Attractions

Top Choice Hindu Temple in Madurai

Meenakshi Amman Temple

The colourful abode of the triple-breasted warrior goddess Meenakshi (‘fish-eyed’ – an epithet for perfect eyes in classical Tamil poetry) is generally considered to be the peak of South Indian temple architecture, …
Museum in Madurai

Gandhi Memorial Museum

Housed in a 17th-century Nayak queen's palace, this impressive museum contains a moving, comprehensive account of Gandhi's life and India’s struggle for independence from 1757 to 1947; the English-language displays …
Palace in Madurai

Tirumalai Nayak Palace

What Madurai's Meenakshi Amman Temple is to Nayak religious architecture, Tirumalai Nayak's crumbling palace is to the secular. It’s said to be only a quarter of its original size, but its massive scale and hybrid D…
Notable Building in Madurai

Pudhu Mandapa

This 16th-century pillared hall stands outside the Meenakshi Amman Temple, opposite the eastern gopuram. It's crammed with colourful textile and crafts stalls and tailors at sewing machines, partly hiding some of th…
Museum in Madurai

Temple Art Museum

Inside the Meenakshi Amman Temple's eastern gopuram, you'll find the Nayak-period Thousand Pillared Hall (with 985 columns) on your right. Now the Art Museum, it contains a Shiva shrine with a large bronze Nataraja …
Religious Site in Madurai

Mariamman Teppakkulam Tank

This vast tank, 3km east of the old city, covers an area as big as the Meenakshi Amman Temple and is the site of the incredible annual Teppam (Float) Festival. It's empty most of the year, when it primarily serves a…
Church in Madurai

St Mary's Cathedral

This 20th-century neo-Gothic construction's simple stained-glass windows and bold-orange vaulting are offset by a magnificent blue-and-white exterior with twirling spires.
Museum in Madurai

Madurai Government Museum

Attached to the very interesting Gandhi Memorial Museu, this is a sadly neglected collection of archaeological finds, sculpture, bronzes, costumes and paintings.