Places Around Madurai

Karaikudi
Karaikudi is known as an ancestral home of Chettiyars. It is 80 kilometers away from Madurai. It is famous for its Chettinad Mansion, Temples, Old buildings, Gopura Karai saris and Chettinad’s tasty food. Now-a-days it is a shooting spot for the Tamil and Telugu film industries as well as a tourist center. Tourists come in large numbers to explore the history of Chettinad and its wonderful buildings.
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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Periyar sanctuary is also called the Tekkadi wildlife sanctuary. Here the lofty ranges of Western Ghats are wrapped in dense, evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savannah grassland. Spreading across 777 Sqkm, the sanctuary is a tiger reserve. You can enjoy a majestic elephant ride through the dense greenery. The splendid artificial lake formed by Mullaperiyar dam across the Periyar River adds charm to the park.
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Megamalai
Nestled among the tea estates on the slopes of the Western Ghats is Megamalai, an idyllic place to inspire the poet in you. Plan your stay here & unwind amidst the verdant surroundings and beautiful wildlife in the proximity. The nature lovers haven is just 130-km from Madurai.
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Courtallam
An excellent health resort– about 167-km on the Western Ghats. This place is also known as the ‘Spa of the South’. Courtallam has nine superb waterfalls, which attracts a large number of visitors. You can also go for a boathouse type accommodation maintained by TTDC and enjoy the beauty of this region.
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Palani
You can continue your spiritual journey with a visit to Palani, a temple dedicated to Lord Subramanyam, about 118 Kms away from Madurai. The temple is perched atop a hill and attracts millions of devotees. 
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Kumbakkarai Water Falls
Serving as the base camp for the trekkers who wish to venture into the hills of Kodai, the waterfall serves an excellent picnic spot. Nestled amidst nature’s bounty, the waterfall is 105 kms away from Madurai.
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Suruli Falls
Be a witness to the cascading waters of Suruli falls, just 123 kms from Madurai. An ideal spot for picnics.
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Srivilliputhur
The temple town of Srivilliputhur alias Thiruvilliputhur is located in Virudhunagar District which is around 74 kilometers from Madurai. This place is surrounded by many temples. The tower (gopuram) of Vadapadrasayi temple, built in the 8th century is 60 meters in height and is one of the tallest in south India. The stone and ceiling of this temple is adorned with miniature figures. A wild life sanctuary, located 10kms away from Srivilliputhur is home to giant grizzled squirrels.
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Sivakasi
Nick named as Mini Japan (Kutty Japan) by Jawaharlal Nehru, Sivakasi is a big industrial center situated in Virudhunagar District, at a distance of 74-km south of Madurai. The place is famous all over India for its fireworks and matches. This industrial town is also famous for its printing work. Around 450 printing presses including offset and flex types are located in and around Sivakasi.
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Kodaikanal
The beautiful hill station of Kodaikanal at an altitude of 2,133 meters, covering an area of 21.45 sq.km. It is located 120 Km away from Madurai, in Dindigul district. Known as the Princess among Hill Stations, Kodaikanal is an ideal place for trekking. The Kurinji flower which blossoms once in 12 years is the pride of the Kodai. The star shaped lake in Kodaikanal famous for boating and fishing is surrounded by mountains. About 3kms from this lake is the Kurinji Andavar Temple, dedicated to Lord Muruga. The major attractions of Kodaikanal include the Wooded hills, Pillar rocks, Coaker’s Walk, Suicide point, Brynt Park, Chettiar gardens, Guna caves etc. The solar Physical Observatory built in the year 1898 is situated on top of a hill. The Shenbaganur Museum has a collection of different varieties of birds, butterflies, moths, snakes and mammals. The museum also houses a herbarium having 2500 plants, an orchidarium and a mass garden having 300 species of trees and flower gardens. (Open from 10 am to 12 noon and 3 pm to 5 pm daily (except on Sundays)).
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Trichy
Tamil Nadu’s fourth largest city, Trichy alias Tiruchi or Tiruchirappalli situated on the banks of the river Cauvery is around 142 km away from Madurai. The city, administrative headquarters of Tiruchirappalli district, is surrounded by a rock fort built by the Nayaks of Madurai. The famous landmark here is the Mathrubhutewarar temple, which can be reached by a steep flight of 437 steps cut into the rock. Along the way to the temple there are several other shrines. Ucchi Pilliar temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh is one of them. A fantastic view of the entire town can be seen from the top. Apart from the fort and temple, there are several churches, colleges and missions dating back to the 1760s.
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Tirunelveli
Tirunelveli, also known as Nellai is a 2000 year old city located on the west bank of river Tamraparni. It is the administrative headquarters of Tirunelveli district located around 150kms to the south of Madurai. Pandya kingdom had this city as capital for some time. The picturesque Pothigai hills in the Western Ghats and the Courtallam water falls are the special features which make Tirunelveli unique as a tourist place. Krishnapuram, Tenkasi, Sankarankoil, Kattabomman memorial fort, Ottapidaram, Kalugumalai, Vettangudi bird sanctuary, Kumbakkarai and Courtallam waterfalls are some of the tourist spots worth visiting around Tirunelveli.
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Rameshwaram
The holy city of Rameswaram also known as the ‘Varanasi of the South’. In Ramanathapuram district, is an island paradise of golden sand, situated 164 kilometers south-east of Madurai. This pilgrim center has two famous temples namely Ramanathaswamy Temple and Kothanda Ramaswamy temple. Ramanathaswamy temple which is 264 meters in length and 200 meters in breadth is on the eastern side of the island, close to the sea. The temple is known for its long corridors with pillars having beautiful sculptures. It also has a big tower measuring to a height of 38.4 meters. The Kothanda Ramaswamy temple is situated about 3 kilometers from the extreme tip of the island. Rameshwaram is one of the major marine food centres in South India.
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Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari, also known as ‘Cape Comorin’ is situated 242 km from Madurai on the southern most tip of the Indian Sub Continent. This place is the meeting point of the three water-bodies that surround India- i.e. Bay of Bengal in the east, Arabian Sea in the west and the Indian Ocean in the south. Bordered by hills, sea shores, coconut trees and paddy fields, Kanyakumari is an ideal place to watch the sunrise and sunset. Bay wax museum, Theme park, Gandhi Mandapam etc. are the tourist attractions here. There is also a memorial dedicated to Swami Vivekananda built in 1970, on a rocky peninsula where he sat in deep meditation. A statue of Vivekananda has also been installed in this memorial.
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Banyan Tree Farm
Explore the deep dense hinterland of South India at a farm-stay that keeps you as close to nature as possible. ‘The Banyan Tree’ holds the promise of ‘Off-the-beaten-track’ experience. Whatever your Passion… exploring nature, trekking in the woods, sitting on top of a tree-house to track wildlife, frolicking at the stream, sinking in the luxury of a waterfall or driving in an army-release jeep through deep jungle tracks, ‘The Banyan Tree’, situated near Pollachi, is picture perfect and a great experience Click here to visit the Banyan Tree page page.

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