18 Nov 2012

The Road to Tiruchirapalli

Tiruchirapalli, also known as Trichy, lies in the state of Tamil Nadu. Historically a very important place, Tiruchirapalli is where the Carnatic wars between the French and the British took place. Undoubtedly, this is one of the places to take a lot of great pictures, considering how picturesque this city is. Some of the historical monuments in this place include:
Kolli hills, Trichy (Photo Courtesy: bestpicturesof)
Kolli hills, Trichy (Photo Courtesy: bestpicturesof)
Puliyancholai: Situated on the foothills of Kolli hills, this is a lovely location right by waterfalls, and almost always of lush greenery.

Kallanai Dam: This dam was built approximately 2,000 years ago over the Kallanai river. This river is an offshoot of the Cauvery river, and the dam was built by Karikala Cholan.

Rockfort: The temple complex has many temples, of which Thayumanavar, Uchchi Pillayar and Manikka Vinayagar are the more popular ones. One of the temples is atop the famous rock, and from this temple, you get a spectacular view of the city of Tiruchirapalli.

Ranganathaswamy temple, Trichy (Photo Courtesy: yadavhistory)
Ranganathaswamy temple, Trichy (Photo Courtesy: yadavhistory)
Ranganathaswamy temple: This is the temple with the sleeping form of Vishnu. A great sight to see for tourists and pilgrims alike, it has lovely architecture and one of the tallest temple towers.
Jambukeswarar temple, Trichy (Photo Courtesy: doshanivarthi)
Jambukeswarar temple, Trichy (Photo Courtesy: doshanivarthi)
Jambukeswarar temple: One of the Shiva temples in this city that should be explored.

There are more places of religious worship that can be visited, such as:

Perumal Malai temple, Vayalur Murugan temple, St. John’s Church, Jaamiya Masjid, Thablay Aalam Baadshah Darga, Samayapuram Amman temple, Thiruvellarai Gunaseelam-Vishnu temple, TELC Holy Trinity Cathedral, All Saints Church, St. Lourde’s Church, Woriyur with Vekkalimman temple

St. Lourde’s Church, Trichy (Photo Courtesy: Flickr)
St. Lourde’s Church, Trichy (Photo Courtesy: Flickr)
There are also ample shopping opportunities for those who love jewellery. Check out Chinna Kadai street, which offers everything from some great jewellery and saree shops to places to eat at. Speaking of eating, Tiruchirapalli is also a great place for food! Try out traditional Indian food at Khurunji and also buy some of the traditional sweets available here.

A flight to Tiruchirapalli is the only thing that separates one from this lovely city and their comfort zone.