Trichy – The Land of Culture
Trichy has been in existence since the medieval period and has been the seat of various dynasties that have ruled the area over the past two millennia. This culturally-rich city is the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu and is a fast developing commercial and educational hub.
This historical city is also known as Tiruchirappalli or Tiruchi and is located on the banks of the Cauvery River. With its rich delta area, agriculture still forms a major part of its economy with rice, sugarcane and coconuts being some of the main products cultivated here. With its eclectic mix of people, Tamil as well as Malayalam, Hindi, English and Marathi are the languages that the keen ear can tune into. And with the influx of students from all over India into its nationally recognized universities Trichy is fast on its way to becoming a cosmopolitan center. Young people are increasingly being seen dressed in the standard western attires of jeans and T-shirts and cuisines foreign to the local culture are becoming popular in the eateries.
Of course, the setting up of large companies like BHEL, OFT and the Golden Rock Railway Workshop has brought in people from all parts of the country, creating more diversity in its culture. A large number of energy equipment manufacturing units have earned the city its title of ‘Energy Equipment and Fabrication Capital of India’.
However, that being said, Trichy has still managed to hold on to its beautiful heritage and rich culture and cuisine. A walk down its streets would throw up shops loaded with colorful traditional saris, ethnic woven attires, artistic wooden idols of Hindu gods and goddesses, leather works, intricate brass works, delicate stone carvings and woven palm products to name a few. All these traditional items still very much form a part of daily life in Trichy and though times are changing, the Tamil people have an amazing tenacity of clinging to their inherent sense of traditions and culture.
The world’s oldest surviving Kallani dam built over the Cauvery can be found here too and is a testimony to the engineers of the 2nd century AD.
With the majority of its residents being Hindu, Trichy is brimming with temples, and festivals abound from the very beginning to the end of the year. Starting from the 4-day Pongal celebrations, Jallikattu festival, the Tamilian New Year or Puthaandu, Deepavali and a host of other festivals all add color and culture to this city.
Trichy is well connected by highways, railways as well as an international airport; come be a part of the celebrations of this grand city, book into one of its numerous heritage hotels and experience Trichy as it is!