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About Madurai

Madurai is the third largest city in Tamil Nadu, situated on the banks of Vaigai River. This city is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world. It was under the rule of Pandya kings for the longest period. During this period, the kings built many temples here, particularly in the Dravidian architecture. Presently, Madurai is an urban city with many manufacturing and IT industries. It is also a learning hub with many noted educational centres.

It is believed that Madurai got its name the word from Madhura (sweetness) relating to the divine nectar showered on the city by Lord Shiva from his tousled hair. There are several titles given to this city. It is popularly called Thoonga Nagaram meaning ‘the city that never sleeps’, in context with the buzzing night life. Other titles are City of Junctions (Koodal nagaram), City of Jasmine (Malligai maanagar) and Temple City (Koil maanagar).

How To Reach : Madurai is situated in the district of Madurai of Tamil Nadu. Madurai is bordered by various mountains. Yanaimalai hill, Pasumalai hill and the Nagamalai hill are the three hills that are named after elephant, cow and snake respectively and surround the city of Madurai. By Air : - The closest airport is situated at Madurai, which is well connected by flights to other cities like Mumbai and Chennai. By Rail : - Madurai is well-connected by railway to chief cities of South India. By Road : - Madurai is well-connected by road to cities like Chennai, Kanyakumari, Rameshwaram etc.
Area :

248 km2

Population :

10,17,865 as recorded in 2011.

Languages :

The official language is Tamil

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