Thirumalai Nayak Palace is a 17th-century palace erected in 1636 AD by King Thirumalai Nayak, a king of Madurai’s Nayaka dynasty who ruled Madurai from 1623–59, in the city of Madurai, India. This Palace is a classic fusion of Dravidian, Islamic styles. The building, which can be seen today, was the main Palace where the king lived. The original Palace Complex was four times bigger than the present structure. In its heyday, Tirumalai Nayak Palace at Madurai was considered to be one of the wonders of the South. This palace is situated 2 km south east of the Meenakshi Amman Temple. – Wikipedia
Madurai is our “stop” before heading to Ernakulam. Staying here for a night is enough since there is only one thing to see, the Shri Menakshi Temple. It is the biggest temple in India – it has four complexes and a huge water bank .
We arrived in Madurai from Chennai after 10 hours bus ride. We stayed in a hotel in front of the local bus stand, so we don’t have to rush when we had to leave.
First thing in the morning, we took a bus to the market where the temple is located. The temple is huge. It has entrances on all 4 directions, same as the one in Chennai, but this one is bigger. We had to leave our flipflops outside (as usual) and walked around 500m barefoot under the scorching sun! It was the longest walk I did barefoot on an exposed pavement, but I’m already getting used to it. One souvenir from India that I will never forget are my cracked-heels!
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