Trichy, called Tiruchirappalli, is an industrial and educational centre in Tamil Nadu. The city is settled on the banks of the Kaveri River and is the cleanest city in Tamil Nadu. Trichy is home to various ancient temples dating back to 1760. The city was once the capital of Cholas. It was also under the rule of the Nayak Dynasty, Pallavas, Pandyas & Vijayanagar Empire. There are numerous temples and monuments to visit. Some to name like, Sri Ranganathswamy Temple, Erumbeeswarar Temple, Jambukeshwara Temple, and Rock Fort Temple etc. Trichy Rockfort is a famous tourist attraction in the city. It is a temple complex built on 83 metres high rock & the rock is said to be over a billion years old. The Ucchi Pillayar Temple & the Thayumanaswami Temple are the two temples located inside it. The place is 11km from the city centre. The heritage site is 3.8 billion years old, even older than the Himalayan Mountains. It is said that the complex was built by the Pallavas & later many renovations were done by the Nayaks. November to February is considered the best time to visit this place. The Railway Museum is the best place for children located near Tiruchirappalli Junction Railway Station. Tourists can see the steam engine, Ooty train dated 1965, railway tracks, wagons, Beach-Tambaram electric train & other items about Indian Railway dating back to the 18th century. There’s also a toy train for children. Ranganathswamy Temple, located in Srirangam, is said to be the biggest temple in India. Along with heritage sites and temples, other places like Anna Science Planetarium, Kallani Dam, and Our Lady of Lourdes Church are other popular tourist places in Trichy. The city has a range of vegetarian & non-vegetarian multi-cuisine restaurants.
Sri Ranganathswamy Temple
Sri Rnganathswamy temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Ranganatha & was built in 894 A.D. Later on, many structural changes were done by different rulers of that time. The temple covers an area of 155 acres & has 81 shrines, 21 towers, 39 pavilions which makes it the largest religious complex in the world. The temple structure is built in Dravidian architecture style & other shrines inside the temple complex are of Rama, Narasimha, Srinivasa, Ranganayaki, Sudarshana, Panchamukha Anjaneya and Gopalkrishna. Devotees can visit the temple from 7:30 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm.
Vekkali Amman Temple
Vekkali Amman Temple is another famous temple in Trichy. It is dedicated to Goddess Vekkali, considered the form of Goddess Durga. From Tiruchappali Railway Junction, people can reach the temple within 25 minutes via local public transport. You won’t need to wait in long queues as devotees are sent in batches to take darshan. The main feature of Vekkali Amman Temple is that there is no roof above the sanctum. Here devotees write their problem in a paper & then it is hung in the Trishul in front of the Goddess. Devotees can take the darshan from 6 am to 11 am & 4 pm to 8 pm. People visit the temple to seek blessings and offer prayer to Goddess Vekkali.
Rockfort Temple, also called ‘Trichy Malailkottai’ is a well-known temple complex built on ancient rock. The structure is built on a 273 feet high rock. There are two temples inside the complex, The Uchchi Pillaiyar Koli & the Shiva Temple. The oldest structure here is the cave temple built by the Pallavas. The Rockfort Complex has also been declared a monument of national importance by the Archeological Survey of India.
Kallanai dam built on the Kaveri River is located at a distance of 15 km from Trichy. It is 66 feet wide and 1079 feet long. This ancient dam was constructed by Karikala Cholan 2000 years back. The dam is also regarded as the oldest man-made structure to channelize the river for irrigation. The place has become an ideal picnic spot for tourists having a scenic environment. The dam offers a panoramic view of the place and also has a park adjacent to it which is perfect for a picnic.
Krishnagiri Fort is the first major attraction to visit on your road trip towards Trichy. Located in the Krishnagiri district this fort was built by Krishnadevarayar of the Vijayanagar Empire. As the name suggests the fort’s name was derived from the King’s name and “Giri” means Hill. Built in the 16th century, later it was under the control of Tipu Sultan and then under the dominance of Britishers. The view from the top is amazing. To reach the top tourists need to trek the fort which takes an hour or two.
The Butterfly Park located in Srirangam is a butterfly conservatory spread across 35 acres near river Kaveri. The park features gardens, a glass butterfly house, and fountains. It is a must-visit place while travelling in Trichy. There is also a small train and boating activity for kids. It also has the largest butterfly glasshouse. The park also has ‘Nakshatra Vanam’ which corresponds to zodiac signs and stars in Indian astrology. Visitors can also plant a tree according to its sign. It is located at a distance of 400 meters from Melur and is 17 km from Srirangam Railway station.