A Tourist's Guide to Tiruchirappalli
Tiruchirappalli, commonly known as Tiruchi or Trichy, is one of the major metropolitan cities of Tamilnadu. It is situated in the centre of the state, on the banks of the Cauvery River. Trichy is famous for its temples with some of the major temples of Hindu religion situated here. The most famous landmark of Trichy is the Rock fort temple which is perched on a huge rocky out crop. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha. Trichy city encompasses Srirangam, a Vaishnavite temple and the biggest functioning Hindu temple in the world. Trichy also contains "ThiruAnaikka" (ThiruvAnaikkaval), House of Water, one of the five main abodes ("Panchaboodha Sthalam") of Lord Shiva. (Under wikipedia GNU)
Tiruchirappalli Food and Cuisine:
Tiruchirappalli cuisine is predominantly south Indian with rice. Lunch is usually served in many restaurants over a banana leaf. Jelebi, Mysorepa (a sweet made from lentil flour and ghee), idly, dosa, halwa (a sweet made of milk, wheat, and rice) and biryani are popular among the locals.
Places often frequented by Tourists in Tiruchirappalli:
* Planetarium/Science centre: Anna Science Centre-Planetarium is located 5 km from Trichy-Central bus terminus, close to Tiruchirappalli Airport.
* Zoo: A Zoological Park has been proposed to be set-up in Trichy along the Cauvery river.
* Picnic spots:
Grand Anicut at Kallanai (24 km) is an ancient dam across the river Cauvery. It still is in use as part of the district's irrigation system.
Mukkombu or Upper Anicut (18 km) is a wonderful picnic spot where the river Kollidam or Coleroon branches off from the Cauvery.
Viralimalai (30 km) a hillock has a peacock sanctuary at the foothills.
Sittanavasal (58 km) is the site of an ancient Jain monastery with exquisite fresco paintings in a cave. It is also noted for its prehistoric burial grounds.
Puliancholai (72 km) is a waterfall in the foothills of the Kolli hills. It is a nice picnic spot.
Kolli Hills: on the Pachamalai (Green hills) range, it is cut across by the river Cauvery at numerous places, forming small valleys. Kolli hills is a low lying hill station with gentle plateau falls inside Trichy district.
Major Temples & Churches in Trichy:
The spectacular Rock Fort Temple: one of the major the landmark of the city, it is situated on the shores of the Kaveri. It is perched on a massive rocky outcrop at an altitude of 83 m above sea level. The Thayumanaswamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is situated halfway to the top. It has a 100-pillar hall and a vimana covered with gold.
The Architecture of the St. Joseph's College Church situated within the St. Joseph College Campus on College road is awe inspiring and the height of the church(cross-included) is said to be just 7 feet shorter than the highest point in rock fort.
The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam, situated 6 km north of the city, is among the most revered shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu in South India, and is the largest temple complex in the world. The temple is complete with excellent carvings and numerous shrines dedicated to various gods.
The Jambukeshwara Temple (Thiruvanaikaval), dedicated to lord Shiva, is situated just 2 km east of Srirangam and houses five concentric walls and seven gopurams.
The Samayapuram Mariamman Temple is located 12 km north of the Trichy central bus terminus on Trichy-Chennai NH 45.The Maariamman Temple is one of the most visited shrines in Tamilnadu, dedicated to maariamman, a manifestation of the primeval energy shakti as the mother goddess. The offerings are in various forms. The most common offering is the mavilakku mavu made of jagery, rice-flour, dhal and ghee.
Trichy is well connected to various parts of Tamil Nadu, by private and public bus services. The Theppakulam - Chathram bus station, near Rock Fort temple, runs local and city-to-city bus services. The central bus station runs long distance services to major cities of the state and South India. Tiruchirappalli is the hub of Southern Railway's operation to connect this central part of Tamil Nadu to various parts of India. Trichy has an international airport about five kilometres from the city, which operates flights to Indian cities, territories, and neighbouring countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the Gulf.
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