Madurai Tourism

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.

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

Tourist Traps:

  • 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.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Madurai

  • Know the pollution level of Madurai before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 62.5 (High)
    • Water Pollution 56.52 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 48.96 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 70.83 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 54 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 66.3 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 50.96 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 54.35 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Madurai for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Madurai.

    • Burglary and Theft 44.24 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 58.41 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 51.74 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 80.26 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 44.24 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 45.49 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 47.99 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 42.11 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 79.24 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 49.24 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 39.47 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 32.89 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 52.99 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Madurai is 101.42 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 51.88 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 63.8 (High)
    • Pollution Index 69.03 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 54.75 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 23.43 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 84.68 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 17.47 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 33.86 (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.

  • 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 2.11 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 21.4 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 48.57 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 24.16 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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