19 Jan 2019 - 20 Jan 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Omg the whole city is amazing .. Taste food .. Good culture .. Nice to visit with family and friends ..
Very intersting city, easy to spend some days enjoy the city and visit beautiful temples, lot of good bars and enought Hotels near the center
Famous for the massive Meenakshi Temple that attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims annually, Madurai has managed to resist the trend towards modernity that has put so many other Indian cities firmly on the global map. Although still fairly large at about 2 million people, Madurai is not Delhi or Mumbai or Bangalore. And despite the economic boom those cities have experienced recently, you get the sense that few residents of Madurai would exchange their rich, traditional, uncompromised culture for a chance at a few more rupees. With the exceptions of Coke and Pepsi, still served in heavy glass bottles, you won't find many examples of Western culture creeping in to this area, or at least not too quickly. The phenomenal temple, the warm, welcoming people, and the fantastic local food - perhaps best sampled at the Meenaksi Bhavan chain - will likely keep you in Madurai longer than your guidebook led you to expect.
Madurai is a town that bears splitting in two: There's the gorgeous Sri Meenakshi Temple, and there's everything else. The center of the old city is dusty and squalid, and holds few attractions for the visitor, but the temple at its heart is one of the finest in South India, with Dravidian-style gopuram towers riotously decorated from top to bottom in fantastic sculpture. The temple's inner reaches are also a great place for photography, with huge numbers of pilgrims visiting daily.