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Cooking is not just a profession for me. It is an art. I often travel to different locations to enhance my culinary skills and learn to prepare new dishes. I went on a similar trip to Madurai last winter. I travelled from Chennai to Madurai by JetKonnect. As I have travelled across different parts of south India by air, I was well aware that the price of tickets of Chennai to Madurai flights is higher during the winter season. So, I booked my tickets a month in advance and was able to avail a lucrative discount on them. I reached the city as per the scheduled time.
I stayed at a hotel based in Lady Doak College Road. It was located close to major tourist attractions of the city such as Seventh Day Adventist Church and Meenakshi Amman Kovil. It was well connected with the airport also. The hotel offered a wide range of modern amenities such as laundry, doctor on call, Jacuzzi, gym and pool. Therefore, my stay at the hotel was a highly comfortable one. Here are some of the major high points of my Madurai sojourn: –
Meenakshi Amman Temple | Image Resource : travelogyindia.com
Visiting the notable landmarks around Madurai
The next day, I went out to visit the major attractions of this ancient city. My first destination was the Meenakshi Amman Temple. This famous temple is dedicated to Shiva and named after his consort, Parvati. Constructed by Kulasekara Pandya, the temple finds mention in ancient Tamil songs as early as the 7th century. It was destroyed in 1310 by Malik Kafur and rebuilt in its present form by Nayaks who ruled here from 16th to 18th centuries. The thousand-pillar hall within the temple is a treat for the eyes.
I also visited the Samanar Hills located at a short distance from the temple. The caves here were used by Samanar monks who were Jains and were in use as early as 1 AD. The Jain carvings and sculptures here are exquisite. The hill top provides a panoramic view of the city. Pancha Pallam, a natural is located here. The tranquil atmosphere of the hills attracts many visitors.
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Tasting local delicacies
I returned to my hotel from sightseeing quite late during the afternoon and was pretty hungry. My lunch was served in due course. The Paruthi Paal, a drink made from cotton seeds, jaggery, flour of raw rice and coconut helped me to get over the tiredness. It is one of the specialties of Madurai and is considered very good for people suffering from cough and cold.
I had Meen Kozambhu, a fish based recipe as main course. The gravy was prepared using tamarind, urad dal and toor dal. The use of chillies and tamarind gave the fish curry a hot and sour taste. I ended the meal with a drink named Jil Jil Jigarthanda, which is another specialty of Madurai. Prepared using almond gum, milk, sugar, sarsaparilla root syrup and ice cream, it satisfied my cravings for a cold beverage to the full.
What was unique about the Madurai trip?
So far, I used to focus mainly on starters and main course dishes. But after the Madurai trip, I started experimenting with cold beverages as well. Truly, the trip taught me many new things.