The most famous landmark of this bustling town is the Rock Fort
Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rocky outcrop which rises
abruptly from the plain to tower over the old city. It is reached by a flight of
steep steps cut into the rock and from its summit you get a fantastic view of
the town plus its other main landmark, the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. This
temple is one of the largest and most interesting temple complexes in India,
built on an island in the middle of the Cauvery River and covering a staggering
2.5 sq km.
Trichy itself has a long going back to the centuries before
Christian era when it was a Chola citadel. The town and its fort as it stands
today, was built by the Nayaks of Madurai. It was one of the main centres around
which the wars of the Carnatic were fought in the 18th century during the
British-French struggle for supremacy in India.