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DESTINATIONS » SOUTH » KERALA » THRISSUR
 
  
 
Thrissur is Kerala’s capital city of culture and also a popular pilgrimage destination. Thrissur city is built around a 65-acre hillock called theThekkinkadu Maidan which seats the Vadakkumnathan temple. The Vadakkunnathan Temple dominates the landscape of this pilgrim centre. This area is the city's cultural and spiritual centre, offering in addition to religious experiences an array of festivals and historical and natural sights.Thrissur ranked as the seventh best city in India to reside in. Indicus considered six parameters – health, education, environment, safety, public facilities and entertainment – for preparing their 'reside-in' index of liveability. Thrissur is the place where Christianity and Islam entered in to India, when Apostle St. Thomas set foot 2,000 years ago and the country’s first mosque opened in the 7th Century. 

Thrissur is famous for the Thrissur Pooram festival, the most colourful and stunning temple festival in Kerala. The festival is held at the Thekkinkadu Maidan in April or May. Thrissur has a large number of well-known temples including the Thiruvambady Srikrishna temple, Vadakkumnathan temple and Paramekkavu temple, as well as two famous churches, the Our Lady of Lourdes Metropolitan Cathedral and the Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours. Thrissur is also the venu of Pulikali during Onam celebrations in August or September Thrissur ranks first in the number of domestic tourists in Kerala also. Apart from being the cultural nerve centre of Kerala, it is also a major academic hub and is home to several educational institutions including the Kerala Agricultural University and Kerala Institute of Local Administration.Thrissur is an important business centre in South India as well as leading shopping centers in Kerala for silks and gold jewelry.Local handicrafts are textiles, brass work, bell-metal curios and fabulously crafted gold ornaments. The shopping areas are at the bottom of the temple hill, in the Round where you can easily pick some great Kerala’s craft pieces.
 
     
     
 
DESTINATIONS
 
     
 
  Guruvayoor   Sakthan Thampuran Palace   Vadakkumnathan Temple  
             
  Basilica of Our Lady of Dolores   Athirapally   Vazhachall  
             
  Anakkayam   Peechi Dam      
             
     
     
 
Guruvayoor
 
 
Destination Guruvayoor
Location Thrissur
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities Heritage sight seeing,Shopping,Pilgrimage/Place of worship,Cuisine,Classic music concert,Classical Dance Concert,Folk Arts,Ayurveda,Fairs & festivals,View customs
Guruvayur is a bustling pilgrim town in Thrissur. It lies 25 km to the northwest of Thrissur city. Guruvayur is a major venue for the south Indian classical Carnatic music, especially during its fortunate ekadasi day held in the memory of legendary vocalist Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, another passionate devotee of Guruvayurappan. The temple also holds the annual festival in the Malayalam month of Kumbham (February-March) during which it hosts classical arts like Kathakali, Koodiyattam, Panchavadyam, Thayambaka and Panchari Melam. The place given birth many noted percussionists of cultural instruments likechenda, maddalam, timila, ilathalam and idakka.The temple is being run by the Guruvayur Devaswom Management Committee under the guidelines of Government of Kerala. An added attraction is the famous elephant sanctuary known as Punnathur kotta near the temple where giant elephants are trained for temple purposes. The temple is a major site for Hindu marriages in Kerala. A record number of marriages take place each day at the temple—sometimes crossing 100 in a single day. If you are visiting Guruvayoor Temple the visit is not complete without visiting the near by Shiva Temple at Mammiyoor. The famous Thrissur Pooram is held at Swaraj round around this temple. Near by you can visit Paramelkavu (bhagavaty) Temple and Thuruvampadi Krishna temple.
 
 
 
     
 
Sakthan Thampuran Palace
 
 
Destination Sakthan Thampuran Palace
Location Thrissur
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities Heritage Sight Seeing/Visit Museums
Sakthan Thampuran Palace in Thrissur once belonged to the Perumpadappu Swaroopam, the ruling dynasty of Kochi. This was the centre of power of King Rama Varma Sakthan Thampuran, who ruled Kochi between AD 1790 and 1805. His rule was regarded as the Golden Era of the Cochin dynasty. Shakthan Thampuran Palace was reconstructed in Kerala-Dutchstyle in 1795 by Ramavarma Thampuran of the erstwhile Princely State of Cochin, well as Sakthan Thampuran (Greatest ruler of the Cochin dynasty) is preserved by Archaeological Department. The palace was converted into a museum in 2005 .The main structure of the Sakthan Thampuran Palace has a two-storeyed building and a traditional Kerala style Nalukettu. High roofs, extra thick walls, spacious rooms and floors paved with finely smoothened Italian marbles are some of the structural specialities of this palace. The interiors of the palace, because of its unique construction offer comfortable and pleasant staying conditions irrespective of the prevailing weather conditions. 
 
 
 
     
 
Vadakkumnathan Temple
 
 
Destination Vadakkumnathan Temple
Location Thrissur
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Sight
Activities Heritage Sight Seeing
The temple with four magnificent Gopurams, enclosed by a superior stone wall, Vadakkumnathan is one of the most honored temples of Kerala. In a sole 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 believed to be founded by Saint Parasurama.
 
 
 
 
     
 
Basilica of Our Lady Of Dolores
 
 
Destination Basilica of Our Lady of Dolores
Location Thrissur
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities Heritage Sight Seeing
Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours is the tallest church in Asia situated in the heart of the city of Thrissur. It has a three storied portico and even higher steeples. Decorated with Gothic towers, 15 altars and church bells imported from Germany.  It is famous for its Gothic style architectureIt is the largest church in India and its exuberant interior decorations include fine specimens of murals, images of saints and scenes from the scriptures.The church is a must visit destination of Thrissur. 
 
 
 
     
 
Athirapally
 
 
Destination Athirapally
Location Thrissur
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities Trekking,Shopping
Athirapally Falls is one of the best places to visit inKerala it is a land of rivers and forests.Athirapally Falls is a part ofChalakudy river and it is about 80 feet in height. This territory in Sholayar ranges so beautifully intertwined with lush green forest cover and blistering silver cascades and located central to Cochin and RiverNila(Bharathapuzha),is a pleasure for the eyes during the monsoon.
 
 
 
 
     
 
Vazhachall
 
 
Destination Vazhachall
Location Thrissur
State Kerala
Destination type Waterfalls
Activities  
Another popular waterfall to visit is the Vazhachal Falls is a rushing watercourse in the Chalakkudy River.It is located 36km from Chalakkudi and 5km from Athirappilly Falls. The riparian forests of the Chalakudy River have revealed the existence of a thick riparian vegetation of more than 10 metres width for a distance of 10.5 km downstream from Peringalkuth, covering an area of 58.5 hectares. Out of this, 26.4 hectares lie within the Vazachal area, including three large islands densely covered by riparian forests.
 
 
 
 
     
 
Anakkayam
 
 
Destination Anakkayam
Location Thrissur
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
Anakkayam is a tiny town near Chalakudy on the Sholayar Peringalkuthu route which is well known for its beautiful lakes and placid waters. The place is said to have derivative its name from an incident in which a group of elephants drowned in the deep lake. Tour to Anakkayam will be your way of spending a few days amidst extensive acres of greenery and gorgeous lakes. The rushing waters, chiseled rocks and gurgling streams make this place breathtakingly beautiful. October to March is the best time to visit the place.
 
 
 
 
     
 
Peechi Dam
 
 
Destination Peechi Dam
Location Thrissur
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities Boating/Canoeing
Peechi Dam is located 23 km from Thrissur, is a popular tourist center where one can enjoy in boating on the reservoir or take a wander through the beautiful gardens. The Peechi Vazhany sanctuary nearby has dense, damp deciduous and semi-evergreen forests. With more than 50 species of orchids and medicinal plants, the sanctuary is a veritable treasure trove of rare flora and fauna. The place is congenial for boating and trekking. The natural habitat at Peechi-Vazhani Sanctuary is frequented by Tigers, Leopards and Wild Dogs, besides the Sambar and the Spotted and Barking deer.