Tiruchirapally, popularly known as Trichy is located on the banks of river Cauvery and is situated about 320Km from the State Capital, Chennai. Trichy is its fourth largest city and is an important industrial and educational hub of the State. It is well-connected by road, rail and air. The recently renovated(2007) airport was built by the British during World War II and presently has passenger flight services to destinations in South-East Asia and the Middle East.
The most spectacular landmark of the city is the 83 meter tall rocky outcrop, right in the heart of the city. The rock, adorned with the Uchi Pillaiyar temple at its summit also offers a spectacular view of the city, a feast to the travellers eye. The rock had a fort built around it at one time and hence is also called the Rockfort or Malakotai. The fort played a pivotal role in the historic Carnatic wars fought between British and French in the 18th Century. The area around the Rockfort is the oldest, colourful and crowded part of the city.
The towering Sri Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam is another prominent monument of the City. Mother Mary of Lourdes Church, believed to be modelled on the Basilica of Lourdes in France, stands tall within the campus of St. Josephs College, an old and renowned educational Institution run by the Jesuit Fathers in the heart of the city . Also emerging as an educational hub of the State, top educational institutions such as the IIM and NIT have also set up campuses here. The Public Sector Undertaking Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and the Government Ordnance Factories have their units in this Industrial City. In its rush towards commercialisation, Trichy has managed to retain its quaint flavour and rustic charm.