The Rock Fort Temple, roosted 83m high on a gigantic outcrop, reigns over Trichy with stony presumption. You may meet the sanctuary elephant here. At that point it's 180 stages up to the Thayumanaswamy Temple, the stone's greatest sanctuary, on the left shut to non-Hindus; a gold-topped pinnacle ascends over its sanctum.
Additionally up, you pass the sixth century Pallava upper surrender sanctuary on the left as a rule railed off is a well known Gangadhara board indicating Shiva controlling the Ganges with a solitary strand of his hair. From here it's another 183 stages to the summit's little Uchipillaiyar Temple, devoted to Ganesh. The perspectives are awesome, with hawks wheeling underneath and Trichy sprawling all around.