Madurai, the ‘City of Jasmines’, the ‘Athens of the East’, The ‘City of Festivals’ is, undoubtedly, one of the most significant cities in South India. Sitting on the banks of the Vaigai river, it is the second largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu. Its rich cultural heritage and glorious traditions makes it one amongst the ‘antique cities’ of India.
For most people, the city is almost synonymous with the Meenakshi Amman Temple– a magnificent work of craftsmanship that draws thousands of visitors every year. But the temple is far from being its only attraction. Thanks to many, many years of existence, the city is abundantly decorated with some truly fascinating monuments such as the Tirumalai Nayaker Palace, the Jain Caves and the Mariamman Tepakulam, to name only a few.
So, if you are looking to seep in thousands of years of history you are in the right place. But once you’ve paid obeisance to the landmark sights, you might want to take a languid walk around the town to experience the true Madurai culture. From a sudden witnessing of a holy deity being paraded amidst much fanfare, to the smell of freshly made idli and sambaar wafting from an open window, you will be rewarded with several pocket-book moments. Take the time to sit down, sip a kaapi and immerse yourself into the everyday Madurai. The extraordinary alchemy born from the constant transformation of cultural and social life, amidst these ancient landmarks, make for an unmissable enigmatic experience.