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Tiruchirappalli

TTDC / Tiruchirappalli

Welcome to one of the oldest inhabited cities in India, whose recorded history begins in the 3rd Century when it was ruled by the Cholas. As was the case in those ancient times, it was run by other dynasties to follow - the Pallavas, Pandyas, Vijayanagar Empire, Nayak Dynasty, the Carnatic State...and finally the British, who called it Trichnopoly. Its prominent monuments from the ancient times are the Rock Fort, the Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam and the Jambukeswar Temple in Thiruvanaikaval. The home of Robert Clive and the 18th Century Church are also two important landmarks in this city.

Experts believe that the name Tiruchirappalli evolved from Chiruta-palli [which means little town]. Others speculate that it could have evolved from a 16th Century rock inscription Tiru-ssila-pali [which means holy rock town]. Yet a few others speculate that it could have evolved from Tiru-chinna-palli [holy little town]. But according to mythology the name came from the three-headed demon Trishira, who meditated to Lord Shiva near this place.

Rockfort:
This is a historic fortification that was built by the ancient dynasties, on one of the oldest rock formations in the world - 3.8 billion years, making it older than the Himalayas.

It houses two temples within its complex – the UcchiPillayar Kovil, dedicated to Lord Ganesha and the Thayumana Swami Temple, a rock cut temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Srirangam:

This temple town is home to a significant population of Vaishnavites as it has the first among the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu.

The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, also known as Thirvaranga Tirupati, is no small temple by any means. It is the largest functioning Hindu Temple in the world. It is one of the most illustrious Vaishnavite temples that’s rich in legend, massive in size, awesome in its architecture and ancient in its culture.

The temple occupies an area of 155 acres, has 50 sub-shrines, 21 colourful sculpted gopurams, 39 pavilions and 9 sacred pools. It has a unique Sapta Prakaram [seven concentric enclosures called prakarams] formed by thick huge walls that distinguishes one from the other. The inner five enclosures constitute the temple.

Thiruvanaikaval:

Built by the early Cholas around 1800 years ago, this famous temple is a panchabhoota sthalam, representing neer [water]. The sanctum of Jambukeswar has an underground stream. It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams, where all four Nayanars have sung its glories. It earned its name Jambukeswar as it was worshipped by an elephant under a jambu tree.

Kallanai:

Also known as the Grand Anaicut, this is an ancient dam constructed in the 2nd Century by the Chola King Karikalan. It is the oldest in India and the fourth oldest water diversion effort in the world. Cut from rough stone, the dam has a strong foundation and is still in excellent condition.

Butterfly Park:

This is one of the largest butterfly parks spread over an area of 35 acres. What’s interesting here is that it also has a Nakshatra Vanam – a collection of trees that represent each Zodiac sign or star in Indian astrology. With 27 tree or plant species that correspond to the 27 in the Hindu almanac, it also has 12 tree species corresponding to Zodiac signs. Visitors can plant a tree free of cost for their sign.

St, Mary’s Cathedral, Melapudur: This church in Trichy is popularly known as Mother of Good Health, [ArokiaMatha]. Built by Fr. Louis Carnier on 29th June 1841, for the feast of the Apostles, St. Peter and St. Paul, it was one of the oldest Cathedrals in the region and is over 175 years old.

Excursion

Grand Anaicut

Repeated above in Kallanai

Mukkombu:

It is called the Upper Anaicut or Mukkombu Dam and is 18 kms from the city. This dam was constructed by Sir Arthur Cotton who was inspired by Kallanai.

Vayaloor:

This popular Murugan temple is in a lush green landscape. Just 8 kms from town.

Samayapuram:

The Samayapuram Mariamman Temple, dedicated to Mariamman, is a very famous temple.

Puliancholai:

This is a cool, green and beautiful forest area with waterfalls that makes it a fun one-day excursion.

Tiruvellarai:

A yogi by the name of Pundarikakshan used to offer tulasi every day to the god and goddess. Pleased by his bakthi the lord blessed him. So in this temple, the Lord is called Pundarikakshan. And since the temple stands on a 50-foot-tall hill of white rock, it is called Thiru VellaiParai.

Gunaseelam:

The Lord here is called Prasanna Venkateswarar and people visit by the thousands to find cures for mental illnesses.

Pachamalai:

Pachamalai is a green hill range 80 kms from Trichy. There are lots of tribes out her. There are little streams and falls and trekking is the biggest tourist attraction out here.

Planetarium:

Anna Science Center/Planetarium is located on Pudukkottai Road, near the airport. Programmes in Tamil and English version are shown every day.

Government Museum:

This is located in Rani MangammalMandram, Trichy-2. Bronze and stone sculptures are on display here.

Lourdes Church:

This Church is located near Rock-fort, Teppakulam. Church of our Lady of Lourdes is the replica of World-Famous Basilica of Lourdes in Southern France.

Nadhirsha Dargah:

An important holy destination in town, it just about 4 kms away and is situated near the main guard gate. The big and elegant dome was built in Indo-Saracenic Architecture.

Festivals

December - January: Mohini Alangaram, VaikundaEkadesi, Garuda

March – April: The float festival at Teppakkulam

April: Samayapuram Mariamman Temple Poochorithal festival [flower's offering in large quantity]

WHERE TO STAY

 

1.Hotel Tamil Nadu, McDonalds Road, Tiruchirapalli. Phone: 0431 – 2414346
ONLINE BOOKING

Hotel Tamil Nadu offers wide range of spacious and clean Accommodation and Services.

1. Hotel Sangam 2414700 / 424 4555 / 8940000860
2. Ramyas Hotels 4000400 / 2414646 / 9842422355
3. Hotel Gajapriya 2414411
4. Hotel Aristo 6451125 / 8148420429
5. Ashok Bhavan Lodge 4000783 / 959730514
6. Hotel Raja sugam 2460636 / 2460537
7. Hotel Vignesh 2414991 – 93
8. Hotel Ashby 2460652
9. Jenny's Residency 2414414
10. Hotel Abirami 2415001
11. Hotel Anand 2415545 / 4000545 / 9150368740
12. Hotel Royal Sathyam 4011414 / 9566729999
13. Hotel Mathura 2414737
14. Hotel Mayas 2705712 / 4200073 / 9842422000
15. Hotel Mega 2461072 / 2463092

 

Tourist Information

Tourist Offices : [STD CODE : 0431]

1.Williams Road, Cantonment, Tiruchirappalli - 620 001 2460136
Tourist Information Centre Airport- (5 km)
Tourist Information Centre Railway Junction
Tourist Office Email : tourism@trichy tn.nic.in

Car Operators :

1.South tourism
Tiruchirappalli - 620006
Phone : 2433372 / 2437183 / 2435219
Mobile : 9344488000 / 9443125662 (Mr.Pandian )

 

Other Information

 

Auto Mobile Association of Southern India - 2-C, Promenade Road, Cantonment – Tiruchirapalli - Ph: 2460102.

Money Changers : State Bank of India and other Nationalised Banks transact Foreign Exchange. Approved hotels have Foreign Exchange Counter too.

Airlines Offices

Air India

City Office : No 4 A Amalor Pavi Complex, Dindigul Main Road, Tiruchirappalli HO, Trichy - 620001, Karumandapam Opposite National College 2481200 / 2483800 / 2480288.
Airport  : 2341722 / 2341744 / 2341755
City Office: 109, Williams Road, Tiruchirappalli Cantt, Trichy - 620001, Inside Femina Hotel 2412852 / 2460844 / 2462381 / 2467957
Airport  : Authority Office [ Airport Authority of India ]  2340020

 

APPPROXIMATE DISTANCE BY ROAD FROM TIRUCHIRAPALLI TO

 

PLACE DISTANCE
( IN KMS.)
PLACE DISTANCE
( IN KMS.)
CHENNAI 325 PICHAVARAM 180
BENGALURU 330 POINT CALIMERE 170
CHIDAMBARAM 170 POOMPUHAR 160
COCHIN 387 PONDICHERRY 198
COIMBATORE 220 RAMESWARAM 270
COONOOR 270 SALEM 140
KUTRALLAM 306 SITTANNAVASAL 040
GURUVAYUR 350 THANJAVUR 056
HOGENAKAL 253 THEKKADI 245
HYDERABAD 900 THIRUCHENDUR 320
KANCHEEPURAM 270 TIRUNELVELI 300
KANNIYAKUMARI 384 TIRUPATHY 380
KODAIKANAL 200 TIRUVANNAMALAI 187
MADURAI 142 TRIVANDRUM 440
MAMALLAPURAM 291 TUTICORIN 280
MUDUMALAI 359 VEDANTHANGAL 250
MYSORE 345 VELANKANNI 155
NAGORE 145 VELLORE 270
UDHAGAMANDALAM 280 YERCAUD 172
PALANI 160
Mohini Alangaram, Vaikunta Ekadesi, Garuda Sevai, Flower Festival and Car Festival, Srirangam December - January.
The float festival at Teppakkulam March - April.
Samayapuram Mariamman Temple Poochorithal festival [flower's offering in large quantity] April

Road: State Transport Corporation Operates to all major cities in South India. Private operators also supplement the demand.

Rail: Large network of the Southern Railway connecting to all cities in Tamil Nadu and other states too.

Air: The airport is 15 kms from the city and connects to Indian and International destinations.

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