Madurai District in Tamil Nadu is located in southeastern part of India on the banks of Vaigai River. It is bounded by Dindigul and Thiruchirapalli on the north, Virudhunagar District on the south, Sivagangai District on the east and Theni District on the west. The district headquarters is located at Madurai city.
Madurai in the past was ruled by Pandya and Nayak kingdoms. Madurai was bifurcated into Madurai and Dindigul districts in 1984 and subsequently bifurcated into Madurai and Theni Districts in 1997. Madurai is referred to with various names including ‘Athens of the East’, ‘Thoonga Nagaram’ meaning the City that never Sleeps, ‘Maligai Managar’ meaning the City of Jasmine and ‘Koil Nagar’ meaning the Temple City.
You must visit Madurai to take a dip of divine blessings from the temples surrounding the place and also to see the modernity that is filling the place as per the demands of chances of the present times.
Major Tourist Attractions in Madurai
- Sri Meenakshi-Sundareswarar Temple
- Mariamman Theppakulam
- Gandhi Museum
- Kazimar Mosque
- Azhagar Kovil
- Thirupparankundram Temple
- Thirumalai Nayak Palace
- Goripalayam Dargah
- St. Mary’s Cathedral Church
How to reach Madurai
Road – National Highways NH 7, 45B, 208, 49 and several state highways connect Madurai with other cities in South India.
Rail – Madurai Junction is connected with other major cities across India including Chennai, Mumbai, Calcutta, and New Delhi.
Air – Madurai Domestic Airport is located in Avaniyapuram (12 kilometres from Madurai city).