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Madurai (Tamil Nadu) Overview

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Situated in southern India in the state of Tamil Nadu is the popular city of Madurai. Boasting of rich culture and tradition, the city is located on the banks of the Vaigai River. The city is famous for its ancient monuments and cultural wonders.

 

Mosque & Halal Food

The Kazimar Big Masjid (Periya pallivasal) is located in the heart of the city. The Jummah Salaath is prayed between 1:15PM and 2:00PM and the sermon is delivered in Tamil. There are Muslim food outlets dotted around the city. The local cuisine in the area is called as the Chettinadu cuisine. Some of the local specialties include the Paruthi paal, jigarthanda, appam, kuzhi paniyaram, etc.

Attractions & Places To See

The Thirumalai Nayak Palace on the East Street is a beautiful palace. There is a light and sound show held every evening in the palace and there is also a museum featuring original paintings of Thirumalai naicker. The Naicker Mahal was built in the 17th century and travelers can still see the remains of the palace. This palace also features a light and sound show every evening and also has a museum. The Rani Mangamma's palace has been renovated into the Gandhi Museum.

The city has numerous parks and entertainment zones where visitors can enjoy with their family. The Athisayam water theme park is located about 20km from the city center. Other parks include the Eco Park, Hava Valley and the Rajaji Children Park.

Shopping

Madurai is the main shopping center in South India. Some of the main markets for shopping East Masi Street, South Avani Moola Street and Town Hall Road. Travelers can buy Tanjore paintings, handicrafts, antiques and cotton and silk saris.

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India Info

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: New Delhi

COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Mumbai

GEOGRAPHY

India is situated in South Asia and it is bounded to the southwest by the Arabian Sea, to the southeast by the Bay of Bengal, and to the south by the Indian Ocean. India shares a total land area of 3,287,263 square kilometres and it is the seventh-largest country in the world.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 1.21 Billion. Muslims account for about 13.4% of the population.

CLIMATE

India has four climatic zones. In the southwestern lowlands is a tropical rainy climate. A Tropical dry climate governs the Western part of the country. Most of Northeast India are subject to a humid subtropical climate while an alpine climate is found in the northern part of the country.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Hindi and English are the two official languages.

LOCAL TIME

GMT+5:30 hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

General: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

HOLIDAYS

Independence Day: August 15th
Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday: October 2nd
Christmas: December 25th

Muslim Festivals (Based on the lunar calandar):
Id-ul-Fitr
Id-ul-Adha
Milad-un-Nabi

CURRENCY

Indian Rupee

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 100/2611
Medical: 102/1298
Fire: 101 or 2611

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