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Once Upon A Madurai Trail provided by Storytrails Madurai

Once Upon A Madurai Trail
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  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 5708P13
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Bottled water • Beverages • Guide
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
2–3 hours
Departure details
North Tower, Meenakshi Amman Temple,Madurai Main, Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India
Inclusions
Bottled water • Beverages • Guide
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
North Tower, Meenakshi Amman Temple,Madurai Main, Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India
Duration
2–3 hours
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Not recommended for child aged 6 and under
Dress conservatively keeping knees and shoulders covered for both men and women
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    North Tower
    Meenakshi Amman Temple,Madurai Main, Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
    Puthu Mandapam - புது மண்டபம்
  • You'll end at
    North Tower
    Meenakshi Amman Temple,Madurai Main, Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India
    See address & details
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davidpollock1000
Oxford, UK1 contribution
Excellent Tales!
Feb 2020
Excellent Tales! My charming storyteller was articulate, amusing and professional...she enlivened my visit to Madurai hugely and I commend this experience to anyone interested in the mythological roots of modern India
Written 18 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

JRMF
York, UK6 contributions
Once upon a time in Madurai
What a lovely way to see the city of Madurai in a different light, to understand a little of its history and culture through stories beautifully told by our guide, Priya, in the atmospheric streets around the temple. It was a really special evening, thanks.
Written 4 March 2020
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Storytrails I
Hello, Thank you for your review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your trail with us in Madurai and that it showed you Madurai in a different light. :) We hope we see you again. We do run tours in Chennai, Pondicherry, Trivandrum and Mumbai as well. Cheers, Nayantara
Written 12 March 2020
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Dash
Leeds, England, United Kingdom429 contributions
Excellent trail!
We got off to a 7am start outside the North exit of the Meenakshi Temple when it was cooler and not busy. Our guide, Swarna, was an excellent storyteller for our small group of 3. She brought great context and understanding of Hinduism through the lens of Madurai culture and customs. And good humour! She also helped me get appropriate medical attention for a foot infection. Thanks again, Swarna!
Written 20 February 2020
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Hello, Thank you for your lovely review :) We are so happy to know that you enjoyed the trail and that it gave you some context for Hinduism. We hope your foot is fully healed, and that the rest of your trip goes wonderfully. Do come and join us on more tours if you're in India again. We run tours in Chennai, Mumbai, Pondicherry and Trivandrum too. Cheers, Nayantara
Written 21 February 2020
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Bev S
Gold Coast, Australia18 contributions
Home cooking experience is great
Jan 2020 • Couples
Spice trails in Madurai was an interesting visit to a house to learn about cooking. We made a drink if ginger, green chilli, yogurt, salt, water (coriander and curry leaves churned) and garnished with coriander and curry leaves. Delicious. We loved doing the home cooking in the host’s own house. Such a good vibe for an authentic experience.
Written 18 February 2020
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Hello, Thank you for your review. We are so happy to know that you enjoyed learning about Indian cooking and that it felt like an authentic experience for you. We hope you come and try a few other trails with us. We also run them in Chennai, Pondicherry, Trivandrum and Mumbai. Cheers, Nayantara
Written 19 February 2020
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Jürg
Stäfa, Switzerland14 contributions
Not to miss!
Feb 2020
Don't just visit the temple, when in Madurai, because this tour takes you into the small alleys around the famous monument. Lots of stories there, great tour, wonderful guide. I really enjoyed ist, thank you Swarna!
Written 8 February 2020
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Hello, Thank you for your review. We are glad you were able to enjoy all the little streets and lesser-known elements of Madurai. We loved sharing stories with you, and we'd love to do it again. Do come and join us on more trails in Chennai, Pondicherry, Trivandrum and Mumbai. Cheers, Nayantara
Written 19 February 2020
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Graham B
Mobile, AL52 contributions
A really enjoyable and informative walk
Swarna was our guide for the tour and was superb.

It is all well planned and executed, from placing the booking, to having a sign at the meeting point so that you can be sure you are in the right place, to the earpieces they provide so that you can hear all that your guide says and breakfast at the end.

The group was us and one other couple and we found that there was plenty of opportunity to ask questions, which Swarna was superb at answering.

Really glad we chose to do this tour - highly recommended.
Written 7 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hello, Thank you for your review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your trail with us and found it informative. We had a great time hosting you, and we hope to see you again. We also run tours in Chennai, Pondicherry, Trivandrum and Mumbai. Cheers, Nayantara
Written 19 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

gianugoturista
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg6 contributions
A different way to see an South-Indian temple city
Jan 2020
A very entertaining visit to the surrounding area of the main Madurai temple, with a mix of local history, legends and the never-ending adventures of Hindu gods. Great to discover hidden corners, such as the Jain temple and the 11 pillars. The guide was very kind and used her voice skillfully to enhance the presentations.
Written 29 January 2020
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Hello, Thank you for your review. It's wonderful to hear that you had an entertaining visit, and were able to discover some of Madurai's hidden corners. We'd love to host you again. We run tours in we also Chennai, Pondicherry, Trivandrum and Mumbai as well. Regards, Lakshmi
Written 3 February 2020
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Cate S
1 contribution
A must do in Maduai - for foodies and everyone else!!!
Jan 2020 • Family
This is a great way to see Madurai and to find some excellent and safe food when there. We tried delicious foods that we would not normally have tried. Everywhere Praveena took us to was excellent and the food, snacks and drinks were delicious. There are lots of courses and snacks to try to pace yourself to fit it all in! Praveena gave us the background and ingredients to each dish which was fascinating. Super highly recommended. Praveena was a wonderful guide and host to her city
Written 29 January 2020
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Dear Cate, Thank you very much for your lovely review. It's so nice to know that you enjoyed your tour in Madurai and that you got to try food you would have missed out on otherwise. :) Do come back and try some of our other tours in we also Chennai, Pondicherry, Trivandrum and Mumbai. Regards, Lakshmi
Written 3 February 2020
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Paul S
Berlin, Germany32 contributions
Entertaining and informative
I really enjoyed my tour with Swarna who bubbled with enthusiasm telling her tales about the history of Madurai, its myths and customs.

Her stories helped put the temple in context when I visited the next day.

I really enjoyed the pace and wit of the tour.

Great value for money.
Written 25 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hello, Thank you for your review. We are so glad to hear you had an enjoyable tour through Madurai, and that it helped out things in context for you. We do hope you join us on more tours. We also run tours in Mumbai, Chennai, Trivandrum and Pondicherry. We have recently launched audio tours in several locations including Mahabalipuram, the Egmore Government Museum in Chennai, the Qutub Minar complex in Delhi, and the National Museum in Delhi. You can download these tours by looking up the Storytrails Audio Tours app on the Play store and the App Store. Cheers, Nayantara
Written 27 January 2020
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David M
4 contributions
Truly interesting, informative and innovative tour!
Jan 2020
We really loved this tour of the city surrounding the Meenakshi temple which has so many insights into the religion and culture of the area to offer. The tour was not only informative and interesting but innovative and thought provoking in its delivery. It really sets the stage for a visit to the temple itself which we did later in the day. Our guide (Swarna) did an excellent job in creating the context and the atmosphere for a great day in Madurai! Thoroughly recommendable (finishing with an excellent dhosa breakfast!).
Written 20 January 2020
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Dear David, Thank you for this wonderful review :) We are so thrilled to hear that you loved the tour and found it innovative. We would be so happy to host you again, so do come and join us on more tours in Chennai, Pondicherry, Trivandrum and Madurai. Cheers, Nayantara
Written 23 January 2020
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By: Storytrails Madurai
RPAllen
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You just can't have a better experience than with Priya
I have been a lover of Indian food for 50 years and, on my first trip to India, my children gave me a private marke
Roving05806911751
Roving05806911751
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A must in Madurai!!
While being very informative, teaching us history and myths, the tour was so much fun! The guide had a sense of hum
Sightsee325805
Sightsee325805
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A mesmerizing journey into Madurai's history,rulers and Gods!!
The storytrail was an unique way to get to know Madurai. It was fascinating to see history buried among the hustle
Andrew W
Andrew W
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Excellent
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour which taught us about Madurai through its myths and legends. Mrs Priya was a wonder
Inspire14007540692
Inspire14007540692
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Beautiful stories make the town come to life
Really interesting walking tour - the stories brought the history and mythology of Madurai to life. We loved it.
stevehelen2017
stevehelen2017
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A trip through time in Madurai
We took two of Storytrails tours in Madurai; the Food Tour and the "Once upon a Madurai" Tour. Both were excellent
sonalic1995
sonalic1995
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Fun walk with an extremely knowledgable guide!
I did the morning walk with Storytrails in Madurai. We walked in the city centre - around the majestic Meenakshi Te
Maps369550
Maps369550
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Ge to know Madurai
Excellent introduction to the history and makeup of Madurai. Very friendly and knowledgable storyteller. And finish
cameronhotelman
cameronhotelman
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Interesting food tour with a great guide
Pros: Swarma was very knowledgeable and friendly. She took us to interesting places with food we had never tried b
jglaw
jglaw
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Not to miss !
An early wake up is needed, because tour starts at 7 in the morning. Once there I enjoyed the quietness in the st
Navigate564752
Navigate564752
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Story time
The stories about the gods and goddesses are enthralling. They really captured the spirit of this wonderful city. W
jillamy47
jillamy47
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Interesting walk
We thought we were going to be bogged down with history but because of the interesting places our guide took us to
Sightsee56369334000
Sightsee56369334000
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Gods and goddesses
Excellent storytelling around the temple and market streets of Madurai. Swarma is a wonderful animated storyteller
elenahanele
elenahanele
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Very nice!
Nice tour around the temple with interesting anegdotes and paralells between history and mythology. Would do it aga
zodman
zodman
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Wonderful insight into the myths and truths of Madurai
Swarner took us on magical tour of the area around the temple in Madurai. She is very personable and engaging and h
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