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Madurai is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu and one of the important industrial hub of South India.

City of Madurai bags a sizeable chunk of the pilgrimage footfall in India, may be, in league with Varanasi {UP}, Tirupathi ( Andhra), Nasik ( Maharashtra) and Amritsar ( Punjab)

The reason is understandable. It is home to one of the most known temples of India, the Madurai Meenakshi Temple. In fact, the entire landscape of this huge city revolves around this iconic temple.

It is the nearest major city to many other famous abodes of Gods and Goddesses too. Famous Ramanathaswamy temple at Rameswaram is about 130 kilometres away and is well connected by both rail and road. You can have a bus to Rameswaram in every 10-15 minutes. All most all trains to Rameswaram passes through Madurai. Remember, famous ‘’ Pampan Bridge” is on Madurai- Rameswaram rail route.

Two of the six important abodes of Lord Muruga, collectively known as “Aarupadai Veedu” are within the Madurai city limits.Pazhamudir Cholai is about 15 kilometres away and Tirupparankundram is at 6 kilometres. Both are well serviced by the city bus service.

Another very important addition is Dandayudha Pani Temple, one of the Aarupadai Veedu temples referred above, at Palani. This famous abode of Lord Muruga has a huge devotee base, all over in Kerala and Tamilnadu and the major part of it originates from Madurai region. Palani is about 120 kilometres from Madurai and is well served by both rail and road.

Madurai is well networked with rest of India by rail, road and air.

Distances to other nearby major cities in kilometres

Tiruchirapalli 132   Coimbatore  215    Chennai  462  Bangalore 436  Kochi 272

Best time to visit – Year around. But, more so during the Tamil festive months of mid-July to September.

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