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Madurai

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums

Athens of the East

One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture. The colorful design of the Hindu temples has become emblematic of the city as a whole, with its wealth of religious sites high on the list of things to visit while sightseeing in Madurai. The capital of the Pandyam Kingdom for centuries, a number of museums around the city help introduce the stately importance of the city throughout the years, and put its current status as a key place of Hindu pilgrimage in context. When using our India journey planner, you're building your holiday based on your own interests, visitor reviews, and the informed opinions of our well-traveled writers.
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