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Once Upon A Madurai Trail
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Once Upon A Madurai Trail

By Storytrails Madurai
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Ages 6-80, max of 20 per group
Duration: 2–3 hours
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Live guide: English
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  • Bottled water
  • Beverages
  • Guide
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Start:
  • North Tower, Arulmigu Meenakshi Amman Temple, Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5708P13

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Not recommended for child aged 6 and under
    • Dress conservatively keeping knees and shoulders covered for both men and women
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    Itinerary
    • You'll start at
      North Tower, Arulmigu Meenakshi Amman Temple
      Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India
      See address & details
    • Pass by
      Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
      Puthu Mandapam
    • You'll return to the starting point
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    • Storytrails Madurai
      167
      India
      Joined in May 2008
    • RPAllen
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      You just can't have a better experience than with Priya
      I have been a lover of Indian food for 50 years and, on my first trip to India, my children gave me a private market-and-cooking-and-eating excursion with Priya as a birthday present. It was perfect. Priya was right on time and, after a visit to buy vegetables at a nearby famers market, we "went home to cook." I ground some masalas, made coconut chutney on a traditional stone grinder, made my own dosas, etc. It was a fantastic experience. Priya knows how to teach beginners, but she was also wonderful at adapting to my higher level of knowledge. One of my best memories of India!
      Written 5 March 2020
    • Roving05806911751
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A must in Madurai!!
      While being very informative, teaching us history and myths, the tour was so much fun! The guide had a sense of humor, and was very accepting to our curiosity, patiently answering all our quetsions, great and small, about life in India, and about Meenakshi Temple. We strongly recommend!
      Written 29 February 2020
    • Sightsee325805
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A mesmerizing journey into Madurai's history,rulers and Gods!!
      The storytrail was an unique way to get to know Madurai. It was fascinating to see history buried among the hustle and bustle of the city. I would highly recommend this trail for adults who would like to learn the history, rulers of Madurai and Mythology about Meenakshi temple. It is NOT suited for young children who are less than 10 years old.
      Written 5 January 2020
    • Andrew W
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent
      We thoroughly enjoyed this tour which taught us about Madurai through its myths and legends. Mrs Priya was a wonderful storyteller and we enjoyed every minute! Highly recommended.
      Written 1 January 2020
    • Inspire14007540692
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful stories make the town come to life
      Really interesting walking tour - the stories brought the history and mythology of Madurai to life. We loved it.
      Written 6 May 2019
    • stevehelen2017
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A trip through time in Madurai
      We took two of Storytrails tours in Madurai; the Food Tour and the "Once upon a Madurai" Tour. Both were excellent and we would recommend them to anyone who’s interested in getting under the skin of the city. The Food Tour was superb, giving us the chance to sample over 8 different street foods and drinks in amongst the chaos and bustle that is evening Madurai life; a great introduction to South Indian local cuisine. The "Once upon and Madurai" tour was a fascinating journey though the history and fables of the old city.
      Written 17 March 2019
    • sonalic1995
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun walk with an extremely knowledgable guide!
      I did the morning walk with Storytrails in Madurai. We walked in the city centre - around the majestic Meenakshi Temple. Each stop had a few fascinating stories told by our guide in an engaging manner. A great way to spend a few hours in the city!
      Written 16 March 2019
    • Maps369550
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Ge to know Madurai
      Excellent introduction to the history and makeup of Madurai. Very friendly and knowledgable storyteller. And finished off with lovely local Indian breakfast.
      Written 15 March 2019
    • cameronhotelman
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Interesting food tour with a great guide
      Pros: Swarma was very knowledgeable and friendly. She took us to interesting places with food we had never tried before. Moreover, her stories and flare really brought the experience to life. She took us to places at a great pace and was very personable. Points to improve: Can't fault the tour!
      Written 11 March 2019
    • jglaw
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Not to miss !
      An early wake up is needed, because tour starts at 7 in the morning. Once there I enjoyed the quietness in the streets around the temple, and I enjoyed even more the enthusiasm of the tour guide, who flavored the neighborhood with her juicy stories about God’s and temples. Tour ended with a much needed breakfast ‘Indian style’ in a local restaurant. Truly enjoyable!
      Written 9 March 2019
    • Navigate564752
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Story time
      The stories about the gods and goddesses are enthralling. They really captured the spirit of this wonderful city. We were taken down alleyways and shown buildings and statues that we’d never have seen otherwise
      Written 26 February 2019
    • jillamy47
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Interesting walk
      We thought we were going to be bogged down with history but because of the interesting places our guide took us to and her excellent English it was a fascinating walk. We would never have found these places on our own as many were hidden away from the usual pathways. We had some lovely photos by the end of the afternoon and an insight into the history/myth of the local religion.
      Written 24 February 2019
    • Sightsee56369334000
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Gods and goddesses
      Excellent storytelling around the temple and market streets of Madurai. Swarma is a wonderful animated storyteller who captured our attention with the lives and details of the gods and goddesses who thrived around the people and city of Madurai. A perfect gem of a tour and wonderfully entertaining.
      Written 22 February 2019
    • elenahanele
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very nice!
      Nice tour around the temple with interesting anegdotes and paralells between history and mythology. Would do it again! Thank you!
      Written 19 February 2019
    • zodman
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful insight into the myths and truths of Madurai
      Swarner took us on magical tour of the area around the temple in Madurai. She is very personable and engaging and has a lovely way of describing the stories surrounding the ancient city of Madurai e.g. Manakshi (Parvaree) fell in love with Shiva. It was a great complement to the historical tour we took later. Highly recommended.
      Written 19 February 2019
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    Bev S
    Gold Coast, Australia20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Couples
    Spice trails in Madurai was an interesting visit to a house to learn about cooking. We made a drink if ginger, green chilli, yogurt, salt, water (coriander and curry leaves churned) and garnished with coriander and curry leaves. Delicious. We loved doing the home cooking in the host’s own house. Such a good vibe for an authentic experience.
    Written 18 February 2020
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    Hello, Thank you for your review. We are so happy to know that you enjoyed learning about Indian cooking and that it felt like an authentic experience for you. We hope you come and try a few other trails with us. We also run them in Chennai, Pondicherry, Trivandrum and Mumbai. Cheers, Nayantara
    Written 19 February 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Marshmarig0ld
    Eugene, OR21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    This was my second Story Trails walk in India. Very interesting and fun way to spend a few hours. Some stories overlapped from previous walk. Madurai is a hot and dusty location and often it was hard to keep up (she walked very fast) with story teller. When she said “let’s all cross the street together”, she would not wait for entire group. Telling a “story” in very dusty congested traffic was not ideal. However, I would highly recommend and will definitely do another tour in a different city.
    Written 7 January 2020
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    Hello, Thank you for your review. It's lovely to hear that you found the trail fun and time well spent. We are sorry that you found it hard to keep up with the storyteller, and we'll certainly pass on your feedback. We look forward to seeing you on our trails in Chennai, Mumbai, Trivandrum or Pondicherry soon! Cheers, Nayantara
    Written 10 January 2020
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    Jürg
    Stäfa, Switzerland16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    Don't just visit the temple, when in Madurai, because this tour takes you into the small alleys around the famous monument. Lots of stories there, great tour, wonderful guide. I really enjoyed ist, thank you Swarna!
    Written 8 February 2020
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    Hello, Thank you for your review. We are glad you were able to enjoy all the little streets and lesser-known elements of Madurai. We loved sharing stories with you, and we'd love to do it again. Do come and join us on more trails in Chennai, Pondicherry, Trivandrum and Mumbai. Cheers, Nayantara
    Written 19 February 2020
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    Ally32Rob
    London, UK228 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I did this tour this morning and wanted to write straight away about what a great morning I had with 2 lovely other people from London but more importantly our fabulous storyteller Swarna. We walked around the temples outskirts through busy roads and lanes hearing so many great stories about gods, goddesses, religion and faith, kings and wars. Once we stopped for breakfast and a much needed filter coffee, talked and laughed about so many things such as cultural differences in the modern world. Swarna has a lovely knowledgeable and fun nature and certainly made this tour very enjoyable.
    Written 14 January 2020
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    Hello, Thank you for your lovely and speedy review :D We are so happy to know that you enjoyed the tour, loved our storyteller and had a lot of laughs. We hope you do come on more tours with us. We run them in Mumbai, Pondicherry, Trivandrum and Chennai as well. Cheers, Nayantara
    Written 17 January 2020
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    Paul S
    Berlin, Germany32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I really enjoyed my tour with Swarna who bubbled with enthusiasm telling her tales about the history of Madurai, its myths and customs.

    Her stories helped put the temple in context when I visited the next day.

    I really enjoyed the pace and wit of the tour.

    Great value for money.
    Written 25 January 2020
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    Hello, Thank you for your review. We are so glad to hear you had an enjoyable tour through Madurai, and that it helped out things in context for you. We do hope you join us on more tours. We also run tours in Mumbai, Chennai, Trivandrum and Pondicherry. We have recently launched audio tours in several locations including Mahabalipuram, the Egmore Government Museum in Chennai, the Qutub Minar complex in Delhi, and the National Museum in Delhi. You can download these tours by looking up the Storytrails Audio Tours app on the Play store and the App Store. Cheers, Nayantara
    Written 27 January 2020
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    gianugoturista
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    A very entertaining visit to the surrounding area of the main Madurai temple, with a mix of local history, legends and the never-ending adventures of Hindu gods. Great to discover hidden corners, such as the Jain temple and the 11 pillars. The guide was very kind and used her voice skillfully to enhance the presentations.
    Written 29 January 2020
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    Hello, Thank you for your review. It's wonderful to hear that you had an entertaining visit, and were able to discover some of Madurai's hidden corners. We'd love to host you again. We run tours in we also Chennai, Pondicherry, Trivandrum and Mumbai as well. Regards, Lakshmi
    Written 3 February 2020
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    Cate S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Family
    This is a great way to see Madurai and to find some excellent and safe food when there. We tried delicious foods that we would not normally have tried. Everywhere Praveena took us to was excellent and the food, snacks and drinks were delicious. There are lots of courses and snacks to try to pace yourself to fit it all in! Praveena gave us the background and ingredients to each dish which was fascinating. Super highly recommended. Praveena was a wonderful guide and host to her city
    Written 29 January 2020
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    Dear Cate, Thank you very much for your lovely review. It's so nice to know that you enjoyed your tour in Madurai and that you got to try food you would have missed out on otherwise. :) Do come back and try some of our other tours in we also Chennai, Pondicherry, Trivandrum and Mumbai. Regards, Lakshmi
    Written 3 February 2020
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    Liz K
    Manchester, UK40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did an early morning walk in the lanes around the temple learning about the history, mythologies and religion. Swarna was a fascinating guide and took us at just the right pace, explaining everything clearly and with humour. Many memorable moments and little details that brought it all to life. Highly recommended.
    Written 25 March 2023
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    kashgo
    San Diego, CA630 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2019
    We did this trip with Swarna and found her walk interesting and full of little known facts. It does not go into the Meenakshi Temple but covers the areas around it. The walk is evenly paced with frequent stops at places of interest and ends with a dosa breakfast at a south Indian chain.
    Written 15 January 2020
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    Hello, Thank you for your review. We are glad to know that you found the tour interesting and a nice overview of Madurai's history. :) We hope you come back and do more tours with us. We also run them in Mumbai, Pondicherry, Trivandrum and Chennai. Cheers, Nayantara
    Written 17 January 2020
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    Barry M
    Adelaide125 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    There was a lot of information about some of the history of the area, and some of the mythology as well, and we discovered some tucked away places that added to our knowledge of the city. At times it felt a little scripted.
    Written 19 January 2020
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    Hello, Thank you for your review. We are glad that you were able to discover tucked-away places in Madurai and learn about the history and myth of the city. Thank you for your feedback. Do join us on more trails in Chennai, Pondicherry, Trivandrum and Mumbai. Cheers, Nayantara
    Written 23 January 2020
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