with its rich history, cultural heritage and archaeological wealth is called
the cultural capital of Kerala. From ancient times, this district has played
a significant role in the political history of South India. Many rulers and
dynasties beginning with the Zamorins of Kozhikode, Tipu Sultan of Mysore
and Europeans inluding the Dutch and the British have had a hand in moulding
the destiny of this region. Raja Rama Varma popularly known as Sakthan
Thampuran was the architect of the present Thrissur town. Today Thrissur is
world famous for its Pooram festival. A cultural centre, the Kerala Kala
Mandalam, the Kerala Sahitya Academy and Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy are
A trip to Kerala is not complete without getting to Thrissur, a pavan
pilgrimage town. Set amidst paddy fields, coconut and pineapple
plantations. If you visit Kerala during the period of April and early May
do not miss the spectacle of pooram procession - Kerala's most famous
temple festival. Also there is the famous temple of Lord Krishna known as
Prime Attractions of
Thrissur » Archaeological Museum
Hall Road): Open from 1000 - 1700 hrs on all days except Mondays and
» Art Gallery
(2 km from Thrissur town):
Open from 0900 - 1700 hrs on all days except Mondays.
» Art Museum
Located in the Zoo compound,
the art museum displays collections of wood carvings, metal sculptures and
ancient jewellery. (Open 1000 - 17 00 hrs on all days except Mondays).
» Town Hall
Houses the Picture Gallery
where mural paintings from all parts of Kerala are on display.
This is near Nehru Park (open
15:00 - 20:00 hrs).
» Vilangankunnu (7 km from Thrissur)
is a beautiful hill which is a good picnic spot.
This village is known for
the annual Pooram festival at the temple in April/May. The uniqueness of
this festival is the ceremonial processions carrying the images of the
deities of 41 neighbouring temples to this village.
» Christian Divine Retreat Centres
are located at Muringoor and Potta near Chalakudi, on the Kochi - Thrissur
» Peechi dam
(20 km east of Thrissur):
This picnic spot offers boating facilities. There are frequent private
buses from Thrissur to Peechi dam.
» Vadakkumnathan Temple
One of the oldest
temples in the State, the Vadakkumnathan temple is a classical example of
the Kerala style of architecture and has many decorative murals and pieces
of art. This is the venue of the world famous Pooram festival celebrated
annually in April-May. The fireworks at the Pooram are a spectacular
sight. Non Hindus are not allowed entry into the temple.
» Kozhikode Beach
km west of Thrissur): Guruvayoor is one of the most sacred and important
pilgrim centres of Kerala. Its main attraction is the Sree Krishna temple.
This historic temple is shrouded in mystery. According to belief, the
temple is the creation of Guru, the preceptor of the Gods , and Vayu, the
God of winds. The eastern nada is the main entrance to the shrine. In the
Chuttambalam (outer enclosure) is the tall 33.5 m high gold plated
Dwajasthambam (flag-post). There is also a 7 m high Dipastambham (pillar
of lamps), whose thirteen circular receptacles provide a truly gorgeous
spectacle when lit. The square Sreekovil is the sacred sanctum sanctorum
of the temple, housing the main deity. Within the temple there are also
the images of Ganapathy, Lord Ayyappa and Edathedattu Kavil Bhagavathy.
Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple.
» Irinjalakuda Koodal Manikyam Temple
km from Thrissur): Situated 10 km away from Irinjalakuda railway station,
this ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Bharatha, the brother of Sri
Rama. It is perhaps the only temple in India with Bharatha as the deity.
The colourful eleven day annual festival with a pageant of thirteen
caparisoned elephants is held in April/May. The festival in this temple
marks the end of the Hindu temple festival season in Kerala.
(32 km north of
Thrissur): Cheruthuruthy is the seat of the Kerala Kalamandalam, renowned
the world over for its Kathakali training centre. The music and dance
academy was founded by the famous poet, Vallathol Narayana Menon. Training
in Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Thullal and other art forms of Kerala is
» Ariyannoor temple, Kandanisserry
temple has a carved entrance gable which has been compared to the wooden
sculptures of American artist Louise Nevelson. The Siva temple at
Thiruvanchikulam as well as the Sri Krishna temple at
Thirukulashekharapuram are believed to be monuments from the 9th century.
(63 km from Thrissur): At
the entrance to the Sholayar ranges, this 80 foot high waterfall is a
popular picnic spot.
(68 km from Thrissur): Just a
short drive from Athirapally, this picturesque waterfall is close to dense
green forests and is a part of the Chalakudy river. Athirapally and
Vazhachal are the most famous waterfalls of Kerala and favourite
destinations of tourists.
» Shakthan Thampuran Palace
Also known as
Palace Thoppu, the campus covers an area of 6 acres. Here you can see 3
shavakudeerams (tombs) including that of the renowned Shakthan Thampuran.
» Cheraman Juma Masjid, Kodungalloor
Located 2 km from Kodungalloor town, this mosque resembles a Hindu temple
in appearance. Built in 629 AD, this is the first mosque in India and the
second in the world where Juma prayers were started. Other places of
interest nearby include Cheramanparambu, the ancient Thiruvanchikulam
Temple, the Bhagavathi Temple and the Portuguese fort.
» Saint Thomas Memorial, Kodungalloor
Thomas is believed to have landed in Kodungalloor (formerly called
Muziris) in 52 AD. The St. Thomas Church established by the apostle houses
holy relics from the olden days.