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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:54 am 
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Tourists savour harvest celebration

Around 50 foreign tourists get a glimpse of Tamil culture

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Sharing the joy: Foreign tourists preparing Pongal at the tourism festival organised by the Tiruchi Travel Federation and Department of Tourism and Culture on Thursday

TIRUCHI: A bumpy bullock cart ride, the traditional ‘melam', a diffusion of intricate kolams, a cocktail of folk arts and martial arts, and the spill over of sweet pongal. The concoction of celebratory gestures brewed by Tiruchi Travel Federation (TTF) and the Department of Tourism and Culture at the Pongal Tourism Festival was an attempt to replicate a rural ambience for foreign tourists at Mukkombu on Thursday.

Around 50 foreign tourists hailing from England, France, Italy, South Africa Sweden and the U.S.A had a foretaste of the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu and a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Indian culture. While some carried off the sari elegantly, a few took on the reins of the bullock cart, others shook a leg with ‘karagams' perched on their heads and all joined in the chorus of ‘Happy Pongal' when the pongal spilled over.

T.H.Radhakrishnan, Media Coordinator, TTF said the festival intended to promote Tiruchi as a centre for culture tourism and showcase Indian culture.

The complimentary package for the visitors kickstarted with a bullock cart ride and traditional welcome with garlands and ‘arathi'.

Preparation of Pongal was the highlight of the event and the spillover of pongal cooked in brightly painted earthenware was greeted with enthusiastic cries. Folk artistes from Thanjai Kalaimagal Nadaga Mandram notched up the celebratory mood with folk music to the tune of nadaswaram, thavil and other instruments.

A spate of folk arts like oyilattam, thapattam, kavadi and karagattam, to the accompaniment of rhythmic beats had the tourists in a thrall. And euphoria mingled with excitement as the guest tried their hands at ‘uriyadi' or pot breaking.

“What I love best about India is the warmth of the people. They make immediate eye-contact and you feel an instant connection with them,” said Paul, an American tourist, while Katie Langdon who was enamoured by the drums as much as the sugarcane juice, had this to say, “You can see that people are proud of their culture and very eager to showcase it. It is was festive and fun.”

A rangoli competition, keeping with the spirit of the festival was organised and women from various self help groups who assisted in preparing Pongal participated. Collector Mahesan Kasirajan, the chief guest welcomed the foreign tourists and gave away mementoes.

V.Vasudevan, president, M.A.Maluk Mohamed, joint secretary N.Rathnakumar, treasurer, were among those present on the occasion. Members from the TTF felt that monetary support from the government could have made it possible for the event on a bigger scale.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:35 am 
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Rs.43.87 lakh for improving temple amenities

TIRUCHI: The State Tourism Department has sanctioned Rs.43.87 lakh for improving tourist amenities and infrastructure at the Sri Erumbeeswarar Temple near Tiruverambur in the suburbs of the city.

The 7th-century temple, also referred to as the Malai Kovil, built atop a hillock, is a protected monument and is under the maintenance of the Archaeological Survey of India. The Shiva temple attracts a large number of devotees and tourists.

The Tourism Department has now sanctioned funds for developing amenities in and around the temple. Under the project, to be executed through the Tiruverambur Town Panchayat, the kirivalam pathway around the temple would be strengthened and improved.

A park would also be developed at the temple complex under the project. Besides, seating arrangements and lighting would be provided, sources told The Hindu.

Tenders for the project have already been called and work is expected to begin soon. The project would be completed in about three months from the date of commencement of the work.

The Tourism Department has also sanctioned Rs.27.40 lakh for building a bathing ghat on the Cauvery River near the Sri Tharugavaneswarar Temple at Thiruparathurai, about 20 km from here.

The temple was built and developed between the 6th and 9th century AD.

According to the sources, since a large number of devotees visit the temple, especially for ‘thulasnanam' (holy dip), apart from the bathing ghat and a change-room, the approach road to it would also be improved utilising the funds sanctioned under the Village Tourism Development Scheme.


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Detailed tourist information about Trichy Kallanai May help the new comers..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9uQ2SZyOeI

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Thalaimalai Hills -Unseen serene beauty of nature

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It’s a scenic beauty of Thalaimalai hills in Tiruchirapalli district of Tamilnadu. The view of the hill in the above photograph can be seen only from a village nearly 5 Kms from the hill. When I shot this photo it was dawn and you could see that it’s a great sight.The hill is off Trichy –Salem highway.

There is a Vishnu temple at the top of the hill which is an esthetic beauty. We could feel the absolute silence on the top of the hill, a perfect atmosphere for divine service.

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The temple is open only in the Tamil month of “Puratasi” (Mid of September to Mid of October). During this period, people from surrounding areas would come to this temple and worship.

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The temple is atop nearly 2300 Feet above sea level. The platform surrounding the temple is of very minimal width. People have a ritual of going around the temple about 100 times.

The platform leads down to a deep valley. But even people aged more than 65 years fearlessly go around temple to complete the ritual.

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The path to the temple itself is steep with a beaten path of rocks and stones, and narrow steps in few places.

The hill is also getting famous for trekking activity. It’s a favorite point for many in and around Trichy, especially students for whom trekking is their hobby.

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1. To promote the interest of Travel and Tourism / Hospitality Industry

2. To interact among the Tourism Federation Members

3. To develop fellowship among the members

4. To pursue matters concerning travel and tourism such as development/improvement of tourism infrastructure, services etc, with various states and Central
Government departments/Offices or Organizations or travel industry principals such as airlines, hotels and others.

5. To invite guest speakers to address the members to gain knowledge/expertise in any travel and tourism and general matters of tourism interest

6. To facilitate in organizing Trade Fairs/Exhibition related to the industry, participants to be invited from Malaysia, Singapore and Colombo.

7. To initiate Social Service activities in the Region



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திருச்சி உள்பட 108 அம்மன் திருக்கோயில் சுற்றுலா

தமிழ்நாடு சுற்றுலா வளர்ச்சிக் கழக அறிக்கை:

சுற்றுலா வளர்ச்சிக் கழகம் சார்பில், ஆன்மிகவாதிகளின் தேவைகளை பூர்த்தி செய்யும் 108 அம்மன் திருக்கோயில் சுற்றுலா, 2004ம் ஆண்டு முதல் சிறப்பாக செயல்படுகிறது.

ஒவ்வொரு வாரமும் திங்கள் மற்றும் வெள்ளிக்கிழமைகளில் காலை 6 மணிக்கு புறப்படும். சுற்றுலாவுக்கான கட்டணம் பெரியவர்களுக்கு ரூ.3,650, சிறியவர்களுக்கு ரூ.2,900. போக்குவரத்து வசதி, தங்குமிடம், அம்மன் தரிசன வசதி செய்து தரப்படுகிறது. இரவு தங்கும் இடங்கள் வைத்தீஸ்வரன் கோயில், மதுரை, திருச்சி.சென்னையைச் சுற்றியுள்ள அம்மன் கோயில்களை காண ஒரு நாள் சக்தி சுற்றுலாவும் நடத்தப்படுகிறது. செவ்வாய், வெள்ளி, ஞாயிறு மற்றும் பவுர்ணமி நாட்களில் இந்த சுற்றுலா புறப்படும்.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:49 pm 
10 Most Wonderful Temples of the World

9 - The Temple of Srirangam (Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple [wiki]), in the Indian city of Tiruchirapalli (or Trichy), is the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world (Ankor Wat is the largest of all temple, but it is currently non-functioning as a temple )

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Full List @ http://www.eface.in/10-most-wonderful-t ... the-world/


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