Vanakkam Madurai – Vanakkam means welcome in Tamil language
The ancient South Indian city of Madurai is a place of great historical importance. Madurai is said to be the oldest city in South India, that stands on the banks of the river Vaigai. Madurai’s fame rests solely on the famous Meenakshi Amman temple dedicated to goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar.
Madurai being home to the Goddess Meenakshi, local Madurai women have created a walk to showcase the hidden charm of Madurai to travellers visiting their city. The walk enables you, the visitor, to hear about local life from a woman's perspective and understand women's roles in the family and community at large. The Vanakkam Madurai team invites you to explore Madurai on foot to see the real life of people. You can meet street side vendors to see how they do business in a day, visit the flower market and fruit market that are flanked by bananas and check out what their market challenges are. Visit the petty salon on the road side and meet the local hairstylist.