Madurai, also known as the Temple city, is the third largest city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the flat plains of river Vaigai, this ancient city fates back to the 3rd century B.C and is well renowned for its Dravidian style temples built by the Pandyan and Madurai Nayak kings. Also known as the ‘city of 4 junctions’, there are a host of good hotels in Madurai which reflect its significance as one of India’s most prominent pilgrimage centers.
Madurai is well known for its typical style of ancient Dravidian style of architecture which is so well showcased in its innumerable palaces, temples and other heritage structures. Some of its main religious sites are the world-renowned Meenakshi Sundareswar temple, Koodal Azhagar temple with God Vishnu and the Navagraham as its main deity, Kazimar Big mosque and Maqbara, the oldest mosque in the city, St. Mary’s Cathedral Church and the Goripalay Dargah. A very famous palace complex worth visiting is the Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal which is also a national monument. Madurai has special arrangements for the entertainment of people of all age groups. The Eco park features lighting of trees with optical fibers and is known to host fountain water musical shows which are a treat to watch. The Hawa Valley, a little on the outskirts of the city, is a beautiful spot where there are arrangements for go-carting. The Rajaji Children’ park is a complete entertainment package with enthralling sports activities and swings, food stalls and also other fun-filled programs. Last, but not the least, if you are a shopaholic, a visit to the newly opened Vishal Mall is a must as it is the best shopping complex in the whole of Tamil Nadu.
Good Hotels in Madurai
Hotel Germanus is one of the best 3-star Madurai hotels located in the heat of the city. It is a perfect choice for both business and leisure travelers. Although being right at the center of the city, the hotel is spacious, free from the hustle and bustle of the city. Over and above the other basic modern amenities, the hotel even has a well equipped Ayurveda and massage center where you can relax and rejuvenate your senses. Recommended by 100% of the travelers, this hotel charges Rs. 3,000 per night which includes complimentary breakfast and free pick up and drop from the railway station.
Madurai is Park Plaza is one of the preferred hotels in Madurai. It is a 2-star property which is very close to the famous Meenakshi Amman Temple. The hotel is at a walkable distance from both the railway station as well as the bus stand while the airport is at a distance of 12 km. The hotel excels in providing all modern facilities and also has a gift-shop/boutique and currency exchange facilities for its foreign tourists. Guests who have stayed here agree that ‘the hotel has and ideal location and promises a pleasant stay’. This hotel charges Rs. 2,100 per night.
Hotel Empee is among the good budget hotels in Madurai and is quite renowned. It is within easy walking distance of all the business and cultural areas, overlooking the City junction, bus stand & shopping areas. The hotel promises well appointed clean rooms with all amenities required for a comfortable stay. Guests who have stayed here personally say that ‘it is a comfortable hotel and deserves good rating’. The room tariffs here are just Rs. 800 per night.