We used Madurai as a break point on a long 24+ hour train journey from Kerala to Chennai. There really is nothing nice I can say about Madurai with the exception of the temples.
Unfortunately the filth infested streets and smell is enough to put most people off. After travelling around India for 2.5 months it's the one location in India that really disappointed.
Madurai is a big city but the old part, in which the temple is located is quite compact and easy to manage on foot unless you have difficulty walking.
The pavements are dodgy so most people walk in the road. The area round the temple is a traffic free zone so it is quiet and peaceful, apart from the traders homing in on tourists. They do go away though if you are firm and smile - it is not necessary to be rude. Most people visit the city to see the temple but there are other activities, such as bull running
Madurai is a small and nice city to visit. One of oldest city in india. Sri meenakshi temple is one of greatest temple in india.
Madurai is only good for Historical monument & the famous temples. And its also a good place to get famous Kanjivaram sarees.
Didnt find good delicious food. Was very crowded & congested. The temperature in Oct was very hot.
The Meenakshi Amman Temple is impressive. The Tirumalai Nayak Palace is an empty shell and not worth visiting.
Very busy and hectic city with a lot of one- way streets. You can get a shirt etc made to measure in less than a day.
The city is full of history and the temples are just awesome and some dates back few thousands of years ago.