About an hour and a half from Tanjore and set on the banks of the mighty Cauvery River is the bustling town of Trichy.
Rock Fort Temple
At its heart is the Rock Fort Temple, accessed through the Chinese Market. For spectacular views, leave your shoes just inside the door and climb up the 437 steps cut into the stone. Much of the climb tunnels through the rock and you’ll share the steps with dozens of pilgrims also trying to reach the top. Halfway up is a stable where cows given in thanks for a child’s birth are kept. These are auctioned every few months.
A short drive away from the Rock Fort Temple is the temple complex of Srirangam. Covering an enormous area it has an unusual design with seven concentric walls. The outer walls include homes and bazaars, and the entire temple complex has the feel of a town, enlivened by temple elephants wandering around to receive offerings. The towers were recently painted to highlight the numerous carvings.
The Cauvery River nearby is visited by pilgrims, who often shave their heads as part of their spiritual journey: their scalps are protected from the sun by a turmeric paste, giving their heads an exotic yellow glare.
Suggested itinerary featuring Trichy
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Places near Trichy
- Tanjore 49 kilometers away
- Chettinad 83 kilometers away
- Madurai 118 kilometers away
- Tranquebar 129 kilometers away
- Pondicherry 177 kilometers away
- Munnar 197 kilometers away
- Thekkady & Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary 219 kilometers away
- Palakkad 225 kilometers away
- Ooty 229 kilometers away
- Kerala 240 kilometers away
- Kothamangalam 241 kilometers away
- Kanchipuram 251 kilometers away
- Mahabalipuram 260 kilometers away
- Bangalore 270 kilometers away
- Waynad 279 kilometers away
- Mysore 280 kilometers away
- Cochin 284 kilometers away
- The Backwaters 294 kilometers away
- Mararikulam 296 kilometers away
- Chennai 303 kilometers away
- Nagarhole National Park 313 kilometers away
- Kovalam 328 kilometers away
- Tellicherry 366 kilometers away
- Coorg 370 kilometers away
- Belur & Halebid 402 kilometers away
- Neeleshwar 424 kilometers away