4.5
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What We Love

  • Chalet-style rooms look out at the Kodai Hills
  • Close to the airport, railway station and city center
  • The peaceful, tree-shaded outdoor pool

What To Know

  • Spacious guestrooms start at 377 square feet
  • The treatment center offers ayurvedic treatments
  • Free WiFi for up to two devices

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Hilltop retreat overlooking India’s Temple City, with an outdoor pool and an ayurvedic wellness center

The Lowdown

Set on 62 acres, this hilltop retreat provides an ideal base outside the rush of central Madurai, one of South India’s oldest cities. The chalet-style suites are decorated in earth tones (olive bedspreads, sand-colored walls) and have big bay windows that let in plenty of light. Upgrade to a spacious Executive Room for cool views of the city, the Meenakshi Temple towers and the Kodai hills. The on-site eatery Gad serves continental and Indian specialties: pancakes or dosas for breakfast, club sandwiches or kathi rolls for lunch. Harvey’s Lounge Bar offers imported beers, wines, aperitifs, liquors and a handful of specialty cocktails. On the grounds you’ll find an outdoor pool, tennis courts and a wellness center that offers ayurvedic treatments.

In the Area

The hotel overlooks one of Madurai’s most famous attractions, the Meenakshi Temple. The massive 12-towered Hindu tribute to Lord Siva and his wife, the goddess Meenakshi, is covered in a staggering number of carved and vividly painted statues of demons, gods and goddesses. The city itself is older than the temple, dating all the way back to the third century B.C., when Greek merchants would trade here. Take in the rich history and culture at Alagar Koll, a hilltop temple dedicated to Lord Alagar; the Gandhi Museum, which details the leader’s Freedom Struggle; or by feasting on local delicacies like appam (rice batter and coconut milk pancakes) and idiyappam, a steamed rice noodle dish typically served for breakfast.

How to Get There

The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai
Number 40 T P K Road
Madurai, 625004 India

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1349 Reviews
Hidden Gem
Reviewed 2 days ago

one has to stay for minimum 3 days to enjoy the property. Peacocks and peahens are out of the world. Mr. Vinpugal Front office manager, is through professional, he sorted out the mix up on reservations in no time. this property is one of the best taj property i have stayed.

Amazing Place & Amazing Hospitality
Reviewed 4 days ago

I strongly recommend to stay at The Gateway Madurai, excellent place... just like a resort , enjoy the nature, calm & serene enviroment with Peacocks around & dancing... what a view to watch.
Have an Arial view of Madurai Meenakshi Temple. Great Food & Hospitality.

Unmissable
Reviewed 5 days ago

Delightful hotel and room, excellent service and outstanding restaurant, which provided an oasis after sight-seeing. There were friendly peacocks at the pool as an added bonus and it was a wonderful setting away from the busy city.

Old Colonial Style Bungalow with Personalized Attention
Reviewed 7 days ago

We chose this facility for its throw back to old British style bungalow. For check in they brought everything to you and there was no waiting. The staff were unparalleled in their attention to personal preferences. Mr. Arul & Suresh the Chef made special meals for my wife and the food was excellent. We ate local food. However, there is only one restaurant but they cater to a variety of tastes.

The room was large and clean with a great view of the city. The spa has a more local feel rather than what one would expect at a Taj hotel. This is certainly a place I recommend highly to those who prefer to have a local feel and a throw back to a bygone era.

The grounds are very peaceful and you are surrounded by many tame peacocks. At check in we were offered the (pottu) dot on the head and when leaving they gave us an idol which we politely refused.

All in all a great experience of India

Amazing!!!
Reviewed 1 week ago

Set atop a small hill, this beautifully restored colonial property has much to offer. Little far from city, this is a wonderful place to stay and relax. Rooms are recently renovated with old charm , having all amenities and a great view.
Front desk was very friendly and they have unique style of welcoming you.
Breakfast spread was delicious and adequate.
Lots of Peacock wondering around making this place unique.
Overall a great experience of Indian tradition of hospitality.