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Thrissur, also known as Trichur is a district located in Kerala and it is bordered by the districts Palakkad and Malappuram to it's North and with Ernakulam and Idukki to its South. It is also called “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 such as The Vadakkumnathan Kshetram Temple, Tomb of Shakthan Thampuran, Archaeology Museum, Athirapally Falls, Heritage Garden, and many more!

History of Thrissur

Origin of Trichur Name

Thrissur is traditionally known as Trichur. The name “Trichur” 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 a major part to develop the modern city of Thrissur. It remained the capital of the state of Kochi Kingdom for a longer period. The famous Sakthan Thampuran Palace was the resident of King Raja Rama Varma. Also, today’s famous cultural hub Thekkinkadu Maidanam was once a dense forest named as Thekkinkadu. Raja Rama Varma also encouraged trading and merchandising in the town while clearing out the dense forests.  

Places to visit in Thrissur

Athirapally Falls. The Athirapally Falls has situated around 60 km from the city of Thrissur. There is no doubt in the fact that the 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 for the scenic beauty of the waterfall.

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 have a knack of travelling around then this is one of the best tourist attractions which you must visit with your friends and family.

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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 very near the main gate.

Things to do in Thrissur

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.

Koodalmanikyam Temple. The Koodalmanikyam 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.

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 the Ramavarma Thampuran of the princely state of Cochin.

Events and festivals in & around Thrissur

Thrissur Pooram. The word Pooram means festival. And it can undoubtedly be called the poorams of poorams meaning the festival of the festivals. The temples Thiruvambadi and Paramekkavu are definitely the major contributors in specifically conducting the events of the festival from the Kudamattam to the Vedikettu.

Uthralikavu Pooram. The Uthralikavu Pooram is definitely one of the most popular festivals celebrated with great zeal. This festival takes place in Sri Rudhiramahakalikav Temple in Thrissur district specifically in the summer season of February and March of every year. Read more...

Kodungallur Bharani. The Kodungallur Bharani is a traditional festival celebrated in Kerala. It takes place in the Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple in Thrissur district and is held in the month of Meenam. The devotees can be seen celebrating and by visiting the temple wearing red costumes to please the Goddess.

Events & Festivals in Thrissur

Pulikali. Pulikali festival is known for Tiger Dance which is one of the folk art forms of Kerala. It is celebrated on the fourth day of Onam Festival at Swaraj Ground in Thrissur. In this festival, local artists paint their body just like a tiger look like and perform Pulkali. Pulikali (Tiger Dance) is one among the folk art forms of Kerala. 

Guruvayur Anayottam. It is an elephant race which can be fascinating for spectators. Such an unusual race. The Guruvayur Anayottam is celebrated at Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple in Thrissur in the month of February every year. 

Thrissur Pooram. It is one of the famous festivals showcasing the spiritual and cultural side of Kerala. A great ambience can be felt amidst vibrant parasols, percussion music and a herd of elephants. It is celebrated in the month of May at Thekkinkadu Maidan in Thrissur.

Best time to visit in Thrissur
The winter season is definitely one of the best times to visit Thrissur.

How to reach Thrissur?

By Air. Thrissur does not have its own airport. The nearest airport to Thrissur is Cochin International Airport which is just 51 kilometres away from the city and can be reached within one hour. The airport is having a total of three terminals and well-established to serve the passengers with regular flights from renowned airline services. Once you reach the airport, you can easily get local modes of transport like an auto, taxi to reach Thrissur. 

By Rail. It is quite convenient that Thrissur has its own railway station named Thrissur Railway Station which is well-connected to neighbouring and major cities of India.there are regular express trains as well as superfast trains to support the commuting in and around Thrissur.

By Road. Thrissur is well-connected with its neighbouring cities via roadway. 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 got great connectivity via road. There are frequent buses, author or taxis are available to roam within and around the city. 

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