Trichur, 78 kms north of Cochin on National Highway 47 lies at the base of a hillock, crowned by the famous Vadkkumnathan (Shiva) temple. This former capital of Cochin state was captured by Zamorin and later by Tipu Sultan in the second half of the 18th Century. The famous pooram festival is celebrated at the Vadakkumnathan Temple every year during April-May.
The Kerala Sahitya Academy and Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy are located in Trichur. The Vadakkumnathan Temple is a classic example of the Kerala Style of architecture. The temple contains the sacred shrines of Paramashiva, Parvathy, Sankaranayana, Ganapathi, Sri Rama and Sri Krishna.
Thrissur is famous for its 'Pooram Festival' which is celebrated at the Vadakkunatha Temple annually in April-May every year. This is a mammoth spectacle with arrays of thirty carparisned elephants bedecked with gold ornaments. Each elephant is ridden by three matouts holding objects symbolizing Royalty - the 'Alavattom, Venchamaram and Muthukkuda'. The beats of drums and cymbals -Chenda Melam adds spice to the festival.
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Places of Interest
It is at this temple Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri composed his well-known Sanskrit devotional song, ‘Narayaneeyam'. According to belief, the temple is the creation of Guru, the preceptor of the Gods, 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 Dwajathambam (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, Lord Ayyappa and Edathedattu Kavil BhagaVathy. Only Hindus are allowed inside the 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 Poaram are a spectacular sight.
Located in the Zoo compound, the art museum displays collections of wood carvings, metal sculptures and ancient jewellery.
Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary
The Sanctuary lies in the western valley of Nelliampathy in the Mukundapuram taluk of Thrissur district. Part of it is adjacent to the Peechi - Vazhani Santuary and the rest to the PArambikulam Santuary. An Artificial lake ahs been formed here by the dam across the Chimmini River. The Sanctuary, which was established in 1984, occupies the watershed areas of the Kunumali and Mupliyam rivers and is enriched by hills.
Houses the Picture Gallery where mural paintings from parts of Kerala are on display.
This is near Nehru Park, Vilangankunnu (7km from Thrissur). This is a beautiful hill which is a good picnic spot.
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 neighbouring temples to this village.
63km from Thrissur, at the entrance to the Sholayar ranges, this 80 foot high waterfall is a popular picnic spot. East of Chalakudy, near the entrance of the Sholayar forest ranges are the beautiful waterfalls of Athirapally and Vazhachal, 5 kms apart.
68 km from Thrissur, Just a short drive from Athirapally, this picturesque waterfall is close to dense green forests and is a part of the Chalakudy river. Athirapally and Vazhachal are the most famous waterfalls of Kerala and favourite destinations of tourists.
Shakthan Thampuran Palace
Also known as Palace Thoppu, the campus covers an area of 6 acres. Here you can see 3 shava kudeerams (tombs) including that of the renowned Shakthan Thampuran.
Saint Thomas Church
St. Thomas is believed to have landed in Kodungalloor (formerly called Muziris) in 52 AD. The St. Thomas Church established by the apostle houses holy relics from the olden days.
Cheraman Juma Masjid
Located 2 km from Kodungalloor town, this mosque resembles a Hindu temple in appearance. Built in 629 AD, this is the First mosque in India and the second in the world where Juma prayers were started. Other places of interest nearby include Cheramanparambu, the ancient Thiruvanchikulam Temple, the Bhagavathi Temple and the Portuguese fort.
Irinjalakuda Koodal Manikyam Temple
Situated 10 km away from Irinjalakuda railway station, this ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Bharatha, the brother of Sri Rama. It is perhaps the only temple in India with Bharatha as the deity. The colourful eleven day annual festival with a pageant of thirteen caparisoned elephants is held in April/May.
Cheruthuruthy is the seat of the Kerala Kalamandalam, renowned the world over for its Kathakali training centre. The music and dance academy was founded by the famous poet, Vallathol Narayana Menon. Training in Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Thullal and other art forms of Kerala is imparted here.
How to reach Thrissur?
|Air||:||Nearest international airport is Nedumbassery (58 km)|
Thrissur is an important railhead of the Southern Railways.
Thrissur is well connected with almost all the major towns and cities of India. There are three major bus stations operates long distance KSRTC bus station, near the railway station operates long distance and interstate services.
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