Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) is a prominent city for art and culture in the state of Tamil Nadu, India with several tourist attractions in the neighbourhood. Trichy has a rich cultural heritage, which dates back to more than 1000 years. Trichy is also the home to Grand Anicut, the fourth oldest dam in the world that was constructed in the 2nd century AD as well as the Rockfort. 

The geographic location of Trichy makes it easy to visit prominent tourist attractions that includes World Heritage sites of Thanjavur, Mahabalipuram and Gangaikonda Cholapuram, natural escapades of Coutrallam Falls and Kanyakumari, hill stations at Munnar, Kodaikanal and Ooty, and the exotic Indo French enclave of Pondicherry. In addition, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Cochin, and Chennai connected by air makes it easy to explore the rest of the country. Trichy is also well connected to international destinations like UAE, Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka with direct non-stop flights on daily basis.

Climate

Tiruchirappalli experiences a tropical savanna climate—designated “Aw” under the Köppen climate classification—with no major change in temperature between summer and winter. The climate is generally characterised by high temperature and low humidity. With an annual mean temperature of 28.9 °C (84.0 °F) and monthly average temperatures ranging between 25 °C (77 °F) and 32 °C (90 °F), the city is the hottest in the state. The warmest months are from April to June, when the city experiences frequent dust storms. As of November 2013, the highest temperature ever recorded in Tiruchirappalli was 43.9 °C (111.0 °F), which occurred on 2 May 1896; the lowest was observed on 6 February 1884 at 13.9 °C (57.0 °F). 

The high temperatures in the city have been attributed to the presence of two rivers—Kaveri and Kollidam—and the absence of greenery around the city. As Tiruchirappalli is on the Deccan Plateauthe days are extremely warm and dry; evenings are cooler because of cold winds that blow from the south-east. From June to September, the city experiences a moderate climate tempered by heavy rain and thundershowers. Rainfall is heaviest between October and December because of the north-east monsoon winds, and from December to February the climate is cool and moist. The average annual rainfall is 841.9 mm (33.15 in), slightly lower than the state’s average of 945 mm (37.2 in). Fog and dew are rare and occur only during the winter season.

In and Around

Trichy has a rich cultural heritage, which dates back to more than 1000 years. We suggest the following popular tour itineraries, which you may explore. We can help to connect you with the tour operators in Trichy who may offer the tours below, provide a tour itinerary tailored to your needs, depending on time, or budget constraints.

Rock Fort Temple (Tiruchirappalli) is a historic fortification and temple complex built on an ancient rock. It is constructed on a 83 metres (272 ft) high rock that may date to over one billion years ago.

Velankanni (Nagapattinam) – Roman Catholic Latin Rite Basilica is devoted to Our Lady of Good Health. Devotion to Our Lady of Good Health of Velankanni can be traced to the mid-16th century and is attributed to three miracles.

Nagore Dargah (Nagapattinam) is a dargah built over the tomb of the Sufi a saint  Nagore Shahul Hamid (1490–1579 CE).  There are five minarets in the dargah.

Srirangam (Tiruchirappalli) is the foremost of the eight self-manifested shrines (Swayam Vyakta Kshetras) of Lord Vishnu . It is also considered the first, foremost and the most important of the 108 main Vishnu temples (Divyadesams).  The temple complex is 156 acres in extent.

Ramanathaswamy Temple (Rameswaram) is the most notable historic landmark of the  Rameswaram. Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva. The temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines, where Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlinga meaning “pillar of light”.

Brihadishvara (Thanjavur) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Thanjavur. It is an exemplary example of a fully realized Tamil architecture. Built by  Raja Raja Chola I between 1003 and 1010 AD.  It is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the “Great Living Chola Temples”

Kallanai (Tiruchirappalli)  alias Grand Anicut is an ancient dam, which is built (in running water) across the Kaveri river. The dam was originally constructed by the Chola king Karikalan in 2nd century AD.

Meenakshi Amman Temple (Madurai) is a historic Hindu temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in Madurai.  The temple was mentioned in the Tamil Sangam literature, with the goddess temple mentioned in 6th century CE texts.

Courtallam (Tirunelveli) the Spa of South India, is situated at a mean elevation of 160 m (520 ft) on the Western Ghats in Tirunelveli District. The numerous waterfalls and cascades along with the ubiquitous health resorts in the area have earned it the title the Spa of South India.

Botanical Garden (Ooty) dedicated to the collection, cultivation and display of a wide range of plants labelled with their botanical names. It may contain specialist plant collections such as cacti and other succulent plants, herb gardens.

Puducherry is a union territory of India. It was formed out of four exclaves of former French India, namely Pondichéry. It can be traced to the 2nd century AD.

Kodaikanal is a hill town in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It’s set in an area of granite cliffs, forested valleys, lakes, waterfalls and grassy hills. The town centers around man-made, star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake, bordered by evergreen forest.