Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai has a rich cultural heritage and has been an important cultural and commercial centre since 550 AD. The city is constructed in the form of a lotus and is known as lotus city too.
Chennai may be the capital of Tamil Nadu, but Madurai is right up there being the city with the soul. Madurai is one of the oldest cities in India, a metropolis and was a great capital long before Chennai was even dreamed of. The place has a great cultural heritage and strong mythological history to be passed on to the coming generations.
Most of the famous tourist places in the city includes temples. The Savaari car rentals has made travelling in the city as well outside the city extremely convenient for tourists. Some of the popular tourist attractions are as follows-
Goddess Meenakshi Amman Temple– This Hindu temple located on the southern bank of theVaigai River and is beaming with wonderful architecture. It is listed among the Seven Wonders of the World and the construction is precise complete with great art pieces incorporated in the walls and pillars of the temple.
AlagarKoli– AlagarKoil is situated in Madurai and is the rest place of Lord Vishnu. It is considered sacred by the numerous followers of Lord Vishnu in the region.
Gandhi Museum– Gandhi Museum houses Gandhi’s blood stained dhoti and some other artefacts. Those who wish to know more about the freedom struggle, though, will be interested in the extensive text housed here.
PazhamudhirSolai– PazhamudhirSolai was created in the memory of Lord Subramaniyawho is worshipped by several people in southern India. It has great sculptures of Lord Subramaniya carved in wood and marble and is a wonderful temple with giant steps in the front of it.
Although the city is extremely beautiful by itself one might want to visit the outskirts or other nearby cities. Hills station around Madurai are a popular tourist attraction :
Kodaikanal – Kodaikanal is an extremely popular hill station in the South. Popularly known as the princess of hill stations this destination can be easily reached using the Madurai to Kodaikanal car rental services. When in the city you can experience the dense greenery of the forests, be mesmerised with the waterfalls with crystal clear water and enjoy all kinds of scenic beauty. Adventures seekers can opt for various activities like trekking, boating, climbing and horse riding. One of the most beautiful and serene hill stations you will come across in Tamil Nadu is Coonoor which is located 290 km away from Madurai. It is the 2nd largest hill station of the Western Ghats. Popular tourist attractions of the place include Sim’s Park, Lamb’s Rock, Dolphin’s Nose, Laws Falls and more.
Munnar – When in Tamil Nadu try and visit the neighbouring state of Kerala so that you don’t miss out on the idyllic hill station of Munnar. One can easily avail Madurai to Munnar cabs that can ferry them in and around the city. One of the biggest teaplantation area of South India is located in Munnar which is situated on the banks of three rivers -Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru. The Eravikulam National Park, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and tea plantations are its major tourist attractions in the city apart from the scenic beauty of the hills.