south Indian State of Kerala, on the high ranges of the western ghats.
Tourist Attractions :
Sittanavasal, Government Museum, Kudumianmalai, Rock Fort Temple,
Gangaikondan Cholapuram, Kodumbalur, Sri Ranganathaswami Temple At
Srirangam, Tiruvanaikkaval or Jambukeswara Temple, Avadayar Koil,
Gunaseelam, St. John's Church, Elakurichi, Avur
Best Buys :
cheroots, cigars, handicrafts, brassware,
jewelry and carpets. Trichy is famous for variety of fresh and colourful
Best Hangouts :
Nearby Tourist Destinations :
Dindigul - 93 km, Karur -
69 km, Manapparai - 37 km, Pudukkottai - 50 km, Thanjavur - 48 km
When to Visit :
September to May
The historical city of Tiruchirappalli, popularly known as Trichy, is
situated on the banks of the Kaveri River (also Cauvery) in the southern
Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located at a distance of 320 km from Chennai
(previously known as Madras) and 150 km from Madurai (the temple city), this
Chola Dynasty citadel, noted for its profound wisdom of the Sangam Age,
still wears the age-old glory around it. Today, the city with a blend of
glorious past and divinity through the famous Dravidian temples, stands as a
commercial and tourist hub of Tamil Nadu.
Major Tourist Attractions in Trichy ( Tiruchirappalli )
Viralimalai is a small town situated about 30 km from Tiruchirappalli and 40
km from Pudukkottai. It is famous for its Murugan temple and the Peacock
sanctuary. The town is blessed with a large number of wild peacocks, which
roam around the Murugan temple.
About 58 km from Trichy is Sittanavasal, a site of an ancient Jain
monastery with fine fresco paintings in a rock cave. Many of them are
typical of the 9th century Pandyan period and include exquisitely detailed
pictures of animals, fish, ducks, people gathering lotuses from a pond and
two dancing figures. There are also inscriptions dating back to the 9th and
10th centuries. Fresco paintings from the 7th century can be seen on the
ceiling of the Ardhamandapam.
Situated at Thirukokarnam, the museum is located near the Pudukkottai
station, at a distance of 40 km from Trichy. The rare collections in the
sections of Geology, Zoology, Paintings, Anthropology, Epigraphy, Historical
Records, etc., are very interesting.
Kudumianmalai temple is located at a distance of 25 km from Trichy. The
presiding deity is Lord Sikhagireeswara. There are beautiful sculptures and
a thousand pillar-hall within the temple.
Rock Fort Temple
The Rock Fort temple complex in Tiruchirappalli is a collection 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 hill. This Shivastalam is a rock cut temple on a hill
and is the most noteworthy landmark in Tiruchirappalli that can be reached
by a flight of steps on the way to the famous Ucchi Pillayar temple.
Kodumbalur is 36-km from Pudukkottai and 42-km from Tiruchirappalli. Also
known as "Moovarkoil", it was formerly the seat of Irukkuvelirs,
who were related to the Cholas. Of the three shrines of Moovarkoil only two
exist now. Boodhi Vikramakesari built these temples in the 10th century AD.
The architecture of the temple is outstanding among south Indian temples.
The sculptures of Kalarimurthi, Gajasamharamurthi Ardhanariswara,
Gangadaramurthi, etc. are interesting masterpieces of art. Nearby is the
Muchukundeswarar temple of the early Chola period.
Sri Ranganathaswami Temple At Srirangam
temple of Ranganatha, the largest in India, is of particular significance to
all Hindus. At a distance of 7 km from Trichy, Srirangam is the abode of the
Supreme Lord, Sri Ranganatha, the reclining form of Lord Vishnu. Srirangam
is also listed as one of the Nava Graha Sthalas, or temples representing the
nine planets of the solar system.
Tiruvanaikkaval or Jambukeswara Temple
Situated 2 km east of Srirangam, this beautiful Shiva temple is a fine
example of excellent architectural design. The temple is named after the
elephant, which is believed to have worshipped Lord Shiva here. Installed
under an ancient Jambu tree, the lingam is partially submerged by water and
meant to represent God incarnate as Water.
The Tiruchirappalli airport is located 5 km from the city.
Indian Airlines connects Trichi with Chennai, Sharjah, Kuwait, and Colombo.
Trichi is an important junction on the Southern Railway. It
is connected to all the major cities of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring states.
Trichi is also well connected by road with important places
in South India.
Accommodation is available at the luxurious, middle class and small
budgeted hotels, lodges, etc. in Trichy. The TTDC offers a wide range of
hotels, motels and youth hostels for a comfortable stay. Besides, there are
a number of unclassified hotels and lodges available in the city.