Tamukkam Maidanam is a ground that was developed by Viswanatha Nayak, first king of the Madurai Nayak dynasty, and Ariyanatha Mudaliyar. This ground was used for hosting royal entertainments, sports events and for show casing martial arts such as Silambu, Sword fight, Horse race, Bull taming and Elephant race.
Tamukkam Ground Location
This Ground located in Tallakulam near Gandhi Memorial Museum, Madurai. The ground is now maintained by the Corporation of Madurai and is being rented for public and private carnivals, meetings and other functions. Total Area covers nearly 50,000 sq.ft., including the Kalaiarangam, an in-built theater meant for organizing cultural events and other meetings.
The Tamukkam can accommodate more than 1.5 lakh people and the Kalaiarangam can accommodate nearly 20,000 people. Some of the Well known annual public events are Chithirai Exhibition organized by the city corporation between April-May, Chamber Trade Fair, MADITSSIA industrial Exhibitions, South India‘s Agriculture expo, Political events and Religious events.
“This place is good for kids and all age group to spend the summer holidays with fun and entertainment filled in this place. You can enjoy Madurai’s festival season here from the month of April to end of May. The authorities could provide better security, parking and particularly toilet facilities for the visitors” – commented a vacationer.
Tamukkam in Tamil means typically rustic building in a garden or park, used for sitting in during the summer months. The Tamukkam summer palace was built in the year 1670, and was the summer palace of Rani Mangammal, the queen regent of the Madurai Nayak kingdom. After several year, the building was taken over by the British and it became the official residence of the District Collectors. The Tamukkam palace is now the present Mahatma Gandhi Museum.
Approximate driving distance between Madurai Railway Station and Tamukkam Ground is 4 kilometres or 2.5 miles. Read the article from Hindu “The Wonders of the World” in Madurai.