Places of Interest
The Rock Fort
It is 272ft above the city on the banks of the river Cauvery. The rock cut into 437 steps, leads to the temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vinayaka (the mythical half-man, half-bird Garuda who is Vishnu's Vehicle, famous in the Epic Mahabharata). Along the way to temple there are landings and shrines. The Rock Fort temple complex in Tiruchirappalli is a conglomeration of three temples - the Manikka Vinayaka temple at the foot of the hill, the Uchhi Pillayar Koyil at the top of the hill and the Taayumaanava Koyil (Shivastalam) on the hill. Halfway up is the Sri Thayumanaswamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has a 100-pillared hall, and a Vimana, covered with gold. Below the Siva temple are the two Pallava cave temples that have beautiful sculptures of the 6th and 7th centuries. At the foot of the Rock Fort are a tank and a pavilion which are used during the float festival of the temples. Towards the end of the climb, the Tayumanavar temple is towards the west and the Uchipillayar temple towards the east. Six worship services are offered each day here. This well endowed temple celebrates the annual Brahmotsavam in Chithirai. Aadi Pooram and the float festival in Panguni are also of significance here.
Srirangam is listed as one of the Nava Graha Sthalas, or temples representing the planets. This temple, 6 kms north of the city, is among the most revered shrines to Lord Vishnu in South India, and probably, the largest temple complex in India. Enclosed by seven rectangular walled courtyards, this 13th century temple has 21 gopurams. The town, and the temple, are set on a 250-hectare island in the Cauvery, connected to the mainland by a bridge. The temple is very well preserved, with excellent carvings, and numerous shrines to various gods, though the main temple is dedicated to Vishnu. The largest gopuram in the first wall on the southern side was completed as recently as 1987, and now measures 73m. A temple guide will unlock the gates and tell you what's what. It's worth engaging one of these guides as there is much to see and you could easily spend all day wandering around the complex. There's also a small museum containing sculptures. An annual Car Festival is held here in January. In mid-December, the Vaikunda Ekadasi, or Paradise Festival will be celebrated in the Vishnu Temple.
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Sri Jambukeswara Temple
This temple is situated about 2.5 km east of the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple. This is one of the most revered temples to Shiva, it houses five concentric walls, and seven gopurams. The primordial element water, is represented by an undying natural spring in the sanctum. There is said to have been a forest of Jambu trees near the Chandrateertha tank (filled with the water of the Kaveri) here and Shiva is said to have appeared under one of the trees as a Shiva Lingam. Legend has it that two devotees of Shiva were born under the influence of a curse as a white elephant and a spider. The elephant worshipped Shiva with flowers and water brought in its trunk (hence the name Tiru Aanaikka).
Gangaikondan Cholapuram (100 Km)
Gangaikonda Cholapuram is located in Udayarpalayam Taluk of Perambalur district, at a distance of 100 km from Trichy. Rajendra I, a Chola ruler established GangaikondaCholapuram as his capital city and built a magnificent temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Apart from the huge Nandi, there are some beautiful sculptures including a dancing Ganesha, a lion-headed well and a stunning piece depicting Rajendra being crowned by Lord Shiva and Parvati.
Avadayar Koil (94 Km)
Avadayar Koil, previously known as "Thiruperunthurai", is an important Shivasthala located at a distance of 8 miles from the Arantangi railway station and about 94 km from Trichy. The sculptural work of the temple is exquisite. It is perhaps the best architectural marvel in South India.
Kodumbalur (42 Km)
Also known as "Moovarkoil", Kodumbalur is 36 km from Pudukkottai and 42 km from Tiruchirappalli. 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 unique among south Indian temples.
Samayapuram (20 Km)
Samayapuram Mariamman Temple is situated on Tiruchirappalli Chennai NH 45, just 20 kms north of Tiruchirappalli town. The Maariamman Temple here, is one of the well visited shrines in Tamilnadu, dedicated to Maariamman, a manifestation of the primeval energy Shakti as the mother Goddess all sundays, tuesdays and fridays hundreds of devotees throng the temple and perform Poojas. The offerings are in various forms. The most common offering is the Mavilakku Mavu made of jagery, riceflour,dhal and ghee. Mariamman is a form of Shakti worshipped in Tamilnadu, and is associated with prosperity and health. Local beliefs associate this deity with cures for diseases such as small pox and chicken pox. This temple has separate shrines for the processional image of Mariamman and the moolavar in the sanctum. There is also a shrine to Karuppannasaami a local deity. Annual festivals are celebrated during Thai Poosam, and in the tamil months of Pankuni and Chittirai. The last Sunday of Pankuni marks the commencement of the festival, while the chariot festival is celebrated on the first Tuesday in the month of Chittirai, and the float festival is celebrated a week later.
Sittanavasal (58 Km)
Located at a distance of 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. It is also noted for its pre-historic burial grounds.
Narthamalai (37 Km)
Narthamalai has some of the oldest structural stone temples. This temple has six large, skillfully carved statues of Lord Vishnu in the central hall. A 9th century Pallava cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva lies to the south, and in front of this is the Vijayalaya Choliswaran temple. It is an unusual temple, circular in shape, probavbly one of the first structural stone temples. A cave temple is also to be found here.
Kudumiyanmalai (25 Km)
The Shiva temple here has some interesting inscriptions as well as beautiful sculptures. The presiding deity is Lord Sikhagireeswara. It has a thousand pillar hall too.
Venkatasalapathi Temple (Thuraiyur)
Prasanna Venkatasalapathi temple lies at the top of Perumalmalai that lies 960 feet above ground level in Pachamalai hills, 3 kms from Thuraiyur in Tiruchirappalli district. The stone sculptures of ten avathars of Lord Vishnu and musical pillars are seen here.The prime diety here is Alamelumangai Thayar. All the Saturdays of tamil month of 'puratasi' (September-October ) are celebrated in a grand manner, during that time more number of pilgrims will be visiting this temple. Hundreds of devotees will take part in the Girivalam procession around the Perumalmalai hillock on all full-moon days.
Koranganatha Temple (50 Km)
Koranganatha temple situated on the banks of the river Cauvery at Srinivasanallur about 50 kms from Trichy. On the Trichy - Salem highway, there are some of the finest early Chola stone sculptures and with good architecture. The temple declared as a monument by ASI , is not a living temple.
Venkatesa Perumal Temple - Gunaseelam (22 Km)
Located at a distance of 22 km from Trichy is Gunaseelam, a place famous for its temple for Lord Vishnu, known as "Prasanna Venkateswara". During the uchi kala pooja ( 11:30 am to 12:30 hrs ) and Artha Jama Pooja ( 08: 30 ) the holy water is sprinked on the devottee which is said to be expaiting all kinds of evils effects and mind diseases. During the whole Dhanu month( Dec - Jan ) kootaravalli and Vaikununta Ekatasi festivals take place. Apart from that purattasi saturdays and float festival and Bramotstavam are also important festivals here . Annual festival is celebrated during the month of September-October with the famous car festival.The devotees from various parts of Tamilnadu are visiting this temple to pray the Lord Prasanna Vekatesa Peruamal to get rid of the mental depression.
Neellivaneswarar Temple - Thirupaingili (20 Km)
Neellivaneswarar temple lies 20 kms north-west of Tiruchirappalli. The sorudaieswarar shrine associated with the divine poet appar , athikara vallavar ( somaskander ) cave shrine who gave rebirth to yama ( god of death ). The siva rock hewn shrine is said to be done by Mahendraverma pallava, otherwise called gunabaram ,during 640 AD. There is also a good fresh water spring, 2 kms north of the temple on the way to arulmigu pundarikatsha perumal temple. Thiruvellarai 2 kms from the water spring, a plaintain tree which has been decorated and worshipped . There are many stone incriptions in this temple.
Maragathaleswaraswami Temple - Thiruengoimalai (40 Km)
Thiruengoimalai Arulmigu Maragathaleswaraswami Temple lies 40 km from Tiruchirappalli and 5 kms from Musiri, Taluk headquarters in Tiruchirappalli District.
Matrari Varathar Temple - Thiruvasi (12 Km)
Tiruvasi (the corruption of its ancient name of Tiruppachil Asramam) is on the northern bank of river Kollidam (Colernoon). There lies Matrarivaradar and Balambigai temple 12 kms from Tiruchy on the road to Musiri and Salem. On the northern bank of Kollidam and on the south side of the main road, there is an ancient early Chola temple of the period of Aditya I called that of Tiruk-Kadambatturai Udaiya Mahadevar (now named Matsyapurisvarar temple) at Tudaiyar.
Amaleesvarar Temple - Gopurapatti
This is a small village west of Tiruvasi (alias Tirupachil Asramam). There is an early Chola temple in ruins here, but scientifically renovated and restored to its barest original form. Lord of the temple is called Thiru Amaleesvaram Udaiya Mahadevar in the inscriptions. Other temples in the Agri., field are also worth visiting.
Nithya Sundareswara swami Temple - Tirunedungalam
Nityasundaresvaraswami (ThiruNedungalanathaswami) temple is at a village 5 kms north of Thiruverumbur via Thuvakudi .This temple of great antiquity, is included in the kshertavenba of the tamil saint, the Ayyadigal kadavarkon, who should be ascribed to the days before appar and sambandar. Varahi, is worshipped specially by the devotees of coimbatore region with specific vows.
Parameswarar Temple - Tirumangalam(15 Km)
Paramesvarar temple is at lalgudi taluk of Tiruchy district and is reached by turning left at the 15th km from Tiruchy on the Tiruchy-Ariyalur road. From the main road, the villlage is 4 kms. The main temple is dedicated to samavedisvarar and the amman is Loganayaki. The temple is very old one dating back to the days of Rajaraja
Saptharisheeswarar Temple - Lalgudi (20 Km)
Thiruthavathuri, now called lalgudi, is situated on the banks of river coleroon, (known also as north cauvery) about 20 kms form Tiruchi. The temple here has won a unique place among the temples of Tamilnadu. It was here only the seven rishis, atri, brihu, pulsithar, vasistar, gauthamar, angeerasar and marichi, prayed to the presiding deity, saptharisheeswarar, to ward off the bad period they were passing through. The temple was taken up for being extended by the parantaka kings.
SambathGowri Amman Nandhikeswarar Siva Temple - Thuriyur (48 Km)
Arulmigu Maha Sambathgowri Amman - Nandhikeswarar Siva temple lies in the heart of the Thuraiyur town, 48 kms from Tiruchirappalli. The Lord is sung by Appar, Arunagirinathar and other saivate saints. This temple is developed and added with shrines during 8th - 14th centuries.It is said that Iyyanar, Pidari, Nagakanni, Indran, Thirumal, Venuvanamunivar, Parasaran have prayed the Lord Shiva here. The temple tank is called 'Nandhi Theertham. It is told that the Sundra Chozhan, named the Linga here as 'Nandhikeswarar. There are many life size exquisitely carved stone sculptures in the temple. There is a Nagakanni Amman statue enshired in this temple.During all fridays, during raghukalam (10.30 am to 12.00 Noon ) Special poojas are conducted for this Goddess, to expiate the sin of Raghu- Kethu, delay in marriages etc. There is a beautiful centre mandapam (Maiya mandapam) in a dilapidated condition in the big irrigation tank nereby the temple. Sri Vedantha Mahadesigar temple also lies here. During all festive days of Lord Siva, more number of devotees are visiting the Nandhikeswara temple.
Kamalavalli Nachiyar Temple - Woraiyur
The presiding deity here is in the sitting posture with Shri Azhahiya Manavala Perumal standing behind here .This is the second of the 108 famous shrine of vishnu blessed with mangala sasanam by Nammalvar. The temple was in existence even before 7 th century. The inner wall of the shrine of Nammalvar has brilliant wall paintings over 200 years old repainted 60 years back ,depicting the Matsa and Narashimha avatars , Acharyas, Alwars, Vaishnavite mythology ,the law of justice and dharma as enunciated by ambarisha etc
Kailasamundaiyar Temple (12 Km)
It is located amidst lush green paddyfields and sylvan surrounding on the northern banks of the Uyyakondan channel in a sleepy hamlet named Cholamadevi near Thiruverumbur, 12 km away from Trichy City. For a trained eye, the history of this dilapidated temple wouldn't go unnoticed.
Vayaloor (8 km)
The site of a temple dedicated to Lord Murugan.
St. John's Church
Built in 1812, this Church has louvred doors, which when opened, turns the church into an airy pavilion. Its excellent setting and marvellous architecture, makes it a site worth visiting.
Located at a distance of 30 km from Trichy is Avur, which is famous for an old church constructed by Father John Venantius Bouchet.
At a distance of 65 km from Trichy is Elakurichi, a place famous for the ancient church built by the famous Catholic Missionary, Constantine Joseph Beschi, popularly known as "Veeramamunivar".
St. Lourd's Church
The Church of Our Lady of Lourd, a hundred years old, is built within the St.Joseph's College complex, in gothic architectural style (it is said that a maistry from Tirunelveli, one Savarimuthu, was given intensive training in such construction by the missionaries so that he could supervise the building), the Church's 200 ft tall spire is visible from a radius of 8 kms around it. The Church has not been a repainted outside as the administrators wish to preserve its antiquity. The stained glass panels depicting stories from the Bible are truly beautiful. Some 6000 people attend mass at the church on Sundays.
Christ Church (Schwartz)
This is the first English fort built in Tiruchirappalli, Christ Church, north of the Teppakulam , built by Schwartz in the year 1762 - 66 with funds subscribed by officers of the British garrison . It belongs to the society for the propagation of the gospel.
The St. Joseph's Church - Golden Rock
The St.Joseph's Church at Ponmalai, with its gigantic spires, has an impressive and majestic appearance, situated opposite to the historic armory gate of Ponmalai workshop.The founder and main architect of the Church was the late Rt. Rev. Msgr. Joseph alphonse de Rozario. On march 30, 1930, the Church was dedicated to him. The Anglo-indian community, workers of railway workshop and the Indian families gave a part of their wages and also collected funds to build the church.
Vadugarpettai Church (40 Km)
Vadugarpet Village is situated about 40 kms from Tiruchirappalli on the Tiruchirappalli -Ariyalur Main Road. Church of Our Lady of Good Heath was built by the celebrated Tamil Saint Veeramamunivar. This Shrine church has emerged as Vellanganni of Tiruchirappalli District.
St. Xavier's Church, Purathakudi (20 Km)
The St. Xavier Church Purathakudi 20 Kms from Trichy ,is a shining example of the Fraternity that has existed between the Hindus and the Christians for over three Centuries. Purathakudi is a Christian Settlement. St. Antony's Church in the Tiruchi-Chennai Highway at Konalai is not far from here.
St.Paul's Church - Worriyur
St. Paul's Church at Worriyur has been constructed by Methodist Mission in 1933
La Parisuthar Alayam - Puthur
This church has been built in 1895. Tmt. Isabella Violet, the daughter of Gauldvel who has written the book called "Comparative Grammer of Dravidian Language" during 1907. The 110 feet high church Spire has been constructed here.
Baba Natharvali has occupied a unique position in the ranks of the Islamic saints of the world. He was named as Muthaharudeen at first. He was in Hijiri 347 in one of the idle Eastern countries. Even though he was the sultan, he was having no attachment to pleasures of royal life of pomp and splendor right from his early age. He descended from his throne crowing his brother, Syed Jalaudeen and undertook holy pilgrimage for propagation of Allah's glory according to Islamic tenets. During this time, he had wrought a lot of miracles to the astonishment of the people, who came into contact with him. This a part with his 900 kalandars, he set foot in Tiruchirapuram, which s now known as Tiruchirappalli. He led a pious saintly life with his kalandars in a flower garden in Tiruchirappalli. Saint Baba Natharvali's body was laid to rest in a place where it was once a Easwaran temple in a room. Constructed with four doors according to Vedic sastras and seppulingam is a witness to ghee lamp burning near the grave of Baba. The saint breathed his last on the 15th of the month of Ramzan in Hijiri 417 and with a view to remember this day, the first 17 days in the month of Ramzan every year kanduri Urs is celebrated in a highly grand scale it is a unique feature to see Muslims, Hindus and Christians assemble to pay their homage and warm respects to Baba Natharvali on the eve of the kanduri festival and seek his graceful blessings .
Chowk Maidan Masjid
The Chowk Maidan dharga opposite to town hall was constructed in 1736 A.D. for the prayer of the Muslim soldiers by Rani Mangamal. At the same time, the Alli diwan Masjid at Beema Nagar was constructed. During the period of Arcot Nawab the Muhamadiya Musjid-Hansbagh Masjid opposite to Teppakulam tank, and Ameer Masjid at Beerangi Kulam have been constructed.
Begam Sahiba Masjid
The Masjid at Big Bazaar Street was constructed by Begam Sahiba of Kerala, one of the wives of Arcot Nawab with her Mahar Mani and the sale of ornaments.
The Muhammad shah and Pannadibee, children of Babu john have been buried in the Pannadibee dargah at Woraiyur. The annual Sandanakoodu festival celebrated during the month of saber and is being attended by a large number of Hindus and Muslims.
Prophet Kanmiyan Sasith (Rakh) came to Tiruchy about 200 years back from Arabia. In memory of him the Kannmiyan Masjid was established at Palakarai, the much worshiped Masjid by Islamic people here.
Hazarah Kaja Syed Ahamadullah Shah born in Sanjari in North India came to Tiruchy for darshan of Prophet Hazarah Nathervali. He was in meditation for 12 years in a small room near Gol Gumbaz Mandapam where Prophet Thaple Alam badusha was buried here. Later he was preaching Islam by staying at Kajamali hillock. He was buried there. During the month of Rafiul Ahir, the annual festival is being conducted at the dargah above his burial.
Government Museum (40 Km)
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. The museum is open on all days except Mondays.
It is located in Rani Mangammal Mahal near Super bazaar ,Trichy. The museum will be open on all days except Fridays .Time 10.00 Hrs to 17 Hrs. Entrance fee for Indians Adult Rs.5 Children Rs. 3 Students Rs.2 Foreigners Rs.100.1 There are so many sculpures like Mahavirar, Buddha, Vishnu etc. It has fossil, pre history megalithic, Paleolithic and Neolithic tools, Earthern moulds for metals, ;Inscriptions and palm leaf manuscripts, insects, reptiles, birds, mammals. Ancient sculptures like thirumal crawling krishna, thirumal with consorts, devi, durga, saint manickavasagar, Nataraja and chandra sekar are here. Tribal model of pachamalai hills, Thanjavur painting , Coins of India etc are also here.
Viralimalai is a small town situated at a distance of 30 km from Tiruchirappalli and 40 km from Pudukkottai. It is famous for its Murugan temple and the Peacock sanctuary. The town is bestowed with a large number of wild peacocks, which roam around the Murugan temple. There are at least six species of peacock pheasants distributed throughout South East Asia, though the Palawan Peacock Pheasant or "Tandikan" (Polyplectron Emphanum) is by far the most spectacularly coloured of these beautiful birds.
Karur (74 km)
Karur is a place where handloom industry is one of the main occupations of the people. The bed linen and floor spreads are very famous all over India.
Karaikudi (103 km)
Karaikudi and the neighbouring towns hold excellent examples of Chettinadu architecture. The people of Chettinadu were traders and financiers who valued high living and maintained old traditions. They built sprawling houses which today stand testimony to their taste and love for beautiful things.
Kumbakonam (92 km)
Kumbakonam is well known for its brassware.
Pugalur (87 km)
Pugalur is the paper-town, housing the Tamilnadu Newsprint and Papers Limited, a major paper - manufacturing company of south India.
Pachamalai Hill Station
Pachamalai is a green hill range, just 80 kms north of Tiruchiraplli via Thuraiyur. Pachai means Green and malai means mountain. Pachamalai which spread with a few range is a haven of the tribal of this region ,with unique culture and way of life. It's altitude is 500 m to 1000 meters above sea level. This mountain range in itself has different small regions like Thenparanadu, kombainadu , Athi Nadu and Vannadu. It's good hill range for trekking to enjoy nature and the animal life small streams and falls add colour to these hills .
The eight-storeyed victory tower here was built by the Maratha King Serfoji in the year 1814 to commemorate the victory of the British over Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo. The name 'Mannora' is derived from the word minaret meaning small minar. From this 30 metre high tower one can have a panoramic view of the palm fringed Bay of Bengal. This tower also served as a light house.
Not far from the island is one of the greatest engineering marvels of India. The Grand Anaicut built by Karikalan Chola in the 2nd century A.D. to harness the waters of the Kaveri. Made of stone, the dam is 329 m long and 20m wide and still very much in use. Additions have been made in the form of a road bridge on top of the dam. This is a good picnic spot.
Mukkombu is a beautiful excursion centre, just 18 kms from Tiruchirappalli on the river banks of Cauvery and Kollidam. This place is called upper dam. It is an attraction for the tourists and also for the people of all ages by its park, greenish garden scince park,toy train,merry go round, fishing facility, and boating facility.
This hill station in Namakkal district at an altitude of 1190 mts, is an unexploited pleasure. Sri Arappaleeswarar Temple on top of the hills called Chathuragiri is one of the oldest. The terrace type serpentine ghat road, the fruits culitvated here, honey and the unchanged tribal cultures are unique memories. The wonderful Agasangangai Waterfall flowing from a height of over 200 feet is a unique scene. Valvil Ori Festival and Tourism Festival are celebrated during August every year.
Ponnaniyaru dam is situated south of Tiruchirappalli. It is 24 kms from Manapparai and 9 kms from Vaiyampatti. Ponnaniyaru dam is built across perumal malai and Chemmalai . This dam site is an ideal place for excursion.