Temples and Monuments in Trichy

Rock Fort
The Rock Fort Temple tops on a 83m high outcrop. This temple was built by the Pallavas as a small cave temple, but the Nayaks made use of its naturally fortified Position. It is a stiff climb, up the 437 steps cut into the stone to the top but well worth the view.  Non-Hindus are not allowed into the Vinayaka Temple at the summit and at the bigger Sri Thayumanaswamy Temple dedicated to Siva, halfway up. 
The monument is open daily from 6 am to 8 pm.
Ranganathar
This superb temple complex at Srirangam, about three kms from the Rock Fort is surrounded by seven concentric walls with 21 gopurams and is probably the largest in India.  Most of it dates from the 14th to 17th centuries, and many people have had a hand in its construction, including the Cheras, Pandyas, Cholas, Hoysalas and rulers from Vijayanagar. The largest gopuram in the first wall on the southern side was completed as recently as 1987, and now measures 73m. 
The main temple is dedicated to Vishnu.  Even muslims are  said  to  have  prayed  here  after  the  fall  of  the Vijayanagar Empire. Non-Hindus are not allowed into the gold - topped sanctum, but they are  allowed  into  the sixth wall.  The whole place is fascinating. Bazaars and Brahmins' houses fill the space  between  the  outer  four walls,  and  you  don't  have  to  take  your  shoes  off  or deposit your bicycle until  you  get  to the  fourth wall. Just past the shoe deposit is an information centre, where you buy the ticket  to climb the wall for a panoramic view of the entire complex.  A temple guide will unlock the gates and tell you what's what.  It's worth engaging one of these  guides  as  there is  much  to see and you could easily spend all day wandering around  the complex.  There's also a small museum  containing sculptures. 
An annual Car Festival is held here in January during which a decorated wooden chariot is pulled through the streets between  various walls.  In mid-December, the Vaikunda Ekadasi, or Paradise Festival will be celebrated in the Vishnu Temple.

Other Temples

Athmanathaswamy temple (44 km from Pudukkottai) here contains graceful life-size sculptures and is noted for its zephyr (granite roof) work.  This temple was built in the 10th century A.D.

Avudaiyar kovil (94 km) : This ancient Athmanathaswamy temple (44 km from Pudukkottai) here contains graceful life-size sculptures and is noted for its zephyr (granite roof) work. This temple was built in the 10th centruy A.D.

Avur (30 km) : There is an old church which was constructed by Father John Venantius Bouchet situated here.

Elakurichi (65 km) : This place is famous for its temple for Vishnu, known as Prasanna Venkateswarar.

Kodumbalur (42 km) : This place is also known as Moovarkoil (36 km from Pudukkottai). Out of the three shrines here, only two exist now.  It was formerly the seat of the Irukkuvelar.  These temples were built by Boodhi Vikramakesari in  the 10th century A.D. with sculptures of Kalarimurthi, Gajasamharamurthi, Ardhanariswara and Gangadaramurthi which are masterpieces of art.  Nearby is the Muchukumdeswarar temple of the Early Chola period.

Viralimalai (30 km) : The temple of Lord Subramanya is situated on a hillock.  There is also peacock sanctuary here.

Vayalor(8km) : Located on the outskirts or Tiruchi. There is a small Lord Muruga Temple set in the midst of lush green vegetation.

Samayapuram(20 km)  : This is a very important place of pilgrimage, famous for its temple dedicated to the Goddess Mariamman.

Jumbo: The Sri Jambukeshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Siva and has five concentric walls and seven gopurams.  It is  built around a Siva lingam partly submerged in water that comes from a spring in the sanctum sanctorum.  Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple.  The complex was built at the same time when Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple was also built. It is open daily between 6 am and 1 pm and between 4pm to 9.30 pm.

Sri Kokarneswarar Temple : The rock-cut cave temple of Sri Lokarneswarar Brahadambal at Thirukokarnam is of Mahendravarma Pallava's period.

Uthamar Koil: Uthamar Koil in Karumbanur is one of the most famous shrines in 108 Vaishnavik Padalshtalam. This temple is situated eight kilometres north of Trichy Fort Station, 4  km  north  of  Srirangam railway station. Here is the temple where the Lord Creator - Brahma, the lord for the well being of the universe - Vishnu and the destroyer of universe - Siva take their abode. This place is also known as " Kadambavanam" or "Trimurthishektram".

Church: Christ Church, St. Paul's Church, St. John's Church, All Saint's Church, Fatima Church.

Mosque: Nadhirsha Mosque near Teppakulam.