If you would like to visit Tamil Nadu in the long run, do not miss out to check out the ancient city of Madurai as it has beautiful rich culture and traditions that hold a lot of religious importance. The temples designed and created have mind-blowing architecture and the scenic beauty of the various sightseeing locations makes you more spiritual by nature. You will find that calmness and peacefulness if you visit Madurai temples at least once in your lifetime. The authorities have maintained them quite well and it attracts a lot of crowds during festival season in the pre-pandemic times.
1) Meenakshi Amman Temple, also called Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple is one of the oldest temples in India. It holds a lot of religious value and also gives an example of Dravidian architecture. The temple has been made in devotion to Lord Sundareswarar and his divine consort Goddess Meenakshi. The temple was developed during the Pandyan rule and thus, it has various works and support from the rulers of other kingdoms also. The temple’s intricate carvings and awe-inspiring structures attract devotees to a great extent.
2) If you want to check out a palace that has been constructed in 1635 during the rule of King Thirumalai Nayak, then make sure to visit Thirumalai Nayak Palace which was his residence. It has a beautiful combination of Dravidian and Islamic architectural styles that was constructed by an Italian architect. If you are a fan of history and architecture, then definitely visit this palace as you will get to learn and explore a lot.
3) Samanar Malai, also called Samanar Hills is situated at a distance of 12 km from Madurai in Keelakuyilkudi village. The historical hill has been announced to be protected and maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. You can even catch some inscriptions on the rocks written by the Jain monks who are believed to have stayed in the caves. The scenic beauty may mesmerize you to extend your stay here.