TOURIST PLACES IN TRICHY
Tiruchirappalli, situated on the banks of the river Cauvery is the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu. It was a citadel of the early Cholas which later fell to the Pallavas. Trichy is a fine blend of tradition and modernity built around the Rock Fort. Apart from the Fort, there are several Churches, Colleges and Missions dating back to the 1760s. The town and its fort, now in Trichy were built by the Nayaks of Madurai. This city has given great Tamil scholars whose contributions to the Tamil literature have been very significant.
The most famous land mark of this bustling town is the Rockfort Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rocky out crop which rises abruptly from the plain to tower over the old city. It was one of the main centers around which the wars of the Carnatic were fought in the 18th century during the British-French struggle for supremacy in India.
The district’s most important pilgrim centre is located in an island just 7 km from Trichy. Srirangam, surrounded by the waters of river Kaveri on one side and its tributary kollidan on the other, is a 600 acre island-town enclosed within the seven walls of the gigantic Sri Ranganathaswami Temple. There are 21 gopurams, among which the Rajagopuram is the largest in South India. The 72m high 13-tiered gopuram was built in 1987 and dominates the landscape for miles around, while the remaining 20 gopurams were built between the 14th and 17th centuries.
In this village are the remains of a 2nd century B.C. Jain cave temple. Fresco paintings reminiscent of Ajanta adorn the walls. Many of them are typical of the 9th century Pandyan period and include exquisitely detailed pictures of animals, fish, ducks, people gathering lotuses from a pond and two dancing figures. There are also inscriptions dating back to the 9th and 10th centuries. Fresco paintings from the 7th century can be seen on the ceiling of Ardhamandapam. There are many pre-historic burial sites around Sittannavasal and among the relics unearthed are burial urns, cists and Kungupatarai.
It is situated 24 kms away from Trichy. The Kallanai, also known as the Grand Anaicut, is an ancient dam in Tamil Nadu. The Grand Anaicut built by Karikalan Chola in the 2nd century A.D. The Kallanai is a massive dam of unhewn stone, 329 meters long and 20 meters wide, across the main stream of the Cauvery. The purpose of the dam was to divert the waters of the Cauvery across the fertile Delta region for irrigation via canals. This is a beautiful picnic spot.
Vayaloor is situated 8 kms away from Tiruchi and it is Famous for its Lord Murugan Temple. Lord Murugan (the son of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati) is known as Lord Kartika in the rest of India. Situated amidst lush green vegetation, the place has a tranquil atmosphere giving you the much needed peace of mind.
Samayapuram is Famous for its temple dedicated to the Goddess Mariamman. Samayapuram Mariamman Temple is situated 20 kms away from north of Tiruchi. Samayapuram was a local capital of the Vijayanagar rulers in the vicinity of Tiruchirappalli, and was known as Vikramapuram. Mariamman is a form of Shakti worshipped in Tamilnadu, and is associated with prosperity and health. Local beliefs associate this deity with cures for diseases such as small pox and chicken pox. Persons affected by Chickenpox and Smallpox come to this place, stay here and pray the Goddess for speedy recovery.
Pudukkottai town is the headquarters of the District of the same name.Once a Princely State, the area , which comprises the district, is of absorbing interest to historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and lovers of art. The numerous dolmens, stone circles and other forms of megalithic burials in the district indicate the antiquity of this region dating back to pre-historical times. This tract is mentioned in the Sangam classics. The rulers of Pudukkottai have built several beautiful palaces and also constructed tanks and canals. The Collectorate of the district is now functioning in one of the palaces.
Elakurichi is 65-km from Trichy; a place is famous for the old church built by the renowned Catholic missionary, Constantine Joseph Beschi, popularly known as “Veeramamunivar”. Moreover, the famous temple of Vishnu located here and known as Prasanna Venkateswarar.