Barely 2 kms to the south-east of the Meenakshi Amman Temple stands the Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal. Constructed in the 1636 by King Thirumalai Nayak, the palace is a rare example of the Indo-Saracenic style (fusion of original Indian architectural concepts with those of Muslim architecture or plainly speaking pillars and beams merged with arches and domes). It contains the living quarters of the royalty, a shrine and an armoury.
About 5 kms from the Meenakshi Amman Temple, lies the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, a 16-acre water tank, 1,000 ft. length by 950 feet breath. Located in Vandiyur region, the tank has a Vinayaka (Ganesha) temple dedicated to Lord Vigneshwara, the Elephant-faced God at the centre. A temple dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Mariamman is located near the tank. ‘Teppakulam’ means ‘water tank’ in Tamil. Therefore, the name Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam.
About 8 kms from Madurai situated at an elevation of over 1000 feet is the 6th. Century rock-cut Thiruparankundram Temple, one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga (Subramanya), the Tamil Hindu god of war and patron of Tamil Nadu. Hindu mythology has it that the Lord rested here after his battle against the demons Soorapadman. Here He married Devasena (Deivayanai), daughter of Indra given to him as a gift for victory. Owing to this many Hindu marriages take place at this temple especially in the festival of marriage, Pankuni Uttiram, in late March. He worshipped his parents, Lord Parangirinathar and Avudainayaki at this temple.
The Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple may be considered as the apotheosises of Dravidian architecture. The 11 towers (‘gopurams’) with their intricate stucco work multi-coloured statues of gods, goddesses, animals and other mythological figures are a masterpiece.