Thrissur, also known as Trichur is a district located in Kerala and it is bordered by the districts Palakkad and Malappuram in its North and Ernakulam and Idukki in its South. It is also called the 'cultural capital of Kerala' as it has witnessed several events in spirituality, culture and religious practices. The place is famous for classical Keralan performing arts, religious sites, alongside various famous festivals like Onam, Trichur Pooram, and Vadakkumnathan. There are various tourist destinations in the district as well, such as The Vadakkumnathan Kshetram Temple, Tomb of Shakthan Thampuran, Archaeology Museum, Athirapally Falls, Heritage Garden, and many more.
History of Thrissur
Thrissur is traditionally known as Trichur. The name is derived from its vernacular name 'Thrissivaperoor' which is related to Vadakkumnathan Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is also believed that the temple was built by Sage Parasurama.
Raja Rama Varma
The city of Thrissur witnessed a complete development during the reign of Raja Rama Varma in 1790-1805. He contributed majorly in the development of the modern city of Thrissur. It remained the capital of the state of Kochi Kingdom for a long period. The famous Sakthan Thampuran Palace was the residence of King Raja Rama Varma. Also, today’s famous cultural hub, Thekkinkadu Maidanam, was once a dense forest. Raja Rama Varma also encouraged trading and merchandising in the town while clearing out the dense forests.
Major Attractions in and Around Thrissur
1. Athirapally Falls
It is situated around 60 km from the city of Thrissur. There is no doubt in the fact that Athirapally Falls is quite a heavenly place to visit especially if you are a lover of fauna and flora. Moreover, it is also quite a popular picnic spot.
2. Charpa Falls
The Charpa Falls is yet another delight of nature. It is interesting to know that it is a part of River Chalakudy which offers a phenomenally breathtaking experience to the tourists. So, if you love travelling around then this is one of the best tourist attractions which you must visit with your friends and family.
3. Vadakkumnathan Temple
The Vadakkumnathan Temple has a very wide collection of some of the most beautiful Mural paintings some of which are more than 400 years old. This gigantic temple along with its historical structure is quite famous for the Nataraja Mural which is near the main gate.
4. Thrissur Zoo and Museum
The Thrissur Zoo and Museum is one of the best tourist attractions of this place to visit around especially with your kids. Here you will be finding some of the most amazing animals.
5. Koodalmanikyam Temple
The Temple is one of the most important places to visit with your loved ones. The immense charm and significance which this place has, cannot be described in words. Every time you visit this place you will be finding a good number of people visiting this place.
6. Shakthan Thampuran Palace
Situated in the city of Thrissur this palace is one of the most enchanting destinations which you could ever visit with your loved ones. Furthermore, an interesting thing to know about this place is that it was reconstructed in Kerala-Dutch style in the year 1795 by Ramavarma Thampuran of the princely state of Cochin.
How to Reach Thrissur
Thrissur is a cultural kaleidoscope of art, festivals, ancient architecture, beaches, and many natural sights that are worth exploring. To reach Thrissur, you have to cover a distance of 2600 km via NH 44, 1300 km via NH 48, 2200 km via NH 16, and 472 km via NH 544 from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru, respectively. Listed below are some of the best travel modes and routes that you may consider to plan the itinerary.
Thrissur does not have an airport hence you have to travel to the Cochin International Airport which is nearest to Thrissur and is approximately 50 kilometres away from the city. After deboarding the flight, you may hire a taxi or get on a bus to reach the city in an hour and a half. The airport has three terminals that serve the passengers arriving from across the country and prominent cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru.
Delhi - Board SpiceJet, AirIndia, or IndiGo flight from Delhi. The airfare starts from INR 3,000
Mumbai - Board IndiGo or GoAir flight from Mumbai. The airfare starts from INR 2,500
Kolkata - Board AirAsia or GoAir flight from Kolkata. The airfare starts from INR 5,000
Bengaluru - Board Vistara, AirIndia, or AirAsia flight from Bengaluru. The airfare starts from INR 1,000
Here is a list of Indian cities from where flights are available to Thrissur
It is highly convenient and economical to travel to Thrissur via rail journey as the city has a railway station named Thrissur Railway Station. The station witnesses departure and the arrival of express trains as well as superfast trains that support commuting in and around Thrissur. From the station, you can hire a taxi or get on a bus to reach the desired destination in the city.
Delhi - Board MNGLA LK SDP SPL from H Nizamuddin and deboard at Thrissur
Mumbai - Board LTT TVC SPL from Mumbai and deboard at Thrissur
Chennai - Board MAS ALLP EXP from Chennai CTL and deboard at Thrissur
Kannur - Board JAN SHATABDI from Kannur and deboard at Thrissur
Thrissur is well-connected with its adjoining cities via a wide road network. The city is connected via several major national highways such as NH544, NH17, and NH66. Cities like Kollam, Alappuzha, Arur, Aluva, Chalakudi, and Ernakulam have great connectivity via road. You can also consider traveling by frequent state/private tourist buses, and taxis available to roam within and around the city.
Kochi - 85 km via Avinashi-Tiruppur-Palladam-Pollachi-Cochin Road