Madurai is a highlight of any South Indian itinerary; it is one of South India’s oldest cities and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Animated and richly steeped in cultural history, Madurai is synonymous with the awe inspiring Sri Meenakshi Temple. Built at the same time as the Taj Mahal, this riotously colourful temple attracts pilgrims and tourists from all over the world and constantly buzzes with activity. Spend time soaking up the atmosphere, watching as priests conduct ceremonies and breathe in the flower and coconut scented air.Madurai was also the city which inspired Mahatma Gandhi’s decision in 1921 to wear nothing but homespun cloth. A decision he made after observing the poor of Madurai wearing simple Dhothis, a small towel like garment worn around the waist, he decided he would wear just these simple garments to show unity with all the people of India.