Four Hours Offbeat tour of Madurai (Exclude Sri Meenakshi Temple)

Duration: 3h and 30min
Languages: English
Registered on September 17, 2019

Hello! My name is Dhanabalan and I have been a tour guide in Madurai for the last 11 years. I am especially passionate about the history of Madurai and the different walks of life in this city where I was born and raised. I also enjoy meeting and learning from the people I meet while guiding. I pride myself on offering interesting and informative tours to my clients, and I really look forward to showing you around the city. Don't hesitate to contact us if you want to customize any tour. Please just ask, and together we can create the perfect trip for you with combination of places in Madurai.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

Experience authentic Madurai on this amazing walking tour of the old town with the Local and this tour will give you a great introduction of the city, its history, its vibrant culture, and its people with lots of wonderful stories about the city, fun facts and must do things in the city.

This guided tour is a blend of historical elucidation and curious anecdote. We will cover some of the city highlights such as Local Flower Market and Banana Market  along with hidden places and forgotten nooks of the old city.

Duration : Three Hours

Exclusion :
* Transportation
* Entry Fee for temple
* Personal Expenses
* Tipping for tour guide

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Note :
These tours has minimum number of guests required for it to run. While unlikely , it is possible that will not reach the minimum and the guest will be notified that it has been cancelled.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    No. 78, p, 78, E Avani Moola St, Near...
    No. 78, p, 78, E Avani Moola St, Near Kadi Gramodyog, Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India
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    Nandhi (Sacred Bull)Statue,Pudhumandapam,Madurai

  • 1
    Free admission
    Local Flower market

    The best time to visit Madurai flower market is in the early morning if you want to see different kinds of flowers in Madurai. The eye-catching scenes of colorful flowers, buzzing atmosphere and busy movements of vendors, along with the sweet and seductive scent of various blossoms made the market itself a great hive of activity to welcome a new day in Madurai.

  • 2
    Free admission
    Local Banana Market

    A quintessential local experience, the trading in the banana market starts bright and early in the day, with 16 varieties of banana being sold here. The bananas are brought in massive quantities and it is truly a sight to behold! While you’re there, don’t forget to taste the different varieties and experience something new!

  • 3
    Entrance not included
    Sri Subramaniaswamy temple, Thirupparankundram

    Arulmigu Subramaniya Swamy Temple , dedicated to the Hindu god Murugan that is known as a handsome son of the Lord Shiva. Due to being having the deity of the one of the favourite Gods which Tamil’s worship, this temple in Madurai receives devotees and pilgrims in large numbers every day and throughout the year.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Pudhu Mandapam

    One of the most serene places to visit in Madurai, this ancient temple dates back to the year 1645 when it was built by King Thirumalai Nayakkar in reverence to the Lord Sundareshwar and Goddess Meenakshi and to serve as their summer abode.

  • 5
    Free admission
    Swamy Sannathi Lane

    See the local markets.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Freddy 03 Feb 2024

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2024
After a short walk our guide suggested taking us some other places, which made the day even better. The added price of thr a/c car was very reasonable. Dhanabalan is knowledgeable, friendly, a d professional. We highly recommend taking a tour with him.
Lindsey 02 Feb 2024

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Travelled alone - Feb 2024
We met at 9 and spent two hours in Meenakshi Temple and two hours at the banana market and going to the flower market on the edge of the city. Dhanabalan was a fabulous guide. His English is excellent and he conveyed so much fascinating information about the temple, pointing out numerous things that I would never have noticed. He helped with smooth deposit of rucksack, shoes and phone at 3 different counters and the frisking ( they take security very seriously) then steered me round the temple carefully choosing places to sit or keep out of the sun. He was willing to answer questions about absolutely anything and was very knowledgeable. Although you can't take photos, he kindly sent me some afterwards. The two markets were wonderful, with no problem taking photos, and Dhanabalan bought different bananas for me to try and a garland to wear at the flower market. This was such a good tour and has completely made Madurai worthwhile. Don't hesitate to contact Dhanabalan to arrange whatever you want as he is very flexible. FIVE STARS!!
Helena 07 Nov 2023
Freiburg im Breisgau

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Excellent tour, very informative and such a great guide! Thank you very much! We did a tour to the banana market, flower market and the Subramaniya Swamy Temple. Very authentic and off the beaten tracks
Daniel 02 Oct 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
We went on a tour with Dhanabalan and it was an amazing experience. He provided all the information to understand the context and connectivity of Indian culture and rituals. His hospitality was very wide,he took care of everything on the tour, so we did not have to worry (e.g.pickup at the hotel and food). He also recomended good places to eat. We would highly reccomend him as a tour guide!
Michael 10 Sep 2023
Schönau am Königssee

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Travelled in group - Sep 2023
The tour was amazing. Dhanabalan definitely walked some extra miles to offer a great experience. It was fun and informative and we are super grateful, that Dhanabalan shared so much about the culture and local life in Madurai. Thank you
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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