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Vanakkam Madurai

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Address: Madurai 625003, India
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2-Hour Walking Tour of Madurai
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Our trip to southern India had so many highlights but the walking tours of Madurai topped the lot. The 5.30 am start nearly put me off but the morning walk really helped show us... read more

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Our trip to southern India had so many highlights but the walking tours of Madurai topped the lot. The 5.30 am start nearly put me off but the morning walk really helped show us what India is about. The food safari was equally good the previous night. We ate in some places we wouldn't otherwise have even seen, never mind... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the evening food safari and the morning walk, both of which were excellent. We got to see parts of the city and life in the city that we would not have seen otherwise. And eat street food we would have been too 'scared' to try on our own. Our guide was friendly and very knowledgable and considerate of... More 

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Modiin, Israel
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The early morning tour with Karthik was one of our South Indian trip highlights. It familiars the western traveler with the day-to-day life at the residential neighborhoods of Madurai, a charming city for itself. We ran into a local wedding at 6:00 am (it was still dark and the wedding was brightly illuminated - a fabulous scene). The local hospitality... More 

Thank GuyK1971
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

My friends & I booked both the evening "food safari" and the very early morning walk. Both were guided by the friendly, knowledgeable Karthik who spoke very good English and so could easily answer our many questions. We had delicious food on the evening food walk, stopping by several local spots for snacks, meals, desserts, drinks. Madurai at night is... More 

Thank Retirada
Westminster, Colorado
1 review
Reviewed 9 March 2017

This early morning walking tour of Madurai was worth getting up for. Karthik, and his assistant were great guides. They showed so much enthusiasm. It was very exciting to see the city wake up and just enjoy the smells, sounds and sights. The Indian people are amazing. I loved the Indian coffee! Only tip I can give you is to... More 

Thank CrowRO
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Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed not only one but two amazing experiences with Karthik. Karthik first took me on a evening food walk , we sampled many local specialties including , idi yappam, Jigarthanba ( a real locals treat of ice cream aga aga , milk ,palm sugar and flavours only known to the family of this very old local vendor. Other must... More 

Thank Damien R
Mashiko-machi, Japan
1 review
Reviewed 8 March 2017

This was a very interesting two hour look at early morning life in Madurai, which I would otherwise not have been able to see. The chai at the stand was the best I tasted, and South Indian breakfast at a local eatery excellent as well. Our guide, Karthik gave us a very informative tour

Thank dhclay
Laupen, Switzerland
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 March 2017

We had a excellent walk through Madurai in the early morning. Lots of information and street life as it is, inclusive a very good Indian-breakfast at a local restaurant. Would do it again.

1 Thank Horst Z
Lawrence, Kansas
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

The start is early morning - and that is as it should be. As you are waking up, so is Madurai, India. For those who enjoy seeing street life - food stalls, fruit and vegetable markets, loading and unloading of arrays of foodstuffs and household items, vendors setting up their corner of a small lane, and just the hustle and... More 

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Hayward, California
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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Our early morning tour of Madurai was our very favorite experience in this extraordinary South Indian city. From women washing and drawing intricate chalk designs on their doorsteps to vendors getting ready for the day, this was a real taste of India with expert explanations and insights from our guide. And the best idli and sambar for breakfast was included!

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