Tiruchchirappalli Travel Guide

  • Awesome Stone Carving
    Awesome Stone Carving
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  • A Gopuram at the temple Complex
    A Gopuram at the temple Complex
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  • The Imposing Rock fort Temple
    The Imposing Rock fort Temple
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Tiruchchirappalli Things to Do

  • Rock Fort Temple

    The rock Fort temple is an imposing structure built on a gigantic rock right in the middle of the town.The vijayanagara kings built it in the 14th century.400 odd steps lead you to the rock Fort Temple.There are flea markets at the base of the rock where you can buy temple offerings and other souvenirs.

  • Sri Ranganathar Temple

    The largest temple site anywhere in India , the Srirangam is on a 600 Acre island formed by the Cauvery and the Kollidam rivers.The Ranganathar temple was built over many centuries ( the 11th to the 17th ) by the Vijayanagara Kings .Spend atleast three hours here to sink in the amazing variety of temple art and architecture on display here.The...

  • Lourdes Church

    A copy of the famous Basilica in Lourdes, France. The exterior is quite impressive . The church is located inside a college campus and the entrance is from the college main gate.The church is located on a very noisy street in Tiruchirappalli.

  • Jambu Kesava Temple

    'Grove of the Holy Elephant' - this temple has five prakarams representing the five elements - Earth, Water,Air , Fire and Ether. The lingam worshipped here is always semi-submerged in water.During monsoon rains it is always fully submerged in water.

  • Rock Fort Temple/ Ucchi Pillayar koil

    The 83 meter high Rock Fort Temple is actually 2 temples. One for Shiva in the lower parts, and one for Ganesh at the top.Stunning view of the city.

  • St John's Church

    Built in 1812 and dedicated in 1816, this is a lovely Anglican Church set in a leafy area near the train station. The speciality of the church is its louvered doors which, upon opening, turns the church interior into an airy pavilion.

  • Sri Jambukeshwara Temple

    This is another very large temple complex in Srirangam, about 2km east of the main Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. It was first built by Kocengannan (Kochenga Chola), one of the Early Cholas, around 1,800 years ago but the present complex dates from the 10th century. The temple is dedicated to the Vishnu deity, Jambukeswara, representing the element...

  • Ammamandapam

    This is the bathing and ritualistic place for Hindu's on the River Cauvery and is about 600 metres south of the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam.

  • Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

    The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is located in Srirangam, about 6km north of the city. It is among the most revered shrines dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, a reclining form of Lord Vishnu, in South India, and is the largest active Hindu temple complex in the world. The temple is built on an island in the middle of the River Cauvery and covers an area...

  • St Joseph's College Museum

    St Joseph's College Museum is located on the premises of St Joseph College, just to the west of the Rock Fort and close to the Lourdes Church. It houses exhibits relating to biology, archaeology, arts and crafts and natural history.Open: 10am-12pm & 2-4pm.

  • Lourdes Church

    Built in 1896 in the Gothic architectural style, this large church, located at a busy junction near the Rock Fort Temple within the St Joseph’s College complex, is a replica of the world famous Basilica of Lourdes, situated in southern France. The interior is lovely with some nice stained glass windows and altar pieces.

  • Views from the Rock Fort Temple

    These are the views from the top of the 83-metre high Rock Fort Temple that offers a chance to see virtually the whole city and even the gopurams (towers) of the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, 3km away.


Tiruchchirappalli Transportation

  • Train Station

    The main train station is called Tiruchirapalli Junction and the area to the west of it is known as Cantonment which is where you'll find a few hotels and restaurants plus the main city bus station. For information and train times, visit the website below:

  • Bicycle hire

    In order to visit a few of the sights in Srirangam, I found a place on the southern road leading to the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple that hired bicycles. I hired one for a couple of hours for just Rs3 and cycled from the temple towards the river in order to visit the Ammamandapam and then east to the other large temple in Srirangam called the Sri...

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    by Willettsworld Written Oct 9, 2009

    Favorite thing: The entrance to the Rock Fort Temple is quite easy to miss, which is what I did. Basically you need to look out for a small gopuram (blue temple tower with colourful stucco figures all over it). They'll then be a series of red and white steps that take you up to the summit through a small temple (see rather blurry second photo) and some stalls.

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