Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli (also called Tiruchi or Trichy) is an ancient city in India's southern Tamil Nadu state. It is one of the oldest inhabited places in the state. Different empires have ruled over the region with each empire leaving behind its own legacy. This has resulted in the city being bestowed with rich cultural heritage and tradition.

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Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, Srirangam
10 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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Aayiram Kaal Mandapam is an ancient structural design situated near the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple. The madapam (hall) is located in the Srirangam Temple Elephant Shelter at the Srirangam area of Trichy, 10 kms away from the city center.

Aayiram Kaal Mandapam is a colossal hall made up of granite and supported by 1000 proficiently carved pillars. The hall is a part of the mighty Sri Ranganathaswamy temple which encloses within itself the Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, 9 sacred water pools, 17 major gopurams (towers), 39 pavilions, 50 shrines, and numerous water small bodies. The thousand p...

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Arulmigu Gneelivaneswarar Temple is momentous temple dedicated to deity Shiva, popularly known as Gneelivaneswarar in the temple. The temple is located in Thirupangeeli at Manachanallur Taluk, 25 kms away from Trichy.

The Arulmigu Gneelivaneswarar temple is a delightful place of worship and purity. The temple features an appealing architecture accompanied by an incredible saga about its establishment. The linga of Lord Shiva is believed to be a Suyambu linga which means that it originated from the Earth and has not been created by any individual. The temple is a beautiful place sur...

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Butterfly Park, Trichy
17 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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The Butterfly Park at Trichy is one of the grandest of all butterfly conservation parks in Asia. It is constructed over an area of 25 acres, costing around INR 8 crores in the set up. The park is located inside the Tropical Butterfly Conservatory Campus, at the Srirangam island, 17 kms away from the city center of Trichy.

The Butterfly Park is a captivating place situated between the two rivers: Kaveri and Kollidam. The park is a house to more than 40 local species of butterflies. The butterflies are reared in indoor conservatories, which have green houses and air conditioners. The...

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Erumbeeswarar Temple, Trichy
10 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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Erumbeeswarar Temple is a historic temple devoted to the divine god Shiva. The temple is located in the Thiruverumbur city of Tamil Nadu, 10 kms away from Trichy.

Situated on the banks of Cauveri river, the Erumbeeswarar Temple was built by the Chola King Aditya as a symbol of triumph over the Pandyas in the Battle of Tirupurambiyam. Consisting of engravings, believed to be a 1000 years old, the temple is acknowledged by the Archaeological Survey of India as a protected monument. The temple is also an icon which reminisces the great saga of Lord Shiva, protecting the 'Devas' (Gods)...

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Gandhi Children Park, Trichy
8 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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Gandhi Children's Park is a recreational place for kids in Trichy. The park is located on the Butterworth road in the Teppakulam area of Trichy, 8 kms away from the city center.

Gandhi Children's Park is one of Trichy's oldest parks, serving joyous kids for over 50 years now. The infrastructure of the children's park is striking and kids spend their relaxing time here. The park is made up of a small piece of land surrounded by embankments of an old castle. The playground consists of a number of slides, swings, seesaw, jungle gyms, spring rider, etc. Although the play equipment in t...

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Government Museum, Trichy
7 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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Established in 1983, the Government Museum, also know as Rani Mangammal District Museum, is a heritage center that exhibits more than 2000 indoor and outdoor artifacts. The museum is located in the Bharathidasansan town near the super bazaar of Trichy. It is situated in the Singarathope area 7 kms away from the city center.

Also known as Rani Mangammal District Museum, the Government Museum of Trichy entails a comprehensive assortment of relics associated with geology, anthropology, zoology, history, and epigraphy. The museum boasts carvings of Gautama Buddha, ancient fossils, anti...

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Jambukeswarar Temple, Thiruvanaikaval also known as Thiruvanaikal, Jambukeswaram is a famous Shiva temple in Tiruchirapalli (Trichy), in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is about 49 kms from the city.

Jambukeswarar Temple was built by Kocengannan (Kochenga Chola), one of the Early Cholas, around 1,800 years ago. It is located in the Srirangam island, which has the famous Ranganathaswamy temple. It is one of the five major Shiva Temples of Tamil Nadu representing the Mahabhuta or five great elements; this temple represents the element of water, or neer in Tamil. The sanctum of Jam...

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Kallanai Dam
15 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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Kallanai also known as the Grand Anicut, is an ancient dam, which is built across the Kaveri river in Tiruchirapalli in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. Located at a distance of 15 kms from Tiruchirapalli, the dam was originally constructed by the Chola king Karikalan in 2nd century AD.

The historic dam was originally built by Karikalan about 2000 years ago. The idea behind the construction of the dam was to divert the river to the delta districts thereby boosting irrigation. The dam was re-modeled by the British during the 19th century. In 1804, Captain Caldwell, a military engin...

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Main Guard Gate, Trichy
6 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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Tiruchirappalli Fort is a dilapidated fort which once protected the Old City of Trichy encompassing Big Bazaar Street, Singarathope, Bishop Heber School, Teppakulam and Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort. All that which remains now is a railway station with that name and Main Guard Gate along West Boulevard Road in the city of Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, India. It's about 6 kms from the city.

The fort can be traced along West Boulevard Road in West, East Boulevard Road in East, Butter-worth Road in North and Gandhi Market to the South. Tiruchirapalli Fort Railway Station lies opposite the...

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Mukkombu
18 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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Upper Anaicut, also known as Mukkombu is a dam built on the Kaveri River in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. Upper Anaicut or Mukkombu is about 18 kms west of Trichy and 2 kilometers away from Jeeyapuram at a point where River Kollidam branches out from the main river, Cauvery.

Mukkombu is a lovely picnic spot skirting acres of verdant greenery. The place also has a well-manicured park. It is about 685-meter long, and was built in the 19th century by Sir Arthur Cotton who drew inspiration from the 2nd century Kallanai dam by the Cholas. It breaks into two channels at the ...

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The Our Lady of Lourdes Church, also known as St Joseph's Church, is a historic church located in the city of Tiruchirapalli in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The Church is devoted to Our Lady of Lourdes. It is about 8kms from the Trichy city.

The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes is a magnificent church built in the Gothic style. This hundred-year-old church is in the St. Joseph's College complex and its elegant 200 ft tall spire is visible for quite a distance. The facade of the church has remained untouched with the administration not even painting it, as they wish to protect its a...

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Pachamalai
80 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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Pachamalai is a green hill range, just 80 kms north of Tiruchiraplli via Thuraiyur. Pachai means Green and malai means mountain. Pachamalai which spread with a few range is a haven of the tribes of this region, with unique culture and way of life. Its altitude is 500 m to 1000 meters above msl. This mountain range in itself has different small regions like Thenparanadu, kombainadu , Athi Nadu and Vannadu.

The Veera Ramar dam built across River Kallar is a must see. The water sprays on your face like you are faced with a thousand exotic sprinklers when you visit the water-wonder. The ...

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Perumbidugu Mutharaiyar Statue
Within Tiruchirappalli city limits
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Perumbidugu Mutharaiyar Statue is located very close to the center of Trichy. Â

ÂSculptures of leaders are erected to honour them for having played a significant role in shaping the history of the region. The late King Perumbidugu Mutharaiyar II was no exception. Perumbidugu Mutharaiyar Statue is a historical landmark in the city of Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu. It was built to honor Perumbidugu Mutharaiyar II, who held the throne somewhere around 705 AD. It is believed that he has fought in at least 12 battles throughout his reign. Among hose that he fought include the forces of th...

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Ponnaniyaru Dam
75 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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Ponnaniyaru Dam, Karur, is a water reservior located at a distance of 75 kms from the city of Trichy.

ÂPonnaniyaru Dam is built across the Chemmalai and Perumalmalai hills in Tamil Nadu. The total capacity of the dam is 51 ft, and total water storage capacity is 49 ft. It is surrounded by dense, green forests and hills; the trees, plants, bushes and herbs in the forest are very diverse in nature. The hills around the area provide a good number of trekking opportunities. A bridge called the "Hanging Bridge" is situated near the dam, and is quite popular among the tourists and locals...

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Puliyancholai Falls
77 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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Puliyancholai Falls is a waterfall located at a distance of 77 kms from the city of Trichy.

ÂConcealed by Tamarind groves and lush green forests, the Puliyancholai falls is a place located at the foot of Kollimalai. A stream in the area lowers the temperature and makes the atmosphere cooler, in addition to beautifying the region even more. The stream is used by the locals and tourists as an open bathing spot. Akaya Gangai, a water fall situated at a higher altitude on the hills, requires a five hour trek to be reached. The water is said to have various healing properties; the shrub...

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Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple, Trichy
26.5 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple, also called "Swedha Varaha Kshetharam", is a historic Hindu temple located at a distance of 26. 5 kms, from the city of Trichy.

ÂThe Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple is said to be about 1500-2000 years old and hence has a number of legends written about it; the place has an immense amount of religious significance. The entire built of the temple resembles that of a fort, with rooms made of stones. Every little detail about the temple and the way it is built has a meaning attached to it. Take for example the steps leading to the deities, the first eightee...

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Rail Museum, Trichy
8.9 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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The Rail Museum is located at a distance of 8. 9 kms from the city of Trichy.

ÂThe Trichy Rail Museum was built as part of celebrations for the Indian Railways' (South) 150th anniversary. It holds, both, indoor and outdoor exhibits. The indoor part of the exhibit displays various documents that date back to the time India was still under the British rule. A few of those documents are old maps, manuals (for railways), Gazettes, rare photographs etc. Also included in the indoor exhibit are various artifacts such as staff badges, clocks, bells, etc. ; these artifacts, though not extra...

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Rockfort Ucchi Pillayar temple is a small, monolithic temple situated in Thiruchirapalli. The temple is 6. 8 Kms from Trichy and is easy to reach.

Rockfort Ucchi Pillayar temple is located on a 273 foot high rock citadel, named Rockfort. These rocks are around 3800 million years old. The temple’s construction was started in 7th century by the Pallava rulers but was completed by the Nayak rulers. The Rockfort also has two other temples on the way to Ucchi Pillayar Temple – a Shiva Temple and a Thayumanavar temple. Ucchi Pillayar temple is 83 m high. It is devoted to Lord Ganesha (ca...

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Rockfort, Trichy
6.8 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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In an otherwise flat land like Trichy, the Rockfort, a huge single rock stands out at a height of 273 feet. It is said that the stone dates back to almost 3. 8 billion years ago. The Rock fort is located at a distance of 6. 8 kms from Trichy.

Considering the age of the stone, the Rockfort in Trichy is credited to be one of the oldest architectures in the world. The oldest construction on the rock are the Pallava Caves which were built by the Pallava Kings. The rocks naturally fortifying position was later strategically used by the Nayaks. The fort was used in the Carnatic wars and ...

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Samayapuram Mariamman Temple
15 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits

Samayapuram Mariamman temple is a small temple devoted to Goddess Durga. It is situated in Samayapuram, 15 kms from Trichy.

Samayapuram Mariamman temple is regarded as the second wealthiest temple in Tamilnadu, after Palani temple. It was built in 18th century by the emperor Vijayaraja Chakkravarthi, to show his gratitude to the Goddess for winning a battle. The diety in the temple is Samayapurathal or Mariamman, a reincarnation of Durga. It is visible right from the entrance of the temple. Unlike common statues of other Hindu deities, the statue of Mariamman is made from sand and ...

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Shesharayar Mandapam, Tiruchirapalli
10 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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Shesharayar Mandapam is an museum located in Srirangam. It is 10 kms from Trichy.

Shesharayar mandapam is a part of Sri Ranganathaswamy temple complex. It is located on the east side of the fourth courtyard of Sri Ranganathaswamy temple. This museum showcases beautiful statues and stone carvings. These carving depict stories from epics and legends. The carving of Lord Krishna's ten incarnations on pillar is a major attraction. Other carvings depict Rasalilas of Krishna and erotic images. Shesharayar Mandapam also displays coins and carvings of ivory, brass and bronze. The mandapam ...

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Sittanavasal Cave
49 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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Sittanavasal cave is a historic rock cut Jain monastery situated in Pudukottai district. It is 49 kms from Trichy.

Sittanavasal cave is also known as Arivar coil. It was built in 7th century AD by Pallava king Mahendravarman and was later renovated by Pandya kings. Sittanavasal cave is built on a 70 m high hill. One has to climb around 280 steps to reach the cave. It is a simple structure with four columns and a pilaster. The cave consists of a hall called Ardhamandapam and a sanctum called Garbagriha. The sanctum enshrines three Jain idols. The sanctum has a carved lotus on its c...

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Sri Ranganathaswamy temple is a temple dedicated to Ranganatha (Lord Vishnu). It is regarded as the largest temple complex in India. It is also the largest functioning temple in the world. It is located in Srirangam, 10 kms from Trichy.

Sri Ranganathaswamy temple is located on an island between Kollidam and Cauvery rivers. It was the hub of Bhakti movement. It spreads around 155 acres, with a township inside it. Sri Ranganathaswamy temple includes 50 shrines, 21 towers, 59 pavillions and several water tanks. The whole structure is designed in 7 concentric enclosures. This design is...

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St Joseph's church, Trichy
Within Tiruchirappalli city limits
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St. Joseph's Church is one of the oldest churches in Trichy. It is located in the centre of the city.

St. Joseph's Church, Trichy is also known as Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Its structure resembles Our Lady of Lourdes Church in France. St Joseph's church was built in 1792 by a Danish missionary, Rev. Frederick Christian Schwartz. The church is now a part of the renowned St. Joseph's College. The church is built in Gothic style. It is 200 feet tall. The tower of the church is 62 feet tall and can be viewed from a radius of 8 km from it. Five statues of saints are carved on the towe...

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Subramaniya Swamy Temple, Kumaravayalur
12 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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Subramaniya Swamy Temple, Kumaravayalur is a historic Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Muruga. It is situated in Gramavayal and is 12 kms from Trichy.

Subramaniya Swamy Temple, Kumaravayalur is also known as Vayalur Murugan Temple. It was built in the 9th century by Chola kings. The temple was renovated by Kripananda Variyar, a traditional Tamil story teller. The temple was surrounded by Green fields in the past. Hence, it got the name Vayalur (which means field in Tamil). It is believed that the famous hymn praising Muruga, Tirupukkal was written by Arunaginaathar from this temple. ...

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Thalamalai which is also known as Siragiri is a hill located at a 65 kms distance from Trichy and is known for the famous Thalamalai Perumal Temple which rests on the peak of the hill. "Thala" in Tamil means head and the hill is aptly named Thalamalai as it looks like the head of a person and it is believed that it resembles the head of Lord Vishnu.

The ancient Arulmigu Thaana Valarnatha Perumal temple was built by the Madurai Nayaks and is primarily dedicated to Nallendra Perumal who is a form of Lord Vishnu. The temple also has shrines devoted to Bhudevi, Lord Anjaneya, Alamelu M...

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Thayumanavar Swamy Temple, Trichy.
Within Tiruchirappalli city limits
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Constructed in the 6th Century AD by the Pallava King Mahendravarman l, the Thayumanavar Swamy Temple is located at Rockfort temple complex in Trichy. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located within Trichy city limits.

The temple complex has three shrines and two of them are dedicated to Lord Ganesh. The Thayumanavar Swamy temple is situated in the middle and is the biggest of all the three and the shrine faces west instead of east. At the entrance of the temple is a 100pillar hall that is decorated with various paintings and carvings. Legend has it that Lord Shiva onc...

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Thiruvanakoil Temple, Trichy
10 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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At a distance of 10 kms from Trichy, in the Srirangam island lies the Thiruvanakoil Temple, also popularly known as the Jambukeshwarar Akilandeswari Temple. It was built by Kochenga Chola, one of the early Cholas almost 2500 years ago.

The temple is a "Panchabootha Sthalam" which refers to the 5 Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu that represent one element each. The Jambukeshwarar temple stands for the element of water and so is also called as an "Appu Sthalam" According to mythology, Devi Akilandeswari, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati performed penance in the Jambu forest where she cre...

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The Uyyakondan Thirumalai temple is located along the banks of the Uyyakondan river on a height of 98 feet on a hilltop with granite walls built around it. It is also called "Thiru Karkudi", Karkudi meaning an abode on the rocks. It is about 7 kms from Trichy and is easily accessible by Public Transport.

At the foothill, one can seek blessings from Lord Ganesh and flight of stairs later, lies the Uyyakondar or the Ujjeevanathan Swamy temple who also happens to be the presiding deity of the temple. The temple faces east and unlike the usual style of Dravidian architecture, the entra...

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Vayalur Murugan Temple, Trichy
10 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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Surrounded by lush green paddy fields and coconut groves, the Vayalur Murugan Temple is a 1200-year-old temple dedicated to lord Muruga. It is located at 10 kms distance from Trichy and is easily accessible by public transport.

According to legend, the temple was built by a Chola king who went hunting and had stopped at this place to quench his thirst. So, he cut a sugarcane from the field and was surprised to find blood flowing from it. Upon clearing the place, a Shiva Lingam had been discovered and at his bidding a temple was built. Just after crossing the enterance of the temple...

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Vekkali Amman Temple, Trichy
7 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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The Vekkali Amman Temple in Woraiyur located at a distance of about 7 kms from Trichy is dedicated to goddess Parvathi. The temple was built by king Gochenka Chola. The Cholas were staunch worshippers of Vekkali Amman.

In ancient times, it was a practice in the villages to establish a "village god or goddess" and these gods or goddessed were supposed to protect the people from evil and misfortune. Vekkali Amman was the goddess for Woraiyur which was the capital during the Chola reign. The goddess faces north, signifying valour and chivalry, it is said that her blessings will yield ...

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Viralimalai Murugan Temple, Trichy
28 kms from Tiruchirappalli city limits
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The Viralimalai temple or the Shanmuganadar temple as the locals call it is a temple dedicated to Lord Murugan or Lord Subramanya. It is located in Viralimalai in the Pudukkottai district, 28 kms from Trichy but is easily accessible by public transport.

It was built in the 9th century by the Cholas. It is a hilltop temple and it requires one to climb a flight of 207 stairs to reach the top but there are beautiful mandapams on the way for people to rest. A famous and important legend associated with the temple is that of Arunagirinathar, a 15th century poet was a devotee of Lord Shi...

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World War 1 memorial, Tiruchirapalli
Within Tiruchirappalli city limits

The World War 1 memorial also known as the clock tower is situated in the heart of trichy and is a bleak reminder of the contribution made by India to help the allied powers win the war. It was built in 1919 for the soldiers from "Trichinopoly" who fought for the British. According to the records, 302 men from Trichy went to fight in the war and 41 of them died doing do. The then government built a memorial with a clock in it to honour the brave men. The memorial is open all day and is located in the Gandhi Market which is well connected by public transport.

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