Frequently Asked Questions About Madurai
What is the best time to visit Madurai?
Winters (October to February)
The best time to visit Madurai is in the winter months of October to February.
Monsoons (July and August)
The monsoon helps bring temperatures down and those who want to see the natural landscape come alive should travel during the months of July to August.
Summer is hot and sultry and can make exploring the city uncomfortable.
How to reach Madurai?
Madurai is easily accessible from different parts of the country by air and rail. It’s also connected to the southern region of India by road.
Air: Madurai Airport is one of the points of entry by air. Flights can be booked from Chennai and a few major Indian cities. Travelers coming in from abroad will arrive at the nearest international airport, Chennai International Airport.
Rail: Traveling by train is the preferred mode of entry for many domestic tourists. The railway station is connected to many cities in India. If you’re traveling from Chennai, it takes about 8 hours to reach Madurai.
Road: Travelers coming in from cities in South India can take a bus to Madurai. It takes about 8 to 10 hours to get here from Chennai.
Which are the best places to visit in Madurai?
Madurai has many points of interest with temples topping the list. Check out these must-visit places that you can’t afford to miss –
What things can I do in Madurai?
Temple-hopping is the top activity for most visitors. With so many temples to see,
it’s a must that you check them out. However, there are other things to do such as –
- Food tours
- Cycle rickshaw tour
- Go on a potter’s trail
- Go on a guided walk
Which are some best resorts to stay in Madurai?
Visitors have their pick of resorts in Madurai, some catering to budget travelers and others to luxury travelers. Here are the best places to stay at in the city –
- The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Madurai
- Regency Madurai by GRT Hotels
- Astoria Hotels
- Hotel North Gate
- Fortune Pandiyan
- Royal Court
- The SPK Hotel
- Hotel Royal Court
- West Marret Hotel
- Moskva Hotel
Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Madurai?
South Indian cuisine dominates in Madurai and when you’re here, you must sample as many local dishes as possible. From dosai to idli to sweets to meals served on banana leaves, you’ll never run out of food to try. Here are some of the best places to eat at –
- Famous Jigarthanda Shop
- Sulthan Restaurant
- Burma Idiyappam Kadai
- Madurai Idli Shop
- New Shri Ram Mess
- Amma Mess
- Konar Mess
What are the best public transport modes to commute around Madurai?
Buses and auto rickshaws are the best ways to get around the city. Renting a car is possible but unless you have experience driving on Indian roads, it’s best avoided.
Which are the best places for shopping in Madurai?
Handlooms, silk sarees, carvings and bell metal lamps are some of the most popular things to buy in Madurai. You can get them as these favorite shopping places –
- Poompuhar Sales Showroom
- Cottage Arts Emporium
- Madurai Gallery
- Rajmahal Silks
- Khadi Emporium
- Handloom House
- Surabhi Handicrafts
Which are the famous historic monuments in Madurai?
Madurai has a long history and a visit here will immediately immerse you in it. There are several famous monuments that should make their way into your itinerary. They are –
- Gandhi Memorial Museum
- Mary's Cathedral
- Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal
- Goripalayam Mosque
Which are the famous temples in Madurai?
The city is famed for its numerous temples, most featuring detailed Dravidian architecture with pyramid shaped towers and figures of deities. Here are some of the most noted temples in Madurai –
- Sri Meenakshi Temple
- Koodal Azhagar Temple
- Meenakshi Amman Temple
- Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple
- Thirumohoor Kalamegaperumal temple
- Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple
- Kallazhagar Temple
- Vandiyur Mariamman Temple