Best Things To Do in Madurai, India

A revered land of temples and religious places of worship, this city is full of historical and cultural monuments. There is the famous Shree Meenakshi Sundareswara Temple, which has five entrances and is dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi. There are other revered temples as well like the Koodal Azhagar Temple and the Thiruparankundram and the Azhagar Temple etc. The city is also known for its Dargahs, museums and other monuments and buildings of great importance. Things to do in Madurai, thus, range from visiting many temples to finding spiritual nirvana here.

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  1. Meenakshi Amman Temple

    # 1 of 51 Things To Do in Madurai | Added 1452 times in trip plans
    Meenakshi Amman Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001

    Timings: 05:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    Temple dedicate to an avatar of Goddess Parvati, the Meenakshi Temple comes with an interesting story. The princess Tadaatagai (avatar of Parvati) was born with three breasts and a voice from the heav...Read more

  2. Thirumalain Nayakar Mahal

    # 2 of 51 Things To Do in Madurai | Added 1004 times in trip plans
    Thirumalain Nayakar Mahal

    Tags: Architecture

    Address: Panthadi 1st Street, Mahal Area, Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Built in 1636 AD by KingThirumalaiNayak, the Thirumalain Nayakkar Mahal is one of the most visited places in the city by tourists and locals alike owing to its larger than life architecture, royal int...Read more

  3. Gandhi Memorial Museum

    # 3 of 51 Things To Do in Madurai | Added 639 times in trip plans
    Gandhi Memorial Museum

    Tags: Museum, Historical Site

    Address: Tallakulam, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625020

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:45 pm Details

    A palace built in the 17th century was converted to a Museum and inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1959 to hold all the precious belongings of M.K. Gandhi who was brutally assassinated with a gunshot...Read more

  4. Koodal Azhagar Temple

    # 4 of 51 Things To Do in Madurai | Added 531 times in trip plans
    Koodal Azhagar Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: Near Periyar Bus Stand, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001

    Timings: 05:30 am - 09:00 pm Details

    Yet another of Madurai’s famous temples, KoodalAzhagar Temple is dedicated to Vishnu (the Protector) and is one of his 108 abodes. The temple greets you at its gate with a colorful and intricate...Read more

  5. Alagar Koyil

    # 5 of 51 Things To Do in Madurai | Added 809 times in trip plans
    Alagar Koyil

    Tags: Religious Site, Architecture

    Address: Solaimalai Hill, Madurai 625001, India

    Timings: 06:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    This depicts the legendary story of a sage (Suthapas) who ignored a Maharishi while he was taking a bath in the river and was cursed by the Maharishi to take the form of a Frog, forms the historic sto...Read more

  6. Samanar Caves

    # 6 of 51 Things To Do in Madurai | Added 978 times in trip plans
    Samanar Caves

    Tags: Cave

    Address: Vadivelkarai Road, Kilakuyilkudi, Tamil Nadu 625019

    Timings: 06:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Located 11 kilometers from Madurai, The Samanar hills are home to ancient Jain Carvings that date back to the 9th Century. The caves have two main sculptures- Settipodavu (Mahavira) and Pechipallam (T...Read more

  7. Puthu Mandapam

    # 7 of 51 Things To Do in Madurai | Added 1211 times in trip plans
    Puthu Mandapam

    Tags: Shopping Center, Hall

    Address: Near Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu

    Timings: 09:00 am - 08:30 pm Details

    A ‘Mandapan’ or Hall near the Meenakshi Amman Temple, the place is a shopping street filled with some of the oldest shops in Madurai. The shops date back to around 1921 and are passed down...Read more

  8. Aayiram Kaal Mandapam

    # 8 of 51 Things To Do in Madurai | Added 1234 times in trip plans
    Aayiram Kaal Mandapam

    Tags: Hall

    Address: EChitrai Street, near Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    One of the most beautiful Manadapams or Halls in Madurai, the AayiramKaalMandapam is known as the 1000 pillar Hall (985 to be precise). The manadapam is located on the grounds of the Meenakshi Amman T...Read more

  9. Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple

    # 9 of 51 Things To Do in Madurai | Added 730 times in trip plans
    Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: Thiruparankundram, Tamil Nadu 625005

    Timings: 05:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    One of the most ancient (believed to be built before the 7thcentury) and lavishly carved temple in south India, the ThiruparankundramMurugan temple makes a first time visitor rather speechless just by...Read more

  10. Gorippalayam Dargah

    # 10 of 51 Things To Do in Madurai | Added 1080 times in trip plans
    Gorippalayam Dargah

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site

    Address: Gorippalayam, Madurai, Tamil Nadu

    Timings: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    TheGorippalayamDargah was built by King ThiruvalaiNayak and remains one of the most tranquil places to visit in Madurai. The Mosque has the tombs of two sultans from Yemen namely HazratKhaja Syed Sult...Read more

  11. Athisayam

    # 11 of 51 Things To Do in Madurai | Added 477 times in trip plans

    Tags: Park, Theme Park, Water Park, Entertainment

    Address: Madurai - Dindigul Main Road, Paravai, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625010

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:30 pm Details

    Athisayam amusement theme park, located on a 20-acre area in the outskirts of Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The distance between the city of Madurai and Athisayam is 12 kilometers. The park was established in ...Read more

  12. Kazimar Big Mosque And Maqbara

    # 12 of 51 Things To Do in Madurai | Added 873 times in trip plans
    Kazimar Big Mosque And Maqbara

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture

    Address: South Gate, S Marret St, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001

    Timings: 04:00 am - 11:00 pm Details

    Built in the 13th century, the Kazimar Big Mosque and Maqbara is the oldest mosque in the city and the first place of worship for Muslims. The Mosque was built by HazratKazi Syed Tajuddin- a blood des...Read more

  13. Saint Mary's Cathedral

    # 13 of 51 Things To Do in Madurai | Added 786 times in trip plans
    Saint Mary's Cathedral

    Tags: Religious Site, Tower, Architecture , Cathedral

    Address: E Veli St, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001

    Timings: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    One of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in India, the Saint Mary’s Cathedral is known for its classic European architecture and Roman-styled bell tower. Founded in 1840, the church was rebuilt...Read more

  14. Vaigai Dam

    # 14 of 51 Things To Do in Madurai | Added 2650 times in trip plans
    Vaigai Dam

    Tags: Park, River, Picnic Spot

    Address: Melmangalam, Tamil Nadu 625562

    Timings: 07:00 am - 06:30 pm Details

    The Vaigai Dam is located on Vaigai River and is a famous picnic spot for locals during rainy season. Located 60 kilometers from Madurai, the place has a beautiful park and also has a promenade making...Read more

  15. Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam

    # 15 of 51 Things To Do in Madurai | Added 980 times in trip plans
    Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam

    Tags: Lake, Festival

    Address: Meenakshi Nagar, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625009

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    An artificial water lake formed when the area was mined to build the ThiruvalaimNayyak Palace, VandiyoorMariammanTeppakulum shines its best during evenings- when the whole lake reflects the city. A si...Read more

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