Located on the banks of Cauvery River, Tiruchi, also known as Trichy, is the 4th largest city in Tamil Nadu. Trichy gives a perfect combination of traditional and modern surroundings. There are several churches, colleges, missions and temples dating back to the 18th century. The town in Trichy was constructed by the Madurai Nayaks. Trichy is the birth place of many Tamil scholars who have significantly contributed in the growth of Tamil literature. These festivals are celebrated with great pomp and splendor. The local bazaars in Tiruchy are quite famous for artificial diamonds, glass bangles, cigars, clay toys and handloom cloth.
How to Reach Tiruchi from Bangalore
Tiruchy Junction is an important railway station in Trivandrum-Chennai route via Madurai. Regular train services are available between Tiruchy and Bangalore.
Trichy airport offer regular flight services from Chennai and Bangalore. The two nearest airports to Tiruchy are Chennai (330 kilometers) and Bangalore (331 kilometers).
The National Highway 7 and Salem-Namakkal-Trichy Road connect Bangalore and Tiruchy. The journey via road will take around 5 hours and 28 minutes from Bangalore to Tiruchy. Private tourist buses serve as a link between Tiruchy and other major cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Madurai, Kanyakumari and Trivandrum.
Attractions in Tiruchy
Constructed around 2000 years ago, Kallanai Dam is one of the oldest irrigation dams in the world. The construction of this dam across the River Cauvery was commissioned by the Chola King ‘Karikal Valavan’. The main purpose behind the construction of Kallanai Dam was to redirect the water of River Cauvery for irrigation in the Tanjavur delta. Due to its strong foundation and solid formation, it is still used as a major irrigation dam in Tamil Nadu.
Nestled in the foothills of Kollimalai, around 72 kilometers from Tiruchirapalli, Puliyancholai Falls is one of the most beautiful natural tourist spots in Tiruchy. The falls are encompassed by lush greenery and tamarind groves. Owing to its salubrious climate, Puliyancholai draws tourists throughout the year. Tourists often visit here to take bath in the stream water.
Rock Fort Ganapathi Temple
Perched at a height of 83 meters, Rock Fort Ganapathi Temple is the oldest temple in the world dating back to 3,800 million years. A series of 344 steps lead to the top of the temple. The Uchipillaiyar Koil, located at the peak of the rock, is dedicated to Lord Vinayaka. The Rock Fort is said to be around 2 billion years old and minerals such as quartz and feldspar used for manufacturing glass and ceramic are squeezed from this rock.
St. Joseph’s Church
One of the oldest churches in India, St. Joseph’s Church is located near Teppakulam in the heart of the town. The church was built by Schwartz in 1792 with the benefaction from British officer ‘Garrison’. St. Joseph’s College and High School is located within the premises of St. Joseph’s Church. Various distinguished personalities such as R. Venkataraman and A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Azad.