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Two Hours Meenakshi Temple and Hall of Thousand Pillars Walking Tour
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.
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.
- Entrance fee at the Temple
- Tipping for the Guide
Promotional Video ( Courtesy : Tamilnadu Tourism )
What will we visit on this tour?
Meeting point:W499+4J8, S Chitrai St, Valaiyal Kada...W499+4J8, S Chitrai St, Valaiyal Kadai, Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India
MADURAI Bazaar Post Office 0452 234 0756 https://maps.app.goo.gl/ZEE2Tdr9ym3uWK9r6
1Entrance not includedMeenakshi Amman Temple
To Explore into the Temple.
2Entrance not includedThousand 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).