With it’s bustling market areas and quaint old street shops, the city retains some of its old world charm…
Madurai is a city with a million sights and sounds. From Jikarthanda to Madurai malli, the city has it all! We explore some of the many things that this city can call its very own…
The term Sugudi has been deriVed from telugu. The word ‘Sungu’ which translates to the pleats in the sari. The Saurashtra weavers first setled in Andhra and then they were brought to Madurai during Thirumalainayakkar’s regime. These gorgeous fabric are what makes Madurai so special!
A popular local favourite, the Jikarthanda is the pride of Madurai. The beverage is famous as it cools down the body against the temperature of the city. In Hindi, the term means ‘to cool the heart’. China grass, nannari, sago, milk and ice cream are the ingredients. It has been said that the drink has been popularized by the muslim settlers in the city..
The fragrance of this Malli is unique and it is mainly due to the rich soil found in the foothills of Kodaikanal, the climate and mainly due to the cultivation methods that have been passed on through generations.
The festival that is celebrated in the month of April of every year is one of the longest celebrated festival. A whole month is dedicated for the celebration of Meenakshi and Alagar. A series of events takes place each day of the month with the same excitement and gatherings.
Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal
The palace of architectural excellence enthralls the art lovers acroos borders. Be it the filmy presence or the literary asscoiations, the palace still stands tall in all its grandeur. It has been said that the palace was built with chunaam ( shell lime) nad egg white to add the glossiness to the surface.
All said and done, there is a peculiar charm about the Madurai slang. Cinema popularized he slang more with flicks like Aadukalam, Paruthiveeran and Virumaandi having dialogues with the local slang. Youngsters now have developed a certain affinity towards their accent, including new words and bringing about a trend that belongs to the younger strata of the society.
Transport for Madurai
The National Highways NH 7, NH 45B, NH 208 and NH 49 pass through Madurai. The state highways passing through the city are SH-32, SH-33 and SH-72, which connect various parts of Madurai district. Madurai is one of the seven circles of Tamil Nadu State Highway network. Madurai is the headquarters of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (Madurai) and provides local and inter city bus transport across seven districts namely Madurai, Dindigul, Theni, Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Kanyakumari. Madurai has four major bus stands, namely, Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Terminus (MIBT), Arappalayam, Palanganatham and Periyar Bus stand. There are 12,754 registered three-wheeled vehicle called auto rickshaws which are commercially available for renting within the city. Over the government operated city buses that are used for public transport, there are 236 registered private mini-buses that support local transportation.
Madurai Railway junction, the main railway station of Madurai Madurai Junction is an important railway junction in south Tamil Nadu and constitutes a separate division of the Southern Railway. There are direct trains from Madurai connecting the important cities in Tamil Nadu like Chennai, Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, Trichy, Tirunelveli, Karaikudi,Mayiladuthurai, Rameswaram, Thanjavur and Vriddhachalam. Madurai has rail connectivity with important cities and towns in India. The state government has announced Mono rail project for Madurai in 2011, which is in planning stages.
Madurai International Airport is located 12 kilometers from the city.It offers domestic flight services to major cities in India and international services to Colombo, Sri Lanka (beginning September 20, 2012). The carriers operating from the airport are Air India, Jet Airways and SpiceJet. The airport handled 5.2 lakhs passengers between Apr 2011 to Mar 2012.