This article give you the details of tourism in Thrissur, The Cultural Capital of Kerala.
Thrissur- The Land of Festivals
Thrissur itself is the head quarters of Thrissur district. Thrissur is known for its cradle of culture. It is also known as the land of festivals. Thrissur is described as the cultural capital of Kerala. There are many places to see in Thrissur which include Marthoma Mariam Big Church, Dolores Basilica, Lourdes Cathedral, Town Hall, Thypooyam Shree Maheswara Temple, Karthiyayini Temple, Vaddakunathan Temple, Thiruvambadi and Paramekkavu, Thrissur Pooram, Shakthan Thampuram Palace, Archaeological Museum etc. One of the outstanding features of Thrissur is the Thrissur Pooram Festival and the grand show of fireworks. Thrissur was a part of Cheras of Sangam dynasty in the earlier. The credit for the cultural renaissance of Thrissur belongs to Raja Raja Verma, popularly known as Sakthan Thampuran.
What to See in Thrissur
Thrissur, the land of festivals, is exclusively known for its pooram named Thissur Pooram. This will be a rare chance to see hundreds of decorated elephants which the marvelous musical background with ‘Chenda, maddalam, elathalam etc. There will be some amazing fireworks during the nights. This will really be a cultural harmony for the tourists coming here. Tourists please note that the festival is generally held in the months of April or may, So if you have a wish to see this event, plan your trip accordingly.
Thrissur is also having some famous temples. Vadakkumnatha temple is the most popular one. It was believed that the temple was built by Parasurama, who was a character in the epic responsible for the formation of Kerala. The temple is exclusively known for its wood carvings and Gopurams. The deity in this temple is lord Shiva. We can see another temple attached to vadakkumnatha namely Thiruvambadi temple which is famous for its red roofs.
Marthoma Mariam Church is another tourist destination in Thrissur. This church is locally known as ‘Valiyapalli’. It was believed that the church was built on the 18th century and was one of the oldest churches in Kerala. Kerala Kalamandalam is another important tourist destination. Kalamandalam is one of the famous educational centres of India which taught you Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Kuchippudi, Ottanthullal etc.
Nearest Airport: Kochi International Airport- 45 kms, Karipur International Airport- 160 kms
Nearest Railway Station: Thrissur Railway Station, 5 kms from the main city
Road: Thrissur lies on NH 47 and there are regular bus services available from Guruvayur, Ernakulam, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Kozhikode and Trivandrum.
Food and Accommodation
1. Luciya Palace
2. Sidhartha Regency
3. Cafe Casino
4. Alukka's Tourist Home
5. Aramana Bar and Restaurant
6. Ambady Restaurant
7. Hotel Bharat
8. Pathan's Hotel
9. Gurukripa lodge