Madurai  - The Ancient Dravidian City

Madurai is one of the oldest cities in India with a recorded history dating back to 300 BC. It has been mentioned in the writings of Megasthenese, the Greek traveler. The land, famous for its rich culture, ancient monuments, and unparalleled history, will make anyone flabbergasted. Many monuments are centuries old and proclaim the ancient Dravidian culture and architecture of the land. Moreover, the riverside city is renowned as the epicenter of Tamil Sangam – a congregation of Tamil scholars. If you desire to learn the ancient Dravidian culture, there is no other place than Madurai.

Located in Tamil Nadu, the place is considered as the cultural capital of the state. There are many interesting places to visit in Madurai. The ancient city is constructed around the Meenakshi Amman Temple. The land is designed with many concentric quadrangular streets around the ancient monument. It is believed that Vishwanatha Nayak the first Madurai king from the Nayak dynasty, redesigned the city according to Shilpa Shastras (ancient architectural rules). The streets still retain their traditional names.

There are many famous tourist places in Madurai, most of which are ancient monuments, like Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace, Gandhi memorial museum, Kazimar Big Mosque, and so on. If you are an art and history enthusiast, you will be thrilled by all these places.

The major tourist attractions in Madurai are: