Wrapped in broad coastlines and framed by steep mountains, the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu is one of India’s most vibrant cultural destinations.
The Dravidian civilization that ruled this area of South India left a number of impressive monuments to be explored. The city of Madurai dates back to 600 B.C., and is one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities. The Shree Meenakshi Sudareshwara Temple is the most iconic temple in the city. Marked by fourteen gopurams (massive stone gateways covered in statues), the temple at the heart of the city is dotted numerous shrines, water tanks, and gardens waiting to be explored.