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Madurai

Madurai

Weather

Summers in Madurai (March to June) are very hot and humid with temperature soaring upto 40 degree Celsius, especially in May. Monsoons here are characterized by a medium and uniform rain fall starting from July.


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Madurai experiences a second onset of Monsoon during the month of October along with the rest of Tamilnadu. Winters (December-February) are pleasant with temperature ranging from 18 degree Celsius to 29 degree Celsius. October to March is the best time to visit the place as the weather is very pleasant.

How To Reach

By Road:

From Chennai, the capital of Tamilnadu, it takes about 6 hours to reach Madurai via Thiruchirappalli. There are many private deluxe and luxury coaches from Madurai to all major cities of South India. Tamil Nadu State Road Transport Corporation Buses also connects Madurai with all major locations in Tamilnadu.


By Air:

Madurai has a domestic airport located about 10 km from the city. It connects the city with all major South Indian cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Vijayawada. The nearest international airport to Madurai is Chennai, which is 450 kms away. Chennai is well connected to many international destinations.



By Rail:

Madurai is a major railway junction in South India, in the Chennai- Kanyakumari line. It is connected to all major Indian cities with daily trains


Overview

Madurai is an ancient South Indian town famous for its shrines, especially its land mark shrine- Sri Meenakshi Temple. This temple city known as “Athens of the East” is a prime pilgrim centre in South India and is virtually there in every Tamilnadu travel itinerary. Grand temple architectures and rich legacy are the city’s main attraction. Madurai offers you a complete blend of culture, history, art, spirituality and entertainment. Madurai is packed with pilgrims round the year. The places around the temple complex seethes with activity from dawn to dusk.

 

The busy streets of Madurai oozing sweet scents of jasmine flowers and rhythms of Carnatic music are simply mesmerizing. Streets in Madurai witness a mammoth rush of traders, horse carts, rickshaw drivers and bullock carts. The flower markets here have heaps of jasmine and marigold irrespective of seasons. Reports say that over 10, 000 visitors comes Madurai on an average day during the tourist season. The shape of Madurai city is similar to a lotus flower and there is an interesting legend associated with it. It is believed that the city was named Madurai as Lord Shiva blessed the land by showering divine nectar (madhu).

 

The temples of the city are surrounded by concentric circles symbolizing the cosmic structure. Spirituality is the hallmark of Madurai, still the city has many entertainment spots to cater the tastes of tourists coming there. There are many parks, museums, clubs and yoga centres in an around Madurai to fill your trip with excitement. For those who have a passion for music, especially Carnatic music, Madurai is an ideal place as the city houses many concerts throughout the year. Madurai is also famous for its production of finest silk and cotton sarees. The bright hued cotton Sungudi sarees from Madurai will be a perfect gift for anyone you love.