Chennai may be the capital of Tamil Nadu, but Madurai claims its soul. Madurai is Tamil-born and Tamil-rooted, one of the oldest cities in India, a metropolis that traded with ancient Rome and was a great capital long before Chennai was even dreamt of.
Tourists, Indian and foreign, usually come here to see the Meenakshi Amman Temple, a labyrinthine structure ranking among the greatest temples of India. Otherwise, Madurai, perhaps appropriately given her age, captures many of India’s glaring dichotomies with a centre dominated by a medieval temple and an economy increasingly driven by IT, all overlaid with the energy and excitement of a large Indian city and slotted into a much more manageable package than Chennai’s sprawl.
Other that Meenakshi Amman Temple, Gandhi memorial Museum, Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Pudhu Mandapa, Madurai Government Musuem, Mariamman Teppakkulam Tank and Art Museum are some interesting places you can visit in Madurai.
Climate -Summer (March-June) - Hot & Humid
Monsoon (Early July-September) - Heavy Rainfall
Winter (October-December) - Cool & Pleasant
Languages - Tamil, Sourashtra are common languages in the city. English is also spoken and understood.
Best Time to Visit - All-year through, though it's best to avoid the summers when it turns scorching hot.
Moving Around - For moving around within the city, auto rickshaws are easily available. There are luxury, semi-luxury buses and tourist taxis also easily available for hire. Tourist taxis are also available throughout Tamil Nadu. You can also hire a car for driving on your own.