The eight-storeyed victory tower here was built by the Maratha King Serfoji
in the year 1814 to commemorate the victory of the British over Napoleon
Bonaparte at Waterloo. The name 'Mannora' is derived from the word minaret
meaning small minar. From this 30 metre high tower one can have a panoramic
view of the palm fringed Bay of Bengal. This tower also served as a light
Sri Jambukeshwara Temple
Much smaller and often overlooked, the nearby Sri Jambukeshwara Temple
(Map p361; Camera / Video Rs. 20 / 150; Time 6am - 1pm & 3-9pm) is
an oasis of calm and serenity after the clamour of Sri Ranganathaswamy
Temple. It is dedicated to Shiva and Parvati, and was built around the
same time as Sri Ranganathswamy. Being one of the five temples honouring
the elements - in this case, water - the temple is built around a partly
immersed Shiva lingam. Non - Hindus may not enter sanctum, but beyond
the second wall is an interesting chamber lined with linga and statues
If you're taking bus No 1, ask for 'Tiruvanakoil'; the temple is about
100m east of the main road.
The Brahadeeswarar temple at Gangaikondacholapuram was conceived and constructed
by the Chola King Rajendra - I after his victory over the kingdoms bordering
the river Ganga. Apart from the huge Nandi, there are some beautiful sculptures
including a dancing Ganesha, a lion-headed well and a stunning figure
of King Rajendra being crowned by Siva and Parvati.
Not far from the island is one of the greatest engineering marvels of
India. The Grand Anaicut built by Karikalan Chola in the 2nd century A.D.
to harness the waters of the Kaveri. Made of stone, the dam is 329 m long
and 20m wide and still very much in use. Additions have been made in the
form of a road bridge on top of the dam. This is a good picnic spot.
Mukkombu is a beautiful excursion centre, just 18 kms from Tiruchirappalli
on the river banks of Cauvery and Kollidam. This place is called upper
dam. It is an attraction for the tourists and also for the people of all
ages by its park, greenish garden scince park,toy train,merry go round,
fishing facility, and boating facility.
This hill station in Namakkal district at an altitude of 1190 mts, is
an unexploited pleasure. Sri Arappaleeswarar Temple on top of the hills
called Chathuragiri is one of the oldest. The terrace type serpentine
ghat road, the fruits culitvated here, honey and the unchanged tribal
cultures are unique memories. The wonderful Agasangangai Waterfall flowing
from a height of over 200 feet is a unique scene. Valvil Ori Festival
and Tourism Festival are celebrated during August every year.
Ponnaniyaru dam is situated south of Tiruchirappalli. It is 24 kms from
Manapparai and 9 kms from Vaiyampatti. Ponnaniyaru dam is built across
perumal malai and Chemmalai . This dam site is an ideal place for excursion.
The Siva temple here has some interesting inscriptions as well as beautiful
sculptures. One of the inscriptions deals with the musical treatise of
Mahendravarman Pallava and his experimentation with an eight-stringed
instrument called Parivadini.