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Guided Tour of Majestic Meenakshi Temple
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Guided Tour of Majestic Meenakshi Temple

By Sri Meenakshi Darshan-Guided Temple Tours
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Embark on a Sri Meenakshi Temple where many treasures, insights, and stories are waiting. Let a local host show you around and experience this cultural attraction from a local perspective. Reasons to book this tour : ✓ See Thousand Pillars Museum from a local perspective ✓ Get insights straight from a local source ✓ Explore Sri Meenakshi Temple it with a local. As a center of Madurai, there's a cultural gem ready to be discovered. Get ready and hit the road with your favorite local and prepare to be amazed. On this Private Sri Meenakshi Temple tour in Madurai,With so much to see and learn, there's no better way than to have a knowledgeable local by your side. Embark on an enriching journey where you'll get to know everything about this must-visit attraction with its ins and outs, its incredible history, insights, and fun facts. The more you explore, the more you'll discover why this place is so important to the locals and its cultural relevance.
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Ages 1-90
Duration: 2h
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Live guide: English
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  • Private tour guide
  • Entry/Admission - Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
What's not included
  • Private transportation
  • Own Expenses
  • Gratuities


Start:Multiple meeting point options.
  • Option 1
    Meenakshi Treasures, 30, N Chitrai St, near LIC, Gnanaolivupuram, Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India
    Our host will meet you at the opposite of Meenakshi TREASURES (Near North Entrance of Meenakshi Temple)
  • Option 2
    SPS Tiffins & Fruit Shop at Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai Famous Jigarthanda, S Chitrai St, Valaiyal Kadai, Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India
    Our host will meet you at the Meeting Point this location located at near South Entrance of the Meenakshi temple.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 154224P2

    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • A dress code is required to enter places of worship
    • No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed.
    • Knees (till the ankle)and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.
    • Cigarette,Lighter,Knife,Cosmetic Items and big size of bags are not allowed to carry into the temple
    • All kind of Electronic items are not allowed to carry into the temple
    • Highly secured locker facilities available at the entrance of the temple.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 154224P2

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      On this Private Sri Meenakshi Temple tour in Madurai,With so much to see and learn, there's no better way than to have a knowledgeable local by your side. Check out its best-known spots as well as those little details that only a local expert knows about, like Thousand Pillars Museum and Sri Meenakshi Temple. Embark on an enriching journey where you'll get to know everything about this must-visit attraction with its ins and outs, its incredible history, insights, and fun facts. The more you explore, the more you'll discover why this place is so important to the locals and its cultural relevance.
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    • R671TSalexanders
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      Amazing tourguide! Highly recommended
      Amazing tour guide! His tour was really essential for our understanding of the temple, Culture in Tamil Nadu and India in general. Highly highly recommend this tour to everyone The tour guide speaks very well and clear and could answer all of our questions while also sharing with us nice stories and insider information
      Written June 3, 2024
    • Arpit2712
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      Meenakshi Amman Temple Tour
      Meeting Mr. Dhanabalan Perumal as guide was blessing as he guided more like an educator of architect, history & culture of temple. He really loved showing us temple & telling each unique things in detail. Mr. Dhanabalan Perumal has deep knowledge of Tamil literature, culture & temple architecture. His zeal to impart same to us showed how much he loved his job. Time just flew very fast in his company & we completed our temple journey as learned family. Many thanks to him. I will surely refer him to my friends & family. Regards, Arpit
      Written May 24, 2024
    • Meander35699474859
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      Evening Ceremony
      We did the evening ceremony tour in Meenakshi temple. An absolutely unique experience. I cannot recommend it enough. Even my friend who is a local from Tamil Nadu said it was wonderful.
      Written March 23, 2024
    • LinMcintosh
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      A brilliant experience
      Dhanabalan is a fabulous guide. He turned up even though I was the only person and made my experience of Madurai exceptional. I could not have appreciated the Meenakshi temple at all without his guidance. He pointed out so many things that would have passed me by completely. Also he was willing to answer questions on absolutely anything and his English is superb. He sorted out the dropping of rucksack, shoes and phone at three separate counters and found places to sit or keep in the shade to make everything very easy. Although photos are not allowed, he very kindly sent me lots afterwards. After the temple, we visited the banana market which was very photogenic and we tried different bananas. Then we took a car out to the flower market. It's on the edge of the city but worth going as it's also very photogenic and everyone is happy to have photos. We started at 9 and spent 4 hours. Don't even hesitate! Contact Dhanabalan and he can arrange whatever you want at whatever timings you want (he said markets are best before 2pm).
      Written February 1, 2024
    • RajeshR1789
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      Amazing experience, don't miss it
      Its impossible to understand and experience this temple without a proper guide. Mr.Dhanabalan was super kind and explained us a lot of things about the temple and the tamil culture and language. Highly recommended! He is fun and very knowledgeable person :)
      Written January 22, 2024
    • 704jezh
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      Look no further
      With only one day in Madurai we wanted to make sure we made the best of our time here. Booking with Dharnabalan was the best decision we made, as his friendly, informative approach meant our visit to the Sri Meenakshi temple, and to the Palace, were so much better than if we had gone along ourselves. His knowledge of the city and the history of these important buildings was first-class, as was his knowledge about the wider region and India. His warm, friendly style kept us engaged and we all felt that we had learned something new. Cannot recommend highly enough.
      Written January 3, 2024
    • Rita-Reeta
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      I had an excellent experience with the guide (Dhanabalan Perumal) Madurai Meenakshi Temple. The guide was incredibly informative, making all arrangements seamlessly. He went above and beyond to ensure a pleasant darshan, making the entire visit a memorable experience. Highly recommended!
      Written December 17, 2023
    • 329luisez
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      great temple tour
      Our guide Dhanabalan was really friendly, helpful and spoke English very well. The tour was very informative and interesting. He was really passionate about the history and his culture and very willing to answer every question. Definitely worth it because you learn a lot more compared to going alone.
      Written December 12, 2023
    • rashne33
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      Excellent Tour Guide for the Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
      Dhanabalan Perumal was just the best guide one could ever ask for. He was on time and before we started the tour to the Meenakshi Temple, he explained everything in detail to us. He took us through the smaller queues and once inside the temple he started explaining the history of the place to us. He was so professional and knowledgeable and knew the answers to every question. He did not rush through the tour and we think he was one of the best guides we have ever had.
      Written December 10, 2023
    • Serene-Yogini
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      The perfect guide for an amazing experience!
      Not to be missed! Wonderful guide. I spent the morning with Bala exploring, learning, discussing philosophy and culture while wandering around the Meenakshi Temple. He was a great guide. Highly recommend!
      Written December 1, 2023
    • Spangieuk
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      Recommend highly to get the best out of your temple visit.
      Our guide Bala was a super guide. He was professional, conscientious and knowledgeable about all the places we visited as well as able to answer the many questions that came up about Hinduism and the history of India/Hinduism. If you are visiting the temples, highly recommend a guide, so that you know what you are looking at, and highly recommend that Bala is that guide. He was on time, dealt with all the payments and entries, and spoke excellent English. Bala was fabulous.
      Written November 13, 2023
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      Excellent tour, very informative and such a great guide! Thank you very much! We did a tour to the banana market, flower market and the Subramaniya Swamy Temple. Very authentic and off the beaten tracks.
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      Dhanabalan was an excellent tour guide - informative, helpful and punctual. He guided us expertly throughout Madurai, and gave us a fully detailed explanation of all the sights, as well as the stories of the monuments. He also bought all our tickets and snacks, which was unexpected but thoroughly appreciated. We found a whole new appreciation of Madurai thanks to Dhanabalan and we would recommend him as a guide to anyone who wishes to see Madurai and it's stunning temples!
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    • savenjudes
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    • cathyrR856CX
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      Wonderful guided tour of the Meenakshi temple!
      We are grateful to have received the very best service from our friendly guide, Dhanabalan, who transported us through time, sharing, with a great sense of humor, his knowledge about not only the history of the temple but also about mythology, religion and linguistics to give us a better understanding of the multifaceted aspects of the Tamil culture. After the tour, Dhanabalan also went the extra mile and took the time to kindly send us documents and pictures to support his explanations so we could have notes to go back to. I highly recommend the visit of the temple guided by this excellent ambassador of the Tamil culture. What an enriching experience you will have!
      Written November 3, 2023
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    Madhurrao
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates152 contributions
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    Dec 2023 • Family
    Our guide Dhanabalam was probably the best guide we have had in many of our travels. I reached out to him about a month back before our trip and he helped us get a special linga darshan ticket (probably just 10-15 such tickets) issued each day. On the day of our travel, he met us sharp at 5am at the East gate of the temple and guided/helped us inside the temple. His knowledge of the history of the temple and its long tradition was commendable. Post our darshan, he nudged us to get a hard copy of our family photo (through the in-house photographers as mobile phones are not allowed), which remains one of our fondest memories of the temple visit. The museum with some of the sculptures were excellent and gave us many anecdotes about them. Overall, one of the finest darshans we have had. This was our first trip to Madura Meenakshi temple. If you are going to the temple, please get in touch. Dhanabalam, a thorough gentleman. His number is +91 90476 76486.
    Written January 1, 2024
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    Thank you for your review. We appreciate your kind words, we are glad you enjoyed your experience at Meenakshi temple in Madurai with us .We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Regards Sri Meenakshi Darshan-Guided Temple Tours For Assistance Call/WhatsApp +919047676486
    Written January 11, 2024
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    shevans2015
    London, UK25 contributions
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    Aug 2023 • Family
    I could not have comprehended how fabulous this was . A glimpse into a religion and its traditions that I have never seen in all of the 15 visits I have made to India . We were immersed in the sounds , prayers, incense and music of the ritual . Dhana was there every minute , explaining what was happening and why and moving us quickly to ensure we had the best views of the ceremonies
    Both my teenage daughter and I were overwhelmed as well as honoured to witness this . Dhana was kind, informative and funny throughout and tailored the tour to both our needs .
    If yiu see only one thing in Madurai, then see this and make sure Dhana is your guide
    Written September 25, 2023
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    Hi Kanika, Thank you for the 5-star rating! We are thrilled to know that you enjoyed our guided tours in madurai. Your feedback motivates us to continue providing exceptional service to all our customers. Best Wishes Sri Meenakshi Darshan-Guided Temple Tours For Assistance - +919047676486
    Written November 3, 2023
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    Maya T
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2023 • Solo
    Dhanabalan is a fantastic and extremely knowledgeable tour guide. He took me to a couple of the markets and then around the meenakshi temple. He was able to explain the the history, architecture and everything else in a lot of detail, and also gave me some time by myself to walk around and take it all in. He is a great storyteller. I highly recommend his tours to anyone who wants to learn about past and present Madurai. Thank you Dhanabalan!
    Written November 3, 2023
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    Hello Maya, Thanks so much for giving us your take on how we are doing.We're glad that customers like you are having a great experience!We thank you for the recommendations and we hope to see you again soon! Best wishes Sri Meenakshi Darshan - Guided Temple Tours. For Assistance - +919047676486
    Written November 3, 2023
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    Giacomotcco
    Milan, Italy5 contributions
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    Feb 2024 • Family
    During our family vacation to Madurai, we hired Bala to guide us through the Meenakshi Temple complex (day tour plus night ceremony). Bala's tour was incredibly insightful, blending historical, mythological, theological, and cultural perspectives. We especially appreciated his local (Tamil) perspective on religion and society, as well as his insights on women's roles. Bala's enthusiasm for his work was evident, making our interactions with him a pleasure. We highly recommend him.
    Written February 29, 2024
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    Alihugs
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dhanabalan is an exceptional Guide, with excellent English.
    He had a depth of knowledge about the Temple and made it very interesting.
    He could answer any questions that we asked of him,
    He then took us on a tour of the streets markets, guiding us all extremely well and sorting out refreshments from the street stalls. It really was so interesting.
    He then took ua to the Palace.
    We all spent a fabulous 4 hours on this tour seeing authentic India.
    I would highly recommend Dhanabalan to any one visiting Madurai.
    Written February 11, 2024
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    David B
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    Dhanabalam was our guide. Extremely knowledgeable with a very engaging, open personality. He brings a social, historical and philosophical perspective to the tour of the temple. Very detailed but also relaxed. It made us want to know more about Tamil history in particular. I think it would be difficult to navigate the temple on your own and would strongly recommend Dhanabalam. One felt in safe hands throughout. This isn’t really a ‘guided’ tour - you felt you were with a friend.
    Written February 10, 2024
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    Michael W
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2023 • Couples
    Dhanabalan was an incredible guide,
    he is very knowledgeable and gave as a deep dive not only in the sights we were visiting but also in the backgrounds and in general into Tamil culture and history.
    He took all the time we needed to understand the answers to our questions.
    The tour took 4 hours but they were passing very fast.
    Written November 14, 2023
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    Hello Michael and Kristina , Thank you so much for this lovely review, we are so happy to hear you had such a good experience with us. Guest satisfaction is our top priority. We're constantly looking for opportunities to exceed expectations. We hope you come visit us again soon! Best wishes, Sri Meenakshi Darshan - Guided Temple Tours Call / WhatsApp : +919047676486
    Written November 15, 2023
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    Tour57787446173
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Family
    We had the pleasure of embarking on a temple tour guided by mr Dhana Balan from start to finish, the experience was nothing short of enlightenment.Balan demonstrated an impressive depth of knowledge about each temple we visited. The history, architecture, spiritual significance added tremendous value to our tour. Balan ensured that ever aspect of our tour both educational and enjoyable. Balan expertise, passion and genuine warmth made this journey one that we will cherish for years to come
    Written February 26, 2024
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    Maurane V
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2024 • Friends
    I really enjoyed this walking tour!! Bhala (guide) has a very interesting way of telling a story, and knows so much about Indian history/religion/culture. We could ask all our questions, and learned a lot! Besides, he was very friendly and funny so we had a great time.
    I can definitely recommend this tour if you are looking for an enjoyable way to expand your knowledge!
    Written March 9, 2024
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    Laura P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Couples
    We are so happy to have been able to experience this majestic temple, with Dhanabalan Perumal as our guide. We only had a day to visit Madurai. And we were so glad that this 2 hour tour was something we managed to fit in our busy schedule. He gave us so much information about the temple, the Indian culture, and went out of his scheduled time to answer all our questions. We were really amazed with the knowledge that he poses. Without him we would have spent the whole day waiting in line, trying to figure out how the temple rules worked. Thank you Dhanabalan Perumal.
    Written January 23, 2024
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    Hello Laura, Thank you so much for your lovely review, we are so happy to hear that you had a great time with us. Customer satisfaction is very important to us, we constantly look to exceed expectations.We hope you come see us again! Best wishes Sri Meenakshi Darshan-Guided Temple Tours WhatsApp - +919047676486
    Written January 24, 2024
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