Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu – Popularly known for Rock Fort Temple of the Cholas


Tiruchirappalli or Trichy is situated on the banks of the river Cauvery is the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu. It was a fortress of the early Cholas which later fell to the Pallavas. Trichy is a fine blend of tradition and modernity built around the Rock Fort. Apart from the Fort, there are several Churches, Colleges and Missions dating back to the 1760s. The town and its fort, now in Trichy were built by the Nayaks of Madurai. This city has given great Tamil scholars whose contributions to the Tamil literature have been very significant.

Places to see in Tiruchirappalli: Tiruchirapalli is dotted with numerous tourist attractions which include:

Government Museum

The Government Museum in Tiruchirappalli is one of the most sought after tourist destinations. It is situated at a distance of 40 km from Trichy near the Pudukkottai station. The museum is home to a unique and interesting collection of objects related to Zoology, Paintings, Geology, Anthropology, Epigraphy and History of the state. However if you want to visit the museum avoid Mondays as it remains closed.

Viralimalai Sanctuary

If you love nature then the Viralimalai Sanctuary is just the right place for you. Viralimalai is a quaint little town located near Tiruchirappalli which is popular for the spectacular Murugan temple and the captivating Peacock Sanctuary. The village attracts tourists and pilgrims from all parts of the country. The sanctuary is simply a treat to the eyes as it promises sights of numerous wild peacocks roaming around and dancing freely.


Kudumianmalai is another famous village situated at a distance of 25 km from Trichy. Kudumianmalai houses a temple dedicated to Lord Sikhagireeswara. This temple is unique in the sense that it is huge and has a hall that is made up of a thousand pillars. The temple itself is a specimen of south Indian style of architecture adorned with beautiful sculptures.

Rock Fort Temple

The Rock fort or Ucchi Pillayar Koil is one of the most important tourist spots in Trichy. The Rock Fort Temple is located at the top of a huge rock in Trichy. The complex is home to two prominent Hindu temples constructed in the 7th century. One temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the other is dedicated to Lord Ganesh. The rock on which this temple complex is situated is believed to be one of the oldest in the world.

Sri Ranganathaswami Temple

The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is another significant place of interest in Trichy. It is located in Srirangam which is situated at a distance of 7 km from Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is a popular Hindu pilgrimage center in India. The temple is one of the foremost abodes of Lord Vishnu. Constructed in true Dravidian style of architecture the temple finds mention in the early medieval literature of the state.

Tiruvanaikkaval or JambukeswaraTemple

The Tiruvanaikkaval is also a marvelous Hindu temple in Trichy. Situated just 2 km from Srirangam the Tiruvanaikkaval temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple attracts millions of devotees every year on the occasion of Shivratri.

Nearby attractions from Tiruchirapally: You can make a trip to the places like:


Mukkombu is a wonderful picnic spot where the river Kollidam branches off from the Kaveri. The place is just 20 kilometers from the Trichy and is very popular among the kids.


The town of Kallanai is located 25 kilometers from the city of Trichy. The city is famous for The Grand Anicut. It is an ancient dam built by Karikala Chola across the river Kaveri in the 1st century AD. This dam is still in use as part of the district irrigation system.


Viralimalai that is situated 30 kilometers from Trichy is famous for a Pallava temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya. The temple is located atop a hill, which is also the site of a peacock sanctuary.


Sittanavasal is located just 60 kilometers from Trichy. The place is famous as a site for an ancient Jain monastery that is located in a cave. The caves have some of the most exquisite fresco paintings in Peninsular India.


Thanjavur, the capital of the imperial Chola dynasty, is situated just 50 kilometers from Trichy. The city is famous for its temples and shrines, the most notable being the magnificent Brihadeswara temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Apart from that, the Thanjavur museum and Art gallery is also noteworthy. Thanjavur or Tanjore is famous for souvenirs like Thanjavur Art Plates, handicrafts, hand-woven silk and bronze icons.

Things to do in Tiruchirapally: Sightseeing is the major activity of the tourists visiting Tiruchirapally.

Best time to visit Tiruchirapally: Best time to visit Tiruchirappalli is during the month of November to March as you can get pleasantly cool weather.

How to go ?

By Air

Tiruchirapalli airport, located about 5 km far from the city. Passengers can get regular domestic and international flights to various cities.

By Train

This city has its own railway station which is connected to various states such as Bengal, Maharastra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi and many more.

By Road

Roads are well linked and offers you comfortable journey to different destinations. It is very easy to reach Tiruchirapalli from Coimbatore (206km), Chennai (330km), Bangalore (331km), Kochi (362km) and Trivandrum (391km).


Where to stay ?

You will find an array of accommodation options in Tiruchirapalli. Some options are:

Ramyas Hotel: +91-431-4000400, 2414646, 2414747  Website:  www.ramyas.com
The SRM Hotel: +91-431- 2421303, 2421304, 2421305, 2421306  Website:  www.srmhotels.com
Breeze Residency: +91- 431-2414414, 4045333  Website:  www.breezeresidency.com
Femina Hotel: +91-431-2414501  Website:  www.feminahotels.in

 Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.