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Tiruchirappalli City Guide

Attractions : Rock Fort Ganapathi Temple, Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple, St. Joseph's Church

About - Tiruchirappalli city is also known as Trichy, Tiruchirapalli and Tiruchy. This city has witnessed many reigns and rulers which include Cholas, Pandyas, Pallavas, Sultanates, Vijayanagar Empire, Nayak Dynasty, Carnatic state and the British. You will find traces of these reigns in the architecture of different monuments of the city. It is believed that the city got its name from the Sanskrit word "Trishirapuram". Trishira means "three heads" and "puram" means "the city". According to the Hindu mythology Lord Shiva killed demon Trishira at this place. There are many ancient monuments and temples situated in this city that have made it a major tourist attraction. Today Tiruchirappalli is a flourishing commercial hub and cigar, handloom clothes, glass bangles and toys industries are fostering here like anything.

How to Reach ? By Air- Tiruchirappalli has its own domestic airport that is about 4 km far from the city center and at a distance of 130 Km is another domestic airport which is Madurai Airport. The nearest international airport is Bengaluru International Airport which is at a distance of 350 Km.

By Train: Tiruchirappalli has Trichy Junction railway station which is well connected to Trivandrum and Chennai.

By Road : The cheapest way to reach Tiruchirappalli is to travel by Tamil Nadu Road Transport Service buses. These public buses are easily available for Tiruchirappalli or you can choose AC private buses as well.

Best time to visit Summers are always hot and humid here and winters are always pleasant. October to March is the ideal time to visit this city and if you want to witness the beautiful festival Pongal as well, visit Tiruchirappalli in January.

Tourist Attractions

Rock Fort Ganapathi Temple - It is also known as Ucchi Pillayar Koil. This ancient temple was built around 7th century and is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is built on a 3.8 million years old rock and is 83 m in height. This place is also mentioned in many mythological legends and has got a huge religious importance.

Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple - It is the most important temples in eight Swayam Vyakta Kshetras of Lord Vishnu. It is also one of the most important temples of Lord Vishnu's 108 Divyadeshams. The temple was built in the 14th century with the contribution of many rulers. Spread over an area of 156 acres, this magnificent temple is one of the centers of attractions of this place not only because of its religious importance but also because of its marvelous exterior and architectural style.

St. Joseph's Church - This church is one of the oldest churches in India and has witnessed many historical events. It was built in 1792 by Schwartz and was used to spread Christianity in India. Till now it has not lost its importance and is considered one of the most important religious places for Christians in Tiruchirapalli.

Kallanani Dam - Kallanani Dam is also a very attractive tourist destination and this is because it is one of the oldest dams in the world. This Dam was built around 2000 years ago. It is built on river Cauvery and famous Chola King Karikal Valavan gets all the credit for it. It is still in excellent condition and is a model for many modern day dam constructions.

Puliyancholai Falls - Amid the serenity of nature and about 72 km from Tiruchiraplli are located the mesmerizing Puliyancholai Falls. Cascading water, cool climate and verdant greenery make this place a perfect picnic spot. People also come to Akaya Gangai Falls to offer their prayers to Water God whose temple is located near the falls.