenakshi Amman Temple and Tirumalai Nayak Palace. The city is home to various automobile, rubber, chemical and granite manufacturing industries. It has developed as a second-tier city for information technology and some software companies have opened offices in Madurai, becoming an important industrial and educational hub in the South. Best time to visit Madurai
The ideal time to visit Madurai is from December to February as the climate is very pleasant at this time of the year. Hotels in Madurai
Madurai has only one 5-star hotel which is Heritage Madurai. The hotel, which is spread over 17 acres, has a dining under a 200-year- old banyan tree. Take a leisurely ‘historic’ walk through the corridors of the hotel where every stone has a story to tell.
Some of the budget hotels in the city are Hotel Boopathi, Regency Madurai by GRT Hotels, The SPK Hotel and Hotel Park Plaza. Restaurants in Madurai
Madurai has some of the finest eateries where tourists can gorge on the best South Indian dishes. These include Amma Mess, Ahaaram Multi cuisine Restaurant, Sree Mohan Bhojanalay, Andhra Curry and Hotel Sree Sabarees among others. Offbeat things to do in Madurai
• Go temple hopping:
Your trip to Madurai will be useless without visiting beautiful temples in the city like Meenakshi temple and Thiruparankundram.
• Visit Murugan Idli shop:
The shop is a delight for the ones who love to explore a place gastronomically.
• Street shopping for fabrics:
Considered a major textile centre, Madurai is famous for its cotton fabrics and batiks. It is an ideal place to buy some of the traditional craft products of Tamil Nadu.
• Sound-and-Light Show:
Make a trip to the nightly sound-and-light show at the Tirumalai Nayak Palace. This can be quite a bit of fun!
• Puthu Mandapam:
Puthu Mandapam lies just a stone’s throw away from Meenakshi temple and it’s a beautiful market with items like jewelry, fashion accessories, scarves, fabrics, handicrafts etc being sold. FAQs Q. What are the domestic and international airlines that operate on the Chennai to Madurai route? A.
The domestic airlines
that connect Chennai to Madurai are SpiceJet
, Jet Airways, IndiGo and Air India
. Q. How is the Madurai Airport connected to the city? A.
Madurai airport is about 15 km from the city center off National Highway 47. It is best to hire a taxi from the airport from the counter in the arrival lounge. Taxis can be negotiated with outside the arrivals hall, most will start at a ridiculous 500-600 rupees, but can be haggled down to Rs 250-300. Bus number 10J is also connected to the airport which runs from the Complex bus stand. Q. What is the earliest flight from Chennai to Madurai? A.
The earliest flight from Chennai to Madurai is a Jet Airways
flight which departs at 02:10 am. Q. What is the last flight from Chennai to Madurai? A.
The last flight from Chennai to Madurai is a Jet Airways flight which departs at 10:00 pm. Q. What are the airlines that provide direct flight from Chennai to Madurai? A.
The airline that provides direct flights from Chennai to Madurai is Jet Airways. Q. What are the hotels in the vicinity of Madurai airport?
Some of the hotels near the Madurai Airport are Regency Madurai, Alps Residency
, Hotel Jungle Stay Madurai, Astoria Hotels
, Heritage Madurai, and Hotel Sree Devi
. Shopping in Madurai
Madurai is a great place for shopaholics and art admirers. Items such as jewelry, fashion accessories, scarves, fabrics, handicrafts, paintings etc are sold in this city. Major attractions in Madurai
Meenakshi Temple, Puthu Mandapam, Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Saint Mary's Cathedral, Banana Market, Gandhi Memorial Museum and Thiruparankundram are some of the major tourist attractions in Madurai. About Chennai Airport
Chennai International Airport, also known as Chennai airport, is the fourth busiest airport in India in terms of total passenger traffic. It was the first airport in India to have international and domestic terminals located adjacent to each other. Chennai airport serves as the south Indian headquarters of the Airports Authority of India. Connectivity to Chennai Airport
Chennai International Airport is an hour ride from Chennai city center. The best way to move from Chennai airport to city center is by taxi. Both prepaid and normal metered taxis are available outside the airport. Moreover, AC minibuses also operate outside the airport terminals. Q. What are the popular domestic routes from Chennai? A.
Chennai airport is well-connected to the most prominent cities in India. Chennai to Delhi
, Chennai to Kolkata and Chennai to Bengaluru
are some of them. Q. What are the popular airlines flying from Chennai airport? A.
Air India, Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet are the airlines that operate from Chennai airport. Also, Air Arabia, Kuwait Airways, Gulf Air
and Etihad Airways are some international airlines operating from Chennai Airport. Q. What are the prominent hotels near Chennai Airport? A.
ITC Maratha Chennai, Niranta Airport Transit Hotel & Lounge, The Waterstones Hotel and Aboos Hotel Concord Galaxy are a few of the most popular and luxurious hotels in the vicinity of the Coimbatore airport. Q. What are the key attractions in Chennai? A.
Chennai is one of the most frequented tourist attractions in India. Some of the noteworthy places are Marina Beach
, Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Kapaleeshwarar Temple
and Guindy National Park. Q. What is the best time to visit Chennai? A.
November to February is the best time to visit Chennai. During these months, the weather is pleasant and ideal to explore the beauty of the place.