An ancient city situated on the banks of famous Kaveri River, Tiruchirappalli or Trichy, is known for its temples and historical monuments. Tucked away in the interior parts of the state of Tamil Nadu, this ancient city and the neighbouring region attract a huge tourist footfall every year. Let us take a look into the amazing tourism scenario of Tiruchirappalli.
The fourth largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu, Tiruchirappalli is famous for its attractions like the Rock Fort and numerous ancient temples belonging to the Chola and Hoysala kingdoms. Marking the prime attractions are the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Samayapuram Mariamman Temple and the Shiva temple, which cannot be missed at any cost. Rock Fort, the major attraction in the region is built on an 83 meter high rock platform. With the presence of these temples and forts, Trichy is among the top tourist destinations in South India. If you haven’t visited the region or the city before, it is suggested to check out the place once.
The amazing tourism of Tiruchirapalli is something which can attract any history enthusiast. Considered as one of the oldest city to be inhabited in Tamil Nadu, with the presence of human settlement dating back to second BC! Tiruchirapalli was a major seat of administration to the Cholas which later fell in the hands of Pandavas. This rivalry between the Cholas and Pandavas has several implications all around the region and Trichy has seen the worst of it. While there are temples built in pure Chola architecture, there are also monuments carrying the Pandava style. Even their culture intermingles – you can easily see the ancient imprint in the lives of the tribes living in the interiors. Some of the local tribe still celebrate marriages in the similar way; with huge processions carried from the groom’s to brides home.
Tiruchirapalli is also known as a city of festivals, with several major and local festival celebrated with pomp and joy. Amongst the most favourites are Mohini Alangaram, Car Festival, Vaikunta Ekadasi, and the Flower Festival. Apart from these the regional favourites Onam and Pongal are also celebrated with equal fervour, because of its cultural blend. Samayapuram Mariamman is another famous festival in the city and the surrounding region, with is celebrated during the months of March and April and sees huge rush in the temples.
Trichy wouldn’t disappoint you with its accommodation facilities either. If you’re visiting the city for the first time, you’ll find a good number of budget-luxury hotels. Some of the best ones are Hotel Sangam, Hotel Chitra, Hotel Jenneys Residency and Hotel Aristo. Along with these, there are several budget hotels as well to suit to your pocket. It is always advisable to make proper travel arrangements beforehand. Make the right train and air ticket booking and enjoy the wonders of Tiruchirapalli.
If you’re done exploring the wonders of the city, there are few weekend destinations in the neighboring region that you should definitely check out. Amongst the best ones are Thekkady, which is famous for its lush green surroundings and Pondicherry, which impresses with its beautiful beach side holiday homes.