Tiruchirappalli Tourist Places in Tamil Nadu India
This district lies in the middle of the Tamilnadu state. One of the ancient regions that talk about the historic period. This district is surrounded by Tanjore, Pudukottai, Dindigul, Salem and Coimbatore district and stands the fourth largest city in the state. This is the district headquarters. The city is famous for the Rockfort’ which is said to be found over a period of 3000 million years ago. Apart from this monument you have several churches, Mosques, Colleges and missions dating back to the 1760s, which tells the stories of the historic periods.
Thiruchirapalli is situated on the banks of river Cauvery. The other name of Thiruchirapalli is Trichy. Trichy is the fourth largest city in all state. It is about 325km from Chennai. Trichy is a thriving commercial centre in Tamil Nadu. It was the citadel of early Chola rulers. Then it fell to the rule of Pallavas later. The Pallavas are unable to manage and retain this strategic city. They lost this city to the Pandyas several times.
Pallavas and Pandyas struggled a lot to catch this powerful city several times. They continued it up to the 10th century. Then the Cholas asserted and assumed rule for a long time.
Places to Visit in Tiruchirappalli
The very oldest landmark of the state situated at the heart of the city and the oldest rock formations in the world, a natural element as a genre to the city. Being prominent the place consist of a hill temple dedicated to vinayaka and half way up is the Sri Thayumanaswamy Temple, dedicated to lord Siva. A worth place to have an eagle’s eye view on the city. During the Tamil month ‘karthigai’ the hill is enlightened with oil lamp (traditional lamp) is a gracious sight in the city. It is said that there is a rock-cut cave that connects an underground path to Tanjore ‘big temple’, which is an admiring efforts of our ancestors.
Tiruchirappalli Places to Visit
Tiruvanaikkaval (7 km)
Thiruvaanaikkaval is about 7k from Trichy and 2km to the East of Srirangam. The Shiva temple here is situated under the holy tree Jambu. Hence, Thiruvaanaikkaval is also known as Jambukeshwaram. This is near srirangam the place located on the Cauvery riverbeds. Here, the famous temple of Lord Siva and the image Siva lingam is almost submerged in the water which flows from a subterranean spring during sanctorum.
The base of this Appu Lingam is submerged in water coming from a spring in the sanctum sanctorum. It is a legend, that elephant once worshipped this Lingam. So it got the Tamil name Thiruvaanikkaval aanai in Tamil means elephant. The Goddess in the temple is Akhilandeswari.
Srirangam (5 km)
This is Asia’s famous temple for the construction of its tower and front elevation. It is located as in an island, bordered by the river Cauvery and the tributary kollidam. This temple in dedicated to lord Vishnu as ‘Rangathanathar avatar’. The famous event is “Sorkkavaasal” in a belief that people trust that by seeing this they attain heaven after they leave earth.
Grand Annaicut (Kallanai)
Kallanai is about 20km from Trichy. This irrigation dam was built across the river Cauvery by Karikalla Cholan in the second century AD and it was later strengthened by the British. Their Anicut is one of the greatest engineering marches of India. This dam divests the Cauvery water to Thanjavur district. The sight of this dam is a good picnic spot with gardens and fountains and brightly lit at night.
It is said to be the oldest dam of the earth, only in this world, built by a great emperor named karikal cholan during the 2nd century. Even today it is a spot of picnic and a major water irrigation dam, the British later strengthened it and today it is maintained well for people to picnic.
Mukkombu (18 km)
This is another major picnic spot is Trichy. You have, a children park with games and joy train and a green location to relax. It is a dam for Cauvery and kollidam. Where it gets separated. During rainy seasons fishing and bathing at he riverbed is a fun for the localites.
Vayaloor (8 km)
A famous Murugan Temple in located here.
Samayapuram (20 km)
Samayapuram is about 20km from Trichy. People of the state, walk by foot from various places to worship will be a belief and a sign of spirituality. This is a very important place of pilgrimage. This temple is very famous and it is dedicated to the Goddess Mariamman.
Viralimalai (30 km)
Viralimalai temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga at the top of this hill. A peacock sanctuary is located here. This is a hit tock situated on the way to Madurai from trichy. Atop the hill there is a temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya and is a famous pilgrimage center of this district.
Puliancholai (75 km)
Situated at the foothills of Kollimalai. A beautiful rocky place to picnic and fun.
The Prasanna Venkatachalapathi temple at the top of Perumalmalai (3 km) from here is famous.
Srinivasanallur (50 km)
This spot is situated on the banks of Cauvery River and it has the finest early sculptures of Cholan periods will be a fabulous visit to the tourist.
Gunaseelam (16 km)
It is believed that the Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal temple has a power to heal evil possessed and mentally ill.
Thiru Paingilie (20 km)
Here, some temples dates back to 640 AD such as ‘the Viswanathar Temple, known as Neelivaneswarar temple, the soundarieeswarar shrines, Athikara vallavar (someskander) the rock hewn Siva shrine etc. are the oldest serene places to be visited.
This is a temple of Maragathaleswara swami and also known as Maragathamalai, Thenkailayam, Sivasakthimalai, MalaiKovil and Erattrai malai.
It is a site of ancient Jain Caves. Jain monks are said to have lived here and they meditated in these caves. There is an old Brahmi script, images of Teerthankars and frescoes speak of early Jain art in South India.
How to Reach Tiruchirappalli
Trichy has an international airport. It has flights to Chennai, Sharjah, Kuwait and Colombo.
A major junction connects rail route to all major cities of the Country.
Four ring road highway projects gives a splendid road network to trichy connecting all the major cities of the Tamilnadu. A glance of distance; Madurai 145km, Chennai 320km, Thanjavur 54km, Kanyakumari 380km and Chidambaram 162km.