Places of Interest in Madurai
Places of Interest around Madurai
Arulmigu Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Thirukkovil
Arulmigu Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Temple (Meenakshi Amman Temple), covering an area of 17 acres, is a historic hindu temple, located on the Southern banks of River Vaigai, in the Temple City of Madurai - is a prefect example of Dravidian architecture.
The Temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvathi, who is known as Meenakshi and her consort Lord Shiva named here as Sundareswarar.
The original temple was build by Kulasekara Pandiyan, but the entire credit for making the temple as splendid as it is today goes to Nayaks.
The temple is opened between 5 AM to 12.30 PM and 4 PM to 10 PM.
Arulmigu Koodal Alagar Perumal Thirukkovil
Arulmigu Koodal Alagar Perumal Temple is one among the 108 Vaishavite Shrines, dedicated to Lord Vishnu is located in the center of Madurai City.
The ancient and acclaimed temple is noted for its remarkable architectural and sculptural magnificence.
The temple is opened between 5.30 AM to 12 Noon and 4 PM to 9 PM.
Arulmigu Subramaniya Swamy Thirukovil, Thiruparamkundram
Arulmigu Subramaniya Swamy Temple commonly known as Thiruparamkundram, located 8 kms. South-West of Madurai is dedicated to Lord Murugan and is one of the six abodes of the Lord.
The marriage of Lord Subramaniya and Goddess Devayani took place here in the presence of all devas.
The temple is opened between 5.30 AM to 12 Noon and 4 PM to 9 PM.
Arulmigu Mariamman Thirukkovil, Teppakulam
Arulmigu Mariamman Thirukkovil located 5 km. East of Meenakshi Amman Temple is a huge temple tank with a Mandapam in the centre, with an idol of Lord Vinayaga. This Vinayagar idol was found when the earth was being dug out from here to built the Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal (Palace).
A temple for Goddess Parvathi named here as Mariamman lies on the Northern side of the tank and also its famous for the celebration of the float festival.
The temple is opened between 6.00 AM to 12 Noon and 4 PM to 8 PM.
Arulmigu Kallalagar Thirukovil, Alagarkovil
Alagarkovil located 20 kms. North West of Madurai, on the foot of the hill to Lord Vishnu known here as Azahar.
The episodes of Alwars have added to the honour of the temple.
The temple is opened between 6.00 AM to 12.30 PM and 3.30 PM to 8 PM.
Arulmigu Palamuthircholai Thirukovil, Alagarkovil
Pazhamuthir cholai situated on the hillrock of the Alagar Hills is one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga.
The great Tamil poet and Saint Avvaiyar has been tested and blessed by Lord Murugan here.
Pazhamuthir cholai is opened between 8.00 AM to 5 PM.
Samanar Hills which is present in a place called Nagamalai, located 7 Kms. from Madurai is of historic importance. Samanars (Set of Jains) were said to have stayed in the hill fearing persecution from the then rulers of Madurai.
Many stone statues and other artifacts are present there.
Kazimar Big Mosque & Maqbara, Madurai.
Kazimar Periya Pallivasal or Kazimar Big Mosque is a famous mosque (masjid) in Madurai. Kazimar Big Mosque lies in the heart of the city, within 500 meters of the Periyar (Central) bus stand, one kilometer from Madurai Junction and 800 meters southwest of the famous Meenakshi Amman Temple. This huge masjid (mosque) can accommodate around 2,500 people.
Hazrat Kazi Syed Tajuddin (a descendant of Prophet Muhammad) who came from Oman during 13th Century, got this land from the Pandya King and constructed a Mosque which is the first ever Islamic place of worship in Madurai.
There is a Madrassa (school for Islamic teaching) within the mosque known as Hazrat Kazi Syed Tajuddinarabi Madrasah where students are taught basic Arabic.
Goripalayam Mosque situated on the Northern bank of River Vaigai is the largest in Madurai City. The remarkable feature about the dargah is that, it has 2 tombs along with a dome and the size of the dome is 21 Mtrs. in dia and 6.1 Mtrs in height, made of single block of stone.
The graves of the two famous saints of Islam and the rulers of Madurai Hazrat Sulthan Alauddin Badusha (Radiyallah) and Hazrat Sulthan Shamshuddin Badusha (Radiyallah) of Oman were here.
St.Marys Cathedral Church
St.Marys Cathedral Church which is situated on the heart of the Madurai City stands as a unique symbol of beauty and sprituality with a blend of various forms of European, Roman and Continental Architecture.
This Cathedral is a seat of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Madurai. The notable feature of the Church is the 2 tall elegant bell towers constructed in Roman style is at a height of 42 Mtrs.
Thirumalai Nayak Palace
Thirumalai Nayakar Palace was erected by the ruler, whose name it bears. In 17th Century is a classic fusion of Dravidian - Islamic styles.
This palace has 248 pillars of each 58 feet tall and 5 feet in dia. The imposing edifice is famous for the stucco work on its domes and impressive arches. The palace is equipped to perform light and sound shows that reveals the story about the palace.
Thirumalai Nayakar Palace is opened between 9.00 AM to 5 PM.
The building that houses the Gandhi memorial mueseum, Madurai is the historic palace of Rani Mangammal of Nayak Dynasty. The Mueseum depicts the highlights of the freedom struggle and contains picture gallery of the Gandhian movement.
Gandhi Musuem is opened between 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM. and 2.00 PM. to 5.45 PM.
Athisayam Water Amusement Park
Athisayam water amusement park situated 8 Kms. from Madurai city on the National highway spreads across 70 Acres, features more than 40 games and 20 water rides. This is a place of excitement, adventure and unlimited fun with friends and family.
Athisayam water amusement park is opened between 10.00 AM and 6.30 PM.
Another one from the ISKCON temple series, visit this serene temple for an experience of Krishna devotion. Lose yourself in the spiritual kirtans and lectures here, or just sit back and enjoy the aura of purity and quiet divinity. Famous for its temples, your trip to Madurai will be somewhat incomplete without a visit to this one.
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), also known as the Hare Krishna movement, is a Gaudiya Vaishnava religious organization. This society has been founded in 1966 in New York City by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. This movement of mercy has spread to all continents of the world.
Within 40 years it has established centers in most countries and important cities. The objective of this educational non-profit organisation is to make Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's sankirtan movement available to every town and village. We attempt to provide a comprehensive list of worldwide ISKCON establishments.
Kutladampatti Falls is a waterfall located in the village of Kutladampatti near Vadipatti in Madurai district about 30 km (19 mi) northwest of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. The waterfallfall is in a reserve forest managed by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department. The water falls from a height of about 27 metres (89 ft).
The number of tourist visits peaks from September to February. Public transportation was instituted following some serious media coverage in the early 2000s. Construction of pavement and steps leading to the falls was undertaken by the local administration. Many Maduraites spend their weekends at the falls.
The waterfall goes dry in the summer or in the absence of rain. Swami Ramanagiri Ashram is another place of attraction, located in the downhill. The Ashram is surrounded by mango farms and is a home for peacocks. The ashram also has various shrines and is a very good place for meditation and spiritual relief.