Tiruchirappalli International Airport serves the Indian city of Tiruchirapalli in the state of Tamil Nadu, located in the south of the country. Also known as Trichy or Tiruchi, Tiruchirappalli is a city rich in history and culture – situated right smack in the middle of the Tamil Nadu state, it was once a stronghold of the mighty Chola dynasty in 3rd century BC before passing hands frequently over the course of history to invaders such as the Pallavas, Pandyas, Delhi Sultanate, Vijaynagars and the Madurai Nayaks. Today it is one of the state’s largest cities, a bustling metropolis with a population of more than 900,000.
Buoyed by the city’s success, Tiruchirappalli International Airport has also become one of India’s fastest growing international airports. Constructed by the British, Tiruchirappalli Airport sports 2 terminals – one for passengers and one for cargo – and offers flights to cities in India as well as nearby international destinations like Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates.
Tiruchirapalli International Airport is located only about 5 kilometres from the heart of Tiruchirapalli, so getting to and from the airport isn’t too difficult.
There is a bus stand located not too far from the outside of the airport terminal, which will transport visitors to the city’s main bus terminal for a small fee.
What to see and do
If in Trichy, don’t miss a visit to the city’s iconic Rock Fort Temple. Constructed on a towering hunk of rock hundreds of feet high, the Rock Fort Temple is more than 80 metres tall and, having once been a military fortification, was the site of many historic battles that took place in Trichy’s turbulent past. Though ancient peoples such as the Pallavas first hewed caves in the massive rock, the Fort itself was constructed by the Madurai Nayaks who recognized the rock’s potential as a stronghold and made it their capital. The Rock Fort played an important role in the Carnatic wars in the 18th century, and is home to ancient Hindu temples including the Thayumanaswamy Temple, Uchipillaiyar Temple and Pallava cave temple amongst others.
To get to the summit, though, visitors must first complete a perilous climb up hundreds of stone-cut steps (traditionally done bare-foot). But the difficult journey is worth it for the amazing view at the top – few people can claim to have scaled a giant ancient rock citadel for a topographic view of the historic city of Tiruchirapalli, so make sure that you are one of them.
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