once inside its a different world, the beautiful architecture keeps you mesmerized and it also has a museum inside which has 1000 pillars ticket will cost you 10/- per person , you get prasadam (sweet balls) worth 10/- each incase u want to try temple made hygienic food. Non Hindus are not allowed near the goddess. But you stroll around the other parts of temple. This temple is dedicated to MEENAKSHI an incarnation of parvati. It would roughly take close to 2hrs to complete the visit and return back to hotel.
Temperature is high carry a hat with you. When we reached the receptionist suggested we take a trip to nearby places at Madurai for cost of 200/- each they promise to cover 5 places (distance is from hotel Vijay)
1.thirumalai Nayakar Mahal -1.5 kms
2.mariamman -teppakulam (it's a lake which was dried and people were found relaxing on it) - 5kms
3.Gandhi museum -4 kms (which was unfortunately closed on that day)
4.kallalagar -alagarkovil -22kms (Beautiful temple dedicated to Vishnu in Dravidian style of architecture)
5.Sholaimalai muruga temple -pazhamudhir Cholai -25 kms ( temple at top of the his and This is the only temple among the Aaru Padai Veedu where Lord Muruga graces the devotees with His consorts. )
And you will reach back around 8 pm . Do walk on the street surrounding the Temple to find amazing mouth watering street food at a reasonable price. For all those ladies interesting in artificial jewellery you can give it a try for a reasonable price. And DONOT forget to try The famous Jigarthanda juice INR 40/- each.
Palace picture :