MADURAI in Tamil Nadu | MEENAKSHI TEMPLE + The best SOUTH INDIAN FOOD? | Travel Vlog
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MADURAI in Tamil Nadu | MEENAKSHI TEMPLE + The best SOUTH INDIAN FOOD? | Travel Vlog

Previously on Lifetime Travelmates in the garden city of Bangalore our friend Ashok welcomed us and showed us around. we got marveled with all the colors, smells, and flavors at the huge KR Market we also got to try some of the best local food specialties while exploring the city’s amazing parks and most sacred temples. Welcome back to our channel.
My name is Jordi and this is my wife Hyekyong. We are the “Lifetime Travelmates”, a couple who loves to travel Two years ago we quit our jobs to
explore the world and here we are spending six months traveling South India. Hello! Not sure if we mentioned that already but we took a sleeping bus and then we arrived early this morning Fortunately we could leave our bags at the hostel WAIT…WAIT… Where did we arrive? OI! We arrived in… Madurai! Madurai is the second largest city in the
state of Tamil Nadu and its cultural capital. It has a population of around two million people and it’s famous for its historical monuments and ancient temples. We didn’t expect it would be this big and busy! But, hey! It’s India! But first things first, after a long night bus journey, it was time for breakfast! In many parts of South India it is common to serve the food on a banana leaf. Is not only to save cleaning a dish but we found out that it is considered healthier! Banana leafs are full of polyphenols, a
natural antioxidant like in the green tea Since banana leaves are not easy to digest, serving the hot meal on the banana leaf makes the food absorbe the polyphenols from the leaf so you can get the benefits. Hey! This is Masala Dosa! So, let’s see how do these masala dosa taste in Madurai! Thank you! And this drink here, is… This drink is “Jigarthanda” It’s typical from here Madurai, very refreshing! As far as I know it has almond and what else? well, let’s check! coconut, I think and some pistachio?
or some… it’s quite good! None of those! Jigarthanda is a cold beverage famous in Madurai, it translates to “cool body”. The basic ingredients include:
milk, almond gum, sarsaparilla root syrup,
sugar and ice cream Very nice! Woah! This sauce, so nice! hmm! We left our bags there, we also took shower, and then waited until our beds were clean now we are out, exploring the city Today we are going to Gandhi Memorial Museum coincidently, today is the birthday of Gandhi So, we are expecting some event. [music] Subscribe to this channel! Yes, that goat just spoke English! Said you should subscribe to this channel! [Music] The mutton kola and the chicken chettinad and the mutton biryani! humm! [Music] It seems it’s not open yet.
They open in 15 minutes so we’re gonna wait, maybe take a walk around here. The Gandhi Memorial Museum in Madurai
offers a large with respective of the life of Mahatma Gandhi and the quest for
independence of India. It also displays a visual biography from his childhood with photos and illustrations of many highlights of his life. and a collection of relics and replicas he used: like his glasses, the clothes in which he was assassinated or some letters written to personalities like Adolf Hitler. So, this is our day 2 in Madurai We’re crossing the bridge.
As you see, there is no walking path. But, anyway, we are crossing the bridge to visit the famous Meenakshi Temple. [Music] This is what they do to cool down the tea. Because it’s so hot! I have to do it several times because I can’t tolerate hot drinks. It’s very hot. Let’s try. Ooh!
Nice! Very nice taste! So good! Potato, onion… some curry leaves So good! The weather is nice… [Music + traffic sound] On our way to Meenakshi temple we met a man that offered us to check a good viewpoint from the roof of his friend’s
house. Many people say we shouldn’t trust strangers and we know that no one offers the stuff for free. But it turns out there is good people everywhere and we like to think positively So we went ahead and followed him. His friend owned a big shop full of antiques but he
didn’t insist merchants selling us stuff since we told him that we travel light
and as our own rule we don’t buy souvenirs or gifts. We made it to the
roof for the views and there it was: The Meenakshi Amman Temple The temple is dedicated to Meenakshi, an
avatar of Parvati: the Hindu goddess of fertility, love, beauty, marriage, children, and devotion. Early texts mentioned the temple in the 6th century, although it was renovated in the 14th century and expanded on the 17th. after some dark times the current structure is the result of the rebuilding by the Vijayanagara Empire. Its 14 gateway towers called “gopuram” are between 45 and 50 metres tall. The south gate one being the tallest with 51 meters. The whole temple complex is more than 50 thousand square meters with several areas including a pond, a thousand pillars and plenty of small shrines. We just saw a monkey! On the top of that tower. It’ amazing the colors and how they… How did they make that!?! It’s a mystery! Mystery! What impresses me it’s that it’s not
only building and carving or giving shape to the building it’s also all the colors, all the painting! We need to get closer! And since the guy with us offered to check another viewpoint, we went with him to the other house. So, it turned out that that men didn’t
want to sell us anything and he and his friend seemed quite curious about us, But in the end,
he did have a little special request for us. (chatting) Maybe next time coming, you are not 2 people. (If) two people are coming I will be more angry: Three people! 👪 Or four! 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Three! 👪 Three?
Ok! One child! I have one! (laughs) We need to hurry up!
We need to go fast! … We’re sorry guys since entering the
temple with belongings is not allowed, we don’t have any footage of the interior. However we strongly recommend you to visit this temple and spend enough time inside to fill the sacred atmosphere and admire its magnificent construction and design walking around all its corners, and hallways So this seems to be a toilet, that it cleans itself. It’s interesting because I saw so many campaigns likeand it says “don’t do your… stuff 💩 outside” and it says: “finally a toilet you can always count on
to be clean” Interesting, right? right here, in front of the temple! In front of the temple. Where are we going? We are going to find some… Some food! Some restaurant. Instead of going to the main street, we are sneaking into this alley. Interesting. [Music] Some many jewelry and stuff also…stationary, toys you see the colors! [Music] [cars honking] Oh my god Annoying honking! It’s so different!
Before, surrounding the temple, the street has no traffic, no cars at all, no motorbikes not even bicycles I think. but as soon as you go out of that area, traffic, cars, pollution, honking annoying honking! [Music] It’s hot! [traffic noise] So good, so good, so good! So good! With no expectations at all, Madurai
turned out to be a must visit place and we had a very good time there. But it was
time to continue our journey to our next destination. I’m sweating too much
waiting for these… ******* drivers
that don’t care about costumers! Finally! We are on autorikshaw. And… where are we going? to the bus station. yes! to get the bus. yes! to go to…???? [Music] So, we took the bus.
This is a government operated bus. This is quite different from the private We’re gonna sweat like pigs here. private like tour company bus, but I’m already sweating… No, I don’t think so! I’m already sweating! You’re always sweating! Anyway, I heard that the way, we’re kinda going around mountain side so the scenery is good. it’s getting late and it’s getting dark. so, I’m not sure if we can see any good sceneries outside. Anyway! See you!


  • Lifetime Travelmates

    Have you ever heard about Madurai? Well, you should now! The Meenakshi Temple should be on your list if you plan to visit South India!
    Let us know in the comments if you got impressed with those views and what other views did impress you during your travels!

  • Ketchup & Pie ASMR

    What an adventure, amazing sharing!! Thank you~ and love your editing. ๐Ÿ‘ Yes that goat spoke English LOL

    Now I want some masala dosa… (yes I'm always thinking about food ๐Ÿ˜…)

  • Five Minute Sneaker TV

    Love the editing in the intro! Very cool. Masala Dosa… looks so good! Love how they serve it on banana leaf

  • Adventures with B & L

    Great vlog. Never knew that was the reason to serve food on banana leaves. Learning something new from your vlog. Thank you!

  • Peter and Yen

    Hey guys great video, really loved the intro and also the word effects are really cool. Gosh that food looked incredible especially the mutton biryani ๐Ÿ˜ Gandhi's museum must have been real cool to see ๐Ÿ‘

  • The Hungry Black Panda

    I love banana leaf is use like a serving plate that jiharthanda drink looks amazing !! The masala dosa looks quite filling

  • The Hungry Black Panda

    I love the song choices btw! Give the whole video a good vibe ..the ghandi museum definitely a must visit!!

  • The Hungry Black Panda

    When I see this temples… My goodness.. Historical architecture looks way better than traditional buildings.. So colorful.. The details!!!! Wow!!

  • The Hungry Black Panda

    The toilet situation is some. Cities I heard is very unsanitary… So public toilets are everywhere to stop public ๐Ÿ’ฉ on streets

  • Manny Explores

    I love how the food is served on leaf, good to hear the facts about it, the dosa looks awesome, the city looks beautiful with its historic architecture, if I ever visit India, I would like to visit the south of India, or Northeast India since I heard Northeast India is really different from the rest.

  • My Travel Vanz

    Wow a unique structural building, so beautiful, it's good to explore other countries and culture. Very good idea how they it. Thanks for sharing

  • GUNNER Travel and Event

    until now Masala Chai is my favorite drink, but when i try it in several restaurant in Singapore, the taste is so different than what i experience in India. original always the best

  • The Travelling Hobitt

    Hey guys another awesome vlog! And your editing skills are very thorough! Loving the banana leaves! We also do that serving our food when I was a kid! The Ghandi museum is very interesting! Would love to go there someday! Do you know why in India usually they serve tea on metal cups? Seems to be very common? Crazy temple! Glad you got good views! The colours are so vibrant! Thank you for sharing guys! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

  • Two Hungry Diners

    That masala dosa with that almond drink is breakfast of champion!! Yummm
    Love to eat with banana leaf too, itโ€™s also common in Indonesia ๐Ÿ˜

  • Two Hungry Diners

    That masala dosa with that almond drink is breakfast of champion!! Yummm
    Love to eat with banana leaf too, itโ€™s also common in Indonesia ๐Ÿ˜

  • Two Hungry Diners

    That temple is definitely one of the best weโ€™ve ever seen! So beautiful ๐Ÿ˜
    So kind the local people offered you to take to viewing spots ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  • Manel Sรกnchez Lambies

    Una pasada de temple. I uns menjars… que pel que's veu us van agradar. m'alegrom que ho passeu be. ptons.

  • Gaston Marotta

    Impresionante el templo, callejear por ahรญ tiene que ser muy entretenido, y si no hay bocinas, no es India ๐Ÿ˜….
    Muy bueno chicos , a esperar el prรณximo capรญtulo, saludos ๐Ÿ‘โœŒ๏ธ

  • The Recipe Journal

    The view of temple itโ€™s absolutely stunning! Haha ๐Ÿคฃ this guys was so funny.
    Travelling there itโ€™s not that easy too many people

  • LANman2

    That's my nightmare scenario…crossing a bridge with no pedestrian walkway and with cars passing me by a few centimeters away ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Daniel&Naz

    They say u will never see colors the same after visitng India. Even the food is so colorful there.

    Jigarthanda looks really refreshing! U identified the almond gum correctly!๐Ÿ‘

  • Daniel&Naz

    Great episode guys. U are adventurous going with strangers like that. Naz does that too and it drives me crazy cuz I am more cautious but it was worth it!

  • Ms. Ming lifestyle

    Cool video! Your video looks so professional! With a brief about the previous episode!!! I also love the video and special effect!!

  • Santos Chronicles

    This is so amazing. I did not know that you guys left your job to travel. You are really able to emerge yourself into India Culture. The Banana Leaf breakdown was one of my favorite – usually donโ€™t see that in travel channels. Tell the goat I have already previously subscribed ๐Ÿคฃ. Keep up the great work and excited to see more of your videos.

  • Maria and Nabol - Food & Travel Videos

    Very nice recap. Thatโ€™s super cool that they use banana leaves. Had no idea it was healthy too. Puerto Ricanโ€™s should do that. We have a ton of them.

  • Maria and Nabol - Food & Travel Videos

    So much good food in this episode. I think weโ€™ll have to look for Indian food for dinner! Nice people do exist. And what a great viewpoint. Looks spectacular!

  • Maria and Nabol - Food & Travel Videos

    We go through the alleys in search of more authentic food, away from the touristy spots. It usually pays off.

  • Maria and Nabol - Food & Travel Videos

    Iโ€™m always sweating too, Jordi ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚This is one of our favorite episodes so far!!

  • Maria and Nabol - Food & Travel Videos

    Iโ€™m always sweating too, Jordi ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚This is one of our favorite episodes so far!!

  • Ross and Bek

    Yum, curry and sauces on the banana leaf. Get in the belly! Those temples are so beautiful and historic. 6th century is sooooooo long ago!
    Great info guys. Really like it ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  • Surf and Turf Travel

    wow! we looove indian food, new friend! Subbed ! Keep it up! Great job! Thank you for sharing , hope you will love our travel channel too โค๏ธ Surf and Turf Travel

  • Alan METALMAN โ€“ Outdoors

    Food looked very different to what I am used too and got to say the Meenakshi Temple looked amazing. Looked a very busy place and them bikes and scooters would drive me mad lol, cheers Alan

  • Warring Alice

    Love that channel name…had to check you guys out…we should have taken advice from you guys before we picked our name…. no one says it right…. thanks for the share…..india streets are a big time different…..add food on a leaf….smart…biodegradable……thank you so much for the share….

  • Beer Man

    So many interesting things in this video that made me really want to go there! This was well edited and captivating! You two are great together! Yes… have your tea first!! Lol ๐Ÿ™‚ such a busy city …wow…exciting! The temple is beautiful!! What colorful and interesting artwork on the temple! So cool!! Looks like the people there are very cool how are they, in your opinion? Awesome video! Cheers guys!

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  • Pogiboy Productions

    You know, watching your vids, it's so professional looking!! Loving the intro and the way this was edited. You both deserve more subscribers!! Anyway, Madurai looks like a great city to travel and visit! The food is so traditional with the banana leaves and very colorful, the Gandhi museum was interesting.. the views of the temple was breathtaking! Great vid guys! Looking forward to more!

  • Only In Australia

    The food are all so good
    Indian food in our favourite food
    The masala chai is the best ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘The kids hanging on that bus wow
    Great video guys
    Enjoy your week ahead ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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    Great content guys….i wanna take my wolf pack AKA family around the world….any advice? Suggestions?

  • Puri and Sue

    That Masala Dosa looks superb! That drink has such a long name, I wouldn't have remembered either lol, sounds like a very interesting mixture!

  • Bits of Real Panther

    Full play and like #57 from Bits of Real Panther!

    Just stopping in to help with watch time, Lifetime Travelmates. I hope your week is going well so far!

  • pontoh pvc

    woow, saya jadi tertarik dengan india lebih dalam lagi seperti candi dan makananya, terimakasih atas teksnya karena itu membantu yang tidak bisa menggunakan bahasa inggris

  • Chris john Emery

    A great great video. I have really enjoyed watching it. Hope you have a great day ๐Ÿ˜‰. Many thanks chris ๐Ÿ‘

  • Woods Waves Wings when are going to fulfill his request ?!? ๐Ÿ˜Š ….am going to watch your other videos …I like the way you guys present it ๐Ÿ˜Š


    just out of curiosity what camera(s) do you guys film with?also i feel like i've already said this but i love your intro video! i reaaaally hope i get to run into you guys somewhere in the world it would be so fun haha

  • shadanion

    the video was nice, info about history, architecture, deity in brief made it comprehensive, unlike skipping such points completely. Such info helps to understand the significance of monument or place.
    The channel deserve more subs and views. A feedback would be to slightly experiment with editing, and (if possible) include other related info about the place (like the journey duration/accomodations, of course in brief).
    13:14 ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

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