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Madurai

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums
Athens of the East
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture. The colorful design of the Hindu temples has become emblematic of the city as a whole, with its wealth of religious sites high on the list of things to visit while sightseeing in Madurai. The capital of the Pandyam Kingdom for centuries, a number of museums around the city help introduce the stately importance of the city throughout the years, and put its current status as a key place of Hindu pilgrimage in context. When using our India journey planner, you're building your holiday based on your own interests, visitor reviews, and the informed opinions of our well-traveled writers.
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Popular things to do in Madurai

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Religious Site
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
4.7
Duration: 3h 30 min
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Walking tour
Walking tours
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Pazhamudhir Solai
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Madurai

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Religious Site
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Koodal Azhagar Temple
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Tirupparankunram
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
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Religious Site
Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam
3.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Madurai

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Religious Site
Palani Murugan Temple Palani
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Religious Site
Karpagavinayagar Temple Karaikudi
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Religious Site
Andal Renga Mannar Temple Srivilliputhur
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple Thiruparankundram
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Madurai

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Landmark
Kalamegaperumal Temple
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Religious Site
Yoga Narasimhar Temple
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Church
Idaikattur Church
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
Pazhamudhircholai Murugan Temple
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Madurai

Shopping Mall
Majesty Cine Mall
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Vishaal de Mal
2.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Prema Vilas
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Kishkintha Garments
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Kid-friendly things to do in Madurai

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Theme Park
Athisayam
1.9
Duration: 2 hours

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