Apart from being a pilgrim town, a popular tourist destination, a cultural hotspot and the erstwhile capital of the Pandyan dynasty Madurai is also known for its food, cuisine, architecture, shopping and endearing people. Festivals of Madurai are popular and attract a lot of visitors. Meenakshi Tirukalyanam, the 10-day annual festival celebrated during April-May, attracts over a million visitors. The Jallikattu, the game of taming angry bulls, is similar to the Pampalona Bull Run held in Spain.
Since time immemorial, Madurai has been a well planned city in terms of construction of roads and buildings. The streets in Madurai were said to have been designed by the Pandya kings centuries ago. Madurai Thoonga Nagaram means a city that never Sleeps. Madurai is world famous for Jigarthanda, Kaithari Veshtis (Dhoti), Kunnathur Kaili (Lungi), Malligai flower etc… A vibrant city re-establishing the glory of Tamil language.
Apart from the face of Pilgrim and Education center, Madurai is a modern Commercial and industrial city. It is also famous for its trade mark Chungudi cotton sarees, color dyeing, Handicrafts, Brassware. Wooden Toys of Madurai is the favourite of the Young and Old as well.