Going by its name, “Madurai”, this beautiful city in the state of Tamil Nadu is one of the oldest and historically significant cities of India since time immemorial. Called as the Athens of the east, the recorded history of Madurai goes back to third century BCE. Now developed as the second-tier city for information technology, it has kept up with its rich tradition of quality education and knowledge since many centuries. The third Tamil Sangam, a major congregation of Tamil scholars is said to have been held in the city. .
Located on the banks of the river Vaigai, Madurai has a colorful and vibrant culture comprising of music, food, festivals, history and social harmony. Some of the unique aspects of the city’s life cannot be found anywhere else in India which makes it one of the top tourist destinations of the state. One can easily spend a full week here without getting bored or tired and yet would be left with a lot of things unexplored. Below are some of those special things one finds and enjoys only in Madurai and which makes it really special.
One of the longest festivals of the world, it is celebrated for entire month in April – the first 15 days for Goddess Meenakshi followed by Lord Alagar.
The delicious and very famous cold drink with its origin in Madurai, it translates to cool heart and is prepared from milk, almonds, sugar and ice cream.
The protagonist of the Tamil epic Silapathikaram, this legendary Vaishya woman takes revenge on the Pandyan king of Madurai by cursing the city.
The traditional flatbread for Indians, this variety from culinary tradition of Madurai is famous for its rich, layered texture and distinct taste.
Konar Kadai Kari Dosa:
The mouthwatering and yummy delicacy from Madurai, this typical type of dosa is served with mutton curry and loved by many.
A distinctive variety of jasmine family of flowers, Mallipoo is known for its powerful, mysterious, strong and seductive fragrance.
Meenakshi Amman Temple:
The historical temple of goddess Meenakshi and lord Shiva, this forms the lifeline of the city of Madurai.
This unique iron weapon used for agricultural purposes is famous for its quality of making and its origin in the historical legends.