Tiruchirapalli Travel Information

Attractions in Tiruchirappalli

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple - Located 7-km from Trichy is Srirangam, the abode of the Supreme Lord, Sri Ranganatha, the reclining form of Lord Vishnu. The temple of Ranganatha, the largest in India, is of particular reverence to all Hindus. Srirangam is also considered one of the Nava Graha Sthalas, or temples representing the planets.

Rock Fort - The Rock Fort temple complex in Tiruchirappalli is a collection of three temples - the  Manikka Vinayakar temple at the foot

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Tiruchirappalli

of the hill, the Uchhi Pillayar Koyil at the top of the hill and the Taayumaanavar Koyil (Shivastalam) on the hill. This Shivastalam is a rock cut temple on a hill and is the most prominent landmark in Tiruchirappalli that can be reached by a flight of steps on the way to the famous Ucchi Pillayar temple.

Tiruvanaikkaval or Jambukeswara Temple - Situated 2-km east of Srirangam, this beautiful Shiva temple steals the show from the larger Ranganathaswami temple due to its excellent architectural design. The temple is named after the elephant, which is believed to have worshipped Lord Shiva here. Installed under an ancient Jambu tree, the lingam is partially submerged by water and meant to represent God incarnate as Water.

St. John's Church - Built in 1812, St. John's Church has louver doors which open to convert it into an airy pavilion. This church has a memorial plaque in honor of Bishop Heber, one of India’s best known missionary bishops, who died in Trichy in 1826.

Viralimalai Sanctuary - Viralimalai is a small town situated at a distance of 30-km from Tiruchirappalli and 40-km from Pudukkottai. It is well-known for its Murugan temple and the Peacock sanctuary. The town is bestowed with a large number of wild peacocks, which roam around the Murugan temple.

Sittanavasal - Located at a distance of 58-km from Trichy is Sittanavasal, the site of an ancient Jain monastery with fine fresco paintings in a rock cave. Many of them are characteristic 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 the Ardhamandapam.

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Tiruvanaikkaval - The Jambukeshwara temple, here, is dedicated to Shiva, and it houses five concentric walls, and seven gopurams. Legend has it, that an elephant once worshipped the Lord, under the holy Jambu tree, hence the name Jambukeshwara. The principal deity is the Shiva lingam, almost submerged in water, which flows from the subterranean spring, in the chamber.

Quick Getaways near Tiruchirappalli

Viralimalai - 30 km away lies a temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya perched atop a hill. It is also the site of a peacock sanctuary.

Sittanavasal - The site of an ancient Jain monastery with exquisite fresco paintings in a cave. Situated 58 kms away, it is also noted for its pre-historic burial grounds.

Narthamalai - An exceptional temple, circular in shape, Narthamalai,

37 kms away is probably one of the first structural stone temples.

Events in Tiruchirappalli

The Float Festival celebrated during the months of March-April at the Rock Fort Temple draws crowds in huge numbers. Mohini Alangaram, Vaikunta Ekadasi, Garuda Seva, Flower Festival and the Car Festival (December-January) are the other main festivals celebrated at Srirangam.

Trichy also has quite a few places offering opportunities for shopping. It is especially famous for its cigars and cheroots. Amongst handicrafts are brassware, handloom textiles, pith models of temples and Rock Fort, wood and clay toys, jewellery, ornamental carved brass and copper plates inlaid with silver (Tanjore plates), brassware, silks, carpets and musical instruments.

Getting There Away to Tiruchirappalli

Flights to Tiruchirappalli
Tiruchirapalli has an airport (5-km) from the city. Various airlines connect Tiruchi with Chennai, Sharjah, Kuwait and Colombo.
Trains to Tiruchirappalli
Tiruchi is an important junction on the Southern Railway. It connects Chennai, Thanjavur, Madurai, Tirupati, Tuticorin and Rameshwaram on the metre gauge, and Bangalore, Coimbatore, Mysore, Kochi, Kannyakumarai and Mangalore on the broad gauge.
Car and Bus Service to Tiruchirappalli Tiruchi is well connected by road with important places of South India.

Getting Around in Tiruchirappalli

City Bus service to all places of tourist interest from Central Bus Station and from Chinthamani Main Guard Gate Bus Station. Tourist Taxis, Auto Rickshaws and Cycle Rickshaws are also available.
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