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Private Custom Tour: Madurai Sightseeing with Guide

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Stop At: Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, Venmani Rd, Sellur, Madurai 625002 India

Superb example of Dravidian architecture and sculpture, the temple has two sanctorum, one dedicated to Shiva as Sundareswarar and the other to his consort Meenakshi. This is one of the largest temple complexes in the country. Of the many pieces of sculpture in the temple, the most striking is that of the divine marriage of goddess Meenakshi with Sundareswarar. The highlight of the temple is the ‘Hall of Thousand Pillars’. The hall has 985 pillars with a number of ornate and bold sculptures. Viewed from any angle, these pillars appear to be in a straight line, an architectural marvel indeed. In the outer most corridor is situated the matchless musical pillars carved out of stones; when tapped, they produce different musical notes. The museum of icons, photographs and illustrations in this hall is of great interest. The temple is usually open from 0500 hrs to 1230 hrs and 1600 hrs to 2130 hrs.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, Near Meenakshi Temple, Madurai India

This monumental palace was built in 1636 AD by the ruler by King Tirumalai Nayak, one of the leading kings of the Nayak dynasty which ruled Madurai. The building, which we see today, is the main palace where the king lived. The original palace complex was four times larger. The palace complex consisted of mainly two parts. The imposing edifice is famous for the 'stucco work' on its domes and impressive arches. The 'Sorgavilasam' (celestial pavilion) constructed entirely of brick and mortar without the support of a single rafter or girder, is a marvel of Indo-Saracenic architectural style. There is a museum in the palace building, which has sections dealing with the history of Madurai and the art and architecture of Tamil Nadu.


Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, Teppakulam, Madurai India

It is also called as Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam just 2 kms from Meenakshi Temple in the Town. There are Ghats on all four sides with 12 steps . It is said that, this pit was dug to fetch sand to build Thirumalai Nayakar Palace. The pit was later converted with brick work as a Holy tank and Thirumalai Nayakar Built the Vandiyur Mariamman Temple too on the northern side of the tank. In the middle of the tank there is a Mandapam called Maiya Mandapam [center Mandapam] with a small Ganesh Temple and a Garden. The Float Festival at Mariamman Teppkulam is one of the most colourful temple festival, annually held in the month of Thai [Jan-Feb] to mark the birth anniversary of King Thirumalai Nayak.Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar are seated on an illuminated Float [Theppam] colorfully decorated with flowers and the Theppam moves around the tank with the traditional musical treat in the background, watched by thousands of devotees.

Duration: 30 minutes
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick from all hotels in Madurai
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Duration
8h
Return Details
Returns to your hotel in Madurai City
Inclusions
  • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local guide
  • Private tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • Camera charges at monuments
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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Maheshwari was a very knowledgeable guide who knew people at the locations we visited and this enabled us to move around very quickly. Sasi is an excellent driver who knew the routes very well. Both Maheshwari and Sasi were very good companions for my tour of Madurai which I
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