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Considering a trip to Madurai, the home of the renowned Meenakshi temple? Here’s what to do in Madurai, besides temple hopping.
As the third largest city of Tamil Nadu, Madurai is a city known for its historical and cultural significance, the first association with the city being the acclaimed Meenakshi Amman Temple. In fact, the city has been constructed in the form of a lotus around the Meenakshi Amman temple.
An ancient city with a rich cultural and architectural heritage, it is called the ‘Athens of the east’; but Madurai, arguably, has as much as history as Athens itself. The Greeks traded with the then Pandya kingdom from the 3rd to the 10th century B.C.
While there are thousands of articles about Madurai on the Internet, what they cannot provide is the pride that a resident feels when he lifts his chest high and claims, “Maduraikkaranda!” ( I am a proud Madurai-ite!)
While most visitors to the city come on account of the Meenakshi temple, Madurai has some lesser known attractions that are usually overlooked; rather, they are not given much importance. But as a Madurai-ite by birth and by living, I would like to highlight those.
The typical hustle and bustle associated with a place of pilgrimage is ever-present. Yes, it can be a harsh sensory overload if you are a first-time visitor. Finding time and space to yourself in Madurai, immediately, can be tough indeed. Rest and Rejuvenation (R&R) should be first on order as soon as you set foot here.
Madurai beyond Meenakshi
Even though Madurai is best associated with the Meenakshi temple, there are many more interesting things to do in this city. After all, it was on global travel map thousands of years ago. Here are some ways to spend your time in Madurai.
This post is supported by the #KonaKonaKotak initiative from Kotak Mahindra Bank, which is now present in Madurai too, and rapidly adding presence all over India, including in your city!
Pic of temple via Shutterstock
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