Madurai Nayakar Palace
One of a very popular tourist place in Madurai is the Thirumalai Nayakar palace built by the Nayak ruler Thirumalai Nayakar. This palace is known for its huge pillars and the beautifully color adorned ceilings in the main room. Further when you go inside is the museum where ancient pots, jars, statues, coin collections, tools and inscriptions are showcased.
Madurai Nayakar Palace - Madurai
The palace is open during the day for tours of the museum and the gardens. When you take a visit in the evenings, the palace is decorated with colorful lights and a light – musical show is put on which depicts the legendary tale of Kannagi.
This palace is one among the most visited place in South India and has many ancient secret pathways which are restricted to visitors. What remains of the palace now used to be the court where the king was entertained by music, dance and other forms of art. The king’s grandson shifted his capital from Madurai to Trichy and thus, stripped almost all the parts of the palace.
Nearby places : Meenakshi Ammn Temple, St. Mary’s church and Azhagar Kovil.
Best Time To Visit
Madurai is generally known to be of a warm climate. It is best to visit the city during the months of September to March.
Ways To Reach
By air : The nearest airport is the Madurai International airport which is at a distance of 16 kilometers from the palace.
By rail : The nearest train facility is available at the Madurai Junction.
By road : Madurai is well connected by the State government buses and national highways connect the city to other parts of the country.