Madurai,also known as Athens of the East is situated at a distance of 450 kms from Chennai. This city is a place of great historical and cultural importance. It is the oldest city in Tamil Nadu, lies on the banks of the River Vaigai and one of the liveliest cities in South India. It was originally known as Kadambavanam or the "forest of Kadamba" or the Nauclea kadamba. The city is famous for housing one of the five traditional dance halls where the massive Nataraja (dancing form of Shiva) sculpture is enclosed in a huge silver altar and hence called "Velli Ambalam" (silver abode). It is situated within the Meenakshi Temple. The Meenakshi-Sundareswarar Shrine is its central glory.
Madurai was known to be the centre of learning and pilgrimage for centuries. Today, the city is a modern commercial and industrial city with a vast university campus and is renowned for its weaving mills and dyeing industry. The chungadi cotton sarees are the specialties of this city with its colorful tie and dye motifs. Handicrafts, brassware, bronze items and the famous wooden toys of Madurai are some of the notable artifacts.
By Air - Madurai Airport is connected with Chennai, Mumbai.
By Bus - Madurai is connected with all the important cities of South India.
By Rail - Madurai is a major Railway junction connected with important cities of Tamil Nadu.