Often referred to as the ‘Temple City’, Madurai lies on the banks of the beautiful Vagai River. It is the second largest city of Tamil Nadu and is surrounded by two main hills of the region- Nagamalai Hills and Sirumalai Hills. Madurai interestingly has the shape of a lotus which is the reason why the region is called ‘Lotus City’. Its 24x7 working culture has added another nickname to its list- “Sleepless City”. Madurai is quite well-known as a pilgrimage destination and sees many visitors during important festivals. Some of the most popular attractions in the city are Sri Meenakshi Temple, Gandhi Museum, Samanar Hills, Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal and Aayiram Kaal Mandapam.
Buses are an affordable and reliable mode of transport in Madurai. The city has around 30 bus operators that run across around 218 routes. However, some of the most popular routes are Madurai to Pondicherry
, Madurai to Kurnool
, Madurai to Bangalore
and Madurai to Hosur. These buses can be of different types such as Volvo AC Sleeper, AC Seater, Volvo AC, Non-AC Seaters and Non-AC Sleepers. Online booking of bus tickets have been made extremely simple with redBus’ booking procedure. In fact, other than booking, one can even cancel tickets if they have to and track the refund status of their tickets.
Although most getaway destinations from this Tamil Nadu city are far enough to not be able to go picnicking and return in a day, there are a few locations which one can visit reach by morning and return by night. These locations are of varied kinds such as historical or pilgrimage destina