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India is famous for its marvelous temple city of Madurai that is situated in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. This settlement is considered the oldest continuously inhabited city in India. Madurai has become internationally famous after the building of the Meenakshi Temple. Why is this city often referred to as “the temple city”? There is a shrine on almost every street here. Besides that, the city’s territory is full of numerous cafes and restaurants. Because of this peculiarity, Madurai is also famous as the city that never sleeps. Local streets remain active and crowded both in the daytime and at night. First settlers in the territory of modern Madurai appeared yet in the third millennia BC. Various manuscripts mentioned this settlement as the capital of the ancient kingdom of Pandya. At the beginning of the 9th century, the Chola dynasty added this Indian city to their territories. Madurai became an independent city in 1559. However, Chanda Sahib captured the settlement already in the 30s of the 18th century. After him, the nawab of the Carnatik and Muhammed Yusuf became the rulers of the city. All these leaders changed one another in just one century. The British East India Company established its control over Madurai in 1801. It added the city to the Madras Presidency. This event marked the start of the city’s development as a political and industrial center. At that time, Madurai became the capital of a district with the same name. The British … Read further

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Madurai sightseeing

Madurai has its own, so to say, domestic airport. It serves only flights from other Indian cities. Because of this, to get to Madurai, tourists need to fly to Chennai first. The majority of flights to the temple city depart from this Indian megalopolis. After that, make another flight or get on a train to Madurai. If you choose the railway method, the journey time is roughly eight-nine hours. There are also trains … Open

Nature and parks of India

On the island of Chorao in the Goa state there is a unique bird sanctuary named after Salim Ali, the famous ornithologist from India. The island is washed by the Mandovi and Mapusa rivers. The reserve has become a habitat for more than 400 species of birds. Most of the birds fly on Chorao in October, when they arrive here for the winter period. Lots of different birds can be seen here up until March when they fly away to their native lands. The territory of the reserve is a combination of moorland and mangrove forests, that is why there are no paths on the island and it can only be explored from boats. In addition to birds, during an excursion here you can see crocodiles, but for this, you have to ask a guide to lead a group around their habitats. … Open

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