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The historical city of Tiruchirappalli (known as Tiruchi or Trichy) is located on the scenic banks of the Cauvery river. It is the fourth largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu, India and is centrally located in the state with several beautiful temples, churches, and scenic tourist spots. Its rich cultural and architectural heritage is a major source of attraction for the first-timer in Trichy as the city provides a fine blend of the traditional and modern times. It is one of the oldest inhabited city in Tamil Nadu with earliest settlements dating back to the second millennium BC; it was earlier known as Uraiyur, the capital of the early Cholas for 600 years from the 3rd century BC onwards. Currently, Uraiyur forms part of the suburbs of Trichy.
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If you are looking to visit a city that is teeming with culture, heritage, and historical monuments, then look no further than Thanjavur (or Tanjore as it was earlier known), a beautiful historical city located in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Set in the delta of the Cauvery river, this city is known as the ‘Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu’ and covers an area of about 36.3 square kilometers. The city is well connected by roads and railways, however, the nearest airport is in neighboring Tiruchirapalli located about 60km away. There is no dearth of hotels here as the tourist footfalls in this city of ancient architectural beauty are high and the Sangam group of hotels has a branch here too, to serve the discerning traveler’s needs.
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Getting Around Madurai

Madurai, the third largest city in Tamil Nadu is the cultural capital of the state. The city of Madurai and the Meenakshi temple here are believed to have been built by the Pandiyan king Kulashekar, after clearing a forest. Situated on the banks of the Vaigai River, Madurai is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, with recorded history dating back to 3rd century BC. Ancient texts of the Greeks and Romans mention the trade links with Madurai. Being culturally advanced, the city is said to have hosted the Tamil Sangam and plays a notable role in the promotion of Tamil language. Though the city is mainly associated with the Meenakshi temple, Madurai has also contributed to the Indian Independence movement. The agricultural laborers of Madurai are said to have inspired Mahatma Gandhi to wear the loin cloth. Predominantly an agricultural sector, today Madurai is a blend of cultural heritage and technological advancement. Getting around this heritage city is easy as every road ultimately leads to the temple. Designed to resemble lotus petals, Madurai city is built around the thousand pillared Meenakshi temple.

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The History

The Tiruchirappalli Rock fort, located in the city of Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu is a historic fortification and temple complex built on an 83 meter tall (272 ft) ancient rock dating over 3.8 billion years. The mystic temple is an example of awe-inspiring rock architecture. The fort had played a remarkable role in laying the foundations of the British Empire in India during the Carnatic Wars.

The name ‘Rock fort’ comes from military fortifications built here, first by the emperors of the Vijayanagara Empire and later by the British Empire. The massive rock was first cut by the Pallavas but it was the Nayaks of Madurai who completed both the temples under the Vijayanagara Empire. In the mid 14th century, the region was controlled by the Delhi Sultanate after Malik Kafur’s raid on South India. Rock fort has seen the transfer of powers from Nayaks to Mysore kingdom to the French and then to the British.
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Madurai, one of the oldest Indian cities, dates back to the pre-Christian era; a land of festivities and exotic cuisine. Madurai caters to the food junkie and the pious traveler alike. There is no better way to enjoy this throbbing ancient city than to trek along the streets infested with roadside eateries which open up in the evenings. Interestingly, Madurai is referred to as ‘thoonka nagaram’ which means that the city does not sleep ever and many eateries stay open here well into the night.
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