Located on the banks of River Vaigai, Madurai is the third largest city in Tamil Nadu,India. It is a mecca for cultural and heritage enthusiasts.and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.It is also called as "Athens of the East" because of the way myth meets life here. The original name of Madurai was Madhurapuram because honey (madhu) is said to have dripped off the locks of Shiva here.It is among the most important pilgrimages for Hindus. Madurai is a renowned pilgrim destination with its chief attraction Meenakshi temple.
‘The city that never sleeps’, Madurai is always busy regardless of the time of the day. Anytime you venture out, you are sure to find the city busy and even if you are hungry in the middle of the night, you will find ‘idlis’, the famous south Indian dish served here.
The Best time to visit Madurai is from October to March, when the temperature is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing, vacationing and outdoor activities.
During the summer season, from March to June, it is extremely hot with temperature upto 43°C hence it is not advisable to visit Madurai during this time.
From July to August Madurai has medium to heavy rainfall and because outdoor activities and sightseeing are not possible during monsoon, it is best to avoid visiting Madurai in monsoon months.