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How To Reach Trichy (Tiruchirappalli)
The district of Tiruchirapalli that lies in the Cauvery river basin, is encircled by Karur in the west, Madurai and Sivagangai in the south, Thanjavur in the east and Salem in the north. The region lies on the plains that gradually undulate down from the Eastern Ghats' Kolli and Pachamallai Hills in the northwest and northeast and have smaller hillocks scattered around the landscape.
Geographically Trichy, which is the fourth largest city and urban area of Tamil Nadu, sits in the centre of the state and has a well developed contact by air, rail or road from any part of the country. That said, the easiest way to reach Trichy would be by rail as there are a number of trains that halt at Trichy from most major cities.
Trichy International Airport serves domestic flights to Chennai, Kochi and Bengaluru and International flights to Singapore, Dubai, Colombo, Kuala Lampur and Sharjah. There are prepaid taxis at the airport for travel to the city centre. Or you could hail an auto rickshaw from the entrance of the airport. There are daily bus services from the Airport to the Central Bus Stand in Trichy, and to places like Karur and Thanjavur, via the Central Bus Stand, which is about 6 km from the airport. You have the alternative of hiring an auto rickshaw to take you from the airport to the Central Bus Stand.
Trichy is a major rail head in South India and has a number of trains chugging in from various cities like Chennai (Nagarkoil Express from Chennai-Nagarkoil, Rockfort Express from Trichy-Chennai Egmore), Mumbai, Bengaluru (Mailaduturai Express from Mysore-Mailaduturai), Pune, Hyderabad (KCG-MDU Express from Kacheguda-Madurai), New Delhi (Himsagar Express from Mata Vaishno Devi Katra-Tirunelveli) et al. Trichy has a handful of railway stations like Trichy Junction, Fort and Town that serve main railheads and the suburbs, too.
From the Railway station you can hire a cab or auto rickshaw to reach your destination. The Central Bus Stand is about 1 km from the Trichy Junction.
Trichy has a number of National Highways crisscross the city. Trichy’s Chatram and Central Bus Stands cater to intercity and intracity bus and mini bus services, SETC and Sleeper buses to many cities and towns including Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Erode, Thirunelveli, Puducherry, Tuticorin and Thanjavur. If you'd prefer to travel by car you could also hire a cab or drive to Trichy. The distance from Chennai to Trichy is about 331 km and the NH from Chennai to Trichy gives a smooth journey past temples and an ample number of highway restaurants. From Bengaluru, it’s about 334 km to Trichy.
Trichy’s airport and railway station are well connected by public transport. Buses and minibuses from the two major Chatram and Central Bus Stands run within the city and its suburbs as well as to cities and towns in the south. There are auto rickshaws, cabs that can also be used for getting around. There’s the additional option of renting a bike for a trip round town.