Welcome to Madurai

Chennai may be the capital of Tamil Nadu, but Madurai claims its soul. Madurai is Tamil-born and Tamil-rooted, one of the oldest cities in India, a metropolis that traded with ancient Rome and was a great capital long before Chennai was even dreamed of.Tourists, Indian and foreign, come here for the celebrated Meenakshi Amman Temple, a dazzling maze-like structure ranking among India's greatest temples. Otherwise,... Read More

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$640 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Night Private Tour of Kodaikanal from Madurai

DAY 1 : Madurai The representative will pick you up at Madurai Airport or Madurai Junction railway station according to your arrival schedule and then drive you to check in to a famous 4 star hotel in Madurai. In the afternoon, proceed to a sightseeing tour of Madurai and visit some of the popular attractions including the Meenakshiamman Temple and Pazhamudir Cholai, and also enjoy the light and sound show at the Thirumanalaik Hall. Overnight stay at hotel in Madurai.DAY 2 : Madurai - Kodaikanal After breakfast proceed to Kodaikanal and upon arrival check in to a popular 4 star hotel in Kodaikanal. After getting some rest at the hotel, visit the Bryant’s Park and Lake. Overnight stay at hotel in Kodaikanal.DAY 3 : Kodaikanal After breakfast go for a sightseeing tour of Kodaikanal. Visit the Coakers Walk, Green Valley View, Pillar Rocks, Chettiar Park, Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, and beautiful Waterfalls. Overnight stay at hotel in Kodaikanal.DAY 4 : Kodaikanal - Madurai There is no itinerary planned for the day. After breakfast you will be transferred back to Madurai and dropped off at Madurai Airport or Madurai Junction railway station for your onward journey.

$444 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Munnar Private Tour from Madurai

Day 1: Madurai - Munnar You will be picked up from Madurai Airport or Madurai Railway Station and then transfer to Munnar (approx. 5.5 hours) through scenic hills. En route visit the Anayirangal Dam, Power House Water Falls and more. Upon arrival in Munnar check in to a famous 4 star nature resort. Stay overnight in Munnar. Day 2: MunnarAfter breakfast spend your day taking in the nature’s bounty in Munnar. Visit the Tea Gardens, Fun Forest Adventure Park, Top Station, Punarjani Traditional Village, Attukal Waterfalls, CSI Christ Church, Mattupetty Dam, Rose Garden, Pothamedu Viewpoint and other popular attractions. After a fun and busy day, return to the hotel and stay overnight in Munnar.Day 3: Munnar - MaduraiAfter breakfast proceed to visit the Kannan Devan Tea Museum and Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park is known for a unique local breed of wild goat called nilgiri tahr with short, coarse fur and a bristly mane and Anamudi Peak, the highest peak of south India over 2,695 m. When the tour ends, you will be transferred back to Madurai and dropped off at Madurai Airport or Madurai Railway Station.

$99 Private & Custom Tours

Private Cultural Day Tour of Madurai

Meet your driver at your Madurai hotel, railway station or the airport. Begin your private tour by spending some time visiting Meenakshi Temple, one of the most famous landmarks of the temple city. Meenakshi Temple is dedicated to the goddess Meenakshi (considered a form of Parvati) and is complete with a sanctum for her consort, Sundareshwarar (or Siva). The complex itself is a splendid example of the south Indian Dravida architectural style. Four immense gopurams or temple towers crown the gateways at each cardinal direction, easily visible from a distance. Each tower is encrusted with more than a thousand brilliantly painted sculptures depicting an assortment of mythological and auspicious themes. It is traditional to enter through the south gopuram and, unusually, worship the Goddess before her consort. Thiruparankundram Temple, one of the six blessed abodes of the Arupadai Veedu group of shrines dedicated to Lord Muruga, which is located on a hillock approximately 5 miles (8 km) from Madurai. Continue your journey to Alagar Temple, a temple located about  (20 km) away from the city in the hills of the village of Alagarkoil that is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. At the top of the hill is a natural stream from where the water is carried fresh daily by the temple priest for the Lord.  Pazhamudhir Solai, an important Temple for Lord Karthikeya located near Alagar Koil in the hills of the Solai jungle. Pazhamudhir Solai is another one of the six temples dedicated to Lord Muruga. Visit to Thirumalai Nayak Palace. There were originally two parts: Swargavilasa, or the heavenly pavilion, was meant for the King's harem and housing the darbar court, and the Ranka Vilasa, which was for his brother and visit the Gandhi Museum.

$1260 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5-Night Beach and Historical Tour of South India

Day 01: MaduraiUpon arrival at Madurai Airport or Railway Station, you will meet with the representative and transfer to the hotel in Madurai. Depending on your arrival flight schedule, if time permits, in the afternoon proceed for a sightseeing trip of Madurai. Visit the famous Sri Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Palace, Thirupparankundram Temple, Alagar Koil and Gandhi Museum. Overnight stay at the hotel in Madurai.Day 02: Madurai – Rameshwaram (175 km, approx. 4 hours drive)After breakfast proceed to Rameshwaram. After check-in to the hotel, go sightseeing of Rameshwaram, en-route visit Ramanathaswamy Temple, Agnitheertham, Ramjharoka Temple, Dhanushkodi and Adam’s Bridge. Overnight stay at hotel in Rameshwaram.Day 03: Rameshwaram – Kanyakumari (250 km, approx. 06 hours drive)After early breakfast drive to Kanyakumari and on arrival check in to the hotel. In the afternoon, explore Kanyakumari and visit Suchithram Temple, Devi Kanyakumari Temple, Vivekananda Rock, Gandhi Memorial and Triveni Sangam. In the evening, watch the most beautiful sunset of Kanyakumari. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kanyakumari.Day 04: Kanyakumari – Kovalam (100 km, approx. 03 hours drive)After breakfast transfer to Kovalam, the “Paradise of the South”. After checking in to the hotel on arrival, you can either relax at the hotel or chill at the beautiful Kovalam Beach. Overnight stay at the hotel/resort in Kovalam.Day 05: Kovalam – Trivandrum After the breakfast leave for Trivandrum and visit the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, Veli Tourist Village and the Shanghumukham Beach. Overnight stay at the hotel/resort in Trivandrum Day 06: TrivandrumThere is no itinerary planned for the day. After breakfast you will be transferred to Trivandrum International Airport for your onward journey. The tour ends in Trivandrum.

$94 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Evening Foodie Tour in Madurai

The purpose of this tour is to provide you with a unique opportunity to experience and learn about the exciting history, exceptional culture and the distinctive architecture of Madurai following a unique cuisine trail.Meet your guide in your hotel lobby or another centrally located location in Madurai around 5:30pm and  see the  Ancient Meenakshi Temple on the way to various Madurai famous food stalls. The first stop will be at Melamashi Veethi Street. Here, you will be taken to a few traditional food shops which specialize in snacks and sweets. After that, go to a few South Indian specialty restaurants where you can have idly, dosa, vada, kozhi paniyaram, idiyappam, and chicken chettinad. After that, you will visit a fruit shop and have some seasonal southern fruit juice, fruit salads, and ice cream. At around 8:30pm, you will return back to your pickup point.

$1612 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Night Private Tour: Cultural Heritages of Tamil Nadu

Day 1 : Upon arrival at Chennai Airport/Railway Station, you will transferred to your Hotel in Chennai. After refreshments, visits to Kapaleeshwar Temple, Santhome Cathedral, Parthsarthy Temple, Marina Beach and the National Art Gallery, local sightseeing, then back to your hotel in Chennai. (Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Chennai)Day 2 : Chennai – Mahabalipuram (34 miles – 1-hour drive) After breakfast, check out of your hotel in Chennai and proceed to Mahabalipuram. Check-in at your hotel in Mahabalipuram. In the afternoon, enjoy sightseeing in Mahabalipuram. You will visit Shore Temple, Five Ratha’s, Crocodile Bank, Arjuna’s Penance and Tiger Caves before heading back to the hotel. (Overnight stay at a 4-star Resort in Mahabalipuram)Day 3 : Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (102 miles – 4-hour drive) After breakfast, check out of your hotel in Mahabalipuram and proceed to Pondicherry. Check-in to your hotel. Spend the day doing things at your own leisure and walk around the heritage Streets of the City (Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Pondicherry)Day 4 : Pondicherry After breakfast, visits to Shri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, Arikamedu, Pondicherry Beach, the Botanical Garden and Bharati Park before heading back to the hotel  (Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Pondicherry)Day 5 : Pondicherry – Tanjore (109 miles – 4-hour drive) After breakfast, check out from your hotel in Pondicherry and drive to Tanjore. Enroute visit Chidambaram Nadarajer Temple  and UNESCO Heritages Chola Temples Kangaikonada Cholapaurm, Darasuram,  Brihadeeswara Temple (Big Temple Tanjore after check-in at hotel) The Palace, Art Gallery and Saraswati Mahal Library. (Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Tanjore)Day 6 : Tanjore – Trichy (1-hour 30 Minutes) After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Trichy to visit Rock Fort Temple, Tiruvanaikkovil Temple, Srirangam Temple, and Lady of Lourdes Church  After a long day, relax for the evening at your hotel at Trichy. (Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Trichy)Day 7 : Trichy – Madurai (84 miles – 4-hour drive) After breakfast, check out from your hotel and drive to Madurai. Check-in to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon sightseeing in Madurai to visit to Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Thirupparankundram Temple, Alagar Koil and Gandhi Museum, (Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Madurai)Day 8: Madurai - Chennai (290 miles – 8Hours drive) After breakfast, you will check-out from your hotel and enjoy the scenic drive to Chennai Airport to proceed to the next destination as per your itinerary.