6 Best Places to visit in Thrissur
Thrissur, 78 km north of Cochin on National Highway 47, lies at the base of a hillock, crowned by the famous Vadakkumnathan (Shiva) Temple. This ormal capital of Cochin state was captured by Zamorin and later by Tipu Sultan in the second half of the 18th century.
The famous festival is celebrated at the Vadakkumnathan Temple every year during April-May. The Kerala Sahitya Academy and Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy are located in Thrissur.
TOURIST PLACES TO VISIT IN THRISSUR
This temple is a classic example of the Kerala style of architecture. The temple contains the sacred shrines of Paramashiva, Parvarthy, Sankaranarayana, Sanapathi, Sri Rama and Sri Krishna. The central shrines and Koothambalam exhibits exquisite vignettes carved in wood. Legend goes that this temple was founded bu Parasurama. Thrissur Pooram, the grandest temple pageantry in Kerala, is celebrated here in April every year. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple. It is among must of tourist places to visit in Thrissur.
Timing: 0400-1030 hrs. and 1700-2030 hrs.
An imposing building with a Chitralayam or a picture gallery where mural paintings from all parts of Kerala are exhibited.
Shakthan Thampuran Palace
The palace located in the heart of Thrissur town is a major attraction, especially for those with a special interest on rulers and dynasties. At the Shakthan Thampuran Palace, one can come across and understand several interesting and remarkable aspects of the erstwhile rulers of Kochi.
PLACES NEAR BY
32 km. Guruvayur is a well known pilgrim centre of Kerala. The Sree Krishna Swamy Temple here attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over India. It is among must of tourist places to visit in Thrissur.
29 km. north of Thrissur(near Shoranup Junction). Kerala Kalamandalam, responsible for the renaissance of Kathakali dance, was founded by the famous poet, the late Vallathol. It also imparts training in music, drama and dance, particularly in Kathakali, Mohiniyattam and Ottam Thullal.
Visiting Hours for watching the training sessions:
0430-0630 hrs., 0830-1200 hrs. and 1530-1730 hrs. Closed on all Saturdays and Sundays; March 31, June 15 and all public Holidays.
Vacation: April to May Performances of Kathakali and other dances are held here every year on January 26, August 15, September 18 and November 8 from 2030 hrs till day-break.
Note: For arranging special performances, training, details and for filming/recording etc. contact
Secretary, Kerala Kalamandalam,
Vallathol Nagar, Cheruthuruthy Tel Shoranur 18
23 km east of Thrissur. A lovely modern irrigation project site and an ideal holiday spot with facilities for boating and swimming. Accommodation at Thrissur. It is top in the list of places to visit in Thrissur.
The site of Malampuzha river provides a restful and tranquil holiday. The site lies in a bowl formed by the lower hills of the Western Ghats. The vast Lake, created by a high dam on the river and mountains spurs, is ideal for a cruise, for which good facilities exist. Many varieties of fish like Katla and mirror carp abound. The opposite spillway runs into an extremely beautiful, terraced garden covered with deep green turf, flowerbeds and exquisite statues. These gardens are generally illuminated on weekends. It is top in the list of places to visit in Thrissur.
29 km . This is an important temple consisting of two shrines side by side- one dedicated to Sri Rama and the other to his brother Lakshamana. Ekadasi festival is celebrated during Feb-March. It is top in the list of places to visit in Thrissur.
Accommodation at Thrissur
36 km south-west of Thrissur. Situated at the Kutungal or junction of the river and the sea, it is almost an island bounded by the Arabian Sea in the west, by the river-mouths of Chevai and Azhikode on the north and south respectively and by backwaters in the east. It was the capital of Cheraman Perumal, King of Kerala, whose famous palace Allal Porumkovilakam was situated near the great pagoda at Tiruvanchikulam. The Cheramanparambu’, where the king’s palace stood, the ancient Tiruvanchikulam Temple, the Bhagavanthi Temple, the Portuguese Fort, and the old mosque-very similar in a appearance to a Hindu temple and believed to be the first mosque built in India, are all situated nearby and worth a visit.The annual festival- Talapoli- is celebrated in the Bhagavathi Temple for 4 days during Dec-Jan.
25 km. This is a famous for the temple of Sri Rama located on the banks of the Triprayar river. Its architecture is similar to that of the Vadakkumnathan Temple. The annual festivals celebrated are Ekadasi in November- December and Poonam in March- April. It is top in the list of places to visit in Thrissur.
Accommodation at Thrissur
21 km. This place is well known for the temple of Bharata, the brother of Lord Sri Rama. The temple is also known as “Kutalmanikyam”. This temple is probably the only temple dedicated to Bharata in the whole of India. Inside, the walls are covered with beautiful murals. The annual festival is held for 11 days during April-May.
Near Nehru Park
Timing : Daily 1500-2000 hrs.
MUSEUM & ART GALLERY
Timing: 1000-1700 hrs. Closed on Mondays.
Good collection of wood carvings, metal sculptures and ancient jewellery.
Timing:1000-1700 hrs. Closed on Mondays.
Celebrated at Vadakkumnathan Temple. A great elephant procession, fireworks display, an exhibition and a fair make this one of the most colourful festivals of Kerala.
PLACES OF WORSHIP
East Fort Lady Dolorous Church,
High Road Orthodox Syrian church,
Chembukavu Marthomoti Syrian Church,
Paramekavu Devi temple
Tiruvompady Chinmaya Mission Temple
Manafi Mosque, P O Road
Kokkalai Mosque, Kokkalai
Area : 25 sq. km.
Altitude : Sea level
Temperature : Min Max
Summer 22.5C 35.2C
Winter 20C 32.3C
Rainfall : 254 mm.
Clothing : Cotton
Season : October to March
How to Reach Thrissur
The nearest airport, Cochin is 78 km away.
Thrissur is connected by rail with several important cities.
Thrissur is connected by road with many tourist centers in south India.
Some Distances are:
COIMBATORE 114 km
Alattaur 44- Palghat 23- Coimbatore 47
KANNIYAKUMARI 376 km
Chalakudi 29- Angamalai 16- Ernakulam 21-Shertallai 43- Alleppey 20- Kayamkulam 46- quilon 38 -Trivandrum 63- Kanniyakumari 87
CHENNAI 720 km
Kalady 55- Kotamangalam 39- Munnar 76- Theni 62- Ganguvarpatto 32- Dindigul 45- Tiruchirapalli 99- Perambalur 56- Ulundurpettai 66- Villupuram 38- Tindivanam 39- Chingleput 63 Chennai 60.
PALGHAT 67 km
Alattur 44- Palghat 23
PALANI 229 km
Alattaur 44- Palghat 23- Coimbatore 47- Pollachi 40- Udamalpet 38- Palani 37
RAMESWARAM 222 km
Gondarrakotai 26- Pudukkotai 32- Tirumanjam 21- Tiruppattur 20- Sivaganga 34- Paramugudi 38- Ramnad 16- Mandapam 35
UDHAGAMANDALAM 202 km
Alattaur 44- Palghat 23- Coimbatore 47- Udhagamandalam 88
Thrissur is connected by Kerala State Road Transport Crporation and private bus services to various places in Kerala. It is also connected by direct bues to palani, Madurai, Bangalore, Mysore, Erode and Chennai.
Tourist Taxis, Yellow top taxis, Auro Rickshaw