This pilgrim town has captivated tourists for years. The mesmerizing Dravidian architectural style temples dominate the skyline, as well as the ancient culture and history permeates every corner of the city. There are numerous tourist attractions in Madurai that attract people from all over the world.
Meenakshi Temple– This temple is one of the most iconic Madurai Tourist Places. This place is situated in the center of the city that showcases the Dravidian style structure and stands out with its towering Gopurams, a golden sacred pool, and Mandapa.
Alagar Koli– This exquisite temple is located in the north-east of Madurai and is the resting place of Lord Vishnu. It is perched at the Alagar hills and is also called as Azhagarkovil. The statue of God is made up of stone and has spectacular halls which are used to perform various rituals with sacred mantras.
Samanar Hills– It is an enchanting hill rock complex and is located in Keelakuyilkudi village, Madurai. This place was originally home to Tamil Jain monks and is also known as Samanar Malai. The interior walls of hill caves are elaborated with drawings and carvings of the monks.
Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple– It is one of the best tourist places near Madurai. The striking feature of this temple is the placement of gods, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, who face each other. It is a blissful and divine destination where devotees can be seen the sun and the moon together at various instances of the day.
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal– This complex was constructed in the Indo-Saracen architectural style. The interiors of this mahal are decorated in Vaishnavite and Shaivite themes and the prime attractions of this palace are the Natakasala (dancing hall) and the Darbar hall (courtyard).
Meghamalai– This place is well-known as the “High Wavy Mountains” which is situated in the Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu. It is perched at an elevation of 1500 meters above sea level. It is the perfect getaway to enjoy a peaceful time and relax amidst nature. This place is nestled between the evergreen forests so that it is surrounded by the fresh aroma of cinnamon, cardamom, and pepper.
Koodal Azhagar Temple– This stunning temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is counted as one of the 108 Divya Desams. It stands over 120 feet tall and has glorious 5-tiered raja gopuram. This temple is popular for its historical significance and was built by the Pandyas.
Kazimar Big Mosque– It is believed that it is the first mosque in the city and was founded by Hazarat Kazi Syed Tajuddin who is the direct descendant of Muhammed. This mosque can easily accommodate around 2500 people on its premises and is well-known for its maqbara of important hazrats of Madurai.
Gandhi Museum– This museum was made during the Nayak Dynasty period in the 17th century. The beautiful sculptures and landscaped grounds with tall trees create a quiet place for the visitors as well as allow them to immerse themselves in ancient history. This museum consists of three galleries such as “Visual Biography of Gandhi” – presents a glimpse of Gandhiji’s life through manuscripts, photos, and selected letters, “India Fights for Freedom” – illustrates on the panels that depict the freedom movement, and “Relics and Replicas” – exhibits artifacts that are used by Gandhi Ji.
St. Maryes Cathedral– This church is a wonderful blend of Roman, Continental and European architectural designs. Inside the church, the statue of the Virgin Mary is dressed in a saree. This place is famous for its pristine aura, quaint ambiance, and impressive artwork.
Pazhamudhir Solai– This temple built in the memory of Lord Subramaniya who is worshipped by people in southern India. This temple contains magnificent sculptures of Lord Subramaniya which is carved in marble and wood.