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Things to do in Madurai

Madurai is sure to enthrall you with its sights and sound. If you are on a trip to Madurai, the city will not disappoint you.

Things to see in Madurai

Madurai City has lot of religious and ancient places to look out for. A day or a two is not enough for you to explore the city. You would at least need a week to explore the various tourist options in Madurai.
Things to do in Madurai
A visit to Madurai is incomplete without a visit to Meenakshi temple which witnesses thousands of tourists every year not only form INdia but form abroad as well. The other places that you should visit are Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Mariamman Teppakulam Tank, Gandhi Memorial Museum, Ayiramkaal Mandapam, Pudhu Mandapam, Art Museum, Madurai Government Museum, Koodal Azhagar, Alagar Koil, Thirupparankundram Temple, Golden Lotus Tank, Goripalayam Mosque, Kazimar Big Mosque, Athisayam Water Theme Park, Vandiyur Kanmoy Tourist Complex, Rajaji Park and much more. 

Things to Shop Madurai

You cannot return from Madurai without completing your shopping spree. The options are wide, which can leave you confused or puzzled on what to pick. Moreover, the prices are very reasonable and you can even bargain for best prices at Madurai. You can pick your favorite cotton clothes directly from the handloom store, fashion jewelry for your silk saris, stone carvings, etc.
Some of the best places to buy local handicrafts in Madurai are Town Hall Road, East Avani Moola Street and North Chithirai Street. They make excellent price worthy souvenirs that you can take back home. Madurai Gallery Cottage Expo Crafts - North Chithirai Street, Cottage Industries Exposition Ltd -Nethaji Road, Cottage Arts Emporium -North Chithirai Street, Poopahar Sales Emporium -East Avani Moola Street, Poopuhar Handicrafts, Surabi Handicrafts -West Veli Street, Khadi Gramayog Bhavan, All India Hanidcrafts Emporium -Town Hall Road are some of the best shops for handicrafts shopping.
If you are looking out for handloom shopping, then you can check out at Handloom House -East Veli Street, Co-Optex -West Tower Street, Co-Optex -South Chithirai Street.

If you are planning to purchase saris from Madurai, then you can have a look at West Chithirai Street and Vengala Kadai Street. You can pick both traditional as well silk saris from these places. The prices are very reasonable, which you do not have to bargain here. Some of the popular sari shops you can check out in Madurai are Hajeemoosa - East Chithirai Street, Kumaran Silks, Rajmahal Silks -Vengala Kadai Street, Ranee Sarees,  Adams 88 & 89 -South Masi Street, Alankar Textiles -South Avani Moola, Selections -South Chithirai Street, Designs - Nethaji Road and Nellai Dresses- Vilakkudhun. 

Things to do in Madurai

You may think Madurai is the place of temples and activities would be only around the temples. But there are number of activites apart from that, which you can enjoy completely with your friends and family. Sound and Light show at Thirumalai Nayak Palace is one of the best shows in Madurai you should not miss out.
You can have loads of fun throughout the show that you can learn lots of ancient and religious stuffs. Thirumalai Nayak Palace is very near to Madurai meenakshi Temple. You can reach in just 20 minutes by walk or some 5-6 minutes if you are going by taxi.

Moreover, there are number of auditoriums, cinema halls, clubs and art galleries in Madurai that help to spend your time more innovative.  You can enjoy South Indian movies, classical dance and music, old relics and artifacts with keeping yourself thoroughly entertained in your respective hobbies.  Some of the famous theatres in Madurai are Ambika Multiplex (Anna Nagar), Ganesh Multiplex ( Melur Main Road) and Mani Impala Multiplex (Thirupparankundram Road).

Festivals and events in Madurai

Madurai city holds lots of festivals to celebrate and you can definitely experience the real spirit of festivity by getting along with people settled there. People of Madurai celebrate each festival with great enthusiasm, pomp and show. It includes pongal festival (January), jallikattu (January), chithirai festival (April/May), Avanimoolam festival (August/September), festival of the cradle, dace festival and float festival.

Float festival is celebrated as a very grand event in Madurai. This is celebrated between mid January and mid February that is exactly on the full moon day of Thai (Tamil month). People from near and far city gather to make the event more special and auspicious. It is said that this festival was first celebrated by the King Thirumalai Nayak during the 17th century.

Food options in Madurai

You can tasty South Indian dishes at every streets of Madurai. Each of the restaurants has their own mouth watering taste and specialities that makes you to enter with just the aroma outside the shop. You have plenty of options, which you can taste and dine whenever you feel like eating.  You will get best and tasty Madurai briyani, mutton fry, chicken gravy, soft rotis, dosa, vada, idly, upma and much more in Madurai city. Moreover, there are also multi cuisine restaurants to satisfy your level of taste and hunger in all streets in Madurai.
The Udipi restaurants in Madurai serve quality foods at very reasonable prices. If you are a coffee lover, then make sure to take a sip of Madurai filter kaapi available in all restaurants and hotels.

Getting Around Madurai

Getting around Madurai is very easy, which you can hire a taxi or auto rickshaw and you can reach the tourist places in a very short time. Moreover, the roads of Madurai have a very good infracture and are well connected by trains and public transport buses at frequent intervals.
Some of the famous call taxi operators in Madurai include:

Fast Track Private Ltd.
Address: No 2/1002, Thasildar Nagar, Periyar Veedhi, Gandhi Nagar, Madurai – 625020.
Phone: (0452) 2888999.

Eesa Track Call taxi
Address: No 875, Near Ultra Gents Hostel, Rajarajan Street Gomathipuram, Madurai HO, Madurai – 625001.
Phone: (0452) 2777999.

Lavanya Call Taxi
Address: No 79, Near Hotel Heritage, Melakkal Main Road, S S Colony, Madurai – 625016.
Phone:(0452) 4202121

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