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Madurai is categorised as Heritage / Pilgrimage / Business and Transit

(Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2018)
Heritage Walk (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2018)
Heritage Walk (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2018)
(Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2018)
Gandhi Memorial Museum Madurai (Photo Courtesy: Vegpuff)
Interior of the Palace (Photo Courtesy: Avionsuresh)
Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple (Photo Courtesy: Kramasundar)
Pazhamudircholai (Photo Courtesy: Ssriram mt)
Alagar Koyil (Photo Courtesy: TAMIZHU)
Koodal Azhagar Temple (Photo Courtesy: Mohan Krishnan)
A section of the thousand pillar hall (Photo Courtesy: Gopi Rajaseharan)
Pazhamudircholai Photo Courtesy Ssriram mt

Reasons to Visit
  • Madurai is one of the India's oldest cities with a history dating back to the 6th century BC.
  • Madurai is an important cultural, religious and commercial center of South India.
  • Madurai today is one of the busiest towns in Tamilnadu and visited for the Meenakshi temple
  • Meenakshi temple at Madurai is awe-inspiring and is a must visit for any South India itinerary for both Indian as well as Overseas guests
  • Madurai is also base point to visit significant Lord Murugan temples in the area
  • Madurai is also a center of learning and people from all over the country come here to attain knowledge.
  • Madurai Kamraj University is a pioneer educational institution.
  • Madurai is also known for a gateway to Kerala for its proximity to Thekkady (140 km).
  • Madurai is access point for visiting Hill stations of Munnar (150 km) and Kodaikanal (112 km).
  • Madurai is where guests interested in ethnic cuisine can explore street food and authentic Tamil cuisine
Know It
  • There are 4 gates to the Meenakshi temple and roads leading temple are full of narrow streets and roadside vendors. Overseas nationals are not allowed into Sanctum Sanctorum of Meenakshi Temple.
  • Destinations offering Heritage Walks in India"Madurai walk takes guests through the ancient city of Madurai and through stories of kings, monuments, temples etc. all with a mix of modern and traditional. There is also a foodies walk for ethnic cuisine enthusiasts."
  • Significant Hindu Pilgrimages in Tamil Nadu"Madurai is one of the major pilgrim centres of india. Meenakshi Temple at Madurai is a major tourist attraction and a Shakti Peetha Site. Two Arupadaiveedus Temples (abodes of Lord Muruga) are located near Madurai. Madurai is a must visit for any traveller to Tamil Nadu and visited as part of Heritage / Pilgrimage itineraries."
  • Destinations in Tamil Nadu for the Holiday Traveller"Madurai (180 kms from Thanjavur) is a prime destination for any traveller to Tamilnadu. Meenakshi Temple is the most awesome example of temple architecture and is a renowned Hindu Temple and therefore most popular. Rameshwaram, another prime pilgrimage is at 160 kms and therefore popularly day visited. Madurai is popular for a 1 night stay (2 nights if Rameshwaram Excursion is to be considered). "
  • Heritage Destinations of Tamil Nadu"Madurai is visited for the imposing Meenakshi Temple, one of the most visited heritage sites in India and one that is a must visit for any heritage traveller. "
  • Airports and Access Points for Destinations in Kerala"Madurai Airport and Railway Stations are access points to plantation highlands of Thekkady (140 kms) and Munnar (150 kms)."
  • Airports and Access Points for Destinations in Tamilnadu and Pondichery"Madurai Railway Station and Airports are access points for visiting plantation highlands of Meghamalai and Ravanasamudram, Pilgrimages of Rameshwaram / Tiruchendur / Tirunelveli and Port City of Tuticorin."
  • Destinations to visit Arupadaiveedu Temples of Lord Murugan"Madurai is home to two Arupadiveedu Temples within 20 kms Radius. Arupadaiveedu Temple at Thirupparamkunram on the outskirts of Madurai is where it is believed that Kartikeya married Indra's daughter Deivanai. Pazhamudircholai on the outskirts of Madurai is where Lord Muruga is seen with both his consorts Deivanai and Valli. These temples are visited as part of Arudaiveedu pilgrimage itinerary."
Access Information

Madurai has 9 Hotels approved and listed with Nivalink

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14 verified holiday itineraries are listed for Madurai

Getaway (1-3 nights)3
Short Break (4-6 nights)3
Holiday (7 or more)8

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List of Holidays for Madurai


  • Kodai - Madurai Break (3 Nights)
  • Madurai Pilgrim Getaway (2 Nights)
  • Munnar - Madurai Break (3 Nights)

Short Break

  • Christian Pilgrimages in Tamilnadu (4 Nights)
  • Kodai - Munnar with Madurai (5 Nights)
  • Thanjavur - Chettinad Experience with Madurai (6 Nights)


  • A week with Tamilnadu and Pondicherry Heritage (7 Nights)
  • Best of Tamilnadu and Pondicherry Heritage with Kodaikanal (8 Nights)
  • Kodai - Thekkady - Munnar with Madurai (7 Nights)
  • Picturesque South with Goa (21 Nights)
  • South India Coastal Explorer (12 Nights)
  • South India Hindu Pilgrimage Itinerary (9 Nights)
  • Temple Heritage of Tamilnadu (9 Nights)
  • Total Temple Heritage Circuit of Tamil Nadu (10 Nights)

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Madurai has 34 Transport services that can be booked online. Click here for reviewing and booking them.

Airport Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup/Drop between Madurai Hotel and AirportRs. 656

Car On Disposal

ServicesRates Starting From
2 days Car on Disposal from ex-Madurai to Kodaikanal TripRs. 6125
2 days Car on Disposal from ex-Madurai to Ooty TripRs. 8422
2 days Car on Disposal from ex-Madurai to Rameswaram and Kanyakumari TripRs. 9540
2 days Car on Disposal from ex-Madurai to Rameswaram and Kodaikanal TripRs. 8434
2 days Car on Disposal from ex-Madurai to Rameswaram TripRs. 6360
2 days Car on Disposal from ex-Madurai to Thekkady and Munnar TripRs. 7067
3 days Car on Disposal from ex-Madurai to Ooty TripRs. 10189
3 days Car on Disposal from ex-Madurai to Thekkady and Munnar TripRs. 9889
4 days Car on Disposal from ex-Madurai to Munnar, Alleppey and Cochin TripRs. 11779
4 days Car on Disposal from ex-Madurai to Rameswaram, Kanyakumari and Kodaikanal TripRs. 14252
4 days Car on Disposal from ex-Madurai to Rameswaram, Kanyakumari, Trivandrum and Kovalam TripRs. 12839

Day Sightseeing

ServicesRates Starting From
Day Sightseeing in MaduraiRs. 2120
Day Visit to Kodaikanal - Ex-MaduraiRs. 4064
Day Visit to Munnar - Ex-MaduraiRs. 5113
Day Visit to Palani - Ex-MaduraiRs. 2887
Day Visit to Rameswaram - Ex-MaduraiRs. 4300
Day Visit to Tiruchendur - Ex-MaduraiRs. 4229

Point to Point Transport

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup from Madurai and Drop to CourtallamRs. 3652
Pickup from Madurai and Drop to KanyakumariRs. 5618
Pickup from Madurai and Drop to KodaikanalRs. 3834
Pickup from Madurai and Drop to KumbakonamRs. 5277
Pickup from Madurai and Drop to ManapadRs. 4629
Pickup from Madurai and Drop to MunnarRs. 3389
Pickup from Madurai and Drop to PalaniRs. 2816
Pickup from Madurai and Drop to RameshwaramRs. 3876
Pickup from Madurai and Drop to ThanjavurRs. 4359
Pickup from Madurai and Drop to ThekkadyRs. 3652
Pickup from Madurai and Drop to TiruchendurRs. 3417
Pickup from Madurai and Drop to TirunelveliRs. 3770
Pickup from Madurai and Drop to TranquebarRs. 6431
Pickup from Madurai and Drop to TrichyRs. 3193
Pickup from Madurai and Drop to TuticorinRs. 3399
Pickup from Madurai and Drop to VailankanniRs. 6125

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Madurai has 3 Add Ons approved and listed with Nivalink.

Walking Tours1

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List of Service Add Ons for Madurai


Services Rates Starting From
Day Visit to Harvest Fresh FarmsRs. 2350
Potters Village TourRs. 4500

Walking Tours

Services Rates Starting From
A Walk through MaduraiRs. 2500

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Destination Ideas

  • Aarupadai Veedu – Six Abodes of Lord Murugan
  • Golden Chariot - Luxury Train Experience
  • Madurai Heritage Getaway - Travel Idea for Heritage Getaway
  • Madurai Pilgrimage
  • Rameshwaram Pilgrimage

Stay Ideas

  • Heritage Madurai – A Heritage Getaway
  • Kadambavanam Resort – A Cultural Getaway
  • The Gateway Hotel Madurai – A Premium getaway

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  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Meenakshi Amman Temple is a 17th century temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati known as Meenakshi and her consort, Lord Shiva as Sundareswarar. It is most prominent landmark of the city. The complex houses 14 gopurams, highest being about 52 meters. Meenakshi Amman Temple is one of the most visited temples of Tamilnadu and must visit for any traveller.
    Temple or Holy Place, Heritage Site
    Devi Temple, Heritage Temple
    Koodal Azhagar Temple is a Vishnu temple located in the city. It has idols of Navagraham (nine planet deities). It is one of the 108 divyadesams of Lord Vishnu
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Vishnu, Divya Desam
    The palace complex of Thirumalai Nayak Palace is a 17th century Indo-Saracenic style complex. Daily sound and light show is organized here that depicts history of the palace
    Activity, Heritage Site
    Royal Heritage, Sound and Light Show
    Thousand Pillar Hall part of Meenakshi temple complex contains 985 carved pillars built in 16th century and is a structure that is nothing short of engineering marvel. Must visit for a heritage traveller.
    Heritage Site
    Heritage Temple
    Foodies day out offers guests a unique perspective of Madurai. Here one does a guided tour of restaurants to taste local flavours, road side eateries. Its basically a walk though the citys most authentic eateries and provides one of a kind gastronomical experience
    Kazimar Big Mosque is the first Muslim place of worship in Madurai built in 13th century. It was constructed under the supervision of Kazi Syed Tajuddin believed to be a descendant of the prophet Muhammed.
    Mosque or Dargah
    Gandhi Memorial Museum was established in 1959 is one of the five Gandhi Museums in the country. Collection on display includes photos, paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, quotations and some of the selected Photostat copies of many of Gandhiji's letters
    Tirupparamkunram is renowned for Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple on outskirts of Madurai. This temple is regarded as an Arupadaiveedu, one of the six abodes of the Lord Muruga.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Murugan
    Samanar Hill is where ancient Tamil Jains (Samanars) said to have stayed on the hill. Many stone statues and other artifacts are present here.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Jain Temple
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Alagar Koyil is a celebrated Vishnu temple 21 km from Madurai on the foothills of Solaimalai. Pazhamudircholai, one of the other six abodes of the Lord Murugan, is located atop the Solaimalai hill
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Vishnu
    Pazhamudircholai is a Lord Murugan Temple near Madurai atop a hill covered with dense forests and is One of the six important abodes (Arupadaiveedu) of Lord Muruga. Vishnu temple of Azhagar Kovil is also visited alongwith
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Murugan
    Our Lady of Assumption at Kamanayakkanpatti (Madurai - Tirunelveli road) is one of the oldest church South India built 400 years. Marys passage into Heaven is celebrated as the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary every year on 15 August here.
    Roman Catholic Church
    Ramanathaswamy Temple is a renowned Lord Shiva temple at Rameswaram. It is one of 12 Jyotirlinga temple. The temple was built during the 12th century. The temple has the longest corridor among all Hindu temples in India.
    Temple or Holy Place, Heritage Site
    Lord Shiva, Heritage Temple, Jyotirlinga

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Getting There

Locality NameDescriptionSuitable ForHotels (Nos)
Arasaradi3 kms from Railway station and Meenakshi temple. From here guest exits to Kodaikanal and Theni. Business/Holiday-
KochadaiA quieter area at 4 kms from Railway station and Meenakshi temple, where Heritage Madurai, a premium heritage hotel is situated.Business/Holiday1
Lake AreaArea around Vandiyur Lake, city outskirts area at 10 kms from Railway station and Meenakshi temple. Getaway1
PalanganthamA quieter location at 3 kms from Railway station and Meenakshi temple. Business/Holiday1
Parali25 kms from Madurai where Kadambavanam Resort, an experiential stay option is situated having a countryside backdrop.Getaway-
Pasumalai HillsHilltop situated at 5 kms from Madurai Junction Railway station, offering best views of the city. The Gateway hotel is situated here.Holiday/Getaway1
Race Course RoadA quieter location at 4 kms from Railway station and Meenakshi temple. Business/Holiday1
Railway StationA crowded busy area, situated walking distance from Meenakshi temple where a few value segment and mid-segment hotels are situated.Transit/Pilgrimage2
K K NagarKK Puram lies at 6.5 kms North-East of Madurai town centreTransit/Business1
Madurai AirportMadurai Airport lies in outskirs of the Town centre of Madurai and good for transit stay and business travellers staysTransit/Business1
Airport in Madurai
  • Madurai Airport ( IXM ) , Madurai
Railway Stations in Madurai
  • Madurai Junction ( MDU ), Madurai
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