Thrissur

Thrissur, with its rich history, cultural heritage and archeological wealth is called the cultural capital of Kerala. From ancient times, this district has played a significant role in the political history of South India. 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 Thrissur town. Today Thrissur is world famous for its Pooram festival. A cultural centre, the Kerala Kala Mandalam, the Kerala Sahitya Academy and Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy are located here.

Thrissur General Information

GENERAL INFORMATION
Altitude Sea level
Area  3,032 km
Population 29, 75,440
Literacy 92.56%
Forest Land 103,610 hectare
Latitude& Longitude 10032' N  & 76015' E
Temperature Summer - Max 35, Min 22.5
Winter - Max 32.3, Min 20
Rainfall 254 cms
Best Season October to March

How to get there

By Air
The nearest International Airport, Nedumbassery is 58 km

By Rail
Thrissur is an important railhead of the Southern Railways and directly connected with Bombay.

By Road
Thrissur is well connected with almost all the major towns and cities of India.

  • Kochi-79
  • Kozikode-102
  • Coimbatore-114

Vadakkumnathan Temple

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 pieces 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 entry into the temple.

Archaeological Museum (Town Hall Road)

Open from 1000 - 1700 hrs on all days except Mondays and national holidays.

Art Museum

Located in the Zoo compound, the art museum displays collections of woodcarvings, metal sculptures and ancient jewellery. (Open 1000 - 1700 hrs on all days except Mondays)

Arattupuzha

This village is known for the annual Pooram festival at the temple in April/May. The uniqueness of this festival is the ceremonial processions carrying the images of the deities of 41 neighboring temples to this village

Excursions

Vadakkunathan Temple

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 pieces 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 entry into the temple.

Guruvayoor

29 kms west of thrissur, guruvayoor is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of Kerala. Its main attraction is the sree Krishna temple. This historic temple is shrouded in mystery. According to belief, the temple is the creation of guru, thepreceptor of the goods, and vayu, the god of winds. The eastern nada is the main entrance to the shrine. In the chuttambalam (outer enclosure) is the tall 33.5 m high gold plated wajasthambam (flag post). There is also a 7 m high dipastambham (pillar of lamps), whose thirteen circular receptacles provide a truly gorgeous spectacle when lit. The square sreekovil is the sacred sanctum Sanctorum of the temple, housing the main deity. Within the temple, there are also the images of Ganapathy, Sree Ayyappa and Edathedathy Kavil Bhagavathy. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple.

Arattupuzha

The famous Ayyappa temple at Aarattupuzha is just 14 kms south of Thrissur town, and celebrates its annual pooram festival in April/May.

Arattupuzha Pooram is the oldest and the most spectacular of the pooram festivals of Kerala. It is believed that on this day a hundred and one gods and goddesses of the neighbouring villages visited Sree Ayyappan, the presiding deity of the Arattupuzha Temple. Evey today, 61 elephants feature in the pooram procession on the sixth day of the seven day festival. Panchavadyam, nadaswaram, pacharimelam and pandimelam add to the festive tempo. The arattu (holy bath of the idol of the diety) ritual is performed with great pomp and gaiety in the Arattupuzha River on the following day.

Shopping

For all you shopaholics out there, Thrissur in Kerala offer you a wide variety of goods which you can carry back home as souvenirs or as memories of your tour to Thrissur. In Thrissur one of the major industries are the silk weaving industries. Silk sarees and jewellery attracts most of the tourists to the shops of Thrissur. The famous silk sarees with bright colors and lustre allure the Indian women. The coir products of Thrissur are also one of the best buys. From coconut shell crafts to horn carvings and brass crafts everything is found in Thrissur. These handicrafts are an age old art of Kerala and have been continuing for ages. Passed over through generations, coir work and horn carvings in Kerala are great items for shopping in Kerala.

Shopping in Kerala is an exciting event for all you who love to collect small items of objects d' art and little handmade products. So if you are planning a Kerala Tour then do not forget to do some shopping in Kerala.