About 21 kms north east of Madurai stands a celebrated Vishnu temple dedicated to Lord Alagar. The temple is situated on a hill amidst panoramic surroundings. The shrine is known as Alagarkoil and the hill is known Solaimalai. The t emple also contain some beautiful carvings and makes the visit rewarding. Solai malai Mandapam, one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya is located atop the hill.
Koodal Azhagar Temple
This ancient and acclaimed Vaishnavite temple is noted for its remarkable architectural and sculptural magnificence. The Lord here is in the sitting or asana, standing or sthanaka and reclining or sayana postures, all enshrined in one vertical plane.
Housed in the old Palace of Rani Mangammal, the Gandhi Museum depicts the highlights of the freedom struggle and contains a picture gallery of the Gandhian movement. Also to be seen are a gallery of relics, and the khadi and village industries section and south Indian handicrafts section.
Sri Aravindar Annai Trust and Meditation Centre
It is located 9 kms south of Madurai at Thirunagar. It is dedicated to realising the ideal of Sri Aravindar and Sri Annai, that is Sri Aurobindo and mother. It is one of the oldest places of meditation in Madurai.
The world-renowned Ramakrishna Mutt has a branch in Madurai. Yoga classes are conducted here once a week on Fridays Timings: Between 6.00 a.m. and 7.00 a.m.
There is a Vishnu Temple located here and it is 20 kms from Madurai and 3 kms from Othakkadi. The main deity of this temple is Kalamega Perumal or Thirumal and his consort Sembagavalli. Thiruvathavur This Shiva temple is located 25 kms from Madurai and 5 kms. From Othakkadi. The presiding deities of this temple are Shiva and Parvathi. It is the birthplace of the famous poet Manikkavasagar.
The Nayak kings constructed the Vatapatrasayi Temple at Srivilliputhur, but its story goes a long way back to the Pandya times, when moved by her devotion, Lord Krishna married the poetess-devotee, Andaal. There are shrines dedicated to Vatapatrasayi (Krishna) and Andaal in this temple, which has one of the most impressive gopurams in the south. Also noteworthy is the temple chariot, which is decorated with carvings from the scriptures. The chariot festival every year attracts a large number of devotees.
The temple at Palani is one of the six abodes of lord Subramanya. Dedicated to Sri Dandyauthapani, and the temple is built atop a hill and can be reached either by climbing the steps or using a winch.During the festivals of Panguni Uthiram (during March-April) and Aadi Krithikai (during July-august), devotees carrying a "kaavadi" dance and walk their way up the hill from far and near to the temple.
Situated on the outskirts, just 8 kms to the south of Madurai Junction, this temple, dedicated to Lord Subramanya, has been a place of pilgrimage through the centuries. This temple is one of the six abodes of the Lord Muruga. Its innermost shrine is carved out of a single solid rock.