Further South is the charming town of Tiruchirapalli,
whose landmark is the temple built on a rock, rising
abruptly to over 66 meters.
8 km from Tiruchirapalli is the island of Srirangam, which
contains one of South India's biggest temples, surrounded
by 7 walls. The temple and its precincts actually from a
About 350 km South of Madras, or 50 km East of Tiruchi, is
Thanjavur, well-known for its great 11th century Siva
Temple. The spire of the temple, considered masterpiece of
workmanship, rises to 58 meters.
Perhaps even better known is the great Meenakshi Temple in
Madurai, 552 km South of Madras. The highest of the
temple's ten towers is 46 meters. The temple has a hall of
thousand pillars and some of its life-size sculptures are
marvels of artistic skill.