¤ Tiruchirapalli also Known As
Location : In the south
Indian State of Kerala, on the high ranges of the western ghats.
Area : 146.90 sq. kms.
Attractions : Rock Fort Temple, Viralimalai Sanctuary and
Ideal Time to Visit : October to March
¤ Trichy, The City Beside The River Cauvery
or Trichy is situated on the banks of the river Cauvery.It is the
fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu and is named in the memory of a
fight Lord Shiva had with a three-headed demon named Trisiras. It is a
flourishing commercial center, well-known for its culture and tourism
importance. Trichy is also famous for artificial diamonds, cigars,
handloom cloth, glass bangles and wooden and clay toys.
This city was earlier ruled by the Cholas and later by the Pallavas.
Trichy is a perfect amalgamation of tradition and modernity
established around the Rock Fort. Apart from the Fort, there are
several Churches, Colleges and Missions dating back to the 1760s. The
town and its fort, now in Trichy were built by the Nayaks of Madurai.
This city is also home to many great Tamil scholars who have
contributed significantly to the Tamil literature.
¤ Major Tourist Attractions In Trichy
Tiruchirappalli or Trichy is an important commercial and tourism
destination. Here one can find plenty of attractions, that lures
innumerable tourists to this city. Some of the important tourist
destinations include, the Rock Fort Temple, a complex in
Tiruchirappalli which comprises of three temples - the Manikka
Vinayakar temple at the foot of the hill, the Uchhi Pillayar Koyil at
the top of the hill and the Taayumaanavar Koyil (Shivastalam) on the
Another attraction is Viralimalai, a small town situated about 30 km
from Tiruchirappalli. It is famous for its Murugan temple and the
Peacock sanctuary. About 58 km from Trichy is Sittanavasal, a famous
site of an ancient Jain monastery with fine fresco paintings in a rock
cave. Kudumianmalai temple is located at a distance of 25 km from
There are beautiful sculptures and a thousand pillar-hall within the
temple. The Sri Ranganathaswami temple at Srirangam is the largest in
India. It is situated at a distance of 7 kms from Trichy and is the
dwelling of the Supreme Lord, Sri Ranganatha, the reclining form of
Lord Vishnu. Tiruvanaikkaval or Jambukeswara Temple, situated 2 km
east of Srirangam, is a beautiful Shiva temple, a fine example of
excellent architectural design.
There are quite a good number of excursions destinations nearby
Trichy. These destinations have many attractive places to visit. Some
of these destinations are the Grand Anicut (Kallanai) situated around
24 kms away from. It is an irrigation dam built across the Cauvery by
Karikal Cholan in the second century AD and was strengthened by the
British. Mukkombu (Upper Anicut) another enchanting destination is
situated about 18 kms from Trichy. The River Kollidam divides itself
from the Cauvery here.
At Mukkombu, another picnic spot with lush greenery and a park is
found. Vayaloor located almost 8 kms away from Trichy is the venue of
Lord Muruga Temple, set amidst lush green vegetation. Samayapuram is
situated about 20 kms. away and is known for Goddess Mariamman.
Puliancholai, is situated about 72 kms away from Trichy and is an
exotic picnic spot located in the foothills of the Kolli hills.
Kodumbalur situated about 42 kms from Trichy, is also known as
Moovarkoil. There are three shrines of Moovarkoil, out of which only
two exist now. The sculptures of Kalarimurthi, Gajhasamharamurthi,
Ardhanariswara, Gangadaramurthi, etc. are masterpieces of art. Another
nearby destination is the Muchukundeswarar temple built in the early
Tamil Nadu is a place where culture and traditions have flourished.
Trichy is no exception, where some exciting festivals are celebrated
like Mohini Alangaram, Vaikunta Ekadashi, Garuda Sevai, Flower
Festival and Car Festival at Srirangam, during the months of December
and January. Float Festival at Rock Fort is celebrated during the
months of March - April. At Samayapuram Mariamman Temple another
important festival called Poochorithal festival is celebrated.
¤ Reach Tirchirapalli
By Air : Trichy has an
airport about 5 kms from the city. Indian Airlines connects Trichy
with Chennai, Sharjah, Kuwait and Colombo.
By Rail : Trichy is an important junction on the Southern
Railway. It connects Chennai, Thanjavur, Chidambaram, Madurai,
Tirupathi, Tuticorin, Tenkasi, Quilon and Rameswaram on the metre
gauge and Bangalore, Coimbatore, Mysore, Kochi, Kanyakumari and
By Road : Trichy is well connected by road with important
places within the state and with the rest of the country.
Local Transport : At Trichy the city bus service is available,
that provides services to all places of tourist interest from Central
Bus Stand and from Chinthamani - Mani Guard Gate Bus Stand. Tourist
Taxis, Auto Rickshaws and Cycle Rickshaws are also available.