|Trichur with its rich history, cultural heritage
and archeological wealth is the cultural capital of Kerala.
Trichur is famed for and wide for its pooram festival. This
festival district has witnessed many rulers and dynasties starting
with the Zamorins, Tipu Sultan to the Dutch and the British.
A cultural center, the Kerala Kalamandalam, the Kerala Sahitya
Academy and Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy are located here.
Area 3032 sq.km
Best time to Visit September to March
STD Code 0487
Descending from the heights of the Western Ghats in the east,
the land slopes towards the west forming three distinct natural
divisions - the highlands, the plains and the sea board.
Air : The nearest airport is at Cochin, 78 km away.
Rail : Alleppey Railway Station. Connected by rail with Cochin.
Road : Motorable roads connect Thrissur to several important
Thrissur, the name derived from 'Tiru-Shiva-Perur' (the town
with the name of Lord Shiva) is the cultural capital of Kerala.
The town is built around a hillock top. Its most prominent
feature is the Vadakkumnathan Kshetram or temple which has
Shiva as it presiding deity.
Like most of the places in Kerala, Thrissur has a tropical
and humid climate. It experiences heavy monsoon rains from
June to August therefore it is advisable not to visit Thrissur
during the monsoon season.
Wildlife Sancturies :
Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary (35 km from Thrissur):
Main attractions: Fauna: Leopards, elephants, bears, wild
pips, wild bisons, tigers etc. Flora: Evergreen forests. Semi
evergreen forests. Leaf shedding forests. Trekking trails:
Many paths up the rocks and into the forests of the Sanctuary.
Ayurvedic Centres :
Amala Ayurveda Hospital : Amala Ayurveda Hospital has an Ayurveda
research wing and Ayurveda medicine production unit. The Ayurveda
Bhavan in the hospital offers air conditioned accommodation
for patients from abroad and within the country. The hospital
also has reservation facilities for treatment and stay.
Majlis Park : Majlis Park is an ayurvedic resort located at
Peramangalam in Thrissur District, Kerala. It works in association
with the Ashtavaidyan Thaikkattu Mooss Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala
of Thaikkattussery, Thrissur.
Pilgrimage Centres :
Guruvayoor It is one of the most sacred and imported pilgrim
centers of Kerala. Its main attraction is the Sree Krishna
temple known as 'Guruvayoor Ambalam'. This historic temple
is shrouded in mystery. According to belief, the temple is
the creation of Guru, the preceptor of the Devas, and Vayu
the Lord of Winds. The eastern nada is the main entrance to
the shrine. In the chuttambalam (outer enclosure) is the tall
33.5 mt. high gold plated Dwajasthambam (flag post). There
is also a 7 mt. high Deepasthambham (pillar of lamps), whose
13 circular receptacles provide a truly gorgeous spectacle
when lit. The square Sreekovil is the sacred sanctum sanctorum
of the temple which houses the main deity. Within the temple
there are also images of Ganapathy, Sree Ayyappa and Edathedathu
Fairs and Festivals :
Koorkancherry Sree Maheswara Temple
Thrikkur Rock Cave Temple
Arratupuzha Festival (March)
Thrissur Pooram : The most colourful temple festival of Kerala,
Thrissur Pooram attracts large masses of devotees and spectators
from all parts of the State and even outside. Celebrated in
Madom (April-May) it consists of processions of richly caparisoned
elephants from various neighbouring temples to the Vadakumnathan
temple, Thrissur. The most impressive processions are those
from the Krishna Temple at Thiruvanbadi and the Devi Temple
at Paramekkavu which is quite a significant event for its
Places to visit :
Zoo (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 woodcarvings, 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. Aquarium:
This is near Nehru Park (open 15:00 - 20:00 hrs).
Vilangankunnu (7 km from Thrissur) : This is a beautiful
hill, which is a good picnic spot. Arattupuzha: 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.
Peechi dam (20 km east of Thrissur) : This picnic spot offers
boating facilities. There are frequent private buses from
Thrissur to Peechi dam.
Christian Divine Retreat Centres : They are located at Muringoor
and Potta near Chalakudi, on the Kochi - Thrissur route.
Anakkayam : Anakkayam is roughly 20 kms from Chalakudy on
the Sholayar Peringalkuthu route, famous for its lake with
cool and placid waters. The place got its name from a herd
of elephants which used to visit the place quite often and
the legend goes that the place got its name because some elephants
had been drowned in this lake. The place is breathtakingly
beautiful with its rushing waters, chiseled rocks and silent
Punnathur Kotta : Near Guruvayur, 2km away, is 'Punnathur
Kotta', the place where the temple elephants (numbering over
40) are taken care of. Nowhere else can so many elephants
be seen at any one time.
Athirampally Waterfalls : It is near to the entrance of the
Sholayar range is a place of great scenic beauty. Here, the
water plunges from a height of nearly 80 feet before joining
the Chalakudi river. Vazhachal is just a drive from Athirampally,
this picturesque spot is adjacent to Jense green forest, and
is a part of Chalakudi River....
Nattika Beach Situated 30 km from Thrissur, Nattika is a wide
and virgin beach blessed with an endless stretch of golden
sand and graciously swaying palm trees. This picturesque place
is suited for beach holidays and package tours. The resorts
in the beaches provide all modern facilities with a Kerala