Tourist Guide to Trichy
Posted Date: 24 Nov 2010 Author: S.Sowmya Member Level: Gold (Rs. 60)
This article serves as a tourist guide with all the information about the places at Trichy, Sight seeings at Trichy, Temples at Trichy, about hotel information, educational institutions at Trichy, Nursing homes at Trichy, Hospitals at Trichy, ATMs at Trichy, Important Banks at Trichy, Trichy Shopping centres.
Tourist Guide to Trichy
In 'Tirukkural' Tiruvalluvar has pointed out that, A land blessed with good source of water, abundant harvests, beautiful mountains, happiness all around and a place safety from invasions are the chief ornaments of a country and no doubt that Trichy has adorned itself with all the above ornaments as said by Tiruvalluvar.
Trichy is the fourth largest city in Tamilnadu which is situated on the banks of river Cauvery. It's a well-known city rich in educational institutions, temples and it has a great significance for historic monuments. During 300 BC 'Uraiyur' was the capital of Cholas where Trichy has gained fame and pride for its huge constructed forts. When this empire declined in 1565 Trichy came to be occupied by Nayaks of Madurai during which Trichy was flourished with forts which were built by Viswanatha Naikar.
Tourist Attractions In and Around Trichy
Rockfort Temple Trichy
The Rockfort Temple is also known as Dakshina Kailasam is of 83m tall which has 417 steps to climb. The Rockfort temple consists of three temples viz Manikka Vinayagar Temple which is at the foot of the hill and Thayumanavar Temple (Shivasthalam) is located half way to the hill top and Uchchi Pillayar Temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha is at the top most of the hill. Rockfort Temple is the most prominent and popular landmark in Trichy. There is a big hall with 100 pillars on the entrance of the Shiva Temple where one could marvel at the beautiful paintings and carvings all over.
Engoyyamalai - Thiruvengai Nathar Temple
Engoyyamali is situated 2kms North-West of Kulithalai Railway Station. Here the Sage Agasthiar worshipped the Lord here as a bee, as the gates of the temple was closed and hence the name (Engooyamalai as 'E' means bee in Tamil).
Srirangam - Sri Ranganathar Temple
Srirangam in Tamil it is known as 'Thiruvarangam' is the abode of the Lord Sri Ranganathar is one of the 108 Vaishanavaite Temples, which is popularly called as 'Booloka Vaikundam' (Earthly Heaven). It is located 5kms from Trichy. Here you can see Lord Sri Ranganathar (Lord Vishnu) in reclining position. In the Vaishanavaites, the term 'Kovil' means this temple only. It is said to be the largest temple in India which has 21 gopurams (towers) out of which Raja Gopuram (King of Tower) is at a height of 236 feet, which is the tallest gopuram in Asia. The most important festivals celebrated here are Car Festival during the month of April/May(Tamil month Chithirai) and 'Vaikunda Ekadhasi' celebrated during the Tamil month Margazhi-Thai(December-January). Srirangam is the only sthalam on which Pasurams were composed by Eleven Azhwars.
Siruvachur - Madurakaliamman Temple
Siruvachur is located at a distance of 48kms from Trichy on National Highways, which is just before Perambalur. Here there is a famous temple for Goddess Kali called Madurakaliamman. This temple was built during early Chola period. This sthalam was worshipped by Sri Aadhi Shankarar.
Thiruvanaikkaval - Jambukeshwara Temple
Thiruvanaikkaval or Jambukeshwara Temple is in between Kollidam and Cauvery rivers, which is located 7kms from Trichy and is situated two kms east of Srirangam. This is one of the Pancha bootha sthalams (five elements) that represents water and one of the 275 temples glorified by Thevara hymns(Thevara Padal petra sthalam). Jambukeshwara or Swayambu linga is the presiding deity here. The deity here is also known with the name of Jalakandeshwarar as the lingam under the Jambu tree is partially submerged in water and hence the name. Here the lingam was worshipped by an elephant and hence the name Thiru Aanikaval. Jambu Tree (In Tamil Naaval Maram) is the sthala vruksham of Jambukeshwara Temple.
Thirunedungalam - Thirunedungalanadhar Temple
Located 3kms from Trichy Thuvakkudi Junction. Here the presiding deity is Thirunedungalanadhar (Lord Shiva) with Goddess Oppilanayaki. Gnana Sambandar sang 11 hymns on Lord Shiva of this temple. This sthala is one of the 275 sacred shiva temples glorified by Thevara hymns(Thevara padal petra sthalam). Sthala Vruksham of this temple is Vilvam.
Gangaikonda Cholapuram is located at a distance of 100kms from Trichy and 3kms from Panthanai Nalloor near Thanjavur. The temple was built by the Chola King Rajendra-I son of Raja Raja Chola to commemorate his victory over the kingdom in the region of the river Ganges and hence he was named Gangai Kondan. The temple is famous for its architectural style.
Vayaloor - Murugan Temple
It is located at a distance of 9kms west of Trichy. The temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga. This place is also known in the name of Agneeshwaram. The temple was built during the period of Cholas. The sthala Vriksham is Vanni Tree. Important festivals celebrated at this place is Thiru Karthigai during the month of October-November, Kanda Sashti during November, Vaikasi Visakam during May-June and Panguni Uthiram during March-April.
Kallanai Dam - Grand Anaicut
Grand Anaicut or Kallani Dam is located at a distance of 18kms from Trichy which was built by Karikala Chola across river Cauvery which is one of the oldest irrigation dams built around 2000 years ago. The dam is 329 metres long and 20 metres wide. Quiet a good place for people who are nature and architecture lovers.
It is situated at a distance of 15kms from Trichy on Trichy-Karur High ways. The presiding deity here is Paraithurainathar (Lord Shiva) and it is one the 275 sacred temples glorified by Thevara hymns(Devaram padal petra sthalam). The place is surrounded by parai trees and hence the name Paraithurai. Punnai Tree is the sthala vruksham of Thirupparaithurai.
Poovalur - Thirumoola Nathar Temple
It is located 20kms from Trichy on Trichy-Ariyalur road near Lalgudi. Presiding deity here is Swayambu linga called as Thirumoola Nathar (Lord Shiva). It is said that Manmathan throws flower arrow on Lord Shiva at this temple and hence the place is called as Poovalur(Tamil name for flower is Poo). Vilvam Tree is the sthala vruksham of this Temple.
Mukkombu - Famous Tourist Spot
Mukkombu is a wonderful picnic and tourist spot located 18kms from Trichy constructed across the river banks of Cauvery and Kollidam. This is also called as Upper Anaicut.
Gunaseelam - Venkatesa Perumal Temple
It is located at a distance of 16 kms from Trichy in the Trichy-Salem route on the nothern banks of the river Cauvery. The presiding deity here is Prasanna Venkesa Perumal (Lord Vishnu). It is believed that the mentally ill people will recover from their depressions when taken bath at holy water here. Here the Lord is in standing position housing Goddess Lakshmi in His chest. Important festivals celebrated in this place is float festival (Theppakulam), Koodaravalli and Vaikunda Ekadasi.
Viralimalai Sanctuary and Subramanya Swamy Temple
Viralimalai is located at 30kms from Trichy. Here the Viralimalai Swamy Temple (Dedicated to Lord Muruga or Subramanya) is at the top of the hills which are at a height of 120feet. Here the mountain is full of Virali plants and hence this place is called as Viralimalai. At Viralimalai Sanctuary large number of wild peacocks are seen everywhere and this place is an important tourist spot.
Puliancholai - Beautiful Picnic Spot
This beautiful picnic spot with lush greenary all around is located on the foothills of Kollimalai(Kolli Hills) which is at a distance of 72kms North-West of Trichy. This is an ideal place for trekking.
Samayapuram - Mariamman Temple
It is located at a distance of 11 km from Kollidam river of Trichy. Among the Mariamman Temple (Sakthi Temples) of Tamilnadu Samayapuram Temple is the most famous and ancient Temple. The Goddess here is associated with health and prosperity and there is a belief among the people that this Goddess will cure the disease of small pox and chicken pox.
It is located at a distance of 40km from Trichy nearby to Pudukkottai Station. Here one can find the rare collections of historic records, anthropology, geology and ancient sculptures. The museum will be open on all days except mondays. Thanjavur paintings, rare ancient Indian coins are displayed here at the museum.
It is located in the heart of the city of Trichy. Nathervali is the ancient Dargah in South India which is more than 1000 years old well known for its architectural style. This Dargah is named after the Islamic Saint Nathervali who set his foot at Trichy and led a pious saintly life.
Cities Nearby Trichy
Manapparai is at a distance of 37 kms from Trichy.
Thanjavur is at a distance of 48 kms from Trichy.
Karur is at a distance of 69 kms from Trichy.
Dindigul is at a distance of 93 kms from Trichy.
Pudukkottai is at a distance of 50 kms from Trichy.
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