Grand Anicut – 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 Cauvery is the greatest engineering marvel of India. The dam which is 329m long and 20m wide and made up of stone is still very much in use. Additions have been made in the form of a road bridge on the top of the dam. This is a good picnic spot.
Government Museum is located in Rai Mangammal Chaultry near Town HallSituated at Thirukokarnam, the museum is at a distance of 5 km from Pudukkottai station. The rare collections in the sections of Geology, Zoology, Paintings, Anthropology, Epigraphy, Historical records etc. are very interesting. The museum contains bronze and granit statues The art and architecture, th heritage of Tiruchi District, Histon, Culture and Civilization are graceful! depicted here.
Once the capital of early Cheras, Karur was otherwise called Vanji during the Sangam age. This city played a significant role in the glorious history and culture of Tamil people. The evidences of Tamil Epic Silapathikaram, the travel note of Greek scholar Ptolemy and the recent excavations made in this area reveal that Karur has been a flourishing trading center even from the early Sangam age.
A place located on the Tiruchi-Karur Road with a significance of bifurcation of Cauvery int two branches named River Cauvery and Kollidam. At the head of the Srirangam island, there is another dam called Upper Anaicut or Mukkombu, which is around 685m long. Constructed in the 19th century across the Kollidam, this dam has been forced into three sections instead of one long stretch because of the shape of the island. This is a beautiful picnic spot with lus green trees.
Planetorium / Anna Science Center is located on Pudukottai Road near Airpor Programmes in Tamil and English versions are shown daily. Tamil Version : 10.30 am, 1.0 pm, 3.30 pm, 4.45 pm. English Version : 11.45 am, 2.15 pm. Entry Fee : Adult -Rs. 12/ Child - Rs.6/- (below 12 yrs.). Environmental Gallery Entry Fee: Adult - Rs.5/-, Child - Rs.2, (below 12 yrs.). Science Park Entry Fee : Re.1/-. Phone : 0431-233192 / 2332190. Timinc 10.00 am to 5.45 pm (all days except Three National Holidays)
A beautiful picnic spot located at the foot of the Kolli hills is in the forest region. At the top Kolli hills, there is a waterfalls known as Dakshina Ganga, the water of this cataract carryin the medicinal properties has reached Puliancholai and joins the Kollidam, the tributary Cauvery. It is a perennial stream.
Once a princely state, the area which comprises the district is of absorbing interest to historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and lovers of art. The numerous dolmns, stone circles and other forms of megalithic burials in the district indicate the antiquity of this region dating back to pre-historic and protohistoric times, this tract is mentioned in the Sangam classics.
This Dam is situated in Idayapatti Village of Karur district in between Semmalai and Perumal Malai Hills across the Ponnaniyar river. This is a beautiful picnic spot with lush green trees, meadows and parks.
A lush green vegetative hill range near Thuraiyur is known as Pachamalai. It is a very fine picture spot to enjoy the nature. The tribal people have been residing there. Their habits and way of life lure many foreign tourists to the spot.
Tiruchi's most famed landmark is an 83-mtr. 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 actual center of attraction is the temple at the summit more than the fort. 344 steps hewn out of rock lead to the top where there are inscriptions dating back to 3rd century BC.
Gunaseelam, located on the northern bank of River Cauvery in between Tiruchirappalli MusiriRoad. A Vaishnava Temple dedicated to Lord Prasanna Venkatesha Perumal attracts many devotees to this place.
A gigantic temple, known as Brahadeeswarar Temple built by Rajendra Chola during 1012-1044 A.D. is similar to the temple at Thanjavur. This place had been named after his victory over the kingdoms bordering the River Ganga. The most noteworthy feature of this temple is there are life size beautiful sculptural panels on the outer walls of the sanctum sanctorum. Apart from the huge Nandi, there are some beautiful sculptures including dancing Ganesa.
This is a very famous pilgrimage centre dedicated to the Goddess Mariamman. It is one among the abodes of Shakti in India. Panchaprakaram, Poochorithal Vizha and Brahmotsavam are some of the festivals that attract many devotees. Ph: 2670460,2670807.
Sittanavasal is known for 2nd Century B.C. Jain cave temple, Fresco aintings,resemblance of Ajanta adorn the walls. Many of them are typical of the 9th Century Pandya period and include exquisitely detailed pictures of animals, fish, ducks, people gathering lotuses from a pond and two dancing figures. There also inscriptions dating back to the 9th and 10th centuries. Fresco paintings from the 7th century can be seen on the ceiling of the Ardhamandapam.
The districts most important pilgrim center is located in an island just 7 km from Tiruchi. Srirangam, surrounded by the waters of river Kaveri on one side and its tributary Kollidam on the other, is a 600-acre island town enclosed within 7 hills of the gigantic Sri Ranganathaswami Temple. There are 21 gopurams, among which the Rajagopuram is the largest in South India.
Tiruvanaikkaval (or) Jambukeswarar Temple
Situate 2 km east Srirangam, this beautiful Siva temple steals the show from the larger Ranganathaswami temple due to its excellent architectural design. The temple is named after the elephant which is believed to have worshiped Lord Siva here and installed underan ancient Jambu tree. The Lingam is partially submerged by water and is meant to represent Water, one of the five elements.
A Vaishnava Temple known as Pundareekasha Perumal Temple is situated here. This Temple is one among the 108 Divyadesams sanctified by the songs rendered by Azhwars It has the pride of Mangalasasanam made to the shrine by the Periazhwar and Thirumanga Azhwar. This is also a noted Archaeological site having cave temple and swastika tank Ph: 2562246.
The Big temple at Thanjavur is an engineering marvel and is renowned for Dravidian Temple Architecture. In ancient days, this place had been a center for learning art and culture. This area is called 'Rice Bowl' of Tamil Nadu. Thanjavur is famous for the exquisite handicrafts, bronzes and South Indian Musical Instruments. In Sept. 2010, Millennium celebration of this temple was conducted by Govt, of Tamil Nadu.
A very fine picnic spot located on the outskirts of Tiruchirappalli having a temple dedicated to Lord Murugan in the midst of lush green vegetation. Ph: 2607344.
A small hillock, having a temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya is situated here. It is said to have existed before 15 Century A.D. There is a very fine peacock sanctuary having different kinds of peacocks. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Subramanya seated on a peacock with his two consorts on either side.
Here one can worship Lord Brahma (the creator), Lord Vishnu (the protector), Lord Shiva (the destroyer) within the same temple complex. So this place is called Trimoorthi Shektram or Kadambavanam. Uthamarkoil in Karumbanur is one of the most famous shrines denoted in 108 Vaishnava Divyadesam's Paadal Sthalam. Ph: 2591466.
St. John’s Church
This church built in 1812 has louvered doors which open to convert it into an airy pavilion. It is located near Theppakulam. Its excellent setting and marvelous architecture makes it a site worth visiting.
St Lourdes Church
The church located near the Rockfort Teppakulam based on the French architecture is the oldest one of its kind. Church of Our Lady of Lourdes is the replica of the Basillica of Lourdes, the world famous place of pilgrimage in South France.
The Dharga built 1000 years ago, stood as a holy place for muslims. The festival of 'urs' is celebrated in the mosque every year with a great boom. Many devotees from various parts of Tamilnadu visit this mosque during the festival rituals.
Thirumayam Kattubhava Darga
17th Century Moghul architectured Darga here is a popular pilgrim center. Bhava was a philosopher. This place is 55 kms. fromTiruchi on Madurai-Thanjavur route. Santhanakkoodu festival in April / May attracts large numbers.