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A Rendezvous With Madurai
Ritco ToursMadurai, meaning the "city of nectar" is the oldest and second largest city of Tamil Nadu. Located on the banks of the Vaigai River, this capital of the Pandyan rulers is known as the temple city of India for the large number of temples it houses. The Pandyan king, Kulasekhara had built a magnificent temple around which he established this lotus shaped city. As per the legend when city was being named, Lord Shiva blessed the city and its people. As he blessed the land and its people, divine nectar (Mathuram) was showered on the city from his matted locks. And henceforth the city was known as Madhurapuri. The city is well known the plethora of temples and their exquisite architecture.

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Things You Can Do in Madurai
» Sightseeing : Madurai is a temple city, so those who have religious bent of mind will love this place. There are numerous temples with excellent architecture, a sight to behold.

» Shopping : Madurai is best-known for its handloom sarees of excellent quality, brass ware, wood carvings. Handloom House, Madurai Gallery, Cottage Expo Crafts, Ari Cottage Arts Emporium, Cottage Industries Exposition Ltd., Alankar Textiles, (Sungudi Sarees) South Avani Moola St., Ranee Sarees(Sungudi Sarees) are some of the places one should visit for shopping.

» Eating Out : You will generally find south Indian dishes like - idlis, dosas, badas, etc. There good number of restaurants in and around the city.
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Sightseeing in Madurai
Ritco Tours» Meenakshi Amman Temple : The Meenakshi Temple is world renown for its excellent Dravidian Architecture. Meenakshi Temple magnetizes devotees from all over India and Tourist from all over the world. One can climb to the southern Gopuram of the temple to get a panoramic view of the city.

» Koodal Azhaar Temple : Koodal Azhagar temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu is one of the most ancient temples in Madurai. One can find Lord Vishnu in various postures here - sitting, standing, reclining one over the other. The intricate wood carvings in the temple are also worth seeing.

» Vandiyur Kanmoy Tourist Complex : This is an ideal picnic spot for the fun lovers. TTDC provides boathouse restaurant services here.

» The Gandhi Museum : Initially the museum was the palace of Rani Mangammal. It presents a clear picture of India's history of Independence movement. This museum also exhibits some little known facts about Mahatma Gandhi but the real piece of Gandhi Memorabilia is the blood stained Dhoti, which he was wearing at the time of his assassination.
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Excursion from Madurai
Madurai is encircled by beautiful places and if you have time left on your schedule then make sure to visit them. To mention a few of the places we have Vaigai dam (70 km), Kodaikanal (121 km), Periyar wildlife sanctuary, Suruli Falls (123 km) and Palani (118 km). Each of these destinations are unique and will make your tour extremely fulfilling.


Most Ideal Time to Visit Madurai
The city of Madurai experiences the typical climate of the rest of the Deccan plateau. The weather here is dry and hot with rains falling during October- December where the average rainfall is 85 cms. During Summers, the maximum temperature touches 37.5 C and the minimum comes down to 26.3 C. in winters, the maximum temperature is 29.6 C and the minimum temperature is 20.9 C. It is recommended that one should visit Madurai between the months of September to March.
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Getting There
Ritco Tours» By Air : Madurai airport is about 11 km form the city centre. Indian Airlines / Alliance Air & Jet Airways connect Madurai with Chennai and Mumbai.

» By Trains : Madurai is one of the major railway junctions of South India. Regular trains connect Madurai to Coimbatore, Chennai, Rameswaram, Kanyakumari and other towns of South India. The Madurai Junction Railway Station is within the city center, located at West Veli Street, only one km from Meenakshi Temple.

» By Road : At the cross roads of NH 7 & NH 45, Madurai is very well connected by a network of roads and road transport to all major centres of Tamil Nadu and other centres in its surroundings and neighboring states. There are private as well state transport buses which connects Madurai to rest of the state. Some major road distances are Trichy (130 km), Dindigul (70 km), Coimbatore (227 km), Chennai (484 km), Bangalore (447 km), Thanjavur (160 km), Kanyakumari (240 km).

» Private Vehicles : You can contact us for this, as we are well established with an extensive number of luxurious cars and coaches for the tourists from all over. Make your India tour more comfortable and hassle free with our car and coach rentals.
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Anchoring in Madurai
Ritco ToursMadurai is popularly called as the "city of nectar" and has been a center of learning and pilgrimage for centuries. Even today Madurai is referred as the " city of temples" where Meenakshi temple is the most important of all. People from all across the globe visit the city to capture its never fading charm and ever persistent grace.

One can reach Madurai via various means of transport. The city is quite small and the local transportation system will be at your service to take you in and around the city. There are auto rickshaws with metres at the service ofthe tourists.

To make your tour luxurious and comfortable we will be at your service with our fleet of cars and coaches. So what are you waiting for, contact us as soon as you plan your next trip to Madurai and give us the chance to ensure that your tour is luxurious and convenient.


Accommodations
Being one of the most selected tourist destination, has immense number of accommodations for the tourists from all around. There are hotels in all categories ranging from luxury to budget and between.
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A Rendezvous With Mahabalipuram
Ritco ToursMahabalipuram or Mamallapuram with its picturesque location on a rocky terrain between the beach and a lagoon is an absolute delight to visit. If you visit the place you will be offered with multifarious options like pristine beaches, hassle-free sightseeing and out of the world seafood. Mahabalipuram’s canvas is coloured with features like splendid Arjuna's Penance, the magnificent Shore Temple and the Varaha Cave. The city of Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram, is definitely a marvel to visit as it is the house of sculpture workshops all around and various artisans thrive on this art here.

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Things You Can Do in Mahabalipuram
» Sightseeing : Mahabalipuram is a place of its own kind. No place on earth can match it. The cites it offers are just majestic along with the beach, which is the most ideal place to relax after a hectic and tiring trip of the town.

» Shopping : Mahabalipuram has kept alive ancient art of stonemasons and sculptures including deities for temples. These images and statues are very popular among tourists. Decorative items made of seashells are also liked by tourists .

» Beach Activities : Laze around at the beach front or stroll along the beach of Mahabalipuram. This is the best place in Mahabalipuram to relax
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Sightseeing in Mahabalipuram
» Arjuna's Penance : It is an enormous relief made on two huge boulders attempting to depict the entire universe in stone. It is 27 meters long and 9 meters high and regarded as the world's largest bas-relief. The cleft in the rock depicts the descent of the Ganga. Two large elephants and many scenes from the Panchatantra have also been depicted.

» The Varaha Cave : The cave has small rock-cut mandapam (hall) where incarnations of Vishnu-Varaha (boar) and Vamana (dwarf) could be seen. The four panels of the famous Pallava doorkeepers have been regarded as most impressive.

» Rathas : The rathas are actually regarded as a set of five temples.The Pancha Pandava Rathas, as they are called, are five in number. Four of them are carved out of a single rock while the fifth on the west is carved out from a small rock.

» Shore Temple : The Shore Temple is the most popular attraction of Mahabalipuram. The magnificent temple has held its ground in spite of many onslaughts of sea waves. There is a Vishnu temple sandwiched between two Shiva temples. On either side of it the sea spreads infinitely. The compound wall of the temple has charming sculptures of Nandi- the bull Mahabalipuram's close proximity to Chennai also results in the place getting huge number of tourists
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Excursion from Mahabalipuram
Ritco ToursMahabalipuram is a part of the Golden Triangle circuit of South India along with Chennai and Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram is 65 km away, the Crocodile Bank is 14 km away and Muttukadu 21 km away and if time permits, they are worth a visit.


Most Ideal Time to Visit Mahabalipuram
The climate of Mahabalipuram remains hot and sultry throughout the year with a maximum temperature of 35°C and a minimum of 19°C. The region experiences heavy rainfalls during monsoons. The best time to visit this place is during October to March.
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Sightseeing in Mahabalipuram
» By Air : The air landing facility nearest to Mahabalipuram is Chennai at a distance of 58 kms. Chennai is an international airport well connected to all national and many international destinations.

» By Rail : The nearest railway stations are Chengalpattu (29 kms) and Chennai (58 kms). Tourists planning a visit to Mahabalipuram can easily come to Chennai from any important town and city of India.

» By Road : There are regular buses to Mahabalipuram from Chennai and other districts of Tamil Nadu.

» Private Vehicles : You can contact us for this, as we are well established with an extensive number of luxurious cars and coaches for the tourists from all over. Make your India tour more comfortable and hassle free with our car and coach rentals.
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Anchoring in Mahabalipuram
Ritco ToursThe thought of Mahabalipuram fills one mind with alluring pictures of breathtaking beaches, ancient temples and splendid caves. People from all across the world come here to witness the rare charisma of the place and never leave the chance to taste the delicious seafood available here.

Mahabalipuram lies at a distance of 38 kms from Chennai, the most ideal base point for the tourists. People who wish to visit the place can reach Chennai via air or rails and hire a taxi or a bus from there to reach Mahabalipuram. Its proximity to Chennai, makes it easily accessible from any part of the country by any means of transport. Once you reach the city, you can move around via the local public transport. There are auto rickshaws, taxis available for the same. If you are looking for more convenience and luxury then book with us before at the time you plan your tour. We offer a wide range of cars and coaches and will not leave any stone unturned to make your tour comfortable and one to be remembered forever.


Accommodations
Mahabalipuram has good accommodation facilities in all categories.Temple Bay Ashok in the 3-star category is Mahabalipuram's best hotel. Many tourists also prefer to stay in nearby Chennai.
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