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Madurai is a temple town like no other, with the huge Meenakshi Temple being virtually a town in itself.

Meenakshi Temple

Built at the same time as the Taj Mahal, it is an outstanding example of south Indian Hindu architecture with nine towering gopurams smothered in a riot of colourful stucco images. This is an amazing place to absorb the atmosphere of Hinduism, with the dark pillared halls filled with thousands of pilgrims, bare-chested priests and the scent of flowers, coconut and ghee.

Gandhi Museum

Elsewhere in the city the Gandhi Museum chronicles the life of the great Indian leader and exhibits the blood-stained dhoti the Mahatma was wearing when he was assassinated.

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