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Trichy also known as 'Tiruchirapalli' or 'City of Rock Fort and Temple', is situated on the banks of Cauvery River. It is an ancient town, recognized for its splendor of architectural monuments as well as culture. The city represents a fine blend of modernity and tradition in terms of Rock Fort constructed over here. This south Indian city is also famous among travelers for its glass bangles, handloom clothes, artificial diamonds, wooden & clay toys and cigars.

Trichy, itself is famous as an industrial town with the development of various industries. HAPP, OFT, BHEL and Golden Rock Railway Work Shop with ancillary industries are some of its renowned industries.

Places of Attraction

Rock Fort Temple: It is the most famous landmark of the city. This fort temple is 83 meter tall, which is on the edge of a huge stony out corp. the complex of the temple if composed of two major parts, one is Shiva Temple also called Thayumanaswamy engraved in the center of the rock with a Ganesh Temple, which is built on the top section of the rock. The holy place of Ganesh is very small and features an access through sharp steps engraved on the rock. This temple provides an eye-catching view of Trichy, Cauvery River, Srirangam and Kollidam.

The Rock fort Hillock is considered be 230 crore years old. The temple was constructed by Pallavas and owing to its ancient and imposing architecture it is preserved by the Archaeological department of India. Visitors need to spend one to two hours to visit the temple.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
Rs. 3/- 6.00 AM-8.00 PM - Rs. 100/-


Srirangam Ranganathaswamy Temple: It is a significant pilgrimage centre as well as a distinctive Vaishnavite landmark. Srirangam appears like a land mass encircled by River Kollidam and Cauvery on its each side. The temple is located at a remoteness of 7 km from Trichy rail-head. This eminence of this holy place is due to its Rajagopuram, the highest South India tower. It can be well observed from miles and it takes one to two hours to travel around the temple.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video Camera Camera
Rs. 2/- 6 AM–1PM & 2 PM – 9PM NO Rs. 100/- Rs. 50/-


View Point – Rs 10 (until 6.00pm only) Temple Museum Timings: 8AM–1PM & 2 PM– 5PM

Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswarar & Akilandeswari Temple: It is a significant holy place where Saivites offer prayer or worship. This temple is situated at a distance of 3 km from the city of Trichy and near to Srirangam. Lord Jambukeshwara (Shiva) and Lordess Akilandeswari (Parvathi) are presiding deities of this holy place. A Lingam representing Lord Shiva is the attarctioon of the temple, which is partially underwater. It depicts one of the five important elements water, which is also called "Appu". It takes 1 hour to pay a trip to this temple.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera Camera
Rs. 3/- 6.00 AM–8.00PM NO Rs. 100/- Rs. 50/-


Samayapuram Mariamman Temple: This place of worship is 17 km away from Trichy. 'Samayapuram Mariamman' is the presiding deity of the temple, who is supposed to be the sister of Lord Vishnu. It is also a significant place of Lord Shiva's wife goddess Sakthi. Non-Hindus are not allowed in the temple.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera Camera
- Full Day NO Not Allowed Not Allowed




Ayyappan Temple: This place of worship is a peaceful place for adoration. There is no restriction of entrance of non-Hindus. The high level of discipline is circulated here. Actually, it is eminent for its tidy maintenance as well as planned activities. Here one can see a large meditation hall with a number of message boards and hoardings with excellent messages written on these. From central bus stand close to District court the holy place is about 2 Km away. There is an authoritarian dress code being followed such as trousers in full, Dhoti, Saree, shirt, Chudidhar are only allowable.


Entrance Fee Time to visit Video Camera
NO 5.00AM-12:00 PM & 5 PM-8.30 PM Strictly Not Allowed


Vayalur Subramaniaswamy Temple: This holy place lies at a distance of 14 kms from Trichy. This place of worship is considered one among most celebrated shrines of Lord Murugan. During all Shastis (Full Moon day/6th day of the New), Thai Poosam, Panguni Uthiram, Karthigai, first day of the English as well as Tamil New Year, thousands of followers pay a visit to this temple. Only Hindu devotees are allowed in the temple.


Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Camera
Rs. 300/- 5 AM-12 PM & 4:00 PM-8 PM (On Kiruthigai, temple is opened throughout the day) NO Rs.400/-


Mukkombu (Upper Anaicut): This place is famous as an ideal picnic spot and is 18 Km away from Trichy. It is located at the head of Srirangam Island.

Entrance fee Time to isit Holidays Video Camera Camera
Rs. 4/- 6.00 AM-6.00 PM NO Rs. 30/- Rs. 3/-


Lady Lourdes Church: It is situated in the heart of Trichy and is just contrary the Rock Fort. The 200 ft tall spire of the church is observable from 8 km radius around it. It is the imitation of the Basilica of Lourdes, which is the worldwide well-known place of pilgrimage in southern France.

Entrance fee Time to isit Holdays
No 7.00AM-1:30 PM & 6 PM-8.30 PM NO


Kallanai (Grand Anaicut): It is an ancient Dam 15 Km from Trichy. This dam was constructed by King Karikala Chola during 2nd century B.C. across the River Cauvery. This dam is considered one of the oldest water-regulators or water-diversion structures in the entire world. It is still in use. The dam was constructed to divert the waters of the River Cauvery for irrigation purposes through canals across the fertile Delta region.

Sightseeing from Trichy: Trichy -Tanjore - Trichy

From the city of Trichy, Tanjore is located at a distance of 65 Km. Tanjore is also called as the rice bowl of Tamilnadu. The place is renowned for Brahadeeswarar Temple, which is also referred as Tanjore Big Temple. The place of worship was built by King Rajarajan, more than thousand years ago.

It is an architect's marvel. The holy place is a thriving centre for painting and bronze sculpture. Here visitors can also see Palace, Museum, and an Art gallery.

Sittanavasal: It is situated at a distance of 58 Km from Trichy. It is eminent for its ancient Jain Caves and monuments with elaborate wall paintings. The place is a cluster of rock-caves, and hence is famous as the Ajanta of South.

Narthamalai and Sittanavasal are flanked by Trichy & Pudukottai.



Rock Cut Jain Temple - Sittanavasal

Entrance fee Time to isit
Rs. 5/- for Indian and Rs. 100/- for foreigner 9.00 AM to 5.30 PM


Natural Cavern with stone beds, Eladipattam (Sittanavasal)

Entrance fee Time to isit
Rs. 5/- for Indian and Rs. 100/- for foreigner 9.00 AM to 5.30 PM


Trichy - Narthamalai - Sittanavasal - Trichy

Narthamalai is located at a distance of 25 Km from the city of Trichy. The place is famous for a number of oldest structural stone temples constructed by Mutharaiyars. The Narthamalai Temple has 6 large dexterously engraved statues of Lord Vishnu installed in the central hall. The region is surrounded by nine small hillocks, Kottai-malai, Mela-malai, Kadambar-malai, Alurutti-malai, Paraiyan-malai, Man-malai, Bommadi-malai, Uvachchan-malai and Pon-malai. These hillocks contain Jaina Architectural remnants. A Pallava cave temple dated back to 9th century also lies to the South and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Entrance fee Time to isit Holiday Entrance fee
Rs. 100/- 7.00 AM-12.00 PM & 4.00 PM-8.30 PM NO Rs. 50/-


Trichy - Chettinad - Trichy
Chettinad is the native soil of the Nattukottai Chettiars (Nagarathar), a successful banking as well as business community. Chettinad is well-known for its gastronomic delicacies. The place is rich in art & architecture, cultural heritage, and is famous for its houses made with marble & Burma teak, have spacious rooms, wide courtyards. It is also famous for its 18th century houses.

Festivals and Celebrations:

Float Festival: This celebration is a visual treat of bedecked deities and twinkling lights in all their ceremonial dresses. This festival is held around March-April at the Rock Fort Temple.

Car Festival: Car festival is celebrated during the Tamil month Chithirai (April/May). During this festival a huge chariot carries the deity and the chariot then comes around the temple. This festival is celebrated in a grand manner and a large number of people all around the nation gather at holy place Srirangam. In the Tamil month Panguni (April), the car festival is rejoiced in Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeshwara Temple.

Vaikunta Ekadasi Festival: Vaikunta Ekadasi or Paradise Festival is celebrated in mid Dec or early January. This festival takes place in Srirangam Ranganathaswamy Temple. On this day Sorga Vasal or Door to Heaven, is opened (once in a year). To participate in this celebration, thousands of devotees pay a visit to the temple.

Aadi Perukku: During the 18th day of the Tamil month Aadi, Aadi Perukku is celebrated. It generally falls in the month of August. This event is celebrated mainly by the people, who reside at the bank of the River Cauvery. On this day people prepare special food and there is a gathering of family and friends who pray for unremitting supply of good harvest and water.

Ways to Get In:

Trichy is a significant junction of Southern Railway. The airport of Trichy is 6 km away from the city.

Road:

Trichy is well connected to other cities of Tamil Nadu through highways.

  • Rameswaram is 250 Km and 5 hours drive
  • Kanyakumari is 395 Km and 8 hours drive
  • Karaikudi is 100 Km and 2 ½ hours drive
  • Madurai is 135 Km and 3 hours drive
  • Coimbatore is 200 Km and 5 hours drive
  • Velankanni is 175 Km and 4 hours drive
  • Ooty is 300 Km and 8 hours drive
  • Kodaikanal is 220 Km and 6 hours drive
  • Tanjore is 65 Km and 1 ½ hours drive
  • Chennai is 325 Km and 5 hours drive
  • Kumbakonam is 100 Km and 2 ½ hours drive