Tiruchi is a thriving commercial centre in Tamil nadu, situated on the banks of the river Cauvery. The rock fort is a well known landmark of the city. It is also famous for artificial diamonds, cigars, handloom cloth, glass bangles and wooden and clay toys. (Trichy, Tiruchy, Thiruchi, Tiruchirapalli)
The most famous land mark of this bustling town is the Rockfort Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rocky out crop which rises abruptly from the plain to tower over the old city. It is reached by the flight of steep steps cut into the rock and from its summit you get a fantastic view of the town plus its other main landmark, Sri Ranganatha Swami Temple ( Srirangam). Shrouded in a haze of coconut palms away to the north, Sri Ranganatha Swami temple is one of the largest and most interesting temple complexes in India, built on an island in the middle of Cauvery river and covering a staggering 2.5 square kilometers. There is also another huge temple complex near by the Jambukeshwara Temple.
Tiruchi : Tiruchi itself is an industrial town, where a number of industries flourish. The important industries are BHEL, OFT, HAPP and Golden Rock Railway Work Shop.
Karur (74 km) : Karur is a place where handloom industry is one of the main occupations of the people. The bed linen and floor spreads are very famous all over India.
Karaikudi (103 km) : Karaikudi and the neighbouring towns hold excellent examples of Chettinadu architecture. The people of Chettinadu were traders and financiers who valued high living and maintained old traditions. They built sprawling houses which today stand testimony to their taste and love for beautiful things.
Kumbakonam (92 km) : Kumbakonam is well known for its brassware.
Pugalur (87 km) : Pugalur is the paper-town, housing the Tamilnadu Newsprint and Papers Limited, a major paper – manufacturing company of south India.