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HISTORY

Tiruchirappalli is believed to be of great antiquity and has been ruled by the Early Cholas, Early Pandyas, Pallavas, Medieval Cholas, Later Cholas, Later Pandyas, Delhi Sultanate, Ma’bar Sultanate, Vijayanagar Empire, Nayak Dynasty, the Carnatic state and the British at different times. The archaeologically important town of Uraiyur which served as the capital of the Early Cholas is a suburb of Tiruchirapalli. Even today, Mutharayar/Mutharajas community is the most populated community in this Early Chola Capital.

 

Tourism in Trichy

Trichy district is famous for many ancient and popular temples and religious institutions. The bus network of Trichy is well developed and most of the city readily accessible by bus at reasonable fares.

1. The Rockfort Temple, (5 km at the North of Trichy junction. The temple can be reached from Central Bus stand or Trichy Junction with bus #1 for Rs 3). 6AM- 8PM. The temple complex has many temples. Thayumaanavar, Uchchi pillayar and Maanikka vinayagar are the most important temples. One can feel the icy chill of the wind when getting to the top of the rock. (The temple is housed on the top of a famous rock-88 Metres tall). One also gets a splendid view of the city and the Cauvery river from the top. Enjoy the bird’s eye view of Trichy, SriRangam, Cauvery and its surroundings in the morning or in the evening. A must-visit place of anyone in South India.

2. Sri Ranganathaswamy temple 

3. Sri Ranganathaswamy temple, (8 km from Trichy Junction. The temple can be reached from Central or City Bus stand by bus). Temple for the sleeping form of Lord Vishnu. This temple is considred the foremost temple of lord vishnu (Bhooloka Vaikundam)for Vaishnavites. Very big temple having tallest Temple tower ( Raja gopuram). Many interesting things are there try to Explore and understand. One must see this temple for its history, architectural beauty and for its religious value. Non-Hindus can only go up to the sixth wall but not inside the gold topped sanctum sanctorum. The body of the Hindu saint Ramanuja has been preserved since 1000 years inside this temple. 

4. Jambukeshwara Temple, (7 km from Trichy Junction and less than 1 km from Sri Ranganathaswamy temple). This is a famous Shiva temple and One of the five Pancha bootha kshetras (five elements namely water, earth, air, fire and ether). This one is appu sthala (representing water). free entrance.

5. Erumbeeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, located in the town of Thiruverumbur in 14 km from Trichy Junction.Since the temple is atop a hill, it is locally called “Malai Kovil” (meaning hill temple). Perumal Malai, in Thuraiur. Another Temple for Lord Vishnu.

6. Samayapuram Amman Temple, 13 km from Trichy Junction. People walk in from the surrounding districts to offer their prayers. Popular with the masses. Can be crowded on Fridays.

7. Woriyur with Vekkaliamman Temple, 5 km from Trichy Junction. Popular with the masses. Can be crowded on Fridays. Vayalur Murugan Temple, The Vayalur Murugan Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Muruga. This temple is around 1200 years old built during the reign of the Cholas.

8. Thiruvellarai. Sendamarai kannan temple which was built before srirangam Renganadhaswami temple and thiruvanaikovil Jambukeshwara temple. It is 20 km from Trichy or 40 min of travel from Chatram bus stand in goverment/private bus.

9. Viralimalai Murugan Temple.

10. Gunaseelam – Vishnu Temple, dedicated to Lord Srinivasa.

11. St.Joseph’s Church 5 km from Trichy Jn. and is 200 years old.

12. St. John’s Church, at the cantonment is one of the oldest churches in India.

13. T.E.L.C Holy Trinity Cathedral, Melapudur.

14. All Saints Church, Salai Rd, Puthur.

15. St. Lourd’s Church, Theppakulam.

16. Jaamiya Masjid in the centre of Trichy was built by the Nawab of Arcot more than two centuries ago.

17. Thablay Aalam Baadsha Dhargah is the mausoleum of a Muslim saint who came to Trichy centuries ago.

Apart from temples, there are also some destinations, ideal for picnics/day trips.

1. Mukkombu, A tourist spot at 15 km from Trichy Jn.

2. Kallanai, A 2,000 yr old dam built on the river Kallanai, (an offshoot of the Cauvery river) by Karikala Cholan.

3. Puliyancholai, A green hideout around a pretty waterfall. On the Foot hills of Kollimalai – Kolli hills near Thuraiur.

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