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Madurai (formerly Madura) is a holy city in Tamil Nadu State at South India. It is the third largest city in the Tamil Nadu and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It is located at 9.93°North & 78.12°East. From Chennai, it is located in South-West at a distance of 498kms away. It is popular tourist attractions due to presence of huge temples developed by Pandayan & Madurai Nayak kings of Pandayan Kingdom. These temples were developed in Dravidian style of architecture that makes it most prominent Hindu pilgrimage center.

Madurai is more than 2500 years old and was an important cultural and commercial center during 550 AD. The capital of the Pandyan Kingdom, this ancient city is said to have been blessed by maduram (nectar) from lord shiva’s locks its main attraction is the famous Sri Meenakshi temple in the heart of the old town dedicated to Lord Sundareshvara. Architecture, a riotously baroque example of Dravidian. This city is one of the pilgrimage centers of Hindu religion and thousands of tourists from all across the world visit here throughout the year. Madurai was the principal administrative and cultural centre of the Pandyan dynasty, which ruled over the southern parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala till the first half of the 14th century AD. and afterwards in about 1311, it is said that Pandyan dynasty was thrown by the Delhi Sultanate which established the province of Ma'bar which later became independent as the Ma'bar Sultanate. Madurai has a literacy rate and human development index above the state average. The city is home to one of the top motor cycle manufacturers in India the TVS Group. The city attracts a large number of tourists from within the country and abroad. In the recent years, the city has seen growth in the hospitality industry. Also the festivals of Madurai has drawn attraction of the tourists some more in recent year.

How to reach

Being a important Hindu pilgrimage center and presence of historic temples and buildings, devotees and tourists from all over the world visits Maduari every year. While Chennai is in North-East of Tamil Nadu state, it is in southern part of state, away from sea shore. Various possible ways of reaching Madurai are mentioned here for the convenience of visitors.
By Flight: Madurai city has been gifted with its own airport (IATA Code: IXM) to cater visitors coming to city by flight. It is about 12 kms from temple town. It has many flight connectivity options. Among them Chennai & Hyderabad airports are well connected with Madurai Airport.
By Train: Madurai is a important & busiest railway junction in South India. It falls on Madurai-Tiruchirappalli-Dindigul-Quilion line. Nest to Chennai Division, Madurai Railway Division is the largest revenue generating division in Tamil Nadu. Station Code for Madurai Railway Station is MDU. It has direct train connectivity with important cities & tourist destinations like: Jammu Tawi, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Pune, Bhopal, Nagpur, Orchha, Gwalior, Agra, Rameshwaram, Kanyakumari, Bhubaneshwar, Kolkata etc. It has good connectivity options from Chennai railway station which further have well connectivity with those locations for which their is not direct train from/to Madurai.

Chennai 445 Kms Rameshwaram 160 Kms
Periyar National Park 155 Kms Pondicherry 350 Kms
Trivandrum 265 Kms Coimbatore 230 Kms
Tanjore 200 Kms Trichy 130 Kms
Thekkady 150 Kms Munnar 250 Kms

By Road: Being a important pilgrimage destination, Madurai has very good surface connectivity with other parts of South India. It has five major bus stands including Madurai Integrated Bus Terminus (MIBT) at Mattuthavani and at Arappalayam and Periyar. Several National Highways that passes through Madurai are NH7, NH49 and NH45B. Destinations like Periyar, Rameshwaram, Trichy, Tanjore, Kodaikanal, Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Trivandrum etc are well connected with Madurai city. For traveling within city, inter-cty bus service, auto-rickshaws are all available for commuters. Mono-rail in Madurai is under proposal and may take some time in become reality for this holy city.

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