Madurai is a large city in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, situated on the banks of the deep blue shimmering River Vaigai. Madurai is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, and as such, boasts an awe-inspiring array of ancient architecture, from red-painted Hindu temples to pink-washed mosques. The city boasts a strong local culture, present in its many museums, universities, and year-round music and religious festivals.
Budget hotels in central Madurai are mostly dreary and unloved, but there is a big choice of perfectly fine, near-identical midrange places along West Perumal Maistry St, near the train station. Most have rooftop restaurants with temple and sunset views
Things to see
Start your magical Madurai morning by visiting the Meenakshi Amman Temple, a holy Hindu site referred to in Tamil literature since ancient times. The centuries-old structure boasts wide tree-lined courtyards, long gold-coloured corridors, and 2 immense pyramid-shaped temple towers – decorated with blue and red deities – that majestically spear Madurai’s skyline. After, amble along to the Kazimar Big Mosque, an epic pastel-pink building constructed in the 13th century, and the most important Islamic site in the entire city. But a trip to Madurai isn’t complete without visiting the lavish Thirumalai Nayak Palace. This enormous 17th century palace – erected by an eccentric Indian king – blends Dravadian and Islamic architectural styles, showcased in its mighty bright-white colonnades topped with intricately ornate arches. An inspirational light and sound show of luminous colours and harmonious music takes place daily in the palace courtyard, and is not to be missed.
Hotel North Gate, Madurai
Hotel NorthGate is situated in the Temple City of Madurai. It features 2 dining options, free parking, and rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi access.
The Madurai Residency Hotel
The service is stellar and the rooms are comfy and fresh at this winner, which has one of the the highest rooftop restaurants in town. It’s very popular, so book at least a day ahead.
Hotel Supreme, Madurai
The Supreme is a well-presented, slightly faded hotel with friendly service, that’s very popular with domestic tourists. There’s good food at the rooftop Surya Restaurant and free in-room wi-fi, and the spaceship-themed basement bar will make you wonder if someone laced your lassi last night.
Hotel Germanus, Madurai
Featuring 5 dining options and a fitness centre, Hotel Germanus is located in Maduri. Just 2 km from Madurai Railway Station, it offers free parking and cosy rooms with a flat-screen cable TV.
Hotel Royal Court, Madurai
The Royal Court blends a bit of white-sheeted, hardwood-floored colonial elegance with comfort, good eating options, free wi-fi and friendy yet professional service. Rooms come with tea/coffee sets. It’s an excellent, central choice for someone in need of a treat.
Hotel JC Residency Madurai
A 3-minute walk from ‘Lady Doak College, JC Residency in Madurai provides an outdoor pool and a gym. Fitted with rich wood furnishings, the elegant air-conditioned rooms all come with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. Parking is free.
Hotel Purpletree Place, Madurai
Purpletree Place West Marret is set in Madurai, 800 metres from Meenakshi Temple. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.
Astoria Hotels, Madurai
Offering a restaurant, Astoria Hotels is located in Madurai. It is 2 km from the popular Meenakshi Amman Temple. Free Wi-Fi access is available.
Hotel GRT Regency, Madurai
Located just 3.5 km from the famous Madurai Meenakshi Temple, GRT Regency Madurai features an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Free WiFi access is available in all areas.
The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Madurai
Sitting on the top of Pasumalai Hill, The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai stretches over 62 acres of peaceful landscaped gardens. It has an outdoor pool, tennis courts and an Ayurvedic treatment centre.
The SPK Hotel, Madurai
Offering a rooftop multi-cuisine restaurant, Sky Dine and a multi-cuisine restaurant, T6, The SPK Hotel is located 1 km from Gandhi Memorial Museum. Free WiFi access is available throughout the property.
Hotel Heritage, Madurai
Just 4 km away from Madurai Railway Junction, Heritage Madurai offers a 24-hour front desk and features an outdoor swimming pool and concierge service. The property is just 5 km away from the famous Meenakshi Temple.
Sangam Hotel, Madurai
Situated in Madurai City, this hotel houses an outdoor pool, 2 dining options and a business centre. It offers rooms with a flat-screen TV and 24-hour room service. Complimentary parking is provided.
Hotel Kathir Palace, Madurai
Located at a 5-minute walk from the historic Meenakshi Amman Temple, Kathir Palace features a business centre and a meeting/banqueting space. It operates a 24-hour front desk and offers free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
Hotel Rani Mangammal Residencies, Madurai
Rani Mangammal Residencies is located just opposite the Madurai Railway Station. Free WiFi access is available. The Madhurai Bus Station are both just 50 metres away.
Moskva Hotel, Madurai
Located just 2 km from Gandhi Museum, Moskva Hotel feature a 24-hour front desk, free wired internet and proximity (500-metres) to the famous Madurai Meenakshi Temple.
Fortune Pandiyan Hotel, Madurai
Surrounded by a mountain range, Fortune Pandiyan Hotel Madurai features rooms with flat-screen TVs, situated in landscaped gardens. Offering free parking, it features a spa, outdoor pool and fitness centre.
Hotel Sabarees Residency, Madurai
Situated in Madurai, 300 metres from Meenakshi Temple, Hotel Sabarees Residency features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi.
Hotel Nambi, Madurai
Hotel Nambi is located in Madurai. The popular Meenakshi Temple is 350 metres. Free WiFi access is available.
Hotel Saratharajans, Madurai
Located in Madurai, Hotel Saratharajans is 1.5 km from the famous Madurai Meenakshi Temple and Mahatma Gandhi Museum. It offers 4 dining options, free Wi-Fi and free parking.
Hotel AVN Swasthya, Madurai
Offering a pure vegetarian restaurant and a fitness centre, AVN Swasthya is located in Madurai. Free WiFi access is available in this resort.
Hotel Radhakrishna, Madurai
Hotel Radhakrishna is located in Madurai. The holy and famous Meenakshi Temple is just 100 metres.
Meenakshi’s Sunshine Hotel, Madurai
Situated in Madurai City, Meenakshi’s Sunshine Hotel offers complimentary parking, and rooms with free Wi-Fi access. It also houses a restaurant and provides 24-hour room service.
Hotel Sri Arul Muthu Residency, Madurai
Sri ArulMuthu Residency is located in Madurai. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with air conditioning and a balcony. Private bathroom also comes with a shower. Extras include a desk.
Hotel Vijay, Madurai
Located in Madurai, 1 km from Meenakshi Temple, Hotel Vijay boasts air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Free private parking is available on site.
Hotel Vedanta Wake Up, Madurai
Located in Madurai, 2.5 km from Meenakshi Temple, Vedanta Wake Up – Arapalayam Bus Stand boasts air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi.
Hotel Star Residency, Madurai
Star Residency is situated opposite Anna Bus Stand and 3 km from Madurai Meenakshi Temple. It features a rooftop restaurant and a 24-hour front desk. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi.
Hotel Annamalai International, Madurai
Offering an exclusive Indian restaurant, Anjappar, Hotel Annamalai International is located in Madurai. Free WiFi access is available in the public areas of the property.
Hotel Urban Spice, Madurai
Featuring free WiFi, Urban Spice is located in Madurai, 3.1 km from Meenakshi Temple. Free private parking is available on site.
Hotel The Nook, Madurai
Located at just 5-minute walk from the Madurai Railway Station, The Nook Hotel provides 24-hour front desk for the convenience of the guests. It offers free WiFi in the public areas of the property.
Hotel Rajadhane, Madurai
Located just 200 metres from the scenic Vandiyur Lake, Hotel Rajadhane is located in Madurai. Free WiFi access is available.