Tiruchirappalli, also known as “Trichy”, was once the capital of the mighty Chola dynasty, which is showcased in the monumental temples and ancient fortresses. You can get lost in cavernous bazaars, shop for local handicrafts and enjoy flavourful Tamil Nadu cuisine.
Things to do in Tiruchirappalli
Built in the 17th century, the Rock Fort Temple is perched on a rocky outcrop. Access is via a flight of 400 stone-cut steps, which wind up to Uchi Pillayar Temple, the fort's highest point.
Filled with shines, monuments and towers, Sri Ranganathaswamy is one of India's biggest temples. Don't miss the rooftop viewpoint, which commands panoramic views over the city and the sprawling temple complex. The grounds are also home to the Art Museum, where you can admire gleaming bronzes, carved elephant tusks and 17th-century Nayak carvings.
Big Bazaar Street is Trichy's go-to shopping destination. It's easy to spend hours getting lost in the bustling stalls selling everything from bejewelled saris and local handicrafts to Indian sweets and rainbow-coloured spices.
Tiruchirappalli is a fantastic place to sample local Tamil Nadu cuisine. The city is dotted with sizzling street-food stalls serving up classics like uttapam, a crispy dosa topped with tomatoes, onions and coconut chutney. Finish with a serving of paruppu payasam, a syrupy dessert made from lentils and cashews.
Getting around Tiruchirappalli
Tiruchirappalli is well-serviced by local buses, while taxis and auto rickshaws are also available. Tiruchirappalli Junction railway station is a 20-minute drive away. Flights arrive at Tiruchirappalli International Airport, five kilometres away.