Trains from Pune to Madurai

The journey by train from Pune to Madurai is scheduled to take from 24 hours 55 minutes to 31 hours 10 minutes depending upon which train you take. The distance travelled via the shortest route is 1,428 km.

Train Times from Pune to Madurai

There are 5 train services from Pune Junction Railway Station (PUNE) to Madurai Junction Railway Station (MDU).

TrainPune (PUNE)Madurai (MDU)Operating Days
1633900:2004:25 + 1 dayW,Th,F,Su
1635100:2002:30 + 1 dayTu,Sa
1102101:0008:10 + 1 dayW,Th,Su
2210116:4018:40 + 1 dayW
1956821:1522:10 + 1 dayF

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Location of Pune Junction Railway Station

Pune Junction Railway Station is 4.4 km by road from the Aga Khan Palace.

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Location of Madurai Junction Railway Station

Madurai Junction Railway Station is 3.1 km by road from St Mary’s Cathedral.

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About Travel to Madurai

Madurai isn’t the largest city in Tamil Nadu, but it is one of the oldest and a city famous for its examples of the distinctive South Indian style of temple. Madurai is not the easiest city in India for foreign visitors because of the small number of hotels and restaurants that cater specifically to the needs of international tourists, but its worth overcoming these difficulties to visit the temples.

Meenakshi Temple

The centre of Madurai is dominated by the Arulmigu Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Temple, often referred to simply as the Meenakshi Temple. The Meenakshi Temple is an extremely important religious site for Hindus and the city attracts a lot of Indian travellers who specifically come to Madurai to visit the temple. One of the annoyances in Madurai is the large number of people who wait around near the temple to offer largely unwanted services to the many visitors.

The Meenakshi Temple covers 56,000 square metres of the city centre, surrounded by a wall and accessible via large gates. Built in the 17th Century, this temple has 14 gopuram towers, the tallest of which are located at the main entrance points to the temple and rising to 40 to 50 metres above ground level. The gopuram tower is the most distinctive feature of the Dravidian style of temple architecture, and the Meenakshi Temple has arguably the most ornately decorated and grand gopuram towers anywhere in the world.

Statue inside Meenakshi Temple in Madurai
Statue inside Meenakshi Temple in Madurai
Other Places to Visit in Madurai

In Madurai itself there 4 other major sites of interest to visit:

  • Thiruparankundram Temple: 6th Century Hindu temple.
  • Thirumalai Nayak Palace: 17th Century palace known for its sculptures and paintings.
  • Pazhamudhir Solai Temple: Located in the hills on the outskirts of the city, this large temple is devoted to the Hindu god Lord Muruga .
  • Kazimar Big Mosque: Situated in the centre of Madurai, this 13th century mosque is the largest in the city.

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