7 days in Madurai & Coimbatore

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Madurai
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Madurai — 3 nights

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.
Madurai is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, make a trip to Arulmigu Sri Yoga Narasinga Perumal Thirukovil, and admire the landmark architecture of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Madurai trip planner.

Chennai to Madurai is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Wed) before leaving for Coimbatore.
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Coimbatore — 3 nights

Manchester of India

Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) (Pykara Lake & Avalanche Lake). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Marudamalai Temple, get out on two wheels at Triumph Expeditions Private Limited, appreciate the history behind Adiyogi Shiva, and get great views at Dharmalingeshwarar Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Coimbatore route planner.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Coimbatore takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Madurai District travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums
The Madurai district is the ninth largest in population of the 32 districts of the state of Tamil Nadu in southeastern India. The city of Madurai serves as the district headquarters. It houses the world-famous Sri Meenakshi Sundareshwarar temple and is situated on the banks of the river Vaigai. Thiruparankundram is one of the major tourist place in the district. As of 2011, the district had a population of 3,038,252 with a sex-ratio of 990 females for every 1,000 males. Aside from the city of Madurai, the larger towns are Melur, Avaniapuram, Thirumangalam and Usilampatti. It is an important hub for various film shootings.HistoryMadurai is called with various nicknames like Athens of the East, Thoonga Nagaram (City that never Sleeps), Naan maada koodal (City of Four junctions), Malligai Managar (City of Jasmine), Koodal Managar (City of Junction) Koil Nagar (Temple city) etc. The main kingdoms which ruled Madurai during various times are the Pandyas and the Nayaks.

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