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How to Reach Madurai

How to Reach Madurai by Air

Madurai is connected by air to Bangalore, Kochi and Chennai with daily connections from Chennai, Trichy and Bangalore. The airport is 10km away from Madurai City. Taxis are exorbitant; alternatively take a bus, which plies once every hour.

How to Reach Madurai by Rail

A major junction of Southern Railways, Madurai has daily train services to Bangalore, Coimbatore, Kollam, Chennai (8 hrs), Rameshwaram (6 hrs), Thanjavur and Tiruchirappalli. Many Madurai bound trains cross Trichy Jn, approximately 2.5hrs away. The best journeys are those from Kerala, which take you over the Eastern Ghats.

How to Reach Madurai by Bus

National Highways NH7 and NH 45 connect Madurai to other parts of South India. Government and private bus companies operate services to various small and big towns of Tamil Nadu and to towns and cities in the neighbouring states of Karnataka and Kerala. There are five bus terminals in Madurai, Periyar Bus Stand in the centre of the city, Anna Bus Stand (city buses), Matthuthavani (north and east bound buses), Palanganatham (south bound buses) and Arapalayam (west bound buses).

Getting Around Madurai

The main sights of Madurai are all within walking distance of each other. City and suburban buses, taxis, auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws are available for those who’d rather not walk! Cab, autos fare and cycle rickshaw fares should be negotiated in advance.

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