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Madurai

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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. To arrange what you want to do in Madurai, use our India itinerary planner.
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Where to stay in Madurai

Nestled in the central district close to the main religious sites lie a number of budget and mid-range accommodations. Located on the tangle of streets of this central area, the hotels and hostels have little space to work with, but offer rooms right in the heart of the city. If you're looking for something with a little more room to move and a more relaxing atmosphere, have a look at what's on offer in the more suburban areas to the west, and north across the river. Luxury hotels and resorts mimic the city's past regality, with infinity pools galore, fine-dining restaurants, and well-appointed rooms.
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