With a name that means “sweetness” in Tamil, Madurai comes across as any other medium-sized Indian city, with its concrete buildings and streets clogged with traffic. But as you near its center, you find an elegant plan of concentric roads surrounding one if the holiest temples in South India, the Meenakshi Temple. This is Madurai, a city that is said to have been showered with divine nectar by the Hindu god Shiva and where the cacophony of voices and temple bells are everywhere.
Madurai has long been an academic center of learning for Tamil culture, literature, art, music and dance for centuries. It is famous for its Jasmine Flowers that are grown in “Madurai Malli” plantations and transported to other cities of India!
Nickname: Thoonga Nagaram (the city that never sleeps), Malligai Maanagar (city of Jasmines), The Athens of India
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