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Madurai Travel Guide: 118 reviews and 320 photos

Madurai is Tamil Nadu's oldest city. It's a wonderful place to spend a few days ~ we were here for two and I would have enjoyed spending a bit more time here (the downside of a tour).

Madurai has impressive origins ~ it was the site of the Sangams (literary meetings) some 2000 years ago. . .the Tamil language is considered to be one of the oldest in the world and it has a long poetic history.

The city was apparently originally laid out in a lotus motif, but it has expanded and grown since then. This is a true southern temple town ~ a terrific mix of bazaars, atmospheric streets and a vast temple complex.

My exterior photos don't do the city justice ~ both days were rainy and grey.

  • Last visit to Madurai: Jan 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • JetlagCity's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2004 at 1:11 PM

    I can just imagine how fun the people-watching must be in this place! Your pics of the figures in the plaster carvings are outstanding!

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2004 at 7:39 AM

    Awesome page. Next time I go to India, remind me to bring an extra bag for all the tailor-made clothes I'll buy!

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2004 at 11:01 PM

    Ok, that explains it! I had seen a wonderful view of Meenakshi from the top & it was amazing!

  • Geoff_Wright's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2004 at 10:06 AM

    Wonderful page, Stevie. I loved that ceiling and the cow guarding the bike, LOL! Thanks.

  • Jan 14, 2004 at 12:40 AM

    Amazing page..Your coverage is superb.

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2003 at 9:04 AM

    Fascinating detail in the temple and excellent coverage. . .cows, always cows. Says a mouthful!

  • Docu2001's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2003 at 12:48 PM

    Quite an amazing building ...

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