Meenakshi Temple and Hall of Thousand Pillars Walking Tour-Two Hours (Tour Starting time is Customizable)

Duration: 1h and 45min
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

Tour description

The city has been described as the 'lotus shaped' city in one of the Tamil literatures. Since immemorial times, Madurai has been a well planned city in terms of construction of roads and buildings. Meenakshi Amman temple is the centre point for the formation of all the roads. The Meenakshi Amman temple is one of the largest in India. Something is always happening here – ceremonies, musicians playing, weddings, prostrating pilgrims, festivals – making it a compelling place to spend time and enjoy temple life. The temple is the geographic and ritual centre of the ancient city of Madurai and divided into a number of concentric quadrangular enclosures contained by high masonry walls. It is one of the few temples in Tamil Nadu to have four entrances facing four directions. This temple has four towers each intricately decorated with thousands of colored figures.There are eight more towers and a hall with a thousand decorated pillars.
     What to remember :

  •  A dress code is required to enter places of worship  
  •  No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. 
  •  Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and   women. 
  • Guests may not be allowed to enter if you fail to comply with these dress requirement. 
  • All kind of electronic items are not permitted to carry into the temple.
  • Tour Starting time is customizable. We could start the tour between 7 am to 9.30 am , if the guests not able to come at 7.15 am .


  •  Entrance fee at the Temple

  •  Tipping for the Guide

Promotional Video  ( Courtesy :  Tamilnadu Tourism )


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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    30, N Chitrai St, near LIC, Gnanaoliv...
    30, N Chitrai St, near LIC, Gnanaolivupuram, Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India
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    Meenakshi Treasures 30, N Chitrai St, near LIC, Gnanaolivupuram, Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001 Map : https://maps.app.goo.gl/xYt5A9QVFokZXa3R9

  • 1
    Entrance not included
    Meenakshi Amman Temple

    To Explore into the Temple.

  • 2
    Entrance not included
    Thousand Pillars

    The thousand pillar mandapam is regared as the 'wonder of the palace'. There are around 985 beautifully decorated columns. Each pillar is beautifully sculptured and presents the glory of the Dravidan sculpture. This hall also houses a Temple Art Museum, where you can see icons, photographs, drawings, etc., exhibiting the 1200 years old history. Other than this mandapam there many smaller and bigger mandapams in the temple.

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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Stanislas 18 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Dhana was really nice and interesting. He explained lots of things in a very intelligible way, answered all our questions! Amazing way to visit this beautiful temple! Highly recommended
Urša 12 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
We learned a lot obut the temple, the culture of (South) India, Hinduizem, customs. We also recived gret rexommendations what else to see and which food to try.
Mathew 15 Feb 2024

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2024
Bala is just too good . His knowledge of history and the temples is phenomenal... The two hour your was excellent and worth it... He kept us captivated and the two hours just went by!
Cristina 04 Feb 2024

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2024
What to say …. Without Bala Madurai is not Madurai. If you want to learn, enjoy, immerse in the culture and have a blast during your stay please contact him. His english is excellent, and he is patience and very honest person. Please don’t miss out the visit with him. We did the temple and afterwards the banana and flower market. Thanks for an amazing morning ! !
Dominique 27 Jan 2024

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Travelled alone - Jan 2024
Balan is a very friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, very keen on sharing his knowledge about the temple and more generally Indian and Tamil history. I found the visit very interesting and enjoyable
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Who is this tour for?

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
Only cash payment is accepted.
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