Situated on the banks of River Kaveri, Tiruchirappalli , the fourth largest city in the state was a citadel of the many dynasties like early Cholas, Pallavas, Pandyas, Vijayanagar dynasty Nayakas, Marathas including French, Nawabs and British colonial rulers.
Tiruchi flourished and prospered in its own right and grew to be the city. Tiruchi is a fine blend of tradition and modernity built around the Rock Fort. Apart from the fort there are several churches. colleges and missions dating back to the 1760s. With its excellent infrastructural facilities Tiruchi will serve as a good base to see central Tamil nadu.
Area . 4403.83 Sq. km
Attitude . 75m above the sea level
Population 24,18,366 (As per 2001 census)
Temperature Summer Max 37. I C Min 26.4 C Winter Max 31.3 C Min 20.6 C
Average Rainfall 43.4 cms
Season Throughout the year
Languages Tamil, English, Hindi Interpretation Center at Main Guard Gate (By ASI)
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: Tiruchirappalli has an airport (7 km) Indian Airlines connects Tiruchi with Chennai, Sharjah, Kuwait, Colombo and Singapore/Ma laysio. Rail: Railway connectsallimportantcitieswithinthestateandotherstates. Road: Good network of road link all cities and towns.
Local Transport: City Bus service to all places of tourist interest from Central Bus Stand and from Chinthamani – Main Guard Gate Bus Stand. Tourist Taxis, Autos, Rickshaws are available.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Rock Fort (5Kms)
Tiruchi’s most famed landmark is an 83-mte tall rock fort which is the only outcrop in the otherwise flat land of the city The most amazing fact about the rock is that it 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 an attention grabber 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 role during the Carnatic Wars and according to an inscription, mainly contributed to lay the foundations of the British empire in India.
A top of the rock is the Uchipillaiyar Koil, a temple dedicated to Lord Vinayaka from where one can enjoy a panoramic view of Tiruchi. A flight of steps leads to the Thayumanavarswami Temple, dedicated to Lord Siva where the lingam is a projection of the rock itself. Below the Siva temple there are two Pallava cave temples that have beautiful sculptures of the 6th and 7th centuries A.D. At the foot of the Rock Fort is a tank and a pavilion which are used during the float festival of the temples. Near the tank is the house where Robert Clive lived when he was in Tiruchi and an 18th century Christ Church built by Reverend Schwartz of Denmark, The house is now part of Tiruchi’s famous St. Joseph’s College. Ph: 2704621