- Trichy- A Citadel of Dravidian Civilization
Trichy or Tiruchirapalli is a historic city situated on the banks of the
scenic river Cauvery. The city traces its origin way back to the Sangam
period, serving as a stronghold for many empires, from the mighty Chola
Kings to the British Raj, with each of them leaving their unique
imprints in the citys glorious past. This is today visible in the
imposing temples and the majestic monuments still dotting the city
The origin of the name Tiruchirapalli can be traced to Jainism that prevailed in the region in ancient times. The name when literally translated means the town of respected monk. The city gained immense fame and glory during the reign of the Nayaks of Madurai. The Nayaks are considered the founders of the city and its majestic fort. Today, the city is famous for its imposing temples, thriving industries and world-class educational institutions. The city is also a favored shopping destination for handloom and traditional artifacts.
- Place of Interest
The Rock Fort Temple is the most prominent landmark of the city. The temple complex encloses three shrines, situated on top of an ancient rock. This temple has inscriptions dating back as early as the 3rd century B.C and some exquisitely carved rock sculptures.
The Sri Ranganatha swamy temple located at Sri Rangam, at a distance of 10 km from Trichy, is a perfect example of amazing Dravidian architectural splendor. This is one of the largest temples in India, and also a prominent place of Hindu pilgrimage. The temple is situated in the middle of the river Cauvery. This sprawling temple complex covers an area close to 156 acres. The Raja gopuram of the temple towers to a height of 236 feet and is the tallest gopuram in Asia.
The antediluvian grand dam in the city, known as kallanai, is believed to be the oldest man-made water regulating structure in the world. This massive dam is around 1080 feet in length and 60 feet in width. Built in the 1st century A.D by a Chola king, the dam is still in use.
The ancient Siva temple of Thiruvanaikkaval has a Siva lingam almost submerged in the water spouting from a spring inside the temple.
Sri Jambukeswara temple, located at a distance of 3 km from Sri Ranganatha swamy temple, is also a favored tourist attraction.
At a distance of 58 km from Trichy is Sittanavasal, an ancient Jain monastery inside a rock cave. The monastery has some amazing frescos of animals, dancing maidens and still life dating from the 7th and 9th centuries. There are also inscriptions dating from 9th and 10th centuries inside the monastery.
Trichy also has several churches, colleges, temples and other historic buildings to explore, making it truly a favored destination for domestic and international tourists.
Rock Fort temple
Ranganatha Swamy temple
Thiruvanaikkaval Siva temple
Sri Jambukeswara temple
Kallanai- Grand Anaicut
St. Josephs Church
- Best Time To Visit
November to February.
- How to Reach
The airport, located at a distance of 7 km from the city, offers daily flights to all major south Indian cities.
Trichy railway junction has train services to almost all cities in South India.
The city is well connected to most of the major cities in the state through private and public modes of transportation.