Madurai has been a centre of learning and pilgrimage, for centuries. Legend has it, that the divine nectar falling from Lord Shiva's locks, gave the city its name - Madhurapuri, now known as Madurai. Being mentioned in all holy books, scriptures and folklore, this temple town is one of the most ancient human settlements of India.
Tourist Places - MaduraiSri Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple
This is a twin temple. The temple in the southern side is dedicated to Sri Meenakshi the consort of lord Sundareswarar (Shiva) and the other to lord Sundareswarar. This is one of the biggest temple complexes of India. The temple is about 258 meters in length and about 241.4 meters in breadth. Of the five Gopuras (towers) that surround the 48.8 meters high southern tower is the tallest. The towers are noted for stueccowork.Raya Gopuram
The base of an unfinished Gopuram may still be seen to the east wing of Puthu Mandapam. Had it been completed it would have been completed it would have been the tallest man-made structure ever created in Africa, Asia or Europe.
How to reach
A major town linked by air to Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Tiruchirapalli and Calicut. It is also connected by rail and road to major cities and towns in South India.Where to stay
Madurai Ashok (ITDC), Taj Garden Retreat and other budget hotels.What to see
Meenakshi Temple and Thirumalai Nayakar Palace.