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"City of Rock Fort and Temples"

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A treasure trove of ancient Dravidian temples, Tiruchirappalli is also known as Trichy, is one of the largest cities in Tamil Nadu. Commonly known as Trichy, it lies 320 kilometres away from the state capital of Chennai. Located on the banks of Cauvery River, this city is an effortless blend of old and new.

The oldest living city of Tamil Nadu, Tiruchirappalli has a history dating back to the 3rd century BC. The historic site of Rockfort is the main highlight of this region. Packed with cave temples, it is the most beautiful example of temple architecture.

Besides heritage tourism, Tiruchirappalli is an important educational hub that houses national level institutes. Vaikunta Ekadasi held in December is the most famous festival of this city. This auspicious celebration takes place in Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, one of the largest temples in the world.

For those who are looking for a shopping spree, Trichy has many local and upbeat markets where you can get almost everything. Textiles, cheap diamonds, and cigars are the best buys at these markets. An architectural delight, Tiruchirappalli must be on the bucket list of visitors interested in a historic encounter.

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1. Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Srirangam

Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Srirangam
This is a Hindu temple dedicated to Sri Ranganatha, a reclining form of the Hindu deity Maha Vishnu, situated in Srirangam. It is one of the most acclaimed temples of South India and has played a pivo (Read More)tal role in Vaishnavism history. It is located on an island between the Kaveri and Kollidam rivers. This has made it prone to flooding and plundering by armies like that of Delhi Sultanate. The temple was rebuilt in the 14th century and expanded in the 16th and 17th centuries with more gopurams (tower gateways).

2. Tiruchirappalli Rock Fort

Tiruchirappalli Rock Fort
If you are planning to delve yourself in the history of fierce battles, then Tiruchirappalli Rock Fort is an ideal place for you. It is a famous historical fortification and temple complex built on an (Read More) ancient rock which is said to be 3.8 billion years old. This makes it the oldest formations in the world; also older than the Himalayas. The fort complex has witnessed many historic battles between the Madurai Nayakas and Adil Shah dynasty of Bijapur, Maratha Imperial Forces, and Carnatic region.

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History

It is believed that the history of Tiruchirapalli dates back to the stone ages. The Nagas are said to have inhabited the region before the Cholas. During the dynasty of the Cholas, Tiruchirapalli gained a lot of recognition as a cultural and administrative centre. The now suburb of Trichy, Urayur used to be the capital of Cholas. The Kallanai Dam in Trichy is believed to be the oldest dam built by human beings. After the reign of the Cholas, the Pallava empire saw a rise. It is during the rule of Pallava king Mahendravarman I, that the foundations for the famous Rockfort were laid. By the year 1327, the kingdom was entirely acquired by the Delhi Sultanate. However, the rule did not last too long. By the middle of the 14th century, the Delhi Sultanate in the Madurai kingdom was replaced by the Vijayanagar Empire. The reign of the Vijayanagar Empire is said to be the most significant era in the history of Trichy. The profound impact of the empire is evident from the articulately constructed Hindu temples. Trichy witnessed two Carnatic wars. The second war took place in 1749 and resulted in the enthronement of Muhammed Ali Khan Wallajah. During the British rule, Trichy was famous for being the home of ‘Cherkoot’, also known as the Trichinopoly cigar. Trichy was given the standard of a municipality in the year 1866. The city played a vital role in the Indian Independence Movement.

Languages

Tamil is the most widely spoken language in Trichy. However, the city has people from other states of India living here as well. The languages like Kannada, Gujarati, Hindi, Telugu, and Malayalam are also spoken. A significant part of the Trichy population knows English and can speak the language.

Culture

The rich culture of Trichy owes to the presence of many dynasties throughout history. The culture is a unique blend of cosmopolitan vibes and a traditional zeal. The city is brimming with temples and religious spots, owing the majority of the population being Hindus. The huge companies like BHEL, Golden Rock Railway Workshop, and OFT have attracted many people from all over the country, thus making the population of the city an eclectic mix of cultures. However, the city has still managed to retain its vintage charm and walk down the streets of the city will prove this.

Festivals

Trichy is a land of culture. The festivities in the city are vibrant and energetic.

Here are some of the most widely celebrated festivals in Trichy:
Jallikattu: This festival is celebrated during the time of Pongal. The celebrations include a bull catching game in many villages of Trichy.
Poothorithal: The festival is celebrated in the Chittirai month. Fresh flowers are showered in the city for 24 hours.
Brahmotsava: Celebrated in April, the festival is all about giving offerings to the Goddess Mariamman as a sign of gratitude. Allur Jalla Thirthavizha: The festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day of Puratasi month. Vaikunta Ekadasi: The festival is celebrated during the period of mid-December to mid-January in the Srirangam temple.

Restaurants and Local Food in Tiruchirappalli

Tamil Nadu has been a paradise for all the connoisseurs of food, and so is Trichy. The city is famous for being one of the best places in the state for getting tasty culinary delights. A visit to Trichy will surely give you a gastronomical experience to cherish for life. Among the many delicacies, Manaparai murruku is a snack you must taste before leaving the city.

Here are some of the best places to eat in Trichy:

Shri Sangeeta: This is the best place to have vegetarian and authentic South Indian dishes.
Hotel Kannappa: The restaurant is famous for the Chettinad taste that it offers.
Chellamal Samayal: They cook and serve food in clay pots.
Michaels icecream outlets: These shops are the best place to have affordable ice-cream in the city.
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Spectacular Gopuram View of Jambukeswarar Temple, Tirchy

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What is the best time to visit Tiruchirappalli?

Tiruchirapalli retains the same charisma throughout the year. However, December to March is the best time to visit Tiruchirapalli The weather during this time of the year is delightful with the temperature ranging from 20 to 32 degrees. Monsoons in Tiruchirapalli is all about heavy rainfall and humid weather; this is the least favourable season. Summers, on the other hand, lasts from March to May and witnesses hottest days. This is again not an ideal time for a visit.
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What is the local food in Tiruchirappalli?

Tamil Nadu has been a paradise for all the connoisseurs of food, and so is Trichy. The city is famous for being one of the best places in the state for getting tasty culinary delights. A visit to Trichy will surely give you a gastronomical experience to cherish for life. Among the many delicacies, Manaparai murruku is a snack you must taste before leaving the city.

Here are some of the best places to eat in Trichy:

Shri Sangeeta: This is the best place to have vegetarian and authentic South Indian dishes.
Hotel Kannappa: The restaurant is famous for the Chettinad taste that it offers.
Chellamal Samayal: They cook and serve food in clay pots.
Michaels icecream outlets: These shops are the best place to have affordable ice-cream in the city.
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What is the best way to reach Tiruchirappalli?

Trichy is one of the most populated and largest cities in Tamil Nadu. Therefore, it is well connected with Tamil Nadu and the other major cities in the country by every primary means of transport.
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What are the places near Tiruchirappalli?

The top places near to Tiruchirappalli are Pondicherry which is 173 km from Tiruchirappalli, Tiruchi which is located 0 km from Tiruchirappalli, Thanjevur which is located 46 km from Tiruchirappalli, Kodaikanal which is located 146 km from Tiruchirappalli, Munnar which is located 196 km from Tiruchirappalli

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