Madurai, the city of incense and chiming cymbals, is one of the oldest in India! Dubbed the “Athens of the East’, the historical city was reputedly visited by learned men from Rome and Greece, including Megasthenes in the 3rd century BC! Cozily nestled amidst the towering mountains, this is an energetic city of contrasts where Hindu Gods and a growing IT industry go hand in hand. Discover the famous labyrinthe-like Meenakshi Temple, one of the greatest examples of Dravidian architecture that millions flock to every year. Apart from its international sports championships, and beautiful jasmine blooms, Madurai is well known for its numerous festivals, including the Rath Yatra, where a holy chariot is pulled across the city by hundreds of devotees!

Highlights

  • Meenakshi Temple
  • Gandhi Museum
  • Vandiyur Kanmoy Tourist Complex

 Places to stay

Exterior view of The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai in Madurai, South India

The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Madurai

Hotel Style: International

Conveniently placed outside the city centre, The Gateway Hotel is the perfect spot to relax, away from the hustle and bustle of city living.  See Hotel

 Things to do

City Highlights of Madurai

Visit the thousand pillared Madurai Meenakshi Temple

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