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“Madurai Temple City”
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“Madurai Temple City”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2008

HI All,

If any one of you in south India want to go to holy place at low cost, you can visit Madurai - The temple city of Tamil Nadu. You can see big temples that are more than 500 old. The most famous among them is Meenakshi Amman Temple. This is situated at the heart of the city. You can spend more time in seeing the statues paintings and other places inside the temple

Have a nice Journy.

Senthil

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NEW DELHI
1 review
1 helpful vote
“Madurai, the temple town of Tamil Nadu, India”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2008

Recently I had been to Madurai, famous for Meenakshi Amman temple, in Tamil Nadu. If you go from Chennai, the best way would be to get a berth reserved in Pandyan Express from Chennai Egmore up to Madurai with the convenience of leaving around 9 PM and reaching Madurai the next day in the early morning. The journey was pleasant with a good night sleep. As we got down at the Madurai railway station, we had sumptuous breakfast at the canteen being operated at the Railway station itself. The food was excellent, tasty at the cheapest rate. The problem started as we moved out into the streets. Touts for hotel rooms, auto drivers and rickshaw wallas pounce upon you even if you do not need them, pestering to hire them. But a nice couple at the canteen helped us with a few guidelines and that proved very useful. Shops along the road leading to the temple offer different things with sellers on the roads, compelling you to shop with them. If somebody offers you any help, be careful with them; they may demand something in return – asking you to either buy something from them or give them some tips. If you do not want to do anything, better avoid them politely. You get to have good food at road side hotels at affordable prices, but the food cannot be said to be tasty. At the temples and at many places which tourists usually visit, photography and video-graphing are allowed at a price. It is better to go to Madurai after getting reservation done at some good hotel. This can be done if you have some contacts at Madurai. Otherwise the charges are quite affordable. Most of the days, the town wears a festive look. Therefore, it would be difficult at some time to get hotel bookings. Beware touts; they may fleece you as they do at any tourist spot. Now to the most unpleasant part of my trip: once when I gave a ten rupee note to an old woman out of compassion, despite my son’s reservation about how she would take it, I had the choicest abuses from a person in saffron clothes nearby who said and I quote, “you bloody rich people, we are self respecting people, not beggars, we are hard working people, too. The world has not been kind to us and that’s why, this has befallen us, or else.... you had better get lost”. My son looked at me with “I told you, Dad!” The people around just looked at us, none intervening. It was quite embarrassing. Anyway, the old woman who accepted the money did not say anything. On the whole, the trip was very enjoyable. A bit of advice to anyone who wishes to visit Madurai: Be nice with the local people and be alert with any unwanted help. Have a nice journey!

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Mumbai
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“Temple one visit in lifetime”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2008

Meenakshi temple in Madurai is a great place one should visit in a life time. the temple is so vast that it takes almost 3-5 hours to get the glimpse of the whole temple depending upon the level of interest one have. Beautiful location, beautiful structures one should see.

The good visiting time woul be at around 10 in the morning in odd days when there is no rush so that you can see the whole temple. The temple is locate d near madurai station and one can see the beautiful lighting on night. The four gates and their tower are best to see whene they are lightened in night.

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Mumbai
1 review
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“Madurai - City of festivals & celebration”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2008

Madurai is my native place. I would like to brief something about my native place madurai. Madurai is called the city of temples and festival. Madurai is 10 hours from Chennai which is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. More than a 100 temples can be found in and around madurai. In ancient times,

Madurai was the capital of Pandya Dynasty. The kings of Pandya dynasty were very interested in development of tamil literatures and architectures. So for anyone who is passionate about beautiful sculptures, Madurai is the best place one should visit. Some of the famous temples in and around madurai are Madurai Meenakshi Temple, Alagar Temple, Ellaimman Temple, etc.

Madurai's Thirumalai Naicker Palace is one ot the specialities in Madurai. Thirumalai Naicker was one of the Pandya Kings who was very passionate about architecture, designs, literature, etc. Sarees are very famous in all over india. but Madurai is famouns for a particular type of sarees called Sungadi Sarees. Its a type cotton sarees mixed with silk which makes so special about it. The Sungadi sarees have their origin at madurai. Now, most of its production are been exported all over the world.


Madurai is also special for its food. Some of the best restaurants in madurai are Hotel Amsavalli, Meenakshi Bhavan, Arya Bhavan, Hotel Taj, etc. As i said Madurai is the city of festivals, there are lots of celebration in the city. The best time to visit madurai are the months of January to June.

There are many other famous places around madurai such as Rameshwaram, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Thondi, Thiruchirapalli, etc.

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Chennai
1 review
1 helpful vote
“My favorite place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2008

Madurai is called a temple city. Jasmine is famous in madurai. There are so many temples.

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