Tiruchirapalli or “Trichy” is comfortably located at the geographic centre of Tamil Nadu. Approximately 350 km from Bangalore, it is popular amongst the religiously-inclined for the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and the Rockfort Temple. But if you were to find yourself looking for other things to do in this temple town, worry not! LBB has put together an itinerary for you to fully enjoy your weekend getaway.

Visit Kallanai Dam

Photo: Badri

Photo: Badri

About 20 kms from Trichy, Kallanai Dam is considered one of the oldest water-diversion structures in the world. Look no further for your next Facebook cover photo! Built across the Cauvery River, the view from the dam is a beautiful sight. There’s even a park close-by to take in some fauna.

Where: Kallanai Dam, State Highway 22, near Thogur Village, Trichy

Price: Free entry

Timings: 10am-6pm

Contact: +91 044-25380583 

Dine At DiMora

Photo Source: DiMoRa

Photo Source: DiMoRa

If you get tired of the idlis, vadas and dosas of Tamil Nadu, don’t fret! DiMora offers you a multi-cuisine menu brought to you by three young entrepreneurs with nearly five decades of combined hotel industry experience. Binge on their Nasi Goreng, Caesar salad and most importantly, their mouth-watering pizzas. Even their Italian visitors recommend it apparently!

Where: No:B 29 & 30, 4th Floor, Ambigai City Center, Shastri Road, Tiruchirappalli

Price: INR 1,000 for two 

Timings: 8-3:30pm, 6:30-11pm

Contact: +91 7418055525, 0431-4040056, 

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Splurge At Femina Shopping Mall

This mall might be small and limited, but its jewellery section is definitely worth a little scavenger hunt. Find beautiful jhumkas, hoops, filigree earrings and attractive studs at half the prices of Bangalore. If you look hard enough, it’s even possible to find a matching set in necklaces. We love the variety and colours available! 

Where107A,Williams Road, Cantonment, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu

Price: INR 30 upwards

Timings: 9am to 9pm

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Soak Up Some Culture At The Government Museum

Consider yourself a history buff? Visit the Tiruchirapalli Government Museum in the palace complex of Chokkanatha Nayak Palace. The exhibits include carvings, coins, rare documents, fossils and paintings, to name a few. Did you know it even houses cannon balls used by Hyder Ali?  

Where: Singarathope, Devathanam, Tiruchirappalli

Price: INR 5 entry fee

Timings: 9am-1pm and 2pm to 6pm {closed on Fridays}

Check out their website here.

Explore Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple Complex

One of the most renowned Vishnu temples in the country, this temple complex has the ability to pique even an atheist’s interest with its architectural marvels. Understandably, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We wouldn’t blame you if you get lost: the temple covers an area of 156 acres! There are 21 towers, fifty shrines and 7 concentric walls constituting the complex.

Where: Srirangam, Tiruchirappalli

Price: Rs 50 to enter the main shrine

Timings: 5am-9pm {darshan timings vary}

Contact: 0431 2432246

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Feature Photo: DiMoRa

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