Places to Visit
Tiruchirapalli is 325 kms from the State Capital, Chennai. This was called as Trichnopoly during the British Rule. Locals call it as Tiruchi. This city on the banks of River Cauvery, is the Head Quarters of Tiruchi District and fourth largest city of the State. The District population reads 27,22,290 and the City’s population is 8,46,915.
This was the Citadel of the early Chola Rulers, then the Pallavas conquered and ruled it. The struggle of power between Pallava and Pandiya continued and pallavas lost the struggle many times. Finally the Cholas retained the control and ruled it for a long time. When the empire collapsed around 1565, it was the turn of Nayaks , Marathas ,Carnatic Nawabs , French and finally the British. The city, around rock fort, is a fine blend of Tradition, Heritgage and modern environment. Several Churches, Colleges and missions of the 17th Century made people to call it as the Rome of the East.
Modern City has a big Rail network, busy Airport, Big Industries like BHEL, Golden Rock Railway unit, Ordinance Factory belonging to the Naaratna classified PSUs/Govt. establishments; Multi Speciality Hosptals ,both Government and private; Educational Institutions matching the International Standard. Plenty of tourist destinations always keeps this city and the district busy throughout the year.
ROCKFORT : It is also called as Ucchi Pillaiyar Kovil. It is in the heart of the city. This is a 275 ft tall Rock Structure. It is amazing to hear, this structure is one of the oldest and calculated close to million years old. There is a Cave temple cut out at the pinnacle is believed to have been built in 580 AD. The Temples of Lord Siva called Thayumanavasa Swami temple, Where the lingam is said to be projection of the rock itself and Lord Vinayagr [uchhi pillaiyar] is the attraction of this 350 steps rockfort. There are inscriptions in these temple that dates back to 3rd century B.C. At the foothills of the rock fort, a big & beautiful tank and a pavilion where the annual Float festival enthralls thousands of people. The Home of Robert Clive when he was in Tiruchi and the 18th Century Church, now housing the popular St.Josephs’s College are the two important landmarks near this Tank.
Srirangam and Cauvery cannot be separated from each other. Earlier, this was called as Vellithirumutha gramam. It is 7 kms from the Town. This is a 600 acre River Island Town. The Identity of this town is the Gigantic Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple, established in a 156 acre land, is a great vaishnavite Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This is one of the 108 Divya Desams. The enclosures are guarded by thick and huge rampart walls. There are 21 magnificent and huge towers. Apart from 13 tired Rajagopuram [ completed in 1987] all the Gopurams are said to have been built between 14th and 17th centuries. This temple underwent many changes during the rule of Cholas, Chera, Pandiyas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagar kings and Nayaks of Madurai.
Thiruvanaikkaval [Thiru+Anai+Kaval] : It is 7 kms from the town and popularly called as Tiruvanaikoil too. This Jambukeswarar-Akilandeswari temple is dedicated to Lord Siva. This temple is one of the Pancha Bhootha Sthalam [five elements of nature] representing water. The Siva Lingam in the Sanctum Sanctorum is reported to be submerged in the water that flows from a subterranean spring into the Sanctum Sanctorum. Because an Elephant once worshiped Lord Siva under the holy Jambu Tree, the God gets the name Jambukeswarar.
Grand Anaicut :
|Grand Anaicut Called as Kallanai is 19 kms from the city. This 330m long and 30m wide Dam, is a great engineering marvel of the yester years, for its strength and excellence. This was built by the great Chola king Karikala Cholan in the 2nd century. In 1804 Captain Caldwell conducted a study on the Anaicut and made suggestions to increase the water usage for irrigation. The Lower Anaicut built by Sir Arthur Cotton in 19th century AD across Coleroon, a major tributary of River Kaveri, is said to be a replicated structure of Kallanai.|
|Mukkombu :||It is 18 kms from the city and is called as the Upper Anaicut or Mukkombu Dam. This 685 m long dam, in three sections, was constructed in the 19th century by Sir Arthur Cotton inspired by Kallanai. River kollidam branches off from Kaveri at Mukkombu. This is visited by thousands of people for its lush greenery and scenic beauty.|
|Vayaloor :||It is 8 kms from the town , also called as Kumara Vayalur . Popular Murugan Temple is set amidst green landscape. Skanda Sashti, Thai Poosam, Panguni Utthiram are important festivals of this temple. .|
|Samayapuram :||This is 20 kms from the town and an important pilgrim centre famous for the Samayapuram Mariamman Temple dedicated to Goddessess Mariamman. There is a legend that King Vijayaraya Chakkaravarthi built the present day form of the temple. Chithirai Car Festival [Apr-May] is the famous festival of this temple.|
|Puliancholai :||This is a forest area around 72 kms from Tiruchirapalli at the foothill of the Kollimalai. This is a cool, green and beautiful forest area with waterfalls that makes Puliancholai suitable for a one day excursion.|
|Tiruvellarai :||It is 25 kms from the town. The temple is on 50 ft tall hill of white rock, hence this was called as Thiru Vellai Parai [white rock]. Yogi named Pundarikakshan used to offer Tulasi every day from his nandavanam to God and Goddess in the temple Pleased by Yogi’s bakthi, Perumal blessed him. Perumal is also called as Pundarikakshan. Tirumangai Azhwar sang hymns on Pundarikakshan here.|
|Gunaseelam:||Another abode of Lord Vishnu, on the northern bank of Cauvery River, just 24 kms from the town. The Lord here is called Prasanna Venkateshwarar. People visit this temple in thousands and offer prayers to Perumal, as they believe that he cures mental illness.|
|Pachamalai :||Pachamalai is a green hill range 80 kms from Tiruchirapalli. It is at an altitude between 500 to 1000 m. It is a haven for the tribal population of this region with unique culture and lifestyle. Thenpara nadu, Kombainadu ,Aathi Nadu and Vannadu are some villages here. Small Streams and falls, trekking are tourist attractions at Pachamalai.|
|Planetorium :||Anna Science Centre/Planetorium is located on Pudukottai Road, Near Airport. Programmes in Tamil and English version are shown daily Ph.0431-2422190
TAMIL: 10.30 a.m.,1.00 p.m.,3.30 p.m.
ENGLISH: 11.45.a.m.,2.15 p.m.,4.45 p.m.
|Government Museum :||This is located in Rani Mangammal Mandram, Trichy-2. Bronze and stone sculptures are on display here.
Admission is free; the museum is open on all days except Fridays.
Time 10.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m.
|Lourdes Church :||This Church is located near Rock-fort, Teppakulam. Church of our Lady of Lourdes is the replica of World Famous Basilica of Lourdes in Southern France. It is a remarkable feat of Indian Craftsmanship and Glass Paintings.|
|Nadhirsha Dargha :||This is 4 kms from the town, near the Main Guard Gate. This is one more important Islamic holy destination of the town. The big and elegant Dome was built in Indo-Saracenic Architecture. Urs is the famous festival of this Dargah.|