Chennai to Madurai Weekend Holiday Packages
Madurai holiday packages from Chennai for your weekend trip
What to See
Meenakshi Temple: 'Madurai' brings to your mind is the magnificent Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, which is one of South India's busiest and biggest pilgrimage sites. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati and is built in stunning architecture. It is surrounded by a high wall and 12 gopurams mark the several entrances. The walls are adorned with intricately carved gods, beasts, demons and heroes. A particularly striking feature of this temple is the Ayiramkaal Mandapam or the Hall of Thousand Pillars. The pillars (985 in number instead of 1000) are intricately carved in Dravidian style. The outermost corridor has the musical pillars; each when tapped produces different musical notes. To the south of the pillared hall is the Kalyana Mandapa, where the marriage of Shiva and Parvati is celebrated every year.
Thirumalai Nayak Mahal: Built by King Thirumalai Nayak with the help of an Italian Architect, this palace earlier consisted of two parts, namely Swarga Vilasam (Celestial Pavilion) and Ranga Vilasam. Intended to be one of the grandest palaces of South India, today all that remains is the main entrance, the dancing hall and the main hall. A unique attraction of this palace is the light and sound show, which depicts events from Thirumalai Nayak's life.
Mariamman Teppakulam: This is a huge temple tank about 5 Kms east of the Meenakshi temple. The mandapam in the centre has an idol of Vigneshwara (Vinayaka) and is the biggest tank of its kind in Tamil Nadu. The Vinayaka idol is believed to have been found when the earth was being dug to build the Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, thus rendering sanctity to the place. It is also the site of the annual Teppam Festival (Float Festival) held in the months of January and February.
Tirupparankundram: 6 Kms southwest of Madurai, this small town is known for its sacred granite hill. The temple cave is cut out of solid rock and is regarded as one of the six abodes of Lord Subramaniya.
Gandhi Museum: Dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, it exhibits memorabilia from the Gandhian era. Among the collection is the bloodstained dhoti that he was wearing on the fateful day of his assassination. The Picture Gallery presents a visual biography of Gandhiji that contains photos, paintings, sculptures and manuscripts.
Alagar Koyil: Located 21 kms northwest from Madurai, the presiding deity here is Vishnu, in the form of Meenakshi's brother Azhgar. Every year when the celestial marriage of Meenakshi and Sundareswarar takes place, this idol, in the form of Sundararajar is carried to Madurai for the wedding ritual. The temple is adorned with intricate carvings, the most notable being those of Narasimha, Krishna, Rathi on the parrot and Vishnu on Garuda. Also located on the same hill is Palamudhirsolai, one of the 6 abodes of Lord Subramanya and a natural spring Nuburagangai.
Weekend Getaways in India