Rockfort Uacchi Pillayar Temple
Rockfort or Ucchi Pillayar koil, is a combination of two famous 7th century Hindu temples, one dedicated to Lord
Ganesh and the other dedicated to Lord Shiva, located atop a small rock in Trichi.
Geologically the 83m high rock is said to
be one of the oldest in the world, dating
over 3 billion years ago, and
mythologically this rock is the place where
Lord Ganesh ran from King Vibishana, after
establishing the Ranganathaswamy deity
The name rockfort comes from the fact
that the place was used for military
fortification first by the Vijayanagar
emperors and later by the British during the
The temple complex is composed of two
parts - A shiva temple (Thayumanaswamy)
carved in the middle of the rock
and a Pillayar (Ganesh)temple at the top
portion of the rock.
The Shiva temple is the bigger one,
housing a massive stone statue of Shiva in
the form of Linga along with a
separate sanctum for goddess Parvati.
The temple is mystic in its nature with
an awe-inspiring rock architecture.
The Ganesh temple is much smaller with an
access through steep steps carved on the
rock and provides a stunning
view of Trichi, Srirangam and the rivers
Kaveri and Kollidam.
Due to its ancient and impressive
architecture created by the Pallavas, the
temple is maintained by the Archaeological
Department of India.
Entrance Fee : Rs.2, Archani Rs.3, Camera
Rs.100/-, Video Rs. 100/-.
Ph : 0431-2704621
Amma Mandapam Ghat, Srirangam :
The banks of the river are the site of a
series of ceremonies and rituals, as pilgrims
bath for good fortune, priests pray for
childbirth ,and mourners scatter ashes. Pilgrims
come here to purify themselves before offering
further pooja at the temple. Many ceremonies
take place on the 10th day after death of the
Ayyappan Temple :
3 km from the Bus Stand, Located
near the district court of Trichy, is a peaceful
temple and attracts many people in all week
days. This temple is famous for its discipline
and neatness. Special pooja’s for unmarried,
child expecting peoples. Open : 5 a.m. to 10.50
a.m. & 5 p.m. to 8.50 p.m.
Ayyanar Temple :
This temple is beautifully located on
the banks of Cauveri river called Melur which is
just 3 kms from Srirangam. Giant claymade horses
adorn this temple.
Buddhism in Trichy 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
Tiruchirappalli 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 kms north east of Musiri and
15 kms South west of Thuraiyur.
Government Museum :
Located on Bharathidasan Road. Bronze
and stone sculptures are on display here. Open
all days except Fridays. Time 10a.m. to 5p.m..
Entrance fee for Indians Adult Rs 5 Children Rs
3 Students Rs 2 Foreigners Rs. 100
Grand Anaicut - Kallanai :
Not far from the island is one of the
greatest engineering marvels of India. The Grand Anaicut built by Karikal Cholan in the 2nd
century A.D. to harness the waters of the
cauveri. Made of stone, the dam is 329 m long
and 20 m wide and still very much in use.
Additions have been made in the form of a road
bridge on top of the dam. This is a good picnic
24 kms from Trichy 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
Koranganatha Temple, Srinivasanallur :
Koranganatha temple situated on the
banks of the river Cauvery at Srinivasanallur
about 50 kms from Tiruchy on the Tiruchy - Salem
highway, has some of the finest early Chola
stone sculptures and with good architecture.
This heritage temple, declared as a monument by
ASI, is not a living temple.
Nathirsha Dargah :
The dharga is the important holy place
for muslims in Trichy. It was built more than
1000 years. A famous festival ‘urs’ is
celebrated in the mosque. Devotees from many
place visit this Dharga and belive that they get
self satisfaction.Lourdes Church : This church
is located near to Rock-Fort Teppakulam. Church
of our Lady of Lourdes is the replica of the
Basillica of Lourdes, the world famous place of
pilgrimage in Southern France.
Lourdes Church :
8 km From the Bus Stand, This church is located near to Rock-Fort
Teppakulam. Church of our Lady of Lourdes is the
replica of the Basillica of Lourdes, the world
famous place of pilgrimage in Southern France.
Erakudi - Sirunavallur, Granarey :
There is an ancient granary in this
village. This was built for emergency storage,during the Nawab of Arcot period . This
stacco granary has lot of fine sculptures.
Mukkombu (Upper Anaicut) :
18 kms from Trichy. At the head of the
Srirangam Island, there is another dam called
Upper Anaicut or Mukkombu which is about 685 m
long. Constructed in the 19th century across
Kollidam. This dam has been forced into three
sections instead of one long stretch because of
the shape of the island. This is also good spot
Oomaiyan Kottai :
This is where captured rebels were imprisoned
by the British. It was built in the year 1687 by
of Ramanathapuram. The Siva temple has some
inscriptions of music. There are two shrines in
the Vishnu temple, and one where
the Lord is represented in a reclining posture
is particulary remarkable as it is the largest
of its kind in the country. On the walls
behind the idol are beautiful carvings depicting
Vishnu and the serpent Adisesha chasing away
rakshasas (demons) by spewing
fire and poison.
Pachamalai Hill Station :
Pachamalai is a green hill range, just 80 kms
north of Tiruchirapalli via Thuraiyur. Pachai
means Green and malai means mountain.Pachamalai
which spread with a few ranges a heaven of the
tribal of this region, with unique culture and
way of life.It’s altitude is 500 m to 1000 above
msl. This mountain range has in itself different
small regions like then Para Nadu, kombainadu,
Athi nadu and vannadu. It’s a good hill range
for trekking to enjoy nature and the animal
life. Small streams and falls add colour to
these hills. Contact for Adventure Tourism and
trekking in these hills from the District Forest
Officer -Tiruchy Division. 3E, Kajamian 1 st
Street, Kaja Nagar, Mannarpuram. Trichy - 20.
Hill Skills- Trekking, Wild Life and Environment
Club. Ph : 0431-2457284. 9443797851
5 Kms from Trichy. Anna Science
Centre/Planetarium is located on Pudukkottai
Road, near Airport. Programmes in
Tamil and English versions are shown daily. Time
: In Tamil 10.30a.m, 1.00p.m, and 3.30p.m. In
English 11.45a.m., 2.15p.m. and 4.45p.m.
Ph : 0431-2331921.
Ponnaiyaru Dam :
Ponnaniyaru dam is situated south of
Tiruchirappalli. It is 24 kms from Manapparai
and 9 kms from Vaiyampatti.Ponnaniyaru dam is
built across perumal malai and Chemmalai . This
dam site is an ideal place for excursion. Short
Treks in the nearby hillock- Environment Camps -
Nature Cure centers - Fishing (in season) -
Forest Rest House available ( Food stuffs to
carry) Wild Life: Snakes, Birds, Bears, Bats.
Prasanna Venkatasalapathi Temple, Thuraiyur
Arulmigu Prasanna Venkatachalapathi
temple lies at the top of Perumalmalai that lies
960 feet above ground level in pachaimalai
hills, 3 km from Thuraiyur in Tiruchirappalli
district. This temple is said to be constructed
by the grand son of Karikal Chozhan. The kings
are later named as Karuppannar and Veeraswamy
and are worshipped in the temple .Musical
pillars are seen here. The stone sculptures of
ten avathars of Lord Vishnu are here. The
Goddess here is named as Alamelumangai Thayar.
All the Saturdays of Tamil month of ‘puratasi’
(Sep-Oct ) are celebrated in a grand manner,
during which time more number of pilgrims are
visiting this temple .Hundreds of devotees are
taking part in the
Girivalam procession around the Perumalmalai
hillock on all full-moon days.
72 kms from Trichy. a place of scenic
beauty. This forest area is cool and green with
the added attraction of the small water falls
and a stream. 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 by 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 having 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
studying. Poor and down trodden children are
given free food and shelter with good education
including imperative training in technical
skills in making garland. The philosophy of
Ramakrishna and his disciple Vivekananda are
Rock Fort : 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. 344 steps hewn out of rock
lead to the top where
there are inscriptions dating back to the 3rd
century B.C. 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. A
flight of steps leads to the Mathrubutheswarar.
Ph : 0431-2704621.
Just 20 kms north of Tiruchirappalli town.
Every Sunday, Tuesday and Friday, hundreds of
devotees throng the temple and perform Poojas.
The offerings are in various forms. The most
common offering is the Mavilakku Mavu made of
jaggery, rice flour, dhal and ghee. Samayapuram
is an important pilgrim center for all village
people of this region. Car festival (April- May)
and Flower festival/ Poochorithal (Feb-March)
are very famous in this temple along with the
festivals during Vaikasi (Pancha Prahara
Urchavam and Thai Poosam festival associated
with the Renganathar at Srirangam. Ph : 2670460.
Fax: 2670557. The associated temple named Ujjaini
Om Kaliyamman at Magalikudi lies at 500 m. It is
said that the king Vikramathithan who ruled
Ujjain prayed the deity and took holy bath in
the Sakthitheertham perennial well here. Full
moon days and new moon days are pious days here.
St. Joseph’s Church :
This church built in 1812 has louvred
doors which open to convert it into an airy
pavillion and is located near the Theppakulam.
Subramaniya Temple, Vayaloor :
Arulmigu Subramaniyaswami Temple lies
at Kumara Vayaloor, 12 kms from Tiruchirappalli,
near Kuzhumani, the village with lush green
fields .It is one of the famous Lord Karthic
temples of this area. The Kandar sasti festival
during October - November, is celebrated in a
grand manner for lord Muruga here. The presiding
deities are named as Adinathar and Adinayaki.
During all Sastis (6th day from New/ Full moon
day) Karthigai Deepam, Thaipoosam, Panguni
Uthiram, Full moon days ,first day of English
and Tamil New years thousands of devotees are
visiting this temple. It is well connected by
bus from Tiruchirappalli town. Contact for
further details : Ph : 2607344.
Thayumanaswami temple :
Dedicated to Lord Siva where the lingam is a
projection of the rock itself. Below the Siva
temple are two Pallava cave temples that have
beautiful sculputres of the 6th and 7th
centuries. 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. The fine
sculpures and bronzes of various periods are the
attractive items of the Musuem. Open on all days
except Mondays and Government Holidays from 8
a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Ph :
7 kms from Trichy. The district’s most
important pilgrim centre in Trichy. Srirangam,
surrounded by the waters of river Cauveri on one
side and its tributary Kollidam on the other, is
a 600 acre island-town enclosed within the seven
walls of the gigantic Sri Ranganathaswami
Temple. There are 21 gopurams, among which the
Rajagopuram is the largest in South Asia.The 72m
high 13-tiered gopuram was built in 1987 and
dominates the landscape for miles around, while
the remaining 20 gopurams were built between the
14th and 17th centuries. Originally, there was
just a small shrine where the temple is today,
but it was added on to and expanded by the
Cholas, Cheras, Pandyas, Hoysalas, the
Vijayanagar Kings and Nayaks of Madurai and
today Srirangam stands as the biggest temple
complex in the country. Ph : 0431-2432246.
Sri Pandareekesha Perumal Temple, at
Thiruvellarai, 25 kms away from Tiruchirappalli
town, is very ancient and it is the foremost of
the 108 Divya Desams sanctified by the songs
rendered by Azhwars. Manga lasasanam has been
made to this shrine by Periazhwar and
Thiruvanaikkaval (Jambu) :
5 kms from Trichy. Sri Jambukeshwara Temple
is dedicated to Lord Siva and has five
concentric walls and seven gopurams. It is built
around a Siva Lingam partly submerged in water
that comes from a spring in the sanctum
sanctorum. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the
temple. The complex was built at the same time
when Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple was also built.
open daily between 6 am to 1 pm & between 4pm to
9.30 pm. Ph : 0431-2230257
This is the second of the two Sthalams in
Tiruchirappalli, the first being the Rock Fort
Temple. Woraiyur was the ancient capital of the
early Cholas and the ancient city is believed to
have been destroyed by a sand storm. Pugazh
Chola Nayanar and Kochenkancholan were born
here, as was Tiruppaanaazhwar. Woraiyur is also
known as Kozhima nagaram as legend holds that a
fowl blessed with divine powers defeated an
elephant in an duel. Go Chenkan Cholan the
builder of 78 Maadakkovils is said to have born
here. Ph : 0431-2761869.
Uthamar Koil :
Uthamar Koil in Karumbanur is one of
the most famous shrines in 108 Vaishnavik Padal
shtalam. 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".
Vekkaliamman Temple :
Located around 15 km from the Bus stand. Woraiur was once the capital of the
Cholas. The Vekkaliamman unique temple is having
no roof for the presiding deity, the reason
being the Goddess here has saved the people here
from the Sand-rain and turbulent wind showered
at this place by the curse of the Lord Siva here
on the request of the pious devotee saint Sarama
Munivar. She said that she will have the roofing
only when all the people of this town gets the
same. One shrine devoted to Lord “Pongusani” is
worth to mention. It lies not far from Nachiyar
Kovil and Panchavarneswarar temple.
‘Nadigaivel’ M.R. RADHA Memorial
M.R. RADHA (Mohan Rajagopala Naidu
Radhakrishnan) Born on 21-02-1907. Died on 17-09-1979.
Popularly known as M. R. Radha, was an Indian actor and
politician. He was given the title of “Nadigavel” for his acting
prowess. After a successful career on stage in his early years,
he acted in films from the 1930s to the ’70s, and then, giving
up films, he went back to his first love, theater.
was inaugurated on 21-07-1985 by the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu
Hon. M. Karunanidi and Mr. K. Veeramani. His memorial is located
in Tiruchirappalli district at 1/154, Sangaliandapuram, Trichy -
1. 6 km from the Bus stand.