Madurai is located in the state of Tamil Nadu, at an average elevation of 101 metres (331 feet). The city covers an area of 147.977 sq km. It lies on the flat and fertile plain of the river Vaigai, which runs from the northwest to the southeast direction, dividing the city into two nearly equal halves. To the north and the west, lie Sirumalai and Nagamalai hills respectively. The Periyar Dam fosters agriculture in the land in and around Madurai. The city lies southeast of the Western Ghats, The surrounding region encompasses the plains of South India, containing several mountain spurs. The soil type in the central area is mostly clay loam, while red loam and black cotton types can be found in the outer areas of the city. Major crop is paddy, followed by pulses, millet, oil seed, cotton and sugarcane.
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There are many wildlife sanctuaries in the vicinity of Madurai. Here are ideas to plan an exciting day trip.
Madurai is a foodie’s delight, from tiered dosas, bone-marrow omelette, to chocolate-flavoured idlis, you will be in for a surprise.
What is a holiday without some self-indulgence? Plan a South India tour and make it a shopping excursion.
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