Discover the unique flavours of Madurai, Tamil Nadu - WEEKEND PLANNER

Lonely Planet Magazine India|May 2020

Discover the unique flavours of Madurai, Tamil Nadu - WEEKEND PLANNER
One of India’s oldest cities, Madurai (formerly known as Madura) is home to and widely known for its thousand temples.
AMIT GAIKWAD

But spend a day or two here and you’ll realise why the city has also earned a reputation as the food capital of Tamil Nadu. There are hundreds of eateries spread across the city, in every nook and cranny. From regional specialties to its popular street food culture, Madurai has everything a foodie desires.

Begin your day with a traditional breakfast at the famous Murugan Idli Shop (00-91-452-234-1376; www. muruganidlishop.com; 196, West Masi Street). Steaming hot, fluffy and slightly sticky (a bit different from the regular and grainier Udupi version), these idlis are served with four kinds of delicious chutneys. If you still have room after this, don’t miss the onion uttapam and sweet pongal.

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