- Famous for: Scenery, History, Architecture
- Entrance Fee: No entrance fee for this public place
- Visiting Time: Sunrise to Sunset (Daily)
- Visit Duration: 1 hour to 2 hours
Madurai is known as the Athens of the East. One of Tamil Nadu’s major cities, it is a famous tourism spot and also a centre for religion. Madurai has a rich history dating from the Mauryan times. One of the Greek ambassadors to Chandragupta Maurya was so awestruck by the city that he gave it the title of the Athens of the East. Madurai was ruled by several dynasties and rulers, switching hands from one ruler to the next. For a while it was an autonomous state, with its own Sultan. With such a cultural and historical significance, it became a centre of religious worship. Here are five of the most famous temples in Madurai.
If you are keen to visit a place that has a glorious past and a busy present with great temples that flaunt the architectural brilliance of the artisans, you need to be in Madurai. The 2500 plus years old city, which has a rich heritage, is located on the banks of Vaigai river. Famously called ‘The city that never sleeps’, Madurai is always busy regardless of the time of the day. Anytime you venture out, you are sure to find the city busy and even if you are hungry in the middle of the night, you will find ‘idlis’, the famous south Indian dish served here. Incidentally, Madurai is famous for idlis too. If you are planning to visit Madurai, ensure that you include the following six famous places to visit in Madurai in your “list”.