Best Group Activities in Madurai

THE 10 BEST Large Group Activities & Things to Do in Madurai

Best Group Activities in Madurai

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  • Prio
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    Meenakshi temple visit

    There are two types of travel you can choose to reach Meenakshi temple, Madurai.

    Reaching Madurai

    1. Take flight to Madurai airport
    At airport taxi service like Uber, Ola are
    available through app booking.
    Alternately you can also take bus from
    the airport which starts at regular
    intervals n at from the canteen, 2
    minutes walk from the airport exit door.

    Bus drops at Periyar with 25 mins
    drive. Bus fare is highly affordable at
    Rs 29 only. It goes thru bypass and
    then city. It’s a comfortable ride.

    Where bus drops temple is around
    1.5km, auto takes Rs100 for the drop.

    2. By train reach Madurai junction
    And take auto / taxi to reach Meenakshi
    temple, very near by 1.3 Km around 6-7
    minutes drive.

    Things to know before entering temple

    1. Mobile phones or electronics items are not allowed inside the temple premises. There is a locker facility just on left side of the East tower entrance where at a charge of Rs.2 mobile can be deposited. It’s digitised so, on the locker ticket your face is also printed for security of your deposit.
    2. Wallets / purse / money is allowed inside the temple. There is no provision to deposit them.
    3. Large bags / suitcases can also be deposited for those visiting the temple directly from the airport / railway station. Deposit charge is only Rs.2.
    4. Foot ware deposit is free.
    5. Dress code: wear proper clothes no specific guidelines.

    You need to keep the tickets and tickets safely to claim your belongings at return.

    Tickets and Fees

    After the security check, walk inside the grand premise. You will observe counter for special entry tickets.

    There are three options
    1. Normal line for darshan - no charges
    2. Special entry : Rs 100 ticket
    3. Step down special entry : Rs 50 ticket

    Also there is Rs.5 each ticket (one each for lord Meenakshi and lord Shiv) to offer your garland / prasad you bought at the temple entrance gate.

    Entering the deity temple

    Special line for darshan is quicker and takes you to the point of darshan where pujari ji takes the offering with a little dakshina up to you to make the offerings no to the lord.

    From the darshan point, lord is visible in dark stone shimmering under the light of Diyas. It’s an amazingly beautiful and blissful moment.

    Collect your prasad and bhabhoot offered there.

    Don’t miss to do Parikrama and then move towards lord shiva darshan.

    It’s said the deity shivling emerged from earth on its own ~350 years ago. Morning Aarti and Shrinath is absolutely mesmerising. Pls check timings on the site.

    Abhishekam ~11 AM I could see. It was blessings of god to witness such a large scale Abhishek.

    After the Pooja, do parrikarma and while your way back, temple offers one laddu each to the devotees free of cost. Very good taste, I must say!

    You can visit the nav grah temple while returning, it’s on the exit way.

    Several pillars have god and goddess sthapit, it’s extremely large and spacious temple but, sculptures and art works are extremely beautiful.

    I forgot I mention, on the east tower entrance door, lord Ganesh is virajman on the left side, do offer your Pooja to him before reaching to Mata Parvati ji.

    Lunch

    Around 1.5 km from the temple there is a place called Shree Ram Mess, serves authentic local meals on banana leaf. Tasty food to have at just Rs.170 for the unlimited serving. Upstairs is AC sitting. Non AC sitting on ground floor charges Rs120 for the same meal. You can choose basis your need. Staffs are polite and pleasant there beside to the tasty meal.

    From this place railway station, Madurai junction is 5 mins walking.

    Resting at Madurai station

    There are hourly basis AC place provided at railway station platform No.1. Recliner chair Rs100 per hour, sofa sitting Rs.60 per hour. So for the short period relaxing you don’t need to take any hotel rather use this space, very near and clean.

    Hope this information helps the devotees as we have several questions in mind popping up for the first visit. Believe a mirrored information would make the darshan / movement smooth and easy.
    Written 4 April 2024
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  • AKK1959
    Chennai (Madras), India119 contributions
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    Kallalagar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu in Alagar Koyil, a village in Madurai district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Kallalagar (Sundararaja Perumal) (Vishnu); Kalyana Sundaravalli Thayar (Lakshmi) are the presiding deities in this Temple. Arulmigu Kallalagar Temple popularly called as Alagar Kovil by the locals.

    The temple is pretty huge with tall Towers and lot of spaces around. It is situated on the green backdrop of Famour Alagar Malai ( Hill forest range)
    There is a separate Sannithi for Chakarat Azhwar, Maa Andal etc., in this Temple. Thick, Soft & tasty Dosa is offered as Prasadam here and sold in the Temple Prasadam Stall.
    Written 26 December 2023
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  • Ambarish2012
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India180 contributions
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    Do not forget to visit this place when you visit the Meenakshi temple.
    It is within the Temple museum. There is a nominal ticket to enter the museum. Although the ornate pillars with the beautiful ceiling and excellent lighting arrangements are just a part of that area, there are plenty of sculptures, paintings, and other items to be seen.
    Don't get disappointed if you count the pillars and find that they are less than 1000. It is a figure of speech. And not all the pillars are equally sculptured.
    But it is definitely worth the visit.
    Written 10 March 2024
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  • AKK1959
    Chennai (Madras), India119 contributions
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    Arulmigu Solaimalai Murugan Temple is a powerful temple, located atop a hill covered with dense forests. Pazhamudhircholai is one among the 6 prominent abodes of Lord Muruga (Arupadaiveedu) in Alagar Hills Reserve Forest around 25 kms away from Madurai.

    You have to climb the hill to reach this temple. There is road facility to reach the temple by car / bus / vans as well.
    Written 26 December 2023
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  • podrozniczka60
    New Jersey14,845 contributions
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    Very informative museum depicting the life and struggles of Mahatma Gandhi. Just 5 weeks ago we visited the Gandhi assassination museum in Delhi and it was our further opportunity to continue to learn more about his life. The museum is partially being renovated so unfortunately that takes away from the whole experience. The entry was free but we had to pay for the privilege of taking any photos, even with a cell phone.
    The exhibits “read like a book“ and consisted of well composed and informative photo collages with ample historic explanations, dates, famous quotes and descriptions. They were chronological and engaging.
    There were also some Tamil Nadu handicrafts on display .
    Like all museums in India so far this one was also “dusty”.
    Overall it is a very educational institution and a recommended stop for visitors interested in the history of modern India.
    Written 10 March 2023
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  • Sankar G
    Bengaluru, India6 contributions
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    Madurai is a temple city where you can visit on pilgrimage.
    Apart form that you can enjoy the food especially the non-vegetarian that is of true taste of Tamil authenticity. Temperature is quite hot even on winter days. Three days can be spent going around Madurai and explore the beauty of the city.
    Written 13 January 2023
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  • Vaidyanathan B
    Bengaluru, India100 contributions
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    From the internet saw the opening time for Sunday evening was 6. Visited this place on 3rd March 2024 at 6pm and a BIG disappointment awaited us. The Palace was CLOSED and has been CLOSED for some weeks and will remain CLOSED for some more time for some work going on there. But the disappointment is that the authorities have failed to disclose this in the internet and other medium. Saw plenty of people coming and returning disappointed like us. Hope the authorities wake up and keep their information up-to-date for all to see and plan. Photos taken are all from outside only.
    Written 6 March 2024
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  • sridharan2013
    Bengaluru, India1,273 contributions
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    THis ancient temple located at the foot hills of a lovely hillock is part of the arupadai veedu temples for Lord Murugan. This temple is close to Madurai city and can be easily reached. Lots of devotees visit this temple to offer prayers to Lord Murugan. Arrangements have been made to ensure that pilgrims visiting can walk in properly organized lines and have proper darshan and also offer poojas.
    Written 27 August 2022
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  • Ananth 727499
    Tiruppur, India1,336 contributions
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    This temple is situated near Madurai maatuthaavani bus stand. From here take the route to othakadai.

    Then take a right turn and go for about 2 KMS. The temple will be on your left side..

    The temple complex is huge and it has a very big pond nearby..

    Chalkrathaalvaar sannithi is very famous here .
    Written 15 October 2020
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  • Hey Pretty!
    Bengaluru, India9 contributions
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    We went to this temple as part of the Yo Madhurai Walk Tour. Its a uphill walk and we went in April with 2 kids aged 10 and 12! but was totally worth it. There is a legend about the fresh water spring here - Noopurgana. The devi darshan was very nice. Beware of monkeys... dont carry anything other than your basic sling bag or bag pack - the monekys are very fast to snatch anything else....:-). Worth the visit and the walk!
    Written 14 April 2023
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  • DrBalamurugan
    Madurai, India7 contributions
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    Walk around this glorious temple tank during evening hours, when it’s not very hot. Can take few photos. There are several roadside eateries around, which may not be very hygienic. Must visit, if you are in Madurai .
    Written 3 January 2020
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  • Mukta2016
    New Delhi, India478 contributions
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    We went to the ISKCON temple here in the evening for darshan of Lord Krishna. The Lord Krishna's idol is very beautifully decorated. A very peaceful and tranquil place to go to in Madurai.
    Written 17 April 2019
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  • Ananth 727499
    Tiruppur, India1,336 contributions
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    This temple is at a distance of 20 KMS from madurai Periyar bus stand..
    From maatuthaavani bus stand, it is about
    7 - 8 KMS..

    The main deity Narasimmar is carved in the rocks of the hillside. Very good vibrational place to worship.

    Neatly maintained and a must see place for the pilgrimage people..
    Written 12 October 2020
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  • ajit p
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    You know the Meenakshy temple is awesome with 1000 pillars and the saptaswara pillar. I have visited the temple on a couple of occasions earlier also. But this time Mr Johnson was there to guide us. He explained in detail the history, myth, architecture, customs and traditions so well that we were overwhelmed. He was very cooperative and willing to listen to us. He was well mannered, very knowledgeable and proud of the legacy.
    Written 11 April 2024
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  • BillieBrighton_UK
    Brighton and Hove, UK353 contributions
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    This was hands down the best food tour we've ever done. Our guide took us all over Madurai for the best places to sample idlis, dosas and so much more! The food was, without exception, absolutely delicious 😋 Highly recommended!
    Written 19 February 2024
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