Famous for its colossal Rock-fort and the Srirangam temple
Right in the centre of Trichy, visible for miles around, is the Rock Fort temple, reached by climbing up a tunnel of 437 steps to the top where there is the reward of a splendid view, especially of the Srirangam Temple.
This superb 13th century temple complex with colourful bazaars has 21 carved gopurams or temple archways and is set on a 250-hectare island in the Cauvery, connected to the mainland by a bridge.
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The Rock Fort
The Rock Fort is a prominent landmark of Trichy. The temple is reached by climbing 437 steps cut into a tunnel in the rock. The Thayumanaswamy temple is located halfway to the top and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has a 100-pillar hall and a `Vimana' covered in gold leaf.
The Srirangam Temple
Just 10 km from the city is the sprawling Srirangam temple, well known for its Vaishnavite temple dedicated to Lord Ranganathaswamy. The 13th century temple has 21 carved gopurams or temple archways and is set on a 250-hectare island in the river Kaveri, connected to the mainland by a bridge.
The temple also hosts a chariot festival in January during which the temple deities are placed on high chariots and taken around the city.
The town has a most colourful bazaar which is a delight to photographers.
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