Visit Madurai - Best of Madurai
Madurai, the 3rd largest city in Tamil Nadu; the city of temples, vibrant culture and an intense and rich history has carved its own unique place on the world map. Many rulers, dynasties, and kingdoms have always been attracted to Madurai across centuries- from the Kalabhra, Pandyans, Chola Dynasty, the flourishing Nayak rule to the British Rule in 1801. The city even finds its name highlighted in Greek and Roman documents!
Madurai’s layout is intriguing. The Meenakshi Temple forms the center of the city around which streets are arranged in concentric quadrangles. The ancient architecture is best seen in the city’s timeless temples and the caves which are located on the outskirts.Madurai is most famous for inspiring Mahatma Gandhi to adopt his iconic style of clothing, inspired by the farmers who were working in the fields when Gandhi visited the city. The city holds a piece of the blood-stained garment worn by Gandhi when he was assassinated.
Today, Madurai,eventhoughnot a capital of Tamil Nadu, still maintains a subtle importance with its ancient history and modern IT center. The city is known as ‘the city that never sleeps’ and shines its best during the 10 day MeenakshiTirukalyanam festival.
For the travel lovers, Madurai is simply witnessing India in one of its best avatars- culture, art, architecture and ancient history, all spun to together seamlessly.
Owing to historic sights in the city and its rustic charm along with an urban life, tourism in Madurai has flourished and the city is a must-see for anyone who wants to experience South- India.
Madurai Travel Tips
Essential travel information and Madurai tips for your visit
- Time Zone: UTC + 5.30
- Currency: Indian National Rupee (INR)
- Electricity and Internet: 230 Volts, 50 Hz. Internet 3G compatibility (4G recently introduced, may not be commonly used)
- Languages: Tamil, English
- Fire: 101
- Police: 100
- Ambulance (Government Rajaji Hospital): 108
- When travelling by Rickshaws, Taxi or Cabs, do negotiate for the price as foreigners are often duped for over priced journeys.
- Be wary of pick-pockets.
- Removing foot wear outside templesbeforeentering the shrines is customary.
- Modest clothing is preferred since the place is quite traditional.
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Madurai Tourist Information
Madurai Tours for you
The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Madurai
Save 6%Full-Day Tour of MaduraiNew on TripHobo
Duration: 6 Hrs
One of the oldest and continuously inhabited cities in the world. Madurais history goes back to 3rd century. Dominated by sev...
Evening Foodie Tour in MaduraiNew on TripHobo
Duration: 3 Hrs
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Duration: 13 Hrs
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Day trip to Periyar Wildlife Sanctury from MaduraiNew on TripHobo
Duration: 12 Hrs
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Facts and Stats for Madurai*
Pollution Statistics in Madurai
Know the pollution level of Madurai before you plan your visit.
Air Pollution 63.54 (High)
Water Pollution 60.53 (High)
Noise and Light Pollution 51.25 (Moderate)
Unattended dirt and garbage 71.25 (High)
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 57.14 (Moderate)
Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 65.79 (High)
Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 54.55 (Moderate)
Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 52.63 (Moderate)
Madurai: Crime and Safety
How safe is Madurai for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Madurai.
Burglary and Theft 48.44 (Moderate)
Mugging and Robbery 60 (High)
Assault and Armed Robbery 48.44 (Moderate)
Corruption and Bribery 78.13 (High)
Car Stealing 48.44 (Moderate)
Robbery of Car belongings 50 (Moderate)
Attacks 46.88 (Moderate)
Drug offense 45.31 (Moderate)
Safety walking alone during daylight 78.13 (High)
Safety walking alone during night 50 (Moderate)
Insulting and offensive behaviour 37.5 (Low)
Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 31.25 (Low)
Property crimes and Vandalism 54.69 (Moderate)
Living in Madurai - Quality of Life
Safety Index 50.24 (Moderate)
Pollution Index 71.04 (High)
Traffic Commute Time Index 55 (High)
Cost of Living Index 19.8 (Very Low)
Health Care Index 87.73 (Very High)
Property Price to Income Ratio 13.7 (High)
Purchasing Power Index 40.38 (Very Low)
Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.
Cost for Essentials in Madurai
Here's how much it will cost to shop in Madurai
Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.02 USD
International Movie per seat 2.19 USD
Summer clothing in a chain store 17.8 USD
Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 47.43 USD
Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 23.06 USD
*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced and subjected to change without notice.