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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What places can one explore around Tiruchirappalli?

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In a city with a glorious past it isn’t a wonder that the steps leading towards it or away from it are equally rooted in element of mystique and history. Acting like a giant sponge for the crowds and noise, places around Tiruchirappalli are equally enriching and fulfilling. So tighten your walking shoes and pack a picnic basket and head out to unravel the adventure that extends well beyond the city. Some of the places to visit are:


  • Kallanai Dam

        

A dam might be the last place you would have pictured as a place for vacation sightseeing but the Grand Anicut or the Kallanai Dam will probably give you one of the most enduring associations with the city. In tandem with the city’s culture and nature, the dam is a another strong thread linking Tiruchirappalli it to its distant past and is a marvel of Dravidian engineering. Built in the 2 AD by Karikalan the Chola king, on the Kaveri river, the dam is considered one of the oldest water regulator systems in the world. The dam, located at a distance of 20 km from Tiruchirappalli, has become a model to study and emulate for many modern day dam constructions. The irrigation network initially covered an area of 28,000 ha, which was increased to a million hectares by early 20th century.

Stand at the edge of the dam’s wall, preferably in the evening, and watch the sun set beyond the banks of river Kaveri with your feet resting on a structure about 2000 years old and still going strong-yet another one of its kind experience offered by Tiruchirappalli.


  • Puliyancholai Falls

    About 72 km from Tiruchirappalli, located at the foot of the Kollimalai hills are the aquamarine Puliyancholai Falls, that appears more like a stream of water being a terrace waterfall, cascading through step like stones. As you drive towards the Kollimalai hills, the traffic thins out and disappears almost completely. Only the occasional village interrupts the calm scenery on either side. As you begin your walk through verdant greens and thick tamarind groves at the base of the Kollimalai hills, now and then the thick foliage parts to reveal a stream of water and its only after rounding few bends that the falls show themselves in their entirety. The surrounding hills create a stunning backdrop for the ceaselessly moving clouds. The stillness is livened by the groups of people jumping in the stream for occasional dips.

  • Mukkombu


Located at a distance of 18 km, Mukkombu is really a sequel to Kallanai dam and is referred to as Upper Anicut. Built at the point where River Kollidam branches off from river Kaveri, it was built by Sir Arthur Cotton in the 19th century who drew inspiration from the Kallanai dam. A place with immense natural beauty, it opens your way acres of pristine greenery and its well kept park may be the perfect place to open that delicious picnic basket you packed for yourself. Mukkombu is really a series of picnic spots where you can expect city natives to pack large lunches in heavy steel containers for their guest’s day trips. It is where memories of childhood summer vacations can be brought alive all over again.

After enjoying a refreshing walk through the woods and wildflowers you can also head over to the amusement park in Mukkombu for some excitement located on NH 67.
However, being a popular picnic destination and weekend getaway, if your trip lays over a weekend then you are likely to find
Mukkombu crowded, especially during late evening.


Explore the limits of Tiruchirappalli’s border and soak yourself in a cascade of quiet splendour that is sure to soothe those big city nerves.

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Some ancient temples built by Pallavas, Cholas and Nayaks in Trichy District are here:

Pallava and Pandya Cave Temples: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/11/pallava-pandya-cave-temples-trichy.html

Gopurapatti Amaleeswarar Temple (specialty - miniature Ramayana Panels) -http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/02/gopurapatti-amaleeswarar-temple-trichy.html

Srinivasanallur Kuranganathar Temple (specialty - Early Chola Temple) -http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/02/srinivasanallur-kurangunathar-temple.html

Allur Temple Tour Part 1 (specialty - built by Raja Raja Chola. His name can be seen in the inscriptions) : http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/02/allur-temple-trip-part-i-trichy-tamil.html

Allur Temple Tour Part 2 (specialty - built by Paranthaka Chola. Little temple in the middle of paddy fields) : http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/02/allur-temple-trip-part-ii-trichy-tamil.html

Andanallur Temple (specialty - Fish spa!!!):http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/03/andanallur-temple-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

Bhoologanathar Temple (specialty - bronze statue with a unique musical instrument called Kudamuzha): http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/11/bhuloganathar-temple-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

Temples at Sirugamani, Nangavaram, Thiruchendurai:http://travel.bhushavali.com/2011/02/trichy-temple-tour-yet-again-trichy.html

Kulithalai Kadambar Temple (specialty - Dakshina Kasi) :http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/01/kadambar-koil-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

Pettavailthalai Temple (specialty - temple for women's issues like pregnancy, menstruation etc): http://travel.bhushavali.com/2009/09/pettavaithalai-temple-tour-trichy-tamil.html

Thirupparaithurai Temple: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2009/09/thirupparaithurai-temple-tour-trichy.html

Manathattai Agraharam (specialty - a typical village TamBrahm agraharam):http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/01/manathattai-agraharam-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

Mukkombu Dam: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2009/05/mukkombu-perugamani-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

Trichy Rock Fort: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/11/trichy-temple-tour-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

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0 people found this answer useful Useful ?Yes

Some ancient temples built by Pallavas, Cholas and Nayaks in Trichy District are here:

Pallava and Pandya Cave Temples: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/11/pallava-pandya-cave-temples-trichy.html

Gopurapatti Amaleeswarar Temple (specialty - miniature Ramayana Panels) -http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/02/gopurapatti-amaleeswarar-temple-trichy.html

Srinivasanallur Kuranganathar Temple (specialty - Early Chola Temple) -http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/02/srinivasanallur-kurangunathar-temple.html

Allur Temple Tour Part 1 (specialty - built by Raja Raja Chola. His name can be seen in the inscriptions) : http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/02/allur-temple-trip-part-i-trichy-tamil.html

Allur Temple Tour Part 2 (specialty - built by Paranthaka Chola. Little temple in the middle of paddy fields) : http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/02/allur-temple-trip-part-ii-trichy-tamil.html

Andanallur Temple (specialty - Fish spa!!!):http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/03/andanallur-temple-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

Bhoologanathar Temple (specialty - bronze statue with a unique musical instrument called Kudamuzha): http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/11/bhuloganathar-temple-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

Temples at Sirugamani, Nangavaram, Thiruchendurai:http://travel.bhushavali.com/2011/02/trichy-temple-tour-yet-again-trichy.html

Kulithalai Kadambar Temple (specialty - Dakshina Kasi) :http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/01/kadambar-koil-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

Pettavailthalai Temple (specialty - temple for women's issues like pregnancy, menstruation etc): http://travel.bhushavali.com/2009/09/pettavaithalai-temple-tour-trichy-tamil.html

Thirupparaithurai Temple: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2009/09/thirupparaithurai-temple-tour-trichy.html

Manathattai Agraharam (specialty - a typical village TamBrahm agraharam):http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/01/manathattai-agraharam-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

Mukkombu Dam: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2009/05/mukkombu-perugamani-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

Trichy Rock Fort: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/11/trichy-temple-tour-trichy-tamil-nadu.html

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