Tiruchirapalli, universally known as Trichy, is the centre of Tamil Nadu, both geographically and commercially. This city has been known for its artificial diamonds, cigars, glass bangles, wooden and glass dolls. This destination is popular among Indian tourists who choose to visit the city during auspicious marriage seasons. Before leaving the city, be sure you made the time to explore the Rockfort Temple where the Carnatic Wars were fought during the 18th century. The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is another must-see with beautiful architecture and colourful arches.
Tiruchirappalli International Airport serves to transport tourists of the central and southern districts in Tamil Nadu to Middle Eastern nations (Gulf Countries) and other cities in South East Asia. Its new integrated terminal is equipped with modern facilities to allow hassle-free travel for its passengers. The airport is equipped with the usual ATMs, duty-free shops as well as tourist information counters. It is located in a strategic location making it easily accessible by car, rickshaws and taxis. Visitors are encouraged to take a taxi from the city centre to the airport as it is cheap and convenient. However, always try to agree on a price before loading the taxi with your things to avoid misunderstanding.
There are both international and domestic flights but only to Chennai, flying out from Tiruchirappalli International Airport. Hop on any Air India Express flight and make your way to India’s fourth most populous metropolitan area. A short drive from South Chennai are the 7th century temples and rock carvings of Mamallapuram which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring life-size elephant sculptures carved out of granite boulders. Culture buffs would enjoy exploring Chennai’s Government Museum which is the second oldest museum in India and displays one of the most astounding collections of Chola bronzes.
Go on a road trip to Kerala, a paradise with waving palm trees and wide sandy beaches from Tiruchirappalli. Rent your own private house boat for a day and float through the watery canals and backwaters while admiring the beautiful landscapes. Nature lovers should definitely consider heading to Periyar Tiger Reserve near Thekkady. You will come face to face with loads of different animals. If you're lucky, you may even see tigers, elephants and the great Indian hornbill. If you are a tea lover, head to the sleepy town of Munnar where you can watch an actual tea factory in operation.
Take a bus from Trichy to Bangalore, a city full of life and energy with a bustling nightlife, booming economy and amazing history. Although this city lacks historical sites, you can still enjoy its relaxed atmosphere and pleasant weather. Go on a safari at The Bannerghatta National Park to discover how the big cats behave in the wild.
Fly to the modern cosmopolitan city of Singapore from Tiruchirappalli International Airport via Tigerair. Singapore, once a small fishing village, has been transformed into a prosperous metropolitan city with a flourishing economy. Spend a beautiful morning exploring Sentosa with your family and loved ones, sunbathing and enjoying the tranquillity of this man-made island. As a world-class shopping destination, Singapore is home to a number of prominent fashion labels who have boutiques sprawling the shopping district, Orchard Road. For gold jewellery and Indian food, head to Little India. If you’re looking to paint the town red, head to Clarke Quay and Boat Quay which is littered with bars with live music.
Kuala Lumpur is another destination you can choose to fly to from Tiruchirapalli via Air Asia. For a fascinating temple experience, head to the Batu Caves, an awe-inspiring natural cavern perched atop a hill that can be reached by climbing 272 steps. The best time to visit this place is during the festival of Thaipusam when pilgrims carry milk pots and wooden kavadis up to the temple. Get your selfie taken at the Petronas Towers which was apparently the tallest building in the world before the construction of Al-Burj in Dubai.
Air India flies frequently from Tiruchirapalli airport to Dubai. You will be spoilt for choice in the land of luxuries. Shop till you drop in the world’s largest shopping centres in Dubai. Thirsty after all that shopping? Chill out over a cup of fragrant Middle Eastern coffee while you enjoy traditional Arabian cuisine at Al Hadheerah. For something more exciting, visit the dunes outside the city for some desert fun. Ride a camel through the desert or for an adrenaline rush, take a four-wheel drive.
Did you know?
The rock in Rock Fort, Tiruchirapalli, is one of the oldest in the world. It has been aound for approximately 3,800 million years which makes it as old as the rocks of Greenland and older than the Himalayas.
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