Places To Visit Around IIM Trichy: An Unparalleled Treat To The Wanderlusts

Importance of travelling and unfolding new experiences can never be denied or trivialized. Exploring a place or a region is the perfect opportunity one can grab if he is looking for his holistic development. It gives you new experiences whether you visit a place first time or you are a frequent traveller. It teaches you how to manage your trip successfully with limited resources, time management, minute detailing and planning and ways to mitigate the crisis, if any. You come to know a lot about cultural practices, the beauty of nature, local cuisine and exchange some thoughts as well.

We, at IIM Trichy, are agree in totality with this thought, and we do venture out the places nearby. Let not your misconceptions about Tiruchirappalli be a hindrance to you, if you really think of exploring a rich cultural hub and natural beauty of this part of Incredible India. And believe me when I say it offers the wanderlusts more than they can chew during these two years.

 Yes, I understand that we don’t get much time for this activity due to the academic rigour for which IIMs are famous, but this is one of the ways to gather knowledge and rejuvenate our lives to help brace for the rigidity of the next term.

This is an attempt to elaborate on one of the many reasons why IIM Trichy is special.

 

Without further ado, let us start our virtual journey to explore this rarely explored part of Incredible India. We hope the real journey you undertake will etch memories for a lifetime in your mind.

 

Thajavur

Brief Description: Thanjavur District is the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu because of its agricultural activities in the delta region of river Cauvery.  It was the cultural capital of the country in 1790. South Zone Culture Centre in Thanjavur is one of the regional cultural centers established by the Government of India to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of India. It has a rich cultural heritage and the temples, culture and architecture of Tanjavur are famous throughout India.  Bharathanatyam, an iconic and classical dance form of South India, had its major styles developed in Thanjavur.

Distance from Trichy: 57 km

Commuting options: Bus and Train

Places for sightseeing: Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur Palace, Punnai Nallur Mariamman Temple, Thanjavur Art Gallery, Sangeet Mahal, Saraswati Mahal Library, Schwartz Church, Royal Museum & Maratha Durbar, Alangudi Guru Temple, Shiva Ganga Garden etc.

 

 (PC: Abirbhav Mukherjee, MBA 2016-2018, IIM Trichy)

 

Madurai

Brief Description: Located on the banks of River Vaigai, Madurai has rich historic heritage since the recorded history of the city goes back to the 3rd century BCE. It has great temples that flaunt the architectural brilliance of the artisans of the contemporary period. Moreover, Madurai is an important industrial (automobile, rubber, chemical and granite manufacturing industries) and educational hub (Madurai Medical College, Homeopathic Medical College,[8] Madurai Law College, Agricultural College and Research Institute) in South Tamil Nadu.

Distance from Trichy: 138 km

Commuting options: Bus and Train

Places for sightseeing: Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Mahal, Koodal Alagar Temple, Thirupparankundram Temple, Gandhi Museum, Vandiyur Mariamman Temple, Narasingam, Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Vilachery Pottery Village, Alagar Koil, ISKCON Madurai, Kazimar Big Mosque etc.

 

(PC: Harsha Kuchibhotla, MBA 2016-2018, IIM Trichy)

 

Yercaud

Brief Description: A serene hill station in Salem District of Tamil Nadu which is situated in the Shevaroys range of hills in the Eastern Ghats. It is a perfect gateway to enjoy the calmness when you go from the hustle-bustle of city life for some days.

Distance from Trichy: 168 km

Commuting options: Bus and Train

Places for sightseeing: Yercaud Lake, Pagoda Point, 32-km Loop Road, Rose Garden, Bears Cave, Kiliyur waterfall, Deer Park, Lady’s Seat, Orchidarium, Botanical Garden, Raja Rajeshwari Temple, Tipperary Viewpoint, Annamalaiyar Temple View Point etc.

(PC: Indranil Saha, MBA 2017-2019, IIM Trichy)

Kodaikanal

Brief Description: Kodaikanal is at the crown of the Palani Hills between the Parappar and Gundar Valleys and is effectively surrounded and protected by thick forests in the state of Tamil Nadu. Since the place is blessed with different varieties of green luscious trees, beautiful rocks formations and enchanting waterfalls, it is known as the “The Princess of Hill Stations” which signifies its name in the Tamil language as “The Gift of the Forest”.

Distance from Trichy: 200 km

Commuting options: Bus

Places for sightseeing: Kodai Lake, Green Valley View, Pillar Rocks, Bear Shola Falls, Coakers Walk, Devil’s Kitchen, Thalaiyar Falls, Berijam Lake, Dolphin’s Nose, Bryant Park, Silver Cascade Falls, Kurinji Temple, Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, La Salette Church, Pambar Falls, Shembaganur Museum Of Natural History, Vattakanal Falls, Perumal Peak, Dolmen Circle, Christ The King Church, Chettiar Park etc.

 (PC: Lilesh Barik, MBA 2018-2020, IIM Trichy)

Pondicherry

Brief Description: The city is situated in Puducherry district of the union territory, and is surrounded by the state of Tamil Nadu. The unmistakable French connection, the quaint colonial heritage buildings, the spiritual sceneries, the backwaters and endless stretches of beaches and a wide choice of restaurants serving a miscellany of cuisines provide an exhilarating experience that draws travellers from near and far to the city. It is one of the most popular tourist spots for national and international tourists.

Distance from Trichy: 208 km

Commuting options: Bus and Train

Places for sightseeing: Paradise Beach, Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry Beach, Rock Beach, Raj Niwas, Old Lighthouse, The Pondicherry Botanical Garden, The Pondicherry Museum, Promenade, Aayi Mandapam, Ousteri Lake, Chunnambar Boathouse, The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Serenity Beach, Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Manakula Vinayagar Temple, ISKCON Pondicherry, Sri Karaneswara Nataraja Temple, Veerampattinam Beach, Jawahar Toy Museum etc.

 (PC: Abirbhav Mukherjee, MBA 2016-2018, IIM Trichy)

 

Rameswaram

Brief Description: Rameswaram is on Pamban Island separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel and is about 40 kilometres from Mannar Island, Sri Lanka. This place is a part of the Char Dham pilgrimage. The Ramanathaswamy Temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, is at the centre of the town and is closely associated with Rama.

Distance from Trichy: 235 km

Commuting options: Bus and Trains

Places for sightseeing: Ramanathaswamy Temple, Dhanushkodi Temple, Jada Tirtham, Rama Setu, Gandhamadhana Parvatham, Five Faced Hanuman Temple, Water Bird Sanctuary, Nambu Nayagiamman Temple, Kothandaramaswamy Temple, Ariyaman Beach, Pamban Bridge, Lakshmana Tirtham, Villoondi Tirtham, Jatayu Tirtham Temple, Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House etc.

(PC: Harsha Kuchibhotla, MBA 2016-2018, IIM Trichy)

Munnar:

Brief Description: Munnar is situated in the Western Ghats mountain range in Idukki district of Kerala. A large expanse of tea plantations, forests, valleys and wildlife give Munnar a favoured tourist status and it is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in South India.

Distance from Trichy: 255 km

Commuting options: Bus

Places for sightseeing: TATA Tea Museum, Blossom Park, Anamudi Peak, Lock Heart Gap, Pothamedu Viewpoint, Attukal Waterfalls, Mattupetty Dam, Pothamedu, Devikulam, Eravikulam National Park, Top Station, Kundala Lake, Marayoor Dolmens, Cheeyapara Waterfalls etc.

(PC: Sriram Ulaganathan, MBA 2018-2020, IIM Trichy)

Ooty

Brief Description: Ooty is a town and a municipality in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu. The “Queen of the hills”, situated between cotton clouds and misty mountains, is covered in eucalyptus and pine trees and tea and coffee plantations. The “Blue mountains” of Nilgiris are one of the major attractions of this hill station.

Distance from Trichy: 285 km

Commuting options: Bus

Places for sightseeing: Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Ooty Rose Garden, Ooty Lake, Ooty Botanical Gardens, Doddabetta Peak, Thread Garden, Emerald Lake, Kalhatti Falls, Bellikkal, Stone House, Kamraj Sagar Lake, St Stephen’s Church, Wax Museum, Lake Park, Katari Falls, Tiger Hill etc.

(PC: Bharath Rangasamy, MBA 2016-2018, IIM Trichy)

Kanyakumari

Brief Description: “God’s own district” takes its name from the ‘Devi Kanya Kumari Temple’ in the region. Kanyakumari city is the southern tip of peninsular India. It is the southernmost tip of peninsular India, and is surrounded on three sides by the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. Due to this fact, one can easily see the sunrise and sunset both involving the seas in this part of the country. The mixed culture of the place is reflected in the art, architecture and even in the local cuisine. You can find temples, churches, religious pillars and statues everywhere to keep you absorbed in the surroundings. Did we tell you there exists a beautiful beach on the ramparts of a Dutch Fort over here? Go and explore.

Distance from Trichy: 382 km

Commuting options: Bus and Train

Places for sightseeing: Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thanumalayan temple – Sthanumalayan Kovil, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Kumari Amman Temple, Kanyakumari Beach, Vattakottai Fort, Wax Museum, Gandhi Mandapam, Our Lady of Ransom Church, Sunset Point, Sothavilai Beach, View Tower, St Xavier Church etc.

(PC: Mukesh Johnson Kujur, MBA 2017-2019, IIM Trichy)

 

Wayanad

Brief Description: Wayanad district stands on the southern tip of the Deccan plateau and includes part of the Western Ghats. There are a lot of trekking points and rich water resources and dams in this district. This place has a lot to offer to those who are interested in historical traces of our culture.

Distance from Trichy: 380 km

Commuting options: Bus, car, No direct train

Places for sightseeing: Chembra Peak, Banasura Sagar Dam, Edakkal Caves, Soochippara Falls, Lakkidi View Point, Kabini River, Neelimala View Point, Wayanad Heritage Museum, Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary, Jain Temple etc.

 

(PC: Ravi Thakur, MBA 2016-2018, IIM Trichy)

 

 

Varkala

Brief Description: Varkala is located 40 km north-west of Trivandrum (Capital of Kerala). A unique feature of Varkala is that it is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea to give a cheerful and calming experience to the visitor. It is often referred to as Dakshin Kashi because of 2018-year-old Janardana Swami Temple and holy waters of Papanasam beach.

Distance from Trichy: 400 kms

Commuting options: Bus and Train

Places for sightseeing: Varkala Beach, Janardana Swami Temple, Kappil Beach and Lake, Ponnumthuruthu Island, Sivagiri Mutt, Anchuthengu and Anjengo Fort, Odayam Beach, Balimandapam etc.

(PC: Anuhya Konte, MBA 2018-2020, IIM Trichy)

(PC: Shubham Gupta, MBA 2018-2020, IIM Trichy)

 

Coorg

Brief Description: The place is also called Kodagu. It occupies an area of 4,102 square kilometres (1,584 sq mi) in the Western Ghats of southwestern Karnataka. This popular coffee, rice, timber and spices producing hill station is popular for its beautiful green hills and the streams cutting right through them and is the place to be for all nature lovers.

Distance from Trichy: 455 km

Commuting options: Bus, no direct train

Places for sightseeing: Talacauvery, Nagarhole National Park, Kabini River, Abbey Falls, Raja’s Seat, Nisargadhama, Golden Temple (Namdroling Monastery), Iruppu Falls, Tadiandamol Peak, Honnamana Kere Lake, Honey Valley – Nilakandi Falls, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Omkareshwara Temple, Madikeri Fort etc.

(PC: Saloni, MBA 2016-2018, IIM Trichy)

Apurva Sharma

Apurva is currently pursuing an MBA at IIM Trichy. She is a Core Member of Infrastructure and IT Committee of IIM Trichy. She is an avid reader and loves to explore serene places. Apurva is a marketing and research analytics enthusiast. She is a part of InsideIIM Student Team 4. She has 3 years of work experience in product based software companies such as Practo Technologies and Naukri.com as an Android Application Developer. She holds a B.Tech degree in Information Technology from Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) - Allahabad.

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