Gateway Hotel Pasumalai
This restored colonial home, with its unique hilltop location overlooking the temple city of Madurai, is full of character and charm. Built atop Pasumalai Hill amid 62 acres of tranquil gardens, it is a former governors’ residence that feels more like a house than a hotel. The old-fashioned rooms blend colonial touches with modern amenities, and if you sit on the patio terrace to take in the views, you might be able to hear the chanting coming from the temples in the city below. You couldn’t ask for a more peaceful refuge after a day of exploring Madurai’s bustling bazaars and towering temples. The pool, spa, and attentive staff add to a pleasant stay.