Adorned with ancient temples, Tiruchirappalli is the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu. Encircled by serene cultural and religious architectures, one can immediately sense the holiness around the city considering its vast abundance of temples. So, if you plan on taking a trip here, do note these beautiful places to visit in Trichy:
Also known as Ucchi Pillayar Kovil locally, Rockfort resides in the heart of the city. It is 275 ft tall and is said to be almost a million years old. To reach the top of Rockfort you will have to climb a total of 350 steps. But the effort will be worth it as the view of the cave temple it offers is breathtaking. This temple is believed to have been built in 580 A.D. with the inscriptions on the caves dating back to the 3rd century B.C.
Spanning over 600 acres, the most famous place to visit here is the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple which was established around the 9th century AD when the Ganga dynasty ruled the area. The temple is the abode of Lord Ranganathaswamy, also known as Nam Perumal and Azahagiya Manavaalan – Tamil for "our god" and "beautiful groom". The temple is surrounded by humongous rampart walls which are designed in the historically famous Dravidian architecture style. The 11-tiered Rajagopuram or entrance is 237 feet tall and is one of the tallest gopurams in the country.
Lord Ranganatha rests in a reclining position on Adishesha, the King of Nagas with 5 hoods, in the inner sanctum of the temple. A significant feature of the idol is that it is designed using natural substances, i.e., a paste made of musk, camphor, honey, jaggery, and sandal.
Within the Srirangam temple, there 81 shrines of various other deities, including that of Lord Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Rama and Gopala Krishna to name a few.
Developed over 35 acres of land, the butterfly park in Trichy is known as one of the largest butterfly parks and conservatories in Asia. It is located near the riverbanks of Srirangam, an easy visit for those visiting the sri ranganathar temple and looking for additional places to visit in Trichy. The park is home to the Crimson Rose, which is said to be India’s largest butterfly. Along with that, the Southern Birdwing, Blue Tiger, Angled Castor, Striped Albatross have also made the park their home.
The park also has a beautiful garden, fountain and a hut to relax and take food-breaks. It also has a lovely 1.2 km walking pathway for visitors. To add to the serenity, the park is adorned with artificial ponds and suspended bridges.
Now that you know of some of the most beautiful places to visit in Trichy, make sure to have a well-prepared itinerary in hand. Planning an itinerary including the places you wish to visit the most will allow you to have a smooth and memorable travel. Not to mention, you will have enough time to bask in the beauty the city has to offer!