Trichy, short for Tiruchirappalli, is an ancient city located on the banks of Kaveri. The fourth-largest city of Tami Nadu, Trichy is well known for its perfect blend of modernity and deep-rooted culture. It is home to a plethora of well-known monuments, tombs, and shrines such as the very famous Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Rock Fort and many more.
Some of the best places to visit in Trichy are:
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple:
Dedicated to the great Lord Vishnu, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (often called Srirangam temple) is one of the largest functioning Hindu temples of the world. The first of the 108 Divya Desams (Vishnu temples), this magnificent temple boasts of breathtaking architecture of the Dravidian era. Spread across 156 acres, this temple is a must-visit. Srirangam temple timings are quite specific as no darshan is allowed during pooja and after 9 p.m.
The Rockfort Temple:
Also known as the Uchipillaiyar Koil, The Rock Fort Ganpathi temple is an ancient fort and temple located on what is considered to be the oldest rock in the world. This temple houses 2 of the famous temples of Hindus- Thayumanaswamy, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Pillayar devoted to Lord Ganesha. The cave temples of Rockfort are the oldest structure of this place and draw a lot of attention from tourists.
Located on the foothills of the mesmerizing Kolli Hills, Puliyancholai is an amazing scenic place located near Trichy. The magnificent Puliyancholai falls is a terraced waterfall located in a small forest. With tamarind groves and lush green foliage all around, Puliyancholai falls boasts of calm and serene environment and is an ideal picnic spot.
A famous temple built by Kochengon, Jambukeshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located in the Srirangam Island, this is one of the five major Shiva temples known as Panchbhoot Sthala. The shiva lingam is in the form of Appu Lingam (water lingam) in this shrine. Many mythological and historic events are depicted through marvelous stone carvings that add to the beauty of this sanctum.
Built nearly 2000 years ago, Kallanai Dam is one of the major tourist attractions of Tamil Nadu. Also known as Grand Anicut, this dam is built on River Kaveri and is considered to be one of the oldest water regulating structures of the world. Located in a peaceful place with scenic views, this is a perfect picnic spot.
Also known as BikshandarKoil, this magnificent temple is located in Uthamarkoil, a village located on the outskirts of Trichy. This temple is one of the 108 divyadesams. It is a unique temple as it colocatesshrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Brahma and Goddess Saraswati, and Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Located in the Koviladi village near Trichy, Appakudathan Temple is another famous divyadesam. It is one of the PanchaRanga Temples. Legend has it that a Vaishnavite saint named Nammazhwar attained moksha in this grand temple as his last composition was about the deity of Appakudathan temple.
Located at a mere distance of 15 km from Trichy, this magnificent temple is dedicated to Mariamman, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. It is believed that Goddess Mariamman can cure any illness and fulfill the wishes of her devotees. The main deity of Mariamman can be seen from the entrance, unlike other Hindu temples.
The south part of India is full of magnificent tombs, shrines and natural beauties. There are a million reasons you should visit South India, mainly Trichy. Witness what Trichy has to offer. Spend some quality time with your loved ones in the lap of nature or visit the great Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple to seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu.