Rock Fort
The Rock Fort Ganapathi Temple also known as the Uchipillaiyar Koil is situated at an 83 m tall rock. This rock is said to be the oldest rock in the world dating back to 3800 million years. This temple is a combination of the two famous Hindu Temples of the 7th century that were devoted to Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha. The temple has to be reached by climbing about 344 steps.

There is also a tank placed at the rock fort foot of this temple. This tank is flocked by people during the float festivals held in the place. Robert Clive used to live adjacent to this tank. The rock fort of this temple is considered to be 2 billion years old and to have made a large contribution in the laying down of British Empire in India. The fort is built by materials like quartz and feldspar.

Apart from this rock fort, the main complex of the temple consists of two parts; the Thayumanaswamy, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Pillayar, which is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The Shiva temple is the larger one and comprises of a large stone statue of Shiva in the form of Lingam. The rock architecture of the temple is also quite an attraction.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is situated in Srirangam Town of Trichy, Tamil Nadu. This is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, a reclining form of Lord Vishnu and covers a total area of 156 acres. This temple is also amongst the first ones of 108 ‘divya desams’ of the abode of Lord Vishnu. It has been constructed in Dravidian style of architecture and has been glorified by the literature of early Tamil literature canon. This temple also has the honour of being the largest functioning temple in the world.

Some noticeable features in its architecture include 21 surrounding ‘gopurams’ along with an ornate gateway, which is also the tallest ‘gopuram’ of India. There is also a royal temple tower in the place, which covers a base area of 32500 sq. ft and has a height of 196 ft. It also comprises a hall containing 1000 pillars. This temple also holds the annual chariot festival of Tamil Nadu that lasts for 21 days.

Tiruvanaikkaval Temple
The Tiruvanaikkaval Temple is a popular temple of Trichy dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple was built by Kocengannan, also known as Kochenga Chola who was one of the earliest Cholas, which existed about 1800 years ago. It is also one of the five major Shiva Temples of Tamil Nadu and represents the five elements. The location of this temple is adjacent to the Ranganathaswamy Temple of Srirangam.

The main deity of this temple is Lord Jambukeswara that represents the water element. Inside the temple, there is an idol of Jambukeswara sitting under a jambu tree. The temple is also considered as the house of goddess Akilandeswari. Tiruvanaikkaval Temple infrastructure includes a massive outer wall known as the Vibudi Prakara, which is 2 ft thick and 25 ft in height. The popular annual festival of Natyanjali, which displays Indian classical Dance, is also held at this temple.

Ayyappan Temple
This temple is a peaceful place for worship. There is no caste creed or race bars in this Temple. The high degree of discipline is propagated here. Infact the temple is famous for its neat maintenance and planned activities. A large meditation Hall is seen here. Also, many boards and Hoardings with excellent messages to life are seen here. Being located nearer to district Court the Temple is really a place to find the way towards loyal life .special prayers are conducted for people who are unmarried and also for the childless people.

It is located just 2 Kms from the Central Bus Stand, near the District Court. There is a strict dress code being followed here (Dhoti, trousers in full, shirt, Saree, Chudidhar are only allowed)

St John's Church
Built in 1812, this Church has louvered doors, which when opened, turns the church into an airy pavilion. It has the usual array of plaques to the departed, most of who seem to have fallen victim to cholera, malaria or enemy bullets. Its excellent setting and marvellous architecture, make it a site worth visiting. The brilliant architecture is a treat to the eyes. The surrounding cemetery is also interesting. It is situated near Theppakulam.

Government Museum
The Government Museum of Trichy is located near the Rani Mangammal Mahal. It lies in the heart of Bharathidasansan town near the super bazaar of Trichy. The major attraction of this museum are the sculptures of Mahavira, Gautam Buddha, Lord Vishnu and many more. Other significant items at the museum include ancient fossils, prehistoric Megalithic tools, Palaeolithic and Neolithic Tools. It also houses certain earthen and metal moulds with inscriptions on them along with a few palm leaf manuscripts.

The museum also displays a collection of rare insects, birds and mammals. Another attraction at this museum includes an artistic and rare collection of sculptures displaying Lord Thirumal as crawling Krishna, Goddess Durga, Saint Manickavasagar, Chandra Sekhare and Lord Nataraj. Some rare Tamil arts along with Bronze and stone statues are also on display at this Government Museum of Trichy. It also consists of a separate section of tribal materials along with a model of Pachamalai hills. An excellent collection of the rare and ancient coins of India are also displayed here.

The Maariamman Temple
The Maariamman Temple also known as the Samayapuram Maariamman Temple is a popular Hindu temple situated in Trichy, Tamil Nadu. This temple is devoted to Samayapurathal also known as Maariamman. The idol of its main deity is also made of sand and clay like the idols of other traditional Maariamman deities are made.

The deities of this temple are said to contain powers to bless people tocure of deadly diseases and illness. The main rituals at this temple include buying of small metal replicas of the body parts that one wishes to cure and then these replicas are to be deposited at the donation box of this temple. A sweet dish made of rice flours, ghee and jaggery is also offered to the main deity and then served to poor devotees. The main days to visit this temple are Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The prominent festivals celebrated at this temple include Thai Poosam and Temple Chariot.

Viralimalai Murugan Temple
Viralimalai Murugan Temple is located in the centre of the Viralimalai town of Trichy, Tamil Nadu. The temple lies on the Viralimalai hill from where it also takes its name. This hill is small and rocky and the way to reach the temple is present in the form of 207 stairs. On the way, there are also certain mandapams providing rest rooms for the devotees. Amongst the rituals performed at this temple, the main one includes the offering of cigar made of sandal paste to Lord Dandayudhapani.

The surroundings of this temple include woody orchards and kura trees that are said to be used by great saints and yogis for worshipping the main deity of this temple. The temple is also known for the presence of numerous peacocks around it. Within the premises of the temple, there is a statue of Kashyapa and Narad Muni along with several sculptures of Arumugan and Arunagirinathar, on its pillars.

Vayalur Murugan Temple
The Vayalur Murugan Temple is situated at 9 km west of Trichy in Tamil Nadu. The temple is also called by names like Adi vayalur, Kumara vayalur, Vanni vayalur and Agnishwaram. It was built around 1200 years back in the Chola period. The main deity of this temple is Lord Muruga, while the temple is also famous amongst the devotees of lord Shiva.

There are many shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva present within the premises of this temple. These shrines include Nataraja and Sri Poiya Ganapati as well as consorts of Valli and Deivanai, depicting in a position of being seated in a peacock. The speciality of its Natarajar idol is that it has both its leg on the ground. To honour these idols, a festival is also held at this temple.

The location of this temple is also said to be the place where Lord Muruga blessed saint poet, Arunagiri Nathar and initiated him to compose the famous work of Thirupugazh. The surroundings of this temple include green fields and Sakhti Theertaham on its opposite side.

Gunaseelam Vishnu Temple
The Gunaseelam Vishnu Temple is a well known temple of Trichy dedicated to Lord Vishnu, situated on the banks of River Cauvery. The main feature of this temple is that mentally challenged children are taken to this temple and left here for 48 days to get them cured. The main deity of this temple is Lord Prasanna Venkatachalapathi. The premises of this temple include a sannidhi for Viganasar, which is based on the legend where Viganasar was blessed with Brahminhood by Lord Venkateshwara.

Vekkaliamman Temple
The Vekkaliamman Temple is situated 7 km from Trichy in the town of Woraiyur, Tamil Nadu. The temple is one of the important pilgrimage centres as well as a seat of Cholas. The specialty of this temple is that its main residing deity does not have a roof over his head. This feature is based on the legend where Goddess Vekkaliamman instructed her devotees for not building a roof over her head until every person in the world has a shelter. The north facing of the idols present in this temple is also one noticeable feature. Special days of this temple are Tuesdays and Fridays.

Mukkombu is a popular picnic spot of Trichy, situated in its outskirts at a distance of 18 km from the city. Mukkombu offers many tourist attractions at one place, which include an amusement park, children’s park, fishing, sports, etc. All these features make it a popular weekend gateway for tourists. Its one of the main attraction is its upper dam constructed across the Rivers of Cauvery and Kolladam.

Kallanai Dam
The Kallanai Dam is built over the River Cauvery in Trichy, Tamil Nadu. This dam covers a total area of 146.70 sq. km. It is also known as Grand Anicut and was built by the Chola King Karikalan in the 1st century AD. This dam is considered to be the oldest water regulator structure of world which is still in use. The origination of this dam was done with the purpose of string water that can be used for fertilising the delta region during irrigation.

The name of this dam means stone dam, which is significant with its structure. It is 329 m in length and 20 m in width and further from River Cauvery breaks into two channels after reaching Sri Rangam Island. Its northern channel is called Kollidam and it ends at Poompuhar, into the Bay of Bengal.


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