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How To Get There - Trichur (Thrissur)

By Air
Nearest international airport is at Nedumbassery, 58 kms away.
By Rail
Trichur has an important railway station that connects the place with the rest of Kerala and India.
By Road
Trichur is easily accessible by roads. The place is well connected with all the major towns, cities as well as villages by a wide network of road and many highways.

TRICHUR - KERALA CULTURAL CAPITAL


Trichur Tourism Thrissur (Trichur), with its rich history, cultural heritage and archaeological wealth, is rich in cultural activities.

From ancient times, this district has played a significant role in the political history of south India. Trichur (Thrissur), the name derived from 'Tiru-Shiva-Perur' (the town with the name of Lord Shiva) is the cultural capital of Kerala.

Its most prominent feature is the Vadakkumnathan Kshetram or temple, which has Shiva as its presiding deity. Many rulers and dynasties beginning with the Zamorins of Kozhikode, Tipu Sultan of Mysore and Europeans including 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 Trichur town.

Today, Thrissur is world famous for its Pooram Festival, which is one of the biggest festivals of Kerala. Built around a hillock top, Trichur (Thrissur) houses the Kerala Kala Mandalam, the Kerala Sahitya Academy and Kerala Nataka Academy.

Prime Attractions of Trichur (Thrissur)

The famous Ayyappa temple at Aarattupuzha is just 14 kms from Trichur (Thrissur), and celebrates its annual pooram festival during March. more..
The state's flagship training school for Kathakali dance drama and other indigenous performing arts of Kerala, Kalamandalam was founded in 1927 AD by the revered poet Vallathol. more..
'Machattuvela' also known as 'Machattu Mamangam', is celebrated with great pomp, pageantry and splendour on the last day of the five-day annual festival at Machattu Thiruvanikavu Temple near Vadakkancherry, Thrissur. more..
The Peechi-Vazhani Sanctuary comprising of the dense, moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests is situated in the catchment area of the Peechi and Vazhani dams. more..
Soochipara Waterfalls is located 22 kms from Hotel Green Gates. On alighting the vehicle, one can reach the waterfalls after a 2-km walk into the dense equatorial forest of Wayanad. more..
Thriprayar Temple, located south of Trichur is one of the important temples dedicated to Lord Rama. The exquisite wood carvings, sculptures and Mural Paintings are an interesting sight. more..
Trichur (Thrissur) is best known for its mammoth Pooram Festival, which is the most colourful and spectacular temple festival of Kerala. Thrissur (Trichur) Pooram is held in the Malayalam month of Medam (April- May). Devotees and spectators from all parts of the state and even outside, throng the 'Pooram'. more..
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 works 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 inside the temple. more..
Aquarium
Close to the Nehru Park. Open 03.00 - 08.00 pm
Archaeological Museum, Thrissur
Located on the Town Hall Road, the museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm on all days except Mondays and national holidays
Art Museum, Trichur
Located in the zoo compound, the art museum displays collections of woodcarvings, metal sculptures and ancient jewellery. Open 10.00 am - 05.00 pm on all days except Mondays.
Christian Divine Retreat Centres
They are located at Muringoor and Potta near Chalakudi, on the Kochi - Thrissur route.
Peechi Dam
20 km east of Trichur, this picnic spot offers boating facilities. There are frequent private buses from Trichur. Built across the Manali River, the dam is a vast catchment area of nearly 3200 acres with extensive botanical gardens and cascading fountains offer numerous inviting avenues for tourists.
Saint Thomas Memorial, Kodungalloorm
St. Thomas, the apostle, is believed to have landed in Kodungalloor (formerly called Muziris) in 52 AD. The St. Thomas Church established by him houses ancient relics.
Shakthan Thampuran Palace
Also known as Palace Thoppu, the campus covers an area of 6 acres. Here one can see three tombs (Shavakudeerams) including that of Shakthan Thampuran, the greatest ruler of the Cochin dynasty.
Town Hall
Houses the picture gallery where mural paintings from all parts of Kerala are on display.
Vilangankunnu
The Children's Park on this beautiful hillside picnic spot offers amusement rides. It remains open from 07:00 am uptil 07:00 pm
Zoo
Situated 2 kms from Trichur (Thrissur) town, it is open from 9.00am - 05.00 pm on all days except Mondays.

Excursions from Thrissur (Trichur)

(29Km.)
29 km northwest of Trichur (Thrissur), Guruvayoor, where the famous Sree Krishan Temple is situated, is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of Kerala. The historic temple is shrouded in mystery. According to belief, the temple was created by 'Guru'- the preceptor of the gods and 'Vayu'- the God of winds. more.. (65Km.)
This 80 foot high waterfall at the threshold of the Sholayar ranges is a popular picnic spot. more.. (21Km.)
Situated 10 km from Irinjalakuda Railway Station, this ancient temple is perhaps the only one in India dedicated to Bharatha, the brother of Sree Rama. The eleven-day Annual Festival featuring a pageant of thirteen caparisoned elephants (held in April/May), marks the end of the festival season in Kerala. more..
Ariyannoor Temple, Kandanisserry

This temple has a carved entrance gable, which has been compared to the sculptures of American artist, Louise Nevelson. The Sree Krishna Temple at Thirukulashekharapuram as well as the Siva Temple at Thiruvanchikulam are believed to belong to the 9th century.
Cheruthuruthy
(32Km.)
Cheruthuruthy is the seat of the Kerala Kalamandalam, renowned the world over for its Kathakali Training Centre. This music and dance academy was founded by the famous poet, Vallathol Narayana Menon. Training in Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Thullal and other traditional art forms is imparted here. Cultural programmes are also arranged.
Punnathoorkotta
(1Km.)
This home of 50 temple elephants offers unusual spectacles of the gentle pachyderm. Brought as ritual offerings to the temple, these elephants are groomed at this fort. Visitors are allowed into this elephant hostel.
Vazhachal Waterfalls
(68Km.)
Just a short drive from Athirapally, this picturesque waterfall is close to dense green forests and is a part of the Chalakudy river.

Fairs & Festivals - Trichur (Thrissur)

Aarattupuzha Pooram
Kodungaloor Bharani
Macchattuvela
Thrissur Pooram

Places To Stay - Trichur (Thrissur)

Siddharth Regency, Trichur.
Casino Hotel, Thrissur.
Luciya Palace, Trichur. Yatri Niwas, Thrissur.
Hotel Spring Valley, Athirapally.
Hotel Richmond Resorts, Athirapally.
Vanamala Kusumam, Guruvayoor.
Elite, Guruvayoor.
RVK Tourist House, Guruvayoor.
Anjanam, Guruvayoor.

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Climate - Trichur (Thrissur)

Rainfall
254 cm

General Information - Trichur (Thrissur)

Location
Kerala
Main Attraction
Vadakkumnathan Temple
Best Time
August To March
Languages
Malayalam, Hindi, English
Area
3032 sq. km.
Population
(1993): 274,225.
Altitude
Sea level
Clothing
Tropical cottons
Temperature
Max: 35 deg. C
Min: 22.5 deg. C

Useful Information - Trichur (Thrissur)

Banks / Money Changers
State Bank Of India, State Bank Of Travancore, Federal Bank, South Indian Bank.
Hospitals
Medical College Hospital, Heart Hospital, Government Ayurveda Hospital.
Recreation Centers
Kalamandalam, Cheruthuruthy; Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy; Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy.

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