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Trichy, Tamil Nadu

Also referred to as ‘Tiruchi’ or ‘Tiruchirappalli’, the city of Trichy has the distinction of being a thriving commercial centre in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The city features a number of industries, educational institutions and religious places. It is where the world famous Rock Fort Temple is located. If you are looking for superior quality textile products, glass bangles, wood and clay carvings, Trichy is the place to be. In addition, the city is also popular for the production of artificial diamonds. The city has an eminent place in the history of Tamil Nadu. Dynasties like the Cholas, the Pallavas, the Pandyas and the Cholas have all played their roles in shaping the history and the cultural heritage of the city. For travelers, Trchy presents a heady blend of the old and the new.

Things to Do in Trichy
Plan to participate in the Float Festival, celebrated at the Rock Fort Temple, a major landmark and one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city. The cultural festival is organized during March-April. Plan your trip accordingly.

Indulge in some memorable shopping in Trichy and collect some of the most wonderful souvenirs during your trip. Cigars and cheroots of the city are much popular. Trichy offers travelers to buy a wide range of handloom textiles, temple models and items of art and craft.

Besides the Float Festival, there are a number of other festivals that Trichy celebrates. Some popular festivals include Mohini Alangaram, Garuda Seva, Vaikunta Ekadasi and Flower Festival. The Car Festival, organized in December-January, is also a much sought after event. Do remember to be a part of these festive occasions to gain an insight into the vibrant cultural heritage of the city.

Animals lovers should make a visit to the Viralimalai Sanctuary. Located at 30 km from the town of Trichy, the sanctuary is visited for its population of wild peacocks. Enjoy watching these wonderful birds around the Murugan Temple.

In and Around
Trichy features numerous religious places. The Rock Fort Temple is the biggest attraction. The temple complex has three temples – the Manikka Vinayakar Temple, the Uchhi Pillayar Koyil and the Taayumaanavar Koyil. Another popular place of worship is the Sriranganathaswamy Temple. The temple, dedicated to Lord Ranganatha (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu), is also the largest in India. Named after an elephant that is believed to have worshipped Lord Shiva is the Jambukeswara Temple. The Government Museum (40 km) and the Kudumianmalai Temple are the other major tourist attractions in the city of Trichy.

Where to Stay
SRM Hotel, Royal Southern Hotel, Guru Hotel, Jennys Residency, Femina Hotel, Breeze Residency, Hotel Gajapriya, Ramyas Hotel and Ashby Hotel offer budget accommodation options to travelers in Trichy.

Trichy Air/Rail/Road Link
At 5 km from the city is the Tiruchirrappalli airport, providing regular domestic and international flight services to places like Chennai (capital city of Tamil Nadu), Colombo, Sharjah and Kuwait. Trichy being an important railway station is connected to all the famous destinations in southern India. Road routes to the city are also well networked.