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Madurai is a city of many charms, and goes by many names. Whether you know it as the Temple City, Jasmine City, Junction City, or the City That Never Sleeps, you’ll soon find that it lives up to all of them. There’s plenty in the way of culture, gastronomy, nightlife, and history, and hotels in Madurai make a great base for heading up into the hills and wildlife parks.

Madurai is one of the oldest cities in India, and a centre of Tamil culture. Before the first foundation stones of Chennai were laid, the people of Madurai were already trading with the Romans. Needless to say there’s plenty of culture and history to discover in Madurai. One of the most famous sites is the Meenakshi Amman Temple, one of the greatest temple complexes on the subcontinent. People flock from around the world, and from elsewhere in India, to catch a glimpse of the beautiful structure.

Madurai is famous for its cuisine, with plenty of unique dishes influenced by the Tamils. Like most cities in India there are lots of street food stalls. The local tastes tend towards very spicy, so if you’re not used to hot food you should definitely proceed with caution.

The busiest time to visit Madurai is during April and May, when the ten day long Chithrai Festival takes place. If you’re planning to visit the city during the event, it’s worth booking your accommodation well in advance. The huge carnival attracts millions of people from across India, and hotel prices can rise during this time. Another big festival in Madurai is Jallikattu: a bull running festival which takes place in January. It’s an interesting alternative to Pamplona.

There’s a good range of accommodation to choose from in Madurai, whether you’re looking for a no-frills business hotel or a boutique bed and breakfast. There are lots of cheap hotels near the railway station, although it’s possible to find bargains throughout the city. With a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, it’s easy to find the perfect place to stay in Madurai.