Tamil Nadu: Tiruchirapalli and Srirangam


Tiruchirapalli, about 54 km away towards the south- western side of Tanjavur, is situated
on the plains between Sevaroy and Palani hills. The best time to visit Tiruchirapalli is during
winters when the temperature generally varies between 20.6- 21.3 degree Celsius. Even
though the city of Triruchirapalli and the rock fort were built by the kings of the Nayak
dynasty but the kings of Pallavas, Chola and Pabdo dynasties had also ruled the city for
many years.

Take a walk through Big Bazar Road and you will hit the rock fort, one of the prime
attractions of Tiruchirapalli, about 5 km from the main city.

Temple lovers will be amused to witness the spirituality of the Ranganathswami temple
in Srirangam, located at a distance of 7 km towards the north of the rock fort. Visitors
from faraway places assemble in Tirichirapalli to visit the famous rock fort and holy
Ranganathswami temple. The green city, formed along the prolonged banks of the Kaveri
River, enthrall the city dwellers.

Rock fort, the classic and old fort, is located in the central Tiruchirapalli. 83 meters tall fort
is standing atop the hills of granite rocks like a crown. 3.8 billion Years old temple fascinates
the tourists with its excellent geographical location. The awe inspiring fort was built in 1660.
Climb up to the fort crossing 437 stairways. The mandapa, formed on 1000 pillars at the
main entrance of the fort, was almost destroyed but the Uchhi pilliyar Koel of the fort still
recollects the laurels of yester years. The chief deity, Tayumanaswami is residing at the
end of the staircase. The shrine, atop the deity, is wrapped in an expensive gold plate.
Several tales (related to the fort and its temple) are imprinted on the incredible walls of the
fort. A hall which is built on 100 pillars used to welcome VIP guests in the fort. The Ganesh
temple is situated at the top most position of the fort. The primeval fort is older than the
Himalayas and was built by the kings of Pallavas dynasty. The peak of fort offers a pleasing
and panoramic sight around. Srirangam and Jambukeshwar tower along with the Kaveri
river valley will definitely occupy your mind and soul. The fort is no doubt in ruins but is
carrying the magical old memories. Several tales of the Karnataka war which took place
in 18th century are wonderfully portrayed on the walls of the historical fort. Christ Church,
established in 18th century, is there for the Christian devotees.

The fort is connected to the city of Tiruchirapalli by road.

The cave temple, built in 7th century, showcases the excellent artistic touch of the
prominent Pallavas architectures. The most interesting and astounding part of the temple
is that the temple is standing merely on 7 pillars. The prime idol of the temple is residing in
the quadrilateral room. The walls around the idol are well adorned with startling pictures.

Another interesting cave temple is also located at the foothills. Walk higher up to visit
the Bell tower, built in 1919. However, the Vasant mandapa of the bell tower was formed
long back in 1630. The water reservoir of Tiruchirapalli and another artificial water
reservoir (Teppakulam) were shaped at the lower elevation of the Bell Tower and rock fort

St Joseph College, the French memorial, is built in the territory of the Church which was
built by Reverend Schwartz of Denmark. Neo Gothic Church is another famous church which
is situated adjacent to the St Joseph College. Don’t ever forget to watch the wonderful
representations of the fine arts in St John’s Church, built in 1812.

The Nadir Shah mosque, situated adjacent to the Teppakulam, entices many Muslims.
The Golden rock, latest industrial town, is another imperative attraction of the city. The
neighboring museum showcases some beguiling idols and crafts, made up of bronze and
granite stones.

Manabi Kushbu temple is the newest attraction for the temple lovers. Interested holiday
makers who love beautiful crafts can buy wooden toys, mattresses, glass items, ornaments
and woven textiles. Artificial diamond items are also very popular in the close proximity.
Visit Poompuhar in Tiruchirapalli to buy any product.

Santiban ashram was built to showcase an incredible blend of Indian and Christian cultures.

Avail a bus from Trichi to Santiban ashram.

Planetarium or the Anna Science Centre, located adjacent to the airport, is a chief and
special attraction of Tiruchirapally. Tourists should also visit the Environment Gallery and
Science Park.

Chettinadu (Chettinad), about 80 km towards the south of Tiruchirapally, houses Nattukottai Chettiar
mansion, Shiva-Parvati-Ganesh temple and some shops of striking antique items. Women
visitors will like the style and quality of Chettynad saris.

The nearby Karaikudi, is a renowned business hub in the hinterland.

Chettinadu and Karaikudi can be accessed from Tiruchirapalli by road.

Chettinadu the Bangla is a nice place where tourists can stay in Chettinadu. Karaikudi the
Bangla, Hotel Udayan and Hotel Subhalakshmi are the noteworthy hotels of Karaikudi.

Srirangam: Srirangam is one of the important pilgrimage spots for Vaishnavites, a
sect of Hindu communities. It is renowned among 108 vaishnavite pilgrimage places.
Sriranganathswami temple, the largest temple of South India, about 7 km towards the
north of Tiruchirapally, on the banks of the River Kaveri and its tributary Kollidum River,
is covering a straggling area of 250 hectors. The prime deity, Vishnu, is worshipped in the
temple which was built in 13th century.

The main temple is protected by 7 walls and can be accessed crossing 7 gopurams. The 72
meters tall gopuram is the tallest one of South India. The architectural flair of the temple is
worth watching. The squat dome of the temple is wrapped in gold. The idol of Vishnu, made
up of gold, is placed at the crest of the temple. Besides the Vishnu idols, the palm tree and
other things made up of gold demonstrate the opulence of the temple.

9 days long Baikuntha Akadashi festival is celebrated in the Kalyan Mandapa which is built
on 1000 pillars. Devotees congregate in huge numbers at Srirangam for the holy festival.

The art gallery is situated at the opposite side of the temple. A museum is also there in the

Seshagiriraya mandapa, built in 16th century, depicts the eye caching architectures of
Vijayanagar dynasty.

Different tales related to the deity Krishna are drawn on the walls of the Krishna- Venugopal
temple. The temple was built by the kings of Nayak dynasty in 17th century. The garur
temple also depicts an artistic Nayak architecture. The soaring 146 feet tall Bhellai gopuram
is located towards the east of the Garur temple.

Srirangam had got its prominence as a centre of Brahma education in 11th century. Even
though the tiny temple, built during 14th to 17th century, still exists but numerous temples
have also been created around later as well. UNESCO had revamped the 7th gopuram in
1980. However, the doors of these divine temples of Srirangam are only open for Hindu
communities. All the other communities can watch the panoramic sight of the temple from
the top of the 4th wall but for that they need to spend rupees 2 for each ticket.

Srirangam is well connected to Tiruchirapally by bus.

Located at a distance of 6 km towards the east of Srirangam, Tiruvanaikkaval, is another
city which is popular mainly due to the sacred Sri Jambukeshwar Shiva temple. The carvings
of the temple are impressive. The temple and its 7 gopurams are surrounded by 5 fences.
The deity, Shiva, of the temple is nestled in the water. The deity, Akhilandeshwari, is also
residing in the temple along with Shiva.

Enthusiasts can watch the Grand Anikat Barriage (329*20 meters), about 24 km from
Tiruchirapally, on the Kaveri River banks. It was built in 11th century using stones by the
kings of Chola dynasty. Picnic and outing lovers will enjoy this charming place.

Holiday makers can stay at Dharamsala in Srirangam.

Shiva temple in Tirubhellarai village, Santibhanam ashram in Kulittallai, lord Murga temple
in Bhayalur, Devi Meriamman temple in Samayapuram, peacock sanctuary Bhiralimalai,
Vishnu and Shiva temples in Narthamalai
are the sought after neighboring tourist
destinations which can be accessed by road. The Jain cave temple, about 58 km from
Sittannabhasal, is well adorned with impressive and notable fresco pictures.

How to reach: The Tiruchirapally railway station is also well connected to various railway stations of India.
Bus services are available to Tirucherapally from Chennai. You can also fly to Tiruchirapally, just check our transport links below.

Where to stay: Hotel Guru, Hotel Kanchan Towers, Hotel Sevana, Vijoy Lodge, Hotel
Rajasugam, Selvam Lodge, Hotel Ramium, Hotel Tamilnadu-Trichy, Abbirami Hotel, Hotel
Aristo, Modern Hindu Hotel and Hotel Lakshmi.

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