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Introduction

Tiruchi Fort
Tiruchirapalli is 325 kms from the State Capital, Chennai. This was called as Trichnopoly during the British Rule. Locals call it as Tiruchi. This city on the banks of River Cauvery, is the Head Quarters of Tiruchi District and fourth largest city of the State. The District population reads 27,22,290 [2011 census] and the City’s population is 8,46,915 [2011 census].

Tiruchi Fort

This was the Citadel of the early Chola Rulers, then the Pallavasconquered and ruled it. The struggle of power between Pallava and Pandiya continued and pallavas lost the struggle many times. Finally the Cholas retained the control and ruled it for a long time. When the empire collapsed around 1565, it was the turn of Nayaks , Marathas ,Carnatic Nawabs , French and finally the British. The city, around rock fort, is a fine blend of Tradition, Heritgage and modern environment. Several Churches, Colleges and missions of the 17th Century made people to call it as the Rome of the East.
Modern City has a big Rail network, busy Airport, Big Industries like BHEL, Golden Rock Railway unit, Ordinance Factory belonging to the Naaratna classified PSUs/Govt. establishments; Multi Speciality Hosptals ,both Government and private; Educational Institutions matching the International Standard. Plenty of tourist destinations always keeps this city and the district busy throughout the year.


ROCKFORT : It is also called as Ucchi Pillaiyar Kovil. It is in the heart of the city. This is a 275 ft tall Rock Structure. It is amazing to hear, this structure is one of the oldest and calculated close to million years old. There is a Cave temple cut out at the pinnacle is believed to have been built in 580 AD. The Temples of Lord Siva called Thayumanavasa Swami temple, Where the lingam is said to be projection of the rock itself and Lord Vinayagr[uchhi pillaiyar] is the attraction of this 350 steps rockfort. There are inscriptions in these temple that dates back to 3rd century B.C. At the foothills of the rock fort, a big & beautiful tank and a pavilion where the annual Float festival enthralls thousands of people. The Home of Robert Clive when he was in Tiruchi and the 18th Century Church, now housing the popular St.Josephs’s College are the two important landmarks near this Tank. 

General Information

Area23.26 sq. kms.
Population District : 27,22,290 (2011 Census)
     City : 8,46,915 (2011 census)
Altitude78 meters
Climate
Max.Min.
Summer :37.1ºC26.4ºC
Winter :31.3ºC20.6ºC
Rainfall83.5 cms average
SeasonThroughout the year
ClothingTropical
Languages spokenTamil and English. 
STD Code0431

Places of Interest

Srirangam Cauvery
Srirangam
 and Cauvery cannot be separated from each other. Earlier, this was called as Vellithirumutha gramam. It is 7 kms from the Town. This is a 600 acre River Island Town. The Identity of this town is the Gigantic Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple, established in a 156 acre land, is a great vaishnavite Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This is one of the 108 Divya Desams. The enclosures are guarded by thick and huge rampart walls. There are 21 magnificent and huge towers. Apart from 13 tired Rajagopuram [ completed in 1987] all the Gopurams are said to have been built between 14th and 17th centuries. This temple underwent many changes during the rule of Cholas, Chera, Pandiyas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagar kings and Nayaks of Madurai.Tiruchi Fort
Thiruvanaikkaval [Thiru+Anai+Kaval] : It is 7 kms from the town and popularly called as Tiruvanaikoil too. This Jambukeswarar-Akilandeswari temple is dedicated to Lord Siva. This temple is one of the Pancha Bhootha Sthalam [five elements of nature]representing water. The Siva Lingam in the Sanctum Sanctorum is reported to be submerged in the water that flows from a subterranean spring into the Sanctum Sanctorum. Because an Elephant once worshiped Lord Siva under the holy Jambu Tree, the God gets the name Jambukeswarar.

tidleKallanai is an ancient dam built across the river Kaveri in South India. Kallanai is situated in Tamil Nadu in the district of Trichy. This dam was constructed in AD 2nd century by the Chola king Karikalan which is located 15 km away from Tiruchirapalli. Kallanai Dam is the fourth older water rerouting system in the world which is still in existence.

tidleIt was an insightful construction to divert the river Kaveri to the delta districts to uplift irrigation thereby avoiding disaster of corps due to floods. The dam has a strong foundation as well as a solid design. Due to its stunning engineering, the dam is still an inspiration to most of the modern dams and Kallanai dam is still used for various irrigation needs in Tamil Nadu. Because of its spectacular architecture, it’s one of the prime tourist spots in Tamil Nadu.

tidleThe nearest airport is the Tiruchirapalli airport which is 15 kms away from the dam site and the nearest railway station to Kallanai dam is Lalgudi railway station which is 4 kms long. The city also offers accommodation ranging from budget to star hotels to suit all pockets. The famous Tamil Nadu Hotels Trichy is one among such which will make your visit even more memorable!
tidleThe butterfly park at Trichy which is considered as one of the biggest butterfly parks in Asia, is being constructed over 35 acres at the cost of approximately 8 Crores. .

It is exactly situated near river bank of Cauvery near Melur, Srirangam.This park has beautiful garden, fountain, largest butterfly glass house, fountain and hut to take rest and have food. The Park also had a 1.2 KM walkway for the visitors. The garden is full of nectar flowers and host plants to attract butterflies. A big blue tiger butterfly sculpture can be seen at entrance in the lawn. The garden has fountains, artificial pounds, suspended bridges, butterfly houses, sculptures of caterpillars, butterflies to attract many visitors..

The park also includes a 'Nakshatra Vanam', or a collection of trees that corresponds to the Zodiac signs and stars in Indian astrology. This park features 27 tree or plant species corresponding to 27 stars of the Hindu almanac and 12 tree or plant species corresponding to the Zodiac signs. Visitor can plant a tree at free of cost according to their sign.

EXCURSION
Grand Anaicut :
Grand Anaicut Called as Kallanai is 19 kms from the city. This 330m long and 30m wide Dam, is a great engineering marvel of the yester years, for its strength and excellence. This was built by the great Chola king Karikala Cholan in the 2nd century. In 1804 Captain Caldwell conducted a study on the Anaicut and made suggestions to increase the water usage for irrigation. The Lower Anaicut built by Sir Arthur Cotton in 19th century AD across Coleroon, a major tributary of River Kaveri, is said to be a replicated structure of Kallanai.
Mukkombu :
It is 18 kms from the city and is called as the Upper Anaicut or Mukkombu Dam. This 685 m long dam, in three sections, was constructed in the 19th century by Sir Arthur Cotton inspired by Kallanai. River kollidam branches off from Kaveri at Mukkombu. This is visited by thousands of people for its lush greenery and scenic beauty.
Vayaloor :
It is 8 kms from the town , also called as Kumara Vayalur . Popular Murugan Temple is set amidst green landscape. Skanda Sashti, Thai Poosam, Panguni Utthiram are important festivals of this temple. .
Samayapuram :
This is 20 kms from the town and an important pilgrim centre famous for the Samayapuram Mariamman Temple dedicated to Goddessess Mariamman. There is a legend that King Vijayaraya Chakkaravarthi built the present day form of the temple. Chithirai Car Festival [Apr-May] is the famous festival of this temple.
Puliancholai 
This is a forest area around 72 kms from Tiruchirapalli at the foothill of the Kollimalai. This is a cool, green and beautiful forest area with waterfalls that makes Puliancholai suitable for a one day excursion.
Tiruvellarai :
It is 25 kms from the town. The temple is on 50 ft tall hill of white rock, hence this was called as Thiru Vellai Parai [white rock]. Yogi named Pundarikakshan used to offer Tulasi every day from his nandavanam to God and Goddess in the temple Pleased by Yogi’s bakthi, Perumal blessed him. Perumal is also called as Pundarikakshan. Tirumangai Azhwar sang hymns on Pundarikakshan here.
Gunaseelam: 
Another abode of Lord Vishnu, on the northern bank of Cauvery River, just 24 kms from the town. The Lord here is called Prasanna Venkateshwarar. People visit this temple in thousands and offer prayers to Perumal, as they believe that he cures mental illness.
Pachamalai :
Pachamalai is a green hill range 80 kms from Tiruchirapalli. It is at an altitude between 500 to 1000 m. It is a haven for the tribal population of this region with unique culture and lifestyle. Thenpara nadu, Kombainadu ,Aathi Nadu and Vannadu are some villages here. Small Streams and falls, trekking are tourist attractions at Pachamalai.
Planetorium :
Anna Science Centre/Planetorium is located on Pudukottai Road, Near Airport. Programmes in Tamil and English version are shown daily Ph.0431-2422190
Timings:TAMIL: 10.30 a.m.,1.00 p.m.,3.30 p.m.
ENGLISH: 11.45.a.m.,2.15 p.m.,4.45 p.m.
Government Museum :This is located in Rani Mangammal Mandram, Trichy-2. Bronze and stone sculptures are on display here.
Admission is free; the museum is open on all days except Fridays.
Time 10.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m.
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. It is a remarkable feat of Indian Craftsmanship and Glass Paintings.
Nadhirsha Dargha : 
This is 4 kms from the town, near the Main Guard Gate. This is one more important Islamic holy destination of the town. The big and elegant Dome was built in Indo-Saracenic Architecture. Urs is the famous festival of this Dargah.

WHERE TO STAY

 McDonalds Road, Tiruchirapalli. Phone: 0431 – 2414346

Hotel Tamil Nadu offers wide range of spacious and clean Accommodation and Services. 
1. Hotel Sangam2414700 / 424 4555 / 8940000860
2. Ramyas Hotels4000400 / 2414646 / 9842422355
3. Hotel Gajapriya2414411
4. Hotel Aristo6451125 / 8148420429
5. Ashok Bhavan Lodge4000783 / 959730514
6. Hotel Raja sugam2460636 / 2460537
7. Hotel Vignesh2414991 – 93
8. Hotel Ashby2460652
9. Jenny's Residency2414414
10. Hotel Abirami2415001
11. Hotel Anand2415545 / 4000545 / 9150368740
12. Hotel Royal Sathyam4011414 / 9566729999
13. Hotel Mathura2414737
14. Hotel Mayas2705712 / 4200073 / 9842422000
15. Hotel Mega2461072 / 2463092

Tourist Information
Tourist Offices : [STD CODE : 0431]
1.Williams Road, Cantonment, Tiruchirappalli - 620 0012460136
Tourist Information CentreAirport- (5 km)
Tourist Information CentreRailway Junction
Tourist OfficeEmail : 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 College2481200 / 2483800 / 2480288.
Airport  :2341722 / 2341744 / 2341755
City Office: 109, Williams Road, Tiruchirappalli Cantt, Trichy - 620001, Inside Femina Hotel2412852 / 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


How to get there


AirAirport 15 kms from the city. Connects to the cities in India and International destinations too.
RailLarge net work of Southern Railway Connecting to all cities in Tamil Nadu and other States too.
RoadState Transport Corporation Operates to all major cities in South India. Private operators also supplement the demand.
Local TransportOne of the Best and frequent local transport system is available to connect various parts of the city and surrounding areas.

Festivals


Mohini Alangaram, Vaikunta Ekadesi, Garuda Sevai, Flower Festival and Car Festival, SrirangamDecember - January.
The float festival at TeppakkulamMarch - April.
Samayapuram Mariamman Temple Poochorithal festival [flower's offering in large quantity]April

1 comment

shreyank said...

It would be nice to add statistics of number of toursists visiting the city every year.

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