Madurai is a very important city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the administrative headquarters of Madurai District. It is the third largest city by population in Tamil Nadu and is the 31st major urban agglomeration in India.
Madurai was the capital city until British rule in India and was the first major settlement in central and southern Asia. The city has a number of historical monuments, with the Meenakshi Amman Temple and Thirumalai Nayak Palace being the most prominent.
Madurai is located at 9.93°N 78.12°E.It has an average elevation of 101 meters above sea level. The city of Madurai lies on the flat and fertile plain of river Vaigai, which runs in the northwest-southeast direction through the city, dividing it into two almost equal halves.
Madurai is a significant industrial and educational hub in South Tamil Nadu. The city is home to automobile, rubber, chemical, and granite manufacturing industries. It has developed as a second-tier city after information technology companies have opened their offices in Madurai.
Temperatures during summer generally reach a maximum of 40 °C and a minimum of 26.3 °C, although temperatures up to 42 °C are not uncommon. Winter range between 29.6 °C and 18 °C.
Some major tourist attractions are Sri Meenakshi Temple, Pazhamudhir Solai, Gandhi Museum, Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, and Vaigai Dam.
Some local places in the city are Athisayam Water Amusement Park, MGR Race Course Stadium and St. Mary's Cathedral Church.
Madurai Junction is a major railway station serving the city. There are direct trains that connecting Madurai with major cities and towns across India. Madurai airfield was first used by the Royal Air Force in World War II in 1942.
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