Thiruchirapalli

Called the 'Queen of Hill Stations' picturesque, green Udhagamandalam better known as Ooty is the most popular hill station in the South. Located in the Western ghats at a height of 2240m, Udhagamandalam is the headquarters of the Nilgiris district where the two ghats meet. Nature has been generous with this region which is by far the most beautiful in the state. Apart from coffee andtea plantations, trees like conifers, eucalyptus, pine and wattle dot the hillside in Udhagamandalam and its environs. Summer temperature is rarely higher than 25°c with a minimum of 10°c and winter is are distinctly cooler with a high of 21°c and a low 5°c. Curiously enough, this slice of paradise remained unknown to the great southern dynasties and it took the British to discover it in the early 1800s. They were however, not the first inhabitants of this land as a tribe called Todas had been living there long before the British came, claiming that the Nilgiris had been their home since time immemorial. But the credit for modernising Udhagamandalam and making it accessible goes to the British who constructed the first railway line in the area and made it the summer capital of the Madras Presidency.

 

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TEMPLE

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Athmanathaswamy temple
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Ayyappan Temple
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Buddisum in Trichy Region
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Gunaseelam
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Lourdes Church
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Rock fort
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Thayumanaswami temple
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Samayapuram
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Sai baba meditation Centre
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Srirangam
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St. Joseph's Church
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Uthamar Koil
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Woraiyur
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Vayalur
VIEW
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Government Museum
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Grand Anaicut – Kallanai
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Erakudi – Sirunavallur, Granarey
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Mukkombu ( Upper Anaicut )
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Oomaiyan Kottai
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Pachamalai
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Planetarium
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Puliancholai
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Ragavendrar Mutt-Srirangam
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Ramakrishna Mutt Thirupparaithurai
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VVS Iyer Memorial

Tiruchirappalli Temple

  Athmanathaswamy temple
Here contains graceful life-size sculptures and is noted for its zephyr (granite roof) work. This temple was built in the 10th century A.D. Notable place for sculptural beauty and granite work. The roof of this temple is laid using pure granite.
 
  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.
 
  Buddisum in Trichy Region

Region Achraya Budha Duttha Mahathera born in Chola country also lived in Vurakaburam (Woraiyur) around 5 AD. He has Written Madurathaivilasini and Abithavatharam in relation to his living in Tiruchirapalli and his works speaks in volumes about the greatnes of Chola country, Boothamangalam, Poompuhar etc. Six feet stone statue was found in Mangalam village in the Aravan temple. 15 km north east of Musiri and 15 km South west of Thuraiyur. The bottom portion of the peedam of the statue has 3 lions.

 
  Gunaseelam
Gunaseelam is situated 24 km away from Tiruchirappalli on the north bank of Cauvery River , in Tiruchirappalli Musiri Road . There is a Vaishnavite Temple and the name of the God is Lord Prasanna Venkateshwarar. Gunaseelam Temple is a place for worship, festivals and also for mental relief or alleviation. The most important feature in this temple is the special grace that the lord bestows on the mentally unsound. The temple priests splash holy water on all the devotees, first on the mentally unsound, twice a day to cure them of their problems, and then on the others. The pujas are done here as per the Vaikanasa tradition. he temple has three ‘choultries' and one for the mentally unsound to stay. It is believed that staying for 48 days and taking the "Theertham" twice a day will cure insanity. The beauty of the deity beckons one and all.
 
  Lourdes Church
Church of our Lady of Lourdes is the replica of the Basilica of Lourdes, the World famous place of pilgrimage in southern France .It is a remarkable feat of Indian craftsmanship and stained glass drawings. Lourdes Church is located near Rock-Fort and Teppakulam in Tiruchirapalli. The church was built in 1812. It is modelled on the neo-Gothic Basilica in France . The speciality of the church is its louvered doors. On opening the door the church turns out to be an airy pavilion. The church holds glass paintings, a remarkable feat of Indian craftsmanship. An annual procession is held in February.

 

 
  Rock fort

The 83m high Rock Fort is the only outcrop in the otherwise flat land of the city. The rock is one of the oldest in the world-approximately 3.800 million years, which makes it as old as the rocks of Greenland and older than the Himalayas . The sheer abruptness of its rise is a thrill in itself, but the actual centre of attraction is not the fort itself, of which very little remains, but the temple at the summit. 344 steps hewn out of rock lead to the top where there are inscriptions dating back to the 3rd century.B.C. Hardly anything remains of the ramparts but the Main Guard Gate is still intact. The fort played an important part during the Carnatic wars and according to an inscription, mainly contributed to lay the foundations of the British Empire in India . At the top of the rock is the Uchipillaiyar Koil, a temple dedicated to Lord Vinayaka from where one can enjoy a panoramic view of Tiruchirappalli. A flight of steps leads to the Mathrubutheswarar of Thayumanaswami temple, dedicated to Lord Siva where the lingam is a projection of the rock itself. Below the Siva temple are the two Pallava cave temples that have beautiful sculptures of the 6th and 7th centuries. The Rock fort Hillock is said to be 230 crore years old. The materials like Quartz used in glass making and felspar used in ceramic are found in this Rock formation.

 
  Thayumanaswami temple
Lord Thayumanava Temple is a rock temple. The rocks are drilled for building one in the ground and another one at the top. These rock temples are known for their antiquity. The letters engraved on the rocks help tracing ancient history of Tamilnadu. This mount has three peaks housing the temples of Lord Thayumanavar, Goddess Mattuvar Kuzhalammai and Uchi Vinayagar. The other names of the Lord are Thirumalai Kozhundu Nathar, Sevvandhi Nathar and Thirumalaiperumal Adigal.
 
  Samayapuram
Samayapuram was a local capital of the Vijayanagar rulers in the vicinity of Tiruchirappalli, and was known as Vikramapuram. The Maariamman Temple at Samayapuram in the vicinity of Tiruchirappalli, is one of the well visited shrines in Tamilnadu, dedicated to Maariamman, a manifestation of the primeval energy Shakti as the mother Goddess.
 
  Sai baba meditation Centre
The Shridi Sai Baba Temple visited by all faith is located at Manikandam,10 km from Tiruchirappalli- Viralimalai Road . The life history of Shridi Sai Baba is depicated in paintings here.
 
  Srirangam

The Srirangam Temple is the most important of the 108 main Vishnu temples and is the largest temple in India . Srirangam is located about 2 km north of Tiruchirappalli and the main deity is Lord Ranganatha or Lord Vishnu, reclining on the celestial serpent Adi Sesa, who has five raised and wide-open hoods. At the feet of the Lord is Vibhishana, the brother of Ravana. The temple is situated on a 600 acre island complex covering over about 2 ½ sq km. Before you enter the temple, just raise your eyes a little and see the temple tower, the Sriranga Vimana, which is gold-plated. The temple has 21 gopurams (towers) and there are seven walls (prakaras) around the temple.

Located in the city of Tiruchirappalli , on a small island between branches of the rivers Kaveri and Coleroon, stands the massive temple of Srirangam . The most revered of the 108 pilgrimage shrines of Visnu, and the largest temple complex in all of India , it is surrounded by seven concentric walls (the outermost wall having a perimeter of over 3 kilometers) and 21 towers called gopurams. Srirangam enshrines a statue of Vishnu reclining on a great serpent. A legend tells that this idol, known as Sri Ranganatha, was being transported across India to Sri Lanka by the sage Vibhisana. Resting from his efforts for awhile, he set the statue upon the ground, yet when ready to continue his journey, he found the statue had magically bound itself to the earth. A hundred hands could not budge the idol, so a small temple was built over it. The temple complex which has since grown around the statue has been rebuilt and enlarged many times over thousands of years and its original date of founding is unknown to archaeology. Most of the temple complex standing today, including a grand hall of 1000 beautifully sculptured pillars, was constructed between the 14th and 17th centuries. Srirangam is also listed as one of the Nava Graha Sthalas, or temples representing the planets.
 
  St. Joseph's Church
The St.Joseph's Church at Ponmalai, with its gigantic spires, has an impressive and majestic appearance, situated opposite to the historic armory gate of Ponmalai workshop.The founder and main architect of the Church was the late Rt. Rev. Msgr. Joseph alphonse de Rozario. On march 30, 1930, the Church was dedicated to him. The Anglo-indian community, workers of railway workshop and the Indian families gave a part of their wages and also collected funds to build the church.
 
  Thiruvanaikkaval(Jambu)

Thiruvanaikal is a famous Shiva temple near Tiruchirapalli , India and adjacent to the Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam. It was built by Kocengannan, also called Kochenga Chola, who was one of the Early Cholas, around 1,800 years ago. It is one of the five major Shiva temples (Panchabhoota Sthalams), representing five major elements - Fire, Earth, Water, Sky and Wind. The main deity, Jambukeswara representing the element Water, sits under a Jambu tree over a small stream that engulfs the deity during the rainy season. The other Panchabhoota Sthalams are located at Chidambaram(space), Kalahasti (wind), Tiruvannamalai (fire) and Kanchipuram (earth). The goddess Akilandeswari is one of the most famed forms of Parvati along with Meenakshi and Kamakshi. The massive outer wall - Vibudi Prakara, stretching over a mile, is said to have been built by Lord Shiva Himself, working with the laborers, in Tamil mythology. The temple is known as one of the hosts for the annual Natyanjali festival of the classical Indian dance.

 
  Woraiyur
A part from its historical importance of having been the capital of the Chola dynasty, Woraiyur in Trichy is also famous for its handmade cigars and handloom sarees. The handmade cigars of Woraiyur were said to be famous overseas, so much so that even Winston Churchill is said to have relished them though he remained loyal to the Cuban cigars. The cigars made at Woraiyur (Trichirappalli) only with our country fillors wrapped with in Indian (cooch Bihar ) tobacco from 1947. Because of import difficulties we could not get foreign tobaccos.
 
  Uthamar Koil
Uthamar Koil in Karumbanur is one of the most famous shrines in 108 Vaishnavik Padalshtalam. This temple is situated eight kilometres north of Trichy Fort Station, 4 km north of Srirangam railway station. Here is the temple where the Lord Creator - Brahma, the lord for the well being of the universe - Vishnu and the destroyer of universe - Siva take their abode. This place is also known as " Kadambavanam" or "Trimurthishektram"
 
  Vayalur
Vayalur village is located 9 km west of Tiruchirappalli. This place is also known by different names such as Kumara Vayalur, Adi Vayalur, Vanni Vayalur and Agnishwaram. There are many temples; among these the Skanda Temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya is famous. The nearby tourist attraction includes Uyyakkondan Hill and Somarasan Pettai.

Tiruchirappalli View

  Government Museum
Government Museum , established in 1982, is a museum complex located in Rani Mangammal Mahal near Super bazaar, Tiruchirapalli. The complex includes National Art Gallery , Gallery of Contemporary Arts and Children's Museum. The museum showcases an assortment of specimens relating to geology, zoology, paintings, anthropology, epigraphy and history. Ancient bronze-stone sculptures, Indian coins, Paleolithic and Neolithic tools, inscriptions and palm leaf manuscripts and model of Pachamalai hills are kept here for display. The museum is open on all days except Fridays and national holidays from 10:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs. Situated at Thirukokarnam, the museum is located near the Pudukkottai station, at a distance of 40 km from Trichy.
 
  Grand Anaicut – Kallanai
An Ancient dam built by Karikala Chola Considered to be one of the engineering marvels in India, this is a second century dam, which is still in use. Built on river Cauvery in 2 AD, the dam is situated just 24 km away from Tiruchirapalli. Due to the impressive cover of greenery around the dam, it has become perfect picnic for the locales.
 
  Erakudi – Sirunavallur, Granarey
There is an ancient granary in this village. This was built for emergency storage during the Nawab of Aicot period. This stucco granary has lot of fine sculptures.
 
  Mukkombu ( Upper Anaicut )
At the head of the Srirangam Island , there is another dam called Upper Anaicut or Mukkombu, which is about 685m long. Constructed in the 19th century across the Kollidam, this dam has been forced into three sections instead of one long stretch. A wonderful picnic spot,where the river Kollidam branches off from the river Cavery, With activities like boating and a ride in a toy train that one can enjoy amidst the most beautiful gardens and trees, this district has become a preferred picnic spot for both locales and tourist alike. . It is 18 kilometer from Trichy City .
 
  Oomaiyan Kottai
This is here captured rebels were imprisoned by the British. It was built in the year 1687 by King Sethupathi of Ramanathupuram. The Siva temple has some inscriptions of music. There are two shrines in the Vishnu temple, and one here the Lord is represented in a reclining posture is particularly remarkable as it is the largest of its kind in the country. On the walls behind the idol arc beautiful carvings depicting Vishnu and the serpent Adisesha chasing away rakshasas (demons) by spewing fire and poison.
 
  Pachamalai
Pachamalai is a spreading green hill range just 80 km away from Tiruchirappalli via Thuraiyur. It is a picnic spot to enjoy nature. Pachai means Green and the place is Lush green and is known for the tribals, with unique culture and way of life. It's altitude is 500 m to 1000 meters above msl. This mountain range in itself has different small regions like Thenparanadu, kombainadu , Athi Nadu and Vannadu. It's good hill range for trekking to enjoy nature and the animal life small streams and falls add colour to these hills .
 
  Planetarium

 

Anna Science Centre, Tiruchirappalli has been rendering excellent and yeomen services to cater to the needs of younger generation and the general public of the region in the cause of education, taking up the objectives of Tamilnadu Science and Technology Centre, eversince it was dedicated to the Nation on June 10, 1999 . At Anna Science Centre – Planetarium, Tiruchirappalli, the “Environment Gallery”, with the exhibits on the themes Eco systems, Bio-geochemical cycles, Biodiversity and Conservation, Pollution and sustainable Energy sources was developed. The Planetarium, which has been a source of information and inspiration in the region, receives students in groups.

 
  Puliancholai
Puliancholai is 72 km from Tiruchirapalli which is on the foot hills of Kollimalai, a place of scenic beauty. This forest area is cool and green with the added attraction of the small water falls and a stream. A dense forest region, best for trekking and other adventurous activities. A natural stream, suited for swimming. There is also a waterfall, high up in the hills called Akaya Gangai (Heavenly Ganga). It is perceived to have high medicinal values as it flows across plethora of herbs with medicinal values. Puliancholai is a beautiful place for one day excursion.
 
  Ragavendrar Mutt-Srirangam
Ragavendra temple at Ragavendra Mutt lies at Srirangam .The life of the saint has been displayed here paintings.
 
  Ramakrishna Mutt Thiru – pparaithurai
It has been started during 1949 by respected Ramaswamy Adikal. During 1950 ,The Primary School for the Orphan and later upgraded as High School. Only Boys Who's havingn no parents are admitted Gurugulam Method Is practised .Any time of the year from First Std To Eight Std admission Is being made .Nearly 300 children are Studing.
 
  VVS Iyer Memorial
Elfless and dedicated and joined hands with those great patriots Maha Kavi Bharathiyar and Aravinder of Pondicherry in the freedom struggle against the British and helped to spread patriotic fervor among people. He was great writer, who established Tamil Gurukula to give occasional training along with education. As a mark of respect his memorial was opened to the public on 05.05.1999. His life history and photographs are displayed and also a library is functioning here regularly.

 

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