Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, Madurai

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Perched on top of a hillock, Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine represents one of the most beautiful religious sites in the area. At 0.8 ha (2 ac), the religious complex, dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, attracts large numbers worshippers and tourists every year. See the temple's Dravidian style and the architecture that dates back to the third and fourth centuries, and pay attention to the entrance and its mesmerizing carvings of gods and goddesses. You can join a guided tour, where you'll learn about the interesting legends associated with the complex. The temple holds six daily rituals and many festivals during the year, open for tourists. Put Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine into our Madurai online road trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Madurai.
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  • The temple is at a distance of around 20 kms from Madurai. It is a very beautiful temple and is a must visit if you are on a trip to Madurai. The feeling when you reach near the garbhgriha is amazing....  more »
  • You can visit 4 important and good temples at and around this location, namely Alagar Koil, Pazhamudhir Cholai, Rakkayi temple and Narasinga Perumal temple, will take approx 3 hours plus to visit all ...  more »
  • The drive here was beautiful. The hill is populated by monkeys (baboons) who sit by the road as you drive by. The temple itself is a beautiful place to visit, just wish there was more to do there.  more »

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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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