Around Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai: A Photo Story

Most everything in the town of Madurai revolves around the famous Meenakshi Amman temple.

The temple surroundings buzz with activity, frenetic with the comings and goings of locals and tourists alike. The place wears the look of a fair ground, especially so on the days of Indian festivals. Today, in my latest blog post, I present to you some sights we captured from around the famed Meenakshi Amman temple, on our camera.

Check out the post here!


Travel Shot: Madurai Malli| The Jasmine Flowers Of Madurai 

Did you know that the temple city of Madurai is famous for the jasmine flowers produced locally and in the surrounding areas? 

Do check out my detailed post about the famed Madurai mallige, just in on my photo blog

Gopu Iyengar’s, Madurai: Serving Delicious For 80+ Years

While I was researching for our recent trip to Madurai, the name Gopu Iyengar’s popped up often. I read about this all-vegetarian little eatery being touted as one of the best places in Madurai for South Indian snacks, particularly the variety of dosas that they serve and their vellai appam. Of course, we had to include a visit to Gopu Iyengar’s while we were in Madurai!
Do check out a detailed account of our experience at this iconic eatery, just in on my photo blog.

The Other Azhagar Temple In Madurai: Koodal Azhagar Kovil 

I didn’t get a chance to visit the Azhagar Kovil, about 20 km away from Madurai, on our recent trip. I, therefore, didn’t get a chance to partake of the delicious-sounding Azhagar Kovil dosais, the prasadam

That said, we did visit the Koodal Azhagar temple, the other ‘Azhagar Kovil‘ in Madurai, and sampled the ‘dosai’ here. Check out my detailed post about the Koodal Azhagar dosai

Azhagar Kovil Dosai| Black Urad Dosa

While doing a spot of research for our recent holiday in Madurai, I came to know of these lovely-sounding black urad daal dosas being offered as prasadam at the Azhagar temple. Sadly, I didn’t get to partake of these Azhagar Kovil dosais due to paucity of time, but I did make them once I got back home! They turned out absolutely delish!

Here‘s how I made these dosas. Do check out my photo blog for the recipe! Thanks!

Travel Shot: Panneer Drakshe Aka Indian Gulabi Grapes 

Have you heard of Panneer Drakshe or the Indian Gulabi variety of grapes? My upbringing in Gujarat ensured that I had never heard of or tasted these grapes – a Tamilnadu specialty – till my mother introduced me to them, on a trip to the south. 

Our recent trips to Madurai and Kumbakonam rekindled in me my love for these grapes. 

Curious? Check out my detailed post about these gorgeous grapes, here

Thoughts After Visiting MS Subbulakshmi’s House In Madurai

In a narrow, narrow, narrow alley called Mela Anumantharaya Kovil Street in Madurai, one can find the house that the legendary South Indian singer MS Subbulakshmi once lived in. This fact isn’t known to many, not even the locals who live and work around the very house!

Thanks to a blog post by a fellow passionate travel blogger, the husband and I got to know of the house. Having grown up with the music of this legend, we were quite eager to see her house, on our recent holiday in Madurai. We did manage to visit it, too. Do check out my post about this!

Our Street Food (And Drink) Journey In Madurai

So, you thought jigarthanda is the be-all and end-all of food and drink in the temple city of Madurai? Nothing could be further from the truth!

Madurai has a vibrant food scene to boast of, especially on the street food front. On our holiday, we embarked on a mission to try out as much of the city’s street food as we could. We were astonished by what we found.

Do check out my latest post about our street food (and drink) journey in Madurai, here. Thank you!