Things to Explore in Tiruchirappalli

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This destination is situated in central Tamil Nadu this district has its headquarters in Tiruchirappalli city.

Tiruchi, as the city is popularly known is situated on the banks of the Kaveri River and was Chola citadel during the Sangam age. It was also briefly ruled by the Pallavas as well as Pandyas. But the most monumental chapters of Tiruchi as its exists today were written by the nayakas of Madurai, who constructed the town around the rock fort, which is Tiruchi’s most famed landmark. The fort played an important role in the 18th century Carnatic wars. Modern Tiruchi is a commercial city as well as a Pilgrim Centre.

Grand Anaicut (19 km)

Yet another picnic spot, the Grand Anaicut dam is a barrage across the River Kaveri. The dam was built in 2nd century A.D. by the Chola king Karikalan and is an enduring engineering marvel.

Kumaravayalur (13 km)

A famous Murugan temple is situated here. The temple was consecrated by Thiru Murga kirubananda variar, a great exponent of Harikatha and an ardent Saivite devotee.

Manapparai (37 km)

This place is famous for Murukku which is a crisp savoury prepared from rice and black gram dal. One can see a large number of people selling these and sugar candy near the railway crossing.

Samayapuram (11 km)

This place is also situated near Tiruchi, Samayapuram Mariamman temple is very famous in South India. Devotees throng the temple daily for the blessings of the deity. All the time the temple is packed with thousands of devotees.

Srirangam (10 km)

On the picturesque island of Srirangam is a famous Vaishnava’s temple dedicated to Sri Ranganathaswamy. The town itself is enclosed within the seven walls of the temple. The island is 5 km wide, 40 km long and covers an area of 600 acres. It is a probability the temple with the largest area in India. The tallest Gopuram (tower) in Asia graces this temple. It is built in 1987, the 13-tiered Gopuram is 72 m high and 59 m wide. The 21 other Gopurams were built between 14th and 17th centuries but the temple itself is said to have existed even before the Christian era. Several additions were made to it by the Cheras, Cholas, Pandyas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagara kings in addition to the Nayaks of Madurai. The annual festival of the temple takes place during Vaikunta Ekadasi between the last week of December and the second week of January and attracts pilgrims from all parts of the country.

Upper Anaicut (Mukkombu) (18 km)

Situated on the Tiruchi-Karur road, this is the head of Srirangam Island. It is a beautiful picnic spot and also the point where the River Kollidam branches off from River Kaveri.

Tiruvanaikkaval (9 km)

The Tiruvanaikkaval or Jambukeswarar temple is dedicated to Lord Siva. Jambu is the name of the holy tree under which there is a lingam of Siva submerged in water. The temple gets the name ‘Tiruvanaikkaval’ from the legendary elephant that once worshipped this lingam.

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