I was lucky to get an opportunity to visit the most beautiful city of Trichinapalli during my last trip to India during early 2010. The city of Trichinapalli, commonly known as Trichi, is situated in the South India in the State of Tamilnadu. I stayed for around three days at this lovely city of Trichi to visit most of the sightseeing spots of this historical city.
Trichi is well connected by air, rail, and road from most of the major cities of South India. The airport of Trichi is situated at the distance of around 4 miles from the city. There are daily, regular flights available from Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai for Trichi. The daily trains also are available from Chennai, Rameshwar, and Bangalore for Trichi. The luxurious State Transport buses are also available from all the major cities of South India. I traveled to Trichi by State Transport bus from Rameshwaram, which is around 140 miles away from Trichi. Such buses are air conditioned and very comfortable. Trichi is spread in to area of around 24 square kilometers and have population of around 800000 people as of last count. The people here mainly use English, Tamil, and Urdu. If you know English, there will not be any problem as most of the people here are able to speak English.
The city of Trichi is situated on the bank of holy River Kaveri. The kings of Chaula, Pallavs, and Pandyas have ruled this city during the tenth to fifteenth centuries. There are many important sightseeing places for the topurists here at Trichi. The first and foremost is the rock fort of Trichi. This fort is made of 240 feet high Mountains range that covers the entire city of Trichi. This natural fort is the oldest fort of India and was existing even before the Himalaya Mountains were created. There are many ancient and beautiful temples situated on this fort. The most famous of them all is Shree Rangnath Swami temple. This temple is located at the distance of around two miles inside the fort. It is also known as Shree Rang temple. This temple has seven compound walls, twentyone Gopurams (gates), in the most eyecatching design. This temple was built in the fourteenth century. The statue of Lord Vishnu is placed at this temple. The Lord Vishnu can be seen here in standing posture with four hands, giving blessings to entire world. Only Hindus are allowed to enter inside this holy temple, even today. The people from all other caste and religion are allowed to go up to the sixth wall of the temple. This temple is the largest temple of India in terms of the total area. The next place to visit is Lord Shiva temple of Jambukeshwar. This ancient Lord Shiva temple has seven Gopurams. The natural Lord Shiva Lingam is partially submerged inside the water at this temple. The level of water inside the temple remains constant throughout the year. It is still not understood how the water of holy River of Kaveri reaches the Lord Shiva Lingom. St. John Church, which was built in the year 1812, is also one of the unique spots to be visited at Trichi.
There are many good hotels available at Trichi for the visitors. Hotel Ajanta, Hotel Arun, Hotel Anand, Hotel Madurai, Hotel Famina, and Hotel Sangam are some of them. We had stayed at Hotel Sangam. This hotel provides excellent three star facilities at the rate of around Rs.3000 ($63) per day for a nice and comfortable double room. The authentic South Indian food delicacies, available at the restaurant of this hotel, are really worth tasting. The best time to visit Trichi is during the winter months of November to March.
If you are interested in Hindu mythology and the ancient Hindu temples, Trichi is the place for you and you must plan to visit it during your next visit to India.