Tiruchirappalli (also known as Tiruchi or Trichy), is a city in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu . It is the fourth largest city and urban agglomeration in the state.
Tiruchirappalli is one of the oldest inhabited cities in India, and its recorded history is said to have begun as long ago as the 3rd century BC. The city has been ruled by huge dynasties in the south such as the Cholas, Pandyas and many others who have shaped its culture that exists to this day.
Tiruchirappalli has many temples and other religious spots as well as various other natural and manmade wonders to behold. Some of the top places to see in this city include the following –
- Kallanai Dam
- Agaya Gangai Waterfall
- Makkombu – A dam and a beautiful picnic spot
- Puliancholai Waterfalls
- Rockfort Ganapathi Temple
- Vekkali Amman Temple
- Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple
- Samayapuram Amman Temple
- St. Joseph’s Church
- Brahmapureeswarar Temple
- Thiruvanaikoil Temple
- Viralimalai Murgum Temple
- Tiruchirappalli District Museum
- Rail Museum
The major festivals celebrated in Tiruchirappalli are –
- Pongal – A harvest festival celebrated in the month of January.
- Varsha Pirappu (or Tamil New Year’s Day) – Beginning of a new year according to Tamil Calendar; this is celebrated in April.
- Vaikunta Ekadasi Festival – An auspicious festival where people hold fasts, meditation and prayers which are believed to lead to purity of heart and make them a place in heaven (Vaikunta).
- Float Festival – A temple festival, where deity idols are decked with silk clothes and colourful flowers and are floated on rafts in the temple tanks, along with lamps (deepam).
- Navratri and Dussehra – A 10-day Hindu festival, where Goddess Durga is worshipped – Navaratri is the first 9 days and the 10th day is Dussehra.
- Aadi Perukku – A festival celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil month of Aadi (mid-July to mid-August).
- Deepavali – The festival of Lights; India’s most popular and widely celebrated festival.
Trichy has various shopping spots for street shopping, buying souvenirs or even high-end shopping. Some of the best shopping spots to check out in Trichy are –
- Chinna Kadai Street
- Gandhi Market
- Chinnar Bazaar
- Poompuhar Handicrafts
- SM Trading
- Femina Shopping Mall
- KGS Trichy Mall
- FSM Fort
Following is a list of some of best restaurants in Tiruchirappalli to try the local delicacies as well as other interesting foods and sumptuous meals –
- Chellamal Manpanai Samayal
- Kannapa Chettinadu Restaurant
- Shri Sangeetas
- Ezham Suvai
- KMS Hakkim Kalyana Biriyani
- Banana Leaf
- Meridian Restaurant
Some of the best hotels in Tiruchirappalli for a comfortable stay are as follows –
- Red Fox Hotel, Trichy
- Grand Gardenia Hotel
- Hotel Femina
- Hotel Rockfort View
- Hotel Blossoms
- Hotel Le Temps Fort
- Hotel Deepam
- Vivid A Boutique Hotel
Tiruchirappalli also has a few good bars and pubs having good food, drinks and ambience, for people to hang out or entertain themselves during late hours. These include –
- Chola – A Unique Bar in Trichy
- Nyx Bar
- Soma Bar
- Dukes The Bar
- Sunrise Bar
- Tiruchirappalli city STD Code – 0431 (to be used before dialling numbers from a device that is not locally registered)
- Police – 100
- Women’s helpline – 1091
- Child helpline – 1098
- Railway reservation enquiry – 132
- Accident helpline – 103
- Fire & Rescue – 101
Tamil is the official language of Tiruchirappalli.
- What's your name? - Unga péranna?
- My name is - En péru
- Where are you from? - Nienga engirundhu varrienga?
- Congratulations! - Paaraattukkal
- Good night and sweet dreams! - Nalla thoungunga!
- What Is This? - Idhu enna?