Thrissur


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Also known as the cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur is the land of the famous Thrissurpooram held during April-May. The much awaited festival attracts people from all over the world, enthralling them with the sight of 30 beautifully caparisoned elephants lined up in front of the majestic Vadakkumnathan Temple. A district that has kept alive its traditional art forms is also home to a number of pilgrimage centres.

The term Thrissur is the abbreviated form of the original name Thrissivaperur which means the town of the sacred Shiva. Built on an elevated ground, at the apex of Thrissur Circle, is the famous Vadakkumnathan Temple. Thrissur was also known as Vrishabhadripuram and Ten Kailasam in the ancient days.

Thrissur is a district rich in cultural heritage. The district can also claim to have played a significant part in fostering the trade relations between Kerala and the outside world in the ancient and medieval period.

 
Fact File
Area 3032 kms
Population 29,75,440
Best time to visit September to June
Temperature  22.5 – 35 Degree Celsius   
STD Code  0487


Attractions

Sakthan Thampuran Palace

The palace of the erstwhile Maharaja of Cochin is now a heritage museum. This museum has the largest collection of excavated megalithic structures. Now preserved by the Archeological Department, this museum was reconstructed in the Kerala-Dutch style in 1795 by Sri Rama Varma Thampuran of Cochin.

Vadakkumnathan Temple

The temple with four imposing Gopurams, enclosed by a lofty stone wall, Vadakkumnathan is one of the most revered temples of Kerala. In a unique ritual, ghee is poured over the idol of Lord Shiva. A classic example of the Kerala style of architecture with different sacred shrines within, the temple is...

Peechi Dam

Located 23 km from Thrissur, Peechi Dam is a popular tourist hub where one can engage in boating on the reservoir or take a stroll through the beautiful gardens. The Peechi Vazhany sanctuary nearby has tigers, leopards, elephants, sambars and spotted and barking deers. If you get lucky during your boating...

Punnathoor Kotta

The Punnathoor Kotta is now home to more than 60 elephants, all of them gifted by devotees to the Sree Krishna Temple, Guruvayoor. The palace grounds of the one-time Punnathoor Raja are now visited by devotees who come to the temple and stop by, to see and even feed the elephants.

Palayur Church

One of the oldest churches among the ones built by St Thomas the Apostle, the Palayur Church is believed to have been built in the 52 AD. Granite statues portraying the life of the saint beautify the entrance of the church.

Nattika Beach

Nattika beach, situated 30km from Thrissur, is an ideal place to spend a leisurely evening. The swaying green palms, the rhythmic waves and the endless stretch of golden sand, make it a perfct picnic spot. Resorts nearby, offer all modern facilities amidst the rural setting. Deep-sea fishing, backwater...

Vadanappally Beach

The Vadanapally beach is located about 20 km from Thrissur town. Fringed with coconut palms, this calm and pleasant beach is a perfect spot for tourists who are looking for a fun time at the beach.

Peechi Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary

The Peechi Vazhany sanctuary near the Peechi Dam has tigers, leopards, elephants, sambars and spotted and barking deers. It lies in the catchments of Peechi and Vazhani dams in Trichur. Peechi, the headquarters of the sanctuary is 15 kms by road from Trichur.

Vilangankunnu

An 8 km. journey from the town on the Kunnamkulam road leads to this picturesque hillock known for the spectacular view of the sprawling town and country side it offers.

Basilica of Our Lady of Dolores/ Puthan Palli

This famed church is believed to be the tallest church in Asia. It has a three storied portico and even higher steeples. Decorated with Gothic towers, 15 altars and church bells imported from Germany, the church is a must visit destination of Thrissur.
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