Madurai is a Hindu Epic in three dimensions.
One of South India’s great temple towns, constructed in the form of a lotus, Madurai is famous for the awe-inspiring Sri Meenakshi Temple complex. It is an animated city packed with pilgrims, business-people, bullock carts and underemployed rickshaw drivers. It’s one of South India’s oldest cities and has been a center of learning and pilgrimage for centuries. A textile centre from way back, the city was also the setting for Mahatma Gandhi’s decision, in 1921, to wear nothing but khadi (homespun cloth), and tailors’ shops are everywhere in town.
History and Culture
Madurai has been inhabited since at least the 3rd century BCE. Megasthenes may have visited Madurai during the 3rd century BCE, with the city referred as "Methora" in his accounts. The city evolved as a political and industrial complex through the 19th and 20th centuries to become a district headquarters of a larger Madurai district.
Madurai is an example of cultural diversity. Owing to its glorious past, the richness of its culture is visible in everything. This includes its architectural majesty, customs and traditions, religious sanctity, magnificent art work, handicrafts, ballads, folk dances, dramas, songs, festivals and ceremonies.
Madurai’s fish market functions all night.
Gandhi museum in Madurai has Gandhiji’s clothes he wore on the last day of his life.
Madurai is one of the best producers of lovely Indian Jasmine flower.
Jallikattu is a bull taming sport which takes place during the Pongal celebrations.
The climate here is tropical. October to March is the best time to visit Madurai. With a hot and dry climate for most of the year, Madurai is best visited during the winter season.
- October - March