Thrissur , Kerala


Thrissur with its rich history, cultural heritage and archaeological wealth is the cultural capital of Kerala. Thrissur 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 centre, the Kerala Kalamandalam, the Kerala Sahitya Academy and Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy are located here.

Thrissur, also called the 'Cultural Capital of Kerala' is world renowed for the 'Thrissur Pooram' and the 'Kerala Kalamandalam’.  Pullikali is also a feature unique to Thrissur. The Church Festivals of Basilica and Lourdes Cathedral and other temple festivals like the 'Machattu Mamangam" and "Araattupuzha Pooram' are also very popular. 

The two longest rivers of the state, namely Bharathapuzha and Periyar flow through the district on its northern and southern sides respectively. The other rivers of the districts are Chalakudy and Karuvannur. Sholayur and Peringalkuthu Hydro-Electric projects are located in the basin of Chalakudy river. The rivers Parambikulam, Sholayur, Karapara and Anakkayam are the tributaries of the Chalakudy river. Karuvannur River is formed by the confluence of two rivers, namely, Manaly and Kurumaly.

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Vadakkumnathan Temple

A quarter million people coverage on the temple grounds to celebrate this colourful festival with music, pageants, feasts and fireworks. The Pooram is conducted by the Thiruvambadi & Paramekavu Temples who takes out a procession to the main Vadakkumnathan Temple.

This temple is one of the India's oldest and most sacred Shiva temples. 


Kalamandalam the renowed Kathakali training centre is located at Cheruthuruthy, 32 kms north of Thrissur. All traditional art forms of Kerala are taught hee with absolute dedication. It is among the few places where Gurukul system still flourishes


The archaeological museum, Zoo and aquarium, the art museum,the picture gallery, the town hall where the morals from all over Kerala are on display are some of the formal attractions of Thrissur

Athirapilly Waterfalls

The Athirapilly Waterfalls are situated in the Chalakudy river, originates from upper reaches of Western ghats.Many endangered and endemic species of flora and founa are found in the forests of Athirapilly-Vazhachal area the western ghats is one of the most important bio-diversity hot spot in the world.

Athirapilly is popular among tourists. Athirapilly falls is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. Athirapilly falls is a part of Chalakdu river and it is approximately 80 feet in height.

Peechi Dam

This dam project started as an irrigation projet, offers boating facilities at the reservoir.Peechi is a fascinating picnic spot. Built across the Manali river, the dam is a vast catchment area of nearly 3200 acres with extensive botanical gardens and cascading fountains offer numerious inviting avenues for tourists.

One can see tuskers on the bank of this reservoir Peechi Wildlife Sanctuary, established in 1958 has got 125 area and Peechi is only 15 kms from Thrissur. With more than 50 species of orchids and medicinal plants, the sanctuary is a veritable treasure trove of rare flora and fauna. The natural habitat at Peechi-Vazhani Sanctuary is frequented by Tigers, Leopards and Wild Dogs, besides the Sambar and the Spotted and Barking deer.

Vazhani Dam

The catchments of the Peechi-Vazhani Dam, is the sanctuary knwon for the ecological sensitiveness of the Elenjikuthu waterfalls and wild animals. The sanctuary is part of the Palapilli - Nelliyampathy forests. Boating, bird watching and trekking are permitted here.

Guruvayoor Temple

29 Kms West of Thrissur is Guruvayoor Temple which is one of the most sacred Sree Krishna Temples in Indi and a famous pilgrim centre. Close by is Punnathoorkotta with over 60 elephants used over the temples for rituals and procession. The anayottam or elephant race is held during Guruvayoor annual festival.

Puthan Pally

Our Lady of Dolours Basilica Church: The Basicila of our Lady of Dolours, one of the biggest and tallest churches in india, is situated at the centre of Thrissur Town. Spread over an area of 25000 sq ft. this chuch was constructed in 1940 with the blessings of Maharaja of Cochin, His Excellency Rama Varma.

Shakthan Thamburan Palace

This palace was reconstructed in Kerala- Dutch style  in 1795 by Ramavarma Thampuran of the erstwhile Princely State of Cochin,well as Sakthan Thampuran.

St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Palayur

St.Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is the first church in the Indian subcontinent.  It is the oldest church inIndia and is called an Apostolic Church credited to the Apostolate of St. Thomas who preached and also started conversion of people to Christianity here.


The Zoo is home to a variety of fauna such as the endangered lion-tailed macaque, tiger, lion, sloth bear, several species of deer and many birds including the pink flamingos. The Snake Prak has an impressive reptile collection of king cobras, kraits, vipers and rat snakes.

Chavakkad Beach

10 km drom Gruruvayoor easy to access, the beach is famous for the Azhimukam, the confluence of river and sea. On the other side of the beach is the Ramachapadam, a vast farmland of Ayurvedic herb, Ramcham.

Chettuva Backwaters

7 km south of Guruvayoor placid and scenic backwaters make Chettuva a popular tourist destination. Dotted with mangrove vegetation and islets, the place is known for the tranquility it offers.

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