Free tour

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

Duration: 4h
Languages: English
Registered on September 17, 2019

Hello! My name is Dhanabalan and I have been a tour guide in Madurai for the last Fourteen Years. I am specially passionate about the history of Madurai and different walks of life in the city I was born and raised in. I also enjoy meeting and learning from the people I meet whilst guiding. I pride myself on providing interesting and informative tours to my clients, and I really look forward to hearing from you and showing you the city. Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to customize or personalize any tour. Please just ask, and we can create together the perfect trip for you combining any mixture 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.

* Explore Madurai beyond the typical tourist spots and enjoy the stories and tales about the city from your guide
* See the city through the eyes of a local and discover the numerous mesmerizing places Madurai has to offer.
* Capture the vibrant atmosphere of this colorful city on this memorable guided walking tour with an infotainment-style ensuring that you will not be bored

Duration : Three Hours

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

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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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Michael 10 Sep 2023
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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
Sian Clare 19 Aug 2023

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Travelled in couple - Aug 2023
We spent 1 1/2 days with Dhanabalan who catered to our every need. While visiting the temples was awesome, having grown up in India I wanted my travel buddy to see India the way I grew up. Dhanabalan arranged a 2 hour cycle rickshaw tour for us which was almost the highlight of the visit. We went to the back areas of Madurai and felt so welcomed by the locals who would hang out windows and doors calling Hi... Hi...with great big smiles. I would absolutely recommend a rickshaw tour to anybody. A morning visit to the flower market was absolutely delightful as was the banana market where we were able to sample different kinds of banana's. Delicious. Bala also went out of his way to arrange visits with organisations which were not "tourist" orientated, those interested in disadvantaged persons, one I would highly recommend is Indian Association for the Blind. This is a drive out of town but fascinating for those in the industry. Bala speaks English very well. He is very well educated and knowledgeable about western ways. He is a very fun person to be with and his enthusiasm for his job is evident in the way he talks about the history and culture of Madurai. Bala is self employed and extremely well priced. He is very good at anticipating your needs and ensuring that your are safe and comfortable. ***** Five Stars for Bala
Juan 17 Aug 2023

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Travelled in couple - Aug 2023
Just in one word. Amazing. I really recommend Mr. Dhanabalan as your guide. Good english, always trying to make us comfortable, he knows a lot of details and history. He really enjoy his job, you can feel the passion. Thanks for everything!!!!!
kanika 05 Aug 2023

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Travelled alone - Aug 2023
This was the best tour I have ever had . I have travelled all over Europe and Asia and this tour exceeded all others . Balan contacted me with information about dress code , where we were going and flexibility if the tour . The history and information he gave at the totally stunning flower and veg market was really interesting and the tour in the temple was exceptional . I learnt so much and he made it fun at all times . He is obviously passionate about Madurai , enthusiastic and full of story’s and traditions Not only that - he helped me when my daughter became ill , giving me information about hospitals and speaking to the hotel . He took me to western restaurants so I could try to find some food she might eat and waited to take us home Not only is he an outstanding guide but an exceptionally kind gentleman and I was honoured to meet him
Priscila 19 Dec 2019

Dhanabalan Is an awesome tour guide!! He knows a lot of the Madurai history. The tour was very entertaining. We went to the main temple in Madurai, to a palast and to the market. We also went to have some of the most famous beverage in Madurai. He got a very good photos of me and the landscape :). Thank you Dhanabalan for being my tour guide and making me enjoy this beautiful city! I totally recommend you all to have this tour if you are in Madurai! Cheers from Germany, Priscila
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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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