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Also known as: Trichy
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History of: 3rd centaury BC
Population: 7 Lac

Tiruchirappalli now called Trichy is situated on the banks of the Cauvery river. Trichy, the fourth largest city in the state was a citadel of the early Cholas which later fell to the Pallavas. But the Pallavas never really managed to retain control of this strategic city and lost it to the Pandyas several times.

Tiruchirappalli is known for its Rock Fort and its temple at a height of over 83 metres. Other renowned temples are, the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (Srirangam), Siva temple at Tiruvanaikkaval and the Samayapuram Mariamman Temple.

Major Attractions

 

Rock Fort
Trichy's most famed landmark is an 83 m high rock which is the only outcrop in the otherwise flat land of the city. The most amazing fact about the rock is that it is one of the oldest in the world - approaximately 3,800 million years, which makes it as old as the rocks of Greenland and older than the Himalayas.

Government Museum
This located on 19, Bharathidasan road. Bronze and stone sculptures are on display here. Admission is free; the museum is open an all days except Fridays.

St John's Church
This church built in 1812 has louvre doors which open to convert it into airy pavillion and is located near the Theppakulam.

Kudumiyanmalai
The Siva temple here has some interesting inscriptions as well as beautiful sculptures. One of the inscriptions deal with the musical treatise of Mahendravaraman Pallava and his experimentation with eight-stringed called Parivadini.

Tiruvanaikkaval Or Jambukeswarar Temple
Situated 2 km east of Srirangam, this beautiful Siva temple steals the show from the larger Ranganathaswami temple due to its excellent architectural design. The temple is named after the elephant which is beleived to have worshipped Lord Siva here. Installed under an ancient Jumbu tree, the lingam is partially submerged by water and is meant to represent God-incarnate as Water.

 

Nearby Excursions

 

Srirangam (7 km)
The districts most important pilgrims centre is located in an island just 7 km from Trichy. Srirangam, surrounded by the waters of the Cauvery on one side and its tributary Kollidam on the other, is a 600 acre island-town enclosed within the seven walls of the gigantic Sri Ranganathaswami Temple. There are 21 gopurams, among which Rajagopuram is the largest one. The 72m high 13-tiered Rajagopuram was built in 1987 and dominates the landscape for miles around, while the remaining 20 gopurams were built between the 14th and 17th centuries.

Sittannavasal (58 Km)
In this village are the remains of a 2nd century BC Jain cave temple. Fresco paintings reminiscent of Ajanta adorn the walls. Many of them are typical of the 9th century Pandyan period and include exquisetely 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.

Gangaikondacholapuram (100 Km)
The Brahadeeswarar temple at Gangaikondacholapuram was conceived and constructed by the chola King Rajendra - 1 after his victory over the kingdoms bordering the river Ganges. Apart from the huge Nandi, there are some beautiful sculptures including a dancing Ganesha, a lion-headed well and a stunning frieze depicting Rajendra being crowned by Siva and Parvati.

Fun Festives

  • Mohini Alangaram, Vaikunta Ekadashi, Garuda Sevai, Flower Festival and Car Festival at Srirangam in December - January.

  • Float Festival at Rock Fort Teppakulam in March - April.

  • Samayapuram Mariamman Temple poochorithal Festival in March - April.

Distance from major cities
Chennai 319 Kms
Madurai 134 Kms
Thanjavur 42 Kms

 

How to reach there

by Air The airport at Trichy has flights to Chennai, Sharjah, Kuwait and Colombo.
by Rail It is a major junction on the metre and broad gauge of Southern Railway and is connected to Chennai, Madurai, Thanjavur, Bangalore, Mysore, Tirupathi, Rameswaram and Kochi.
by Road Trichy is connected by a good network of roads to all important places in Tamil Nadu.

Recommended Restaurants

  • Breeze Residency, Tiruchirapalli

  • Kannappa Restaurant, Tiruchirapalli

  • Meridian Restaurant, Tiruchirapalli

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