Trains from Thiruvananthapuram to Madurai

The journey by train from Thiruvananthapuram to Madurai is scheduled to take between 5 hours 20 minutes and 13 hours 30 minutes depending upon which train you take. The distance travelled via the shortest route is 300 km.

Train Times from Thiruvananthapuram to Madurai

There are 5 train services from Thiruvananthapuram to Madurai, all departing from Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station (TVC) and arriving into Madurai Junction Railway Station (MDU).

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Location of Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station

Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station is 8.7 km by road from Shangumugham Beach.

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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 is generally considered to be the cultural centre of Tamil Nadu, and arguably the best place in the world to see the classic Dravidian style of architecture synonymous with the heritage of Southern India. Madurai itself is a fairly large city, with an estimated 1.5 million permanent residents. The age of Madurai is also significant. Madurai has existed in its present location since the 4th Century BCE making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the world.

Arulmigu Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Temple

At the very centre of Madurai City is the Arulmigu Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Temple, also known simply as Meenakshi Temple. Meenakshi Temple has a footprint of approximately 56,000 square metres and is accessible via 5 entrance gates.

The most distinctive features of Meenakshi Temple are its 14 gopuram towers. Gopuram towers are a common feature of South Indian Hindu temples and are normally decorated with images and statues of deities and characters from famous Hindu religious texts. The gopuram towers at Meenakshi Temple are massive. The largest towers, which rise over the entrance gates, are 40 to 50 metres tall. To really appreciate the temple you need to find a vantage point where you can look from above across the temple complex as a whole. It’s spectacular and the main reason most tourists come to Madurai.

Thirumalai Nayakar Palace in Madurai
Thirumalai Nayakar Palace in Madurai
Other Points of Interest in Madurai

Madurai has an abundance of temples built in a classic style commonly associated with Tamil Nadu, and some of these temples are older than the Meenakshi Temple. Madurai also has some notable Muslim and Christian places of worship, a partly demolished royal palace, and a market near the Meenakshi Temple housed within buildings and courtyards established in the the 17th Century.

There’s a lot to do and see in Madurai itself, however, the surrounding area, particularly the hills around Madurai also attracts lots of visitors. Madurai is a transport hub for the southern part of Tamil Nadu state and the northern section of Kerala. Visitors travelling to Kodaikanal, Suruli Waterfalls, and Azhagar Kovil on public transport will almost certainly need to travel via Madurai.

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