It is 7 Kms. From the town and popularly called as Thiruvanaikoil too. This temple is one of the Pancha Bhootha Sthalam (five elements of nature) representing water. Hence this temple is also revered as “Appu Sthalam” and the Shivalingam here is called as “Appu Linga”. This Jambukeswarar – Akilandeswari temple is dedicated to Lord Siva. The Siva Lingam in the Sanctum Sanctorum is reported to be submerged in the water that flows from a subterranean spring into the Sanctum Sanctorum. Because an elephant once worshiped Lord Siva under the holy Jambu Tree, the god gets the name Jambukeswarar. Thiruvanaikaval is situated in the middle of Trichy and Thiruvarangam about 320 kms on Chennai & Kanniyakumari national highway. The temple is located 8 kms From Central Bus Stand and 3 kms from Chathiram Bus Stand. Trichy. Government and private bus services is available to reach Thiruvanaikaval.
Samayapuram is 15 kms from the town and an important pilgrim centre famous for the Mariamman Temple dedicated to Goddess Mariamman. There is a legend that King Vijayaraya Chakkaravarthi built the present day form of the temple. Chithirai Car Festival (April-May) is famous festival of this temple. Persons affected by chickenpox and smallpox come to this place, stay here and pray to Goddess for speedy recovery. Abisheka Theertham (Divine Water) is sprinkled on them after pooja and they are believed to get recovered very quickly. There is a separate rest hall for their stay in the temple. In ancient period this region was ruled by Chola Kings. Samayapuram is also known by the names Kannanur, Kannanpuram, Vikramapuram and Mahalipuram in ancient times. Flower Sprinkling (Poochoridal) Festival is conducted during the month of March and Chithirai Car Festival is conducted during the month of April. Devotees offer prayer by rolling themselves around the temple prakaram (corridor) known as Angapradatchanam. Government and Private Buses are available from Chathiram Bus Stand.
St.Mary’s Cathedral Church , Melapudur
St.Mary’s Cathedral Church is located near Melaputhur. It is the headquarter church of the Catholic Diocese of Tiruchirappall. It is one of the oldest Dioceses in Tamilnadu and India as well. The new Cathedral has built in 2015 is very magnificent and it stands in the place of the old Cathedral, which was 175 years old (1841 – 2015). It is also the “Mother Church” of five dioceses such as Thoothukudi, Madurai, Palayangkottai, Sivagangai and Dindigal. The Church is kept open from 5.00 a.m to 12.00 noon and 4.00 to 8.00 p.m every day. Holy Mass in Sundays: 5.00 a.m,6.30 a.m, 8.30 a.m and 6.00 p.m and on Week days: 6.00 a.m and 6.00 p.m
The Dharga built 1000 years ago, was stood as a holy place for muslims. The festival of ‘urs’ is celebrated in this mosque every year with a great boom. Many devotees from various parts of Tamil nadu visit this mosque during the festival rituals. (Ph: 0431 – 2700401)
Pachamalai (80 km)
A lush green vegetative hill range near Thuraiyur is known as Pachamalai. It is very fine picture spot to enjoy the nature. The tribal people have been residing there. Their habits and way of life lure many foreign tourists to the spot. (Ph: 04327 – 222706)
Puliancholai (72 km)
A beautiful picnic spot located at the foot of the hills is in the forest region. At the top of kolli hills, there is a water falls known as Dakshina Ganga, the water of this cataract carrying the medicinal properties has reached puliancholai and joins the kollidam, the tributary of Cauvery, It is a perennial stream. (Ph: 04327 – 252257)
Mukkombu (Upper Anaicut) (18 km)
A place located on the Tiruchi-Karur Road with a significance of bifurcation of Cauvery into two branches named River Cauvery and kollidam. This is a beautiful picnic spot with lush green trees, meadows and parks. (Ph: 0431 – 2620354)
Butterfly Park, Melur (Srirangam) : – (18 Km
The butterfly park at Trichy which is considered as one of the biggest butterfly parks in Asia, is being constructed over 25 acres at the cost of approximately 8 crores. It is exactly situated near river bank of Cauveri near Melur, Srirangam.
The main attraction would be Zodiac Park. When the park is opened, public would get tree at free of cost inside the butterfly park and they can plant and grow. This is called “Nakashtra Vanam” (Zodiac Park). The authority of Butterfly Park will also have a plan to spray scent which attracts butterfly and make them to sit on the public when they enter. (Ph: 0431 – 2414265)
Planetorium (6 km)
Planetorium / Anna Science center is located on Pudukottai Road near Airport. Programmes in Tamil and English versions are shown daily. Tamil version: 10.30am, 1.00pm, 3.30pm, 4.45pm English Version: 11.45am, 2.15pm Entry Fee Adult: Rs.12/- Child Rs.6/-(below 12yrs)
Environmental Gallery :
Entry Fee Adult: Rs.5/- Child Rs.2/- (below 12yrs) Science Park Entry Fee: Rs.1/- Timing: 10.00 A.M. to 5.45 P.M. (all days except Three National Holidays) (Phone:. – 0431-23311921, 2332190 )
Government Museum (5 km)
Government Museum of Tiruchy was established in 1983 in the Cantonment Area. Later in 1997 the Museum was shifted to Rani Mangammal Darbar Hall of Nayak Kingdom with in the Town Hall premises. Ancient era artifacts like carvings, stone inscriptions, sculptures, megalithic statues, currencies, weapons and tools can be seen in the museum, which dates back to 13th century. The museum is open on all days except Friday. Timings : 10.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m.
Entrance Fee: Adult: Rs.5/- Students: Rs. 3/-, Foreigners: 100/- ( Ph : 0431-2708809)