WEEKEND PLANNER

Lonely Planet Magazine India|February 2020

WEEKEND PLANNER
Explore a different side of Madurai, Tamil Nadu
AMIT GAIKWAD

One of India’s most ancient cities sits on the banks of the River Vaigai in Tamil Nadu. Madurai (formerly known as Madura) is more than 2,500 years old and boasts a rich culture and heritage. The city is home to a thousand temples, but it’s the Meenakshi Amman Temple that grabs the limelight (Madurai Main). And, it takes a day or two in Madurai to convince you that there is more to this vibrant city than just its temples. Here, if you open your mind to revelation, you can expect the unexpected.

Begin by checking into the luxurious Heritage Madurai. Designed by renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, the resort is spread across 17 lush acres, and hosts 72 rooms and 34 villas, each with its private plunge pool. The highlight is its Olympic-sized swimming pool. Like an oasis in the middle of nowhere, this property is hidden in the chaos at the heart of the city.

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February 2020