Escorted Rail Tours to Trichy
Explore the remarkable temples and traditions of an ancient Indian city
Formally named Tiruchirappalli but known to one and all simply as 'Trichy', this sprawling city in eastern-central India's Tamil Nadu region can trace its history back to the second century BC. Now a thoroughly modern centre of industry, technology and education it is Trichy's wealth of architectural and historical riches that make the city a fascinating and rewarding destination to explore.
Downtown Trichy is dominated by a vast rock outcrop some eighty-three metres high. Known as the Rockfort for its use as a defensive position in many historical conflicts for control of the region, Trichy's most recognisable landmark is the site of two major temples, reached by a stairway hand-carved directly into the rock. Sri Thayumanaswamy Temple is halfway up the Rockfort, whilst VinayakaTemple is at the top, from which the panoramic views of the city and its outlying countryside are truly spectacular, particularly at sunrise or sunset.
In fact, temples and religious buildings are Trichy's forte: besides at least a dozen further ancient and exquisite temples scattered around the city, many fine churches remain as a consequence of the British Empire's occupation, including the beautiful, Gothic Lourdes Church and St John's Church which dates from 1821.
Temple-fanatics and history-buffs will be in their element on a trip to Trichy, but there are many more attractions and activities to satisfy every visitor to this enjoyable and colourful city.