Tiruchirapalli Tourism
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Tiruchirapalli Tourism

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Tiruchirapalli is a nice city situated at the bank of River Kaveri, the holy river of South India. I went to this place for a business trip. As usual, I always try to mix business trips with pleasure. So, I did not miss any opportunity to utilize my trip. Tiruchirapalli is a temple town and there are various temples, which can be reached easily for this city. The most famous is the SriRanganathswamy temple in Srirangam. However, the Rockfort temple, which is situated in the city, is one of the great wonder. The temple is atop a huge rock and it is at the height of about 80 mts. The architecture is quite unique, as the temple is cut from the rock. In fact, it is difficult to get the idea of the uniqueness of this architecture from the entrance of the temple. To see this in totality, you have to see it from the city. The top of the temple can be reached through the stairs. Once you start climbing the stairs, you can realize how old the temple is. Once you reach near the top, you can see the breathtaking view of the city and Kaveri. During the daytime the city looks like the jungle of brick-and-morter. However, the best time to see the view is during the dusk. If you wait there, you will see that the city is changing slowly from the brick-and-morter jungle to a magnificent city, with the lights glitters in the dark. The experience of this half-an-hour time during the dusk and evening can be a memorable experience itself. During the evening, you can also see the train coming from the side of Madurai and crossing the bridge on river Kavery. The light of the train in the dark river creates a surrealistic picture.

Next day, the meeting was over at late afternoon. Sufficient time was not available to go to Srirangam. Another option was to go to the great old city of Thanjavur (Tanjore). The main attraction of this city is Brahadeeswara Temple. The temple was made during 11th Century, by Rajaraja Chola. Unlike the other temples, the Gopuram is smaller in this temple, but it is intrically designed. This is not only a temple, but this is also a great piece of architecture. The architecture is preserved nicely. The evening becomes beautiful with the sound of the puja offerings. It is a great feeling to be in such a place, where the puja is continuing for last 1000 years with the evening is approaching the same way. It is in such places, where the history and the present get intermixed.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: In Tiruchirapalli, we were staying in Hotel Sangam. The hotel was near to the bus stand. Hence, we decided not to eat in the hotel, as there is no point eating Chinese or Continental food, when you are in a place where the best South Indian food is available. This was a great decision. The Chettinad style of Chicken curry was great. If you are not accustomed with this delicacy, you need to inform the waiter to make it less spicy. Also, most of the restaurants are situated near the bus stand. In other portion of the city, there are limited option of restaurants. Eating out is still not the preferred option in smaller cities.

Activities & things to do: Tiruchirapalli is famous for the temples. Generally this city caters to the tourists, who usually come hear due to religious reasons. Apart from this, there is not much option. Tiruchirapalli is a great hub to visit the greatest and the best temples of Chola dynasty.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: We traveled during the month of November. The weather was pleasant and the evenings were excellent. We traveled by air from Delhi to Chennai and then from Chennai to Trichy.
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Vivek Sharma
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"Holy city of Tamil Nadu"

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Tirchy, the holy city of Tamilnadu, which is the fourth largest city of state, located on the bank of Cauveri river. Our visit to this place was for two days only. One day was spend in official work in BHEL Tirchy, and next day for leisure. On....... More
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Santhanaraman Vinay
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  • Posted 1 year ago
Trichy is wonderful city and it has a beautiful temples and shopping bazzar Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Banana leaf hotel for non veg and veg anand hotel Activities & things to do: Nothing to do this in mind Travel tips, How to....... More
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Bisakha Chakraborty
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"Trichy - A nice place to visit!"

  • Posted 2 years ago
Tiruchirapali or Trichy as it is called popularly is a city located in the state of Tamil Nadu in India on the banks of the Kaveri river. Though not being the conventional hill stations or the beaches it has a beauty of its own in the form of....... More
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"Tiruchirapalli - A great experience"

  • Posted 5 years ago
Tiruchirapalli is a nice city situated at the bank of River Kaveri, the holy river of South India. I went to this place for a business trip. As usual, I always try to mix business trips with pleasure. So, I did not miss any opportunity to....... More
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  • State: Tamil Nadu
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Tiruchirapalli (Trichi) city is the administrative headquarters of Tiruchirapalli District in Tamil Nadu. Tiruchirapalli, the fourth largest city of Tamil Nadu, is situated on the banks of River Cauvery.

Tiruchirapalli, famous for its rich cultural and architectural heritage and traditions, is regarded as the geographic centre of Tamil Nadu. Located at the tip of Cauvery Delta on the plains in between Shevaroy Hills and Palni Hills, Tiruchirapalli lies at an average elevation of 88 meters above sea level, with isolated hillocks.

According to archaeological evidence, ancient Indian literature and the writings of Ptolemy, the history of Tiruchirapalli can be dated back to 300 BC. The city witnessed the rule of the Early Cholas, Pallavas, Medieval Cholas, Pandyas, Mughals, Vijayanagara, Nayaks, Nawabs of the Carnatics and the British.

Tiruchirapalli reached its glory under the rule of the Nayaks of Madurai. The Rock Fort was constructed and the city was expanded by the Nayaks. The city became a prime trading centre in the South during the period of the Nayaks.

Tiruchirapalli District was formed during the rule of the British East India Company and Tiruchirappalli (Trichinopoly) city was made its capital, in the year 1801. John Wallace was appointed as the first District Collector of Tiruchirappalli.

Under the British Raj, Tiruchirappalli gained wide recognition as an important commercial and educational centre. According to the Indian Censes of 1871, Tiruchirappalli city was the second largest city in the Madras Presidency of British India, the largest being the capital city of Madras.

Tiruchirapalli is known for its blend of tradition and modernity. The present day Tiruchirapalli city can be roughly classified in to Old City, Commercial Centre and Cantonment Area.  The Old City, situated towards the North, comprises most of the temples in the city. The Commercial Centre or bazaar occupies the central part and it is the buzzing area of the city. Cantonment, presently a residential area located in the South of the city, was a military quarters of the Madras Regiment in the 1800s.

Tiruchirapalli offers options from pilgrimage sites to adventure activities. Ranganathaswamy Temple, Rock Fort Temple and Srirangam are the prime attractions of Tiruchirapalli city. Adventure lovers can visit Puliancholai, Pachamalai, Thalamalai, Ponnanayar Dam and Srirangam Island.

Tiruchirapalli is connected by air, rails and road to the rest of the country. The International Airport at Tiruchirapalli is the second largest airport in Tamil Nadu. Tiruchirapalli is also an important railway junction in the Southern Railways and connects Central Tamil Nadu to major cities and towns of India. The best time to visit Tiruchirapalli is from October to March.
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