Historical and religious monuments are prime attractions of sightseeing during Madurai tour. Madurai, a holy city and commercial hotbed since
several thousand years, is marked by religious tourism, thanks to Meenakshi Amman Temple. It is estimated that more than 15000 devotees arrive in Madurai
to have ‘darshana’ in Meenakshi Sundareswarer Temple. Madurai, one of the oldest cities of southern India, has been the center of learning and pilgrimage
for centuries. Archaeological evidence found in this area indicates existence of Megalithic and Neolithic settlements. The ancient city had links with
Greece and Rome and traded mainly in spices, gems & cotton clothes. Madurai is also mentioned in many ancient texts. Initially, it was capital of the Pandyas.
The Cholas took over the city in 10th century. The Pandyas regained control in the 12th century, only to lose it again to barbaric & religiously inimical
Islamic invaders, led by Malik Kafur. In 1364 AD, Vijaynagar Empire defeated the Muslims and took over the reign of the city. The Nayaks, who were the
local governors of Madurai, have contributed a lot to the architectural gems of the city. The modem city of Madurai lives side-by-side with its traditions.
Spinning and weaving mills turn out some of the best cloth of all South India and the city is an educational center as well. Madurai tour packages ensure
that the fascinating architectural wonders in the form of temples & palaces with exquisite sculptures are shown. Some of the main attractions of the
city are Meenakshi Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Mahal, Gandhi Museum, Koodal Azhagar Temple, Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam and Pazhamudhirsolai. Depending
upon the tour plan, excursions to nearby tourist destinations like Kodaikanal & Rameshwaram can be carried out. A trip to Kodaikanal, one of the
country's most beautiful hill resorts, is not to be missed. Rameshwaram can also be visited which is considered one of the most important pilgrimage
sites for Hindus. The city is also famous for its enchanting beaches.