Madurai, south India’s great temple town, the seventh largest city and synonymous with the Meenakshi Temple, is located on the banks of the River Vaigai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is well known with the name as Madura or the 'Temple City' or the 'Athens of the East' due to the five hundred temples established there.
The area covered by the city is near about 109 sq. km and the population is 13,00,998 with the languages spoken Tamil, Sourashtra and English. In the ancient days it was the capital of the Pandya kings of South India as an important commercial centre of India. Madurai has its glorious, lavish rich culture and heritage more than 2500 years old and the city has been an important commercial center since as early as 550 A.D.
Madurai has his own pride of becoming one of the antique cities of India. The main and the prime attraction of the Madurai is the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple - a marvelous and glorious example of amazing architecture, built by the Pandya king Kulasekara and later reconstructed by the ruler Thirumalai Nayak.
One can explore the the great heritage and culture of the Madurai and the respect of the peoples towards their tradtions and customes with the popularities Ballads, folk dances and dramas. Another attractions that can be explored in the Madurai are Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal - a national monument built in the Indo-Sarsenic style, Thiruparankundaram - a great temple of religious harmony respected by all the devotees of all the religions and a Islamic dargah is also located near the temple which is equally popular among the peoples of the Madurai, Tirumalai Naik Palace - an indo-Saracenic building built in 1523 and have a prime attraction among the visitors exploring the glorious architecture work of Nayaks. Madurai is a beautiful and a fabulous tourist attraction to be explored.