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The city of Madurai has a history taking back two millennia and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Temples built in the Dravidian style highlight the city, and millions travel here to take part in Hindu pilgrimages. The city’s airport makes for easy access to the city for long distance travelers while trains are the more common means of arriving, especially for domestic travelers.

For both leisure and religious travelers, the temples of Madurai are the greatest draw of the city. Meenakshi Temple is by far the most popular of them all and showcases south Indian Dravida architecture. Four immense temple towers, easily seen from a distance, are decorated with thousands of brilliantly painted sculptures. The area around the temple is also popular for commerce with many markets selling goods such as groceries, electronics, and handicrafts. Away from this grand temple, there are a few other noteworthy sites worth a visit, including the remains of the Thriumalai Nayak Palace and the Gandhi Museum. There are also Islamic sites of historical and religious relevance that draw in many. A durgah, or shrine, called Thirupparankundram is visited by many of all faiths, and a burial ground known as Gorippalayam Dargah offers some amazing sights.

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