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Thiruparankundram

Thiruparankundram temple timing from
5.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. & 4.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Thiruparankundram is a suburb in Madurai district in Tamil Nadu, India. The area is part of Madurai Municipal Corporation and the first local body election for the corporation was held on 18 October 2011. Thiruparankundram is known for its ancient temple of Murugan and is the first among the Six Abodes of Murugan. It is one of the most visited tourist places in Madurai, next only to the Meenakshi Amman Temple. The Tirupparankunram Dargah is located atop the Tirupparankunram Hill.

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Meenakshi Amman Temple

Madurai Meenakshi temple is open from
5.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. & 4.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

The name of Mother-Goddess is Meenakshi, which in chaste Tamil is known as Angayarkanni, meaning her eyes are in the shape of a fish. As the fish protects its eggs with its eye sight, so protects Mother Meenakshi Her devotee with a very look of Her eyes. The fish does not have eye lash, so the eyes never close and ever open. Similarly, Mother never closes Her eyes and keep them ever open day in and day out without twinkling to take care of Her devotees.

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Arulmigu Kallalagar Thirukovil

Arulmigu Kallalagar Thirukovil Timings
6.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. & 3.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

The temple is built on an extensive area in a very picturesque spot, surrounded by the ruins of a historic fort. The impressive main tower at the entrance, believed to have been built by the Pandyan Kings, has some beautiful sculptures depicting scenes from the epics. According to historical records, Malayadhwaja Pandyan, son of Kulasekhara Pandyan, who is said to have established the Pandyan kingdom, appears to be the earliest known monarch who patronised this temple.

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Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal

Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal is open from
9.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m. & 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Tickets for the show: Adults Rs.10/- Children Rs.5/-
Entrance Fee. Rs.1/-

About 1.5 Kms from the Meenakshi temple, this palace was built in 1636 by the ruler whose name it bears. The imposing edifice is famous for the "Stuccowork" on its domes and impressive arches. The Sorgavilasam (Celestial Pavilion), measuring 75m x 52m, constructed entirely of brick and mortar without the support of a single rafter or girder, is a marvel of indo-Saracenic architectural style.

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Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal is a city in the hills of the Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Its name in the Tamil language means "The Gift of the Forest". Kodaikanal is referred to as the "Princess of Hill stations" and has a long history as a retreat and popular tourist destination. Kodaikanal is well connected to the city of Madurai around 118 km.

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Rameswaram

Rameswaram, is a town and a second grade municipality in the Ramanathapuram district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located on Pamban Island separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel and is about 50 kilometres from Mannar Island, Sri Lanka. It is situated in the Gulf of Mannar, at the very tip of the Indian peninsula. Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, is connected to mainland India by the Pamban Bridge. Rameswaram is the terminus of the railway line from Chennai and Madurai. Distance between Madurai to Rameshwaram is arround 161 Km.