Thrissur (Trichur) Tourism

Thrissur (Trichur) Tourism

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  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Thrissur

The name ‘Thrissur’ has evolved originally from ‘Tiru-Shiva-Peru’ which literally translates to ‘the big town of Lord Shiva’. Thrissur is officially known as the cultural capital of Kerala. One of the most well-known aspects of Thrissur is the ‘Vadakkumnathan Kshetram’ or shrine where Lord Shiva is the presiding idol. The temple is located in the heart of the city right in the centre encircling about a ‘round’ of 64 acres of land and it is also called as the Swaraj Round. 

History of Thrissur

Thrissur (formerly known as Trichur) is also one of the first cities of Kerala. There is a myth that Thrissur was created by Lord Parasurama, the 6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu, soon after Kerala was created, by erecting the Shiva temple here. 

People & Culture of Thrissur

The famed Thrissur Pooram Festival is one of the biggest, vibrant and eye-catching temple festivals of Kerala. This is celebrated every year in April or May. More than 50 caparisoned elephants are taken in a procession through the town, accompanied by the ‘Panchavadyam’ playing people. Thrissur is also known for its Onam celebrations in August or September every year. Thrissur is also known for being one of the best shopping centres for silks and gold ornaments in Kerala. 

From very early on, Thrissur has been an important centre for learning Sanskrit. The renowned Shankara Acharya, who had settled here, built a temple, had imparted Advaita teachings to many people. The temple is built in the traditional Kerala style of low, tiled roofs, with woodwork, and there was also the famous ‘koothambalam’, or theatre hall where the dramatic art form, ‘Chakiar koothu’ was performed. The famous Kerala Kalamandiram, an art and dance school founded by the late poet Vallathol Narayana Menon, is also in Thrissur district.

Things to do in Thrissur

The Kerala Sahitya Academy and Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy are located in Thrissur. The Shakthan Thampuran Palace here also known as Vadakkekara Palace is maintained by the Archaeological Department. The Archaeological and Art Museum has a good assortment of wood carvings, metal sculptures and antique jewellery. Thrissur zoo is another major attraction for children. There are a lot of animals and there is a special enclosure for snakes. The Appan Thampuran Smarakam is a cultural museum found in 1976 at Ayyanthole.

The Basilica of Our Lady of Dolores locally known as Puthen Palli, Vilangankunnu a hillock created by the tourism department is an amusement park. There are two other amusement parks, Dream World and Silver Storm, located nearby. Punnathurkotta is the famed exclusive Elephant sanctuary, located about 23 km from the city. Peechi Dam, about 20 km from the city is a very good picnic spot. Chavakkad Beach one of the most beautiful beaches in Kerala, and the Bible Tower the tallest church tower in Asia can be found here. Tourists can also avail specialised Thrissur holiday packages.  

Travelling to Thrissur

Thrissur (Trichur) has a train station and is connected to most major cities in India. To reach Thrissur, tourists can either travel by bus,  train or hire cabs. The best time to visit Thrissur is between October and February. 

Accommodation options in Thrissur

Hotel options in Thrissur range from budget hotels to luxury staying options. Many hotels are located within the heart of the city. However, tourists can also choose to stay in resorts located in the outskirts of Thrissur. 

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Thrissur (Trichur) Traveller Reviews

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Prafula rajeev Shenoy

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  • Prafula rajeev Shenoy
  • 1 Review
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"Thrissur is the cultural capital of Kerala" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Thrissur is the city of pooram and celebrations. There are many places to visit like vadakkunnathan temple, Thiruvambadi temple, paramekkavu temple, chavakad beach, Ethereally waterfalls, Thrissur museum and zoo etc. April, May, August, September is the right time or season to holiday there. And Puttu, Vellayappam, And Meen porichathu is the famous food of thrissur.
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D r sumesh Sumesh

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  • D r sumesh Sumesh
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"Nice flight"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 7, 2016
On time arrival and a great reception in the air craft and had a nice experience of air travel. I had a hastle free booking and had got enough time to spend inside airport also. In future I would like to travel through make my trip only. Really enjoyed. Thank you.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A nice destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 22, 2016
I had been by road to Thrissur in February 2016. Thrissur is an important stop in the tourist circuit of Kerala. The must-visit attractions around Thrissur include the Juma Masjid, Snehatheeram beach and the Archeological museum. Thrissur is the "cultural capital" of Kerala and is built over a hillock spanning 65 acres. The Cheraman Juma Masjid was built in 629 AD and is the oldest mosque in India. The Snehatheeram Beach is located on the Arabian Sea and also has a marine aquarium and well-maintained gardens. The Archeological Museum was built in 1938 and is located in the Thrissur Zoo complex. The new building was built in 1975.
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Akshay Murali

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  • Akshay Murali
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"The city enjoys a tropical climate, the monsoons"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 15, 2016
Thrissur is situated in south western India and is in the central part of Kerala state. The center of the city is the Swaraj Round and it lies around small hillock called Thekin Kaadu Maidan on which the famous Vadakkumnathan temple is located. The city enjoys a tropical climate, the monsoons start in June. The months of April-May can get pretty humid which is also one of the best time to visit the city for the famed Thrissur Pooram(temple festival). The best weather is from October to February.
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Naveen Kharb

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"Memorable day spent in the city Thrissur"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 26, 2015
Thrissur also called Trichur is a district in Kerala, its 58 km far from Kochi International Airport. Thrissur is famous for Thrissur Pooram, that is a festival celebrated in the month of April-May. Its celebrated by Hindus only, this festival is the bigger festival and during this time whole of Thrissur turns into music and mirth.

Thrissur Dam also called Peechi Dam, it's 14 km outside the city. It's good to see the dam and beautiful garden made around it, you must visit the site too. Thrissur zoo and museum, you will enjoy both the places and you won't get bored if you are interested in historical things and it's bit old type but you will surely enjoy.

Thrissur Kalamandalam, it's the Gurukul where the dance are taught, like Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam etc. For me it was boring when I visited it. If you are interested in art please visit it for sure.

Guruvayur temple-it's a famous temple and thousand of pilgrims visit it every year. Chavakkad beach it's one the best sea coast in west coast.

Athirapally waterfalls-I hope everyone have seen the movie Raavan, you can clearly see the waterfalls and its beauty in the movie. I found this place as the most interesting place for me. It's 63 km away from Thrissur city.

You will love the place. There are water parks also nearby it dreamworld, please visit the place in the month of December to February because this is the best time, other time it's hot in summer and heavy rains in monsoon, you won't enjoy that times.
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Suraj Eravimangalath

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  • Suraj Eravimangalath
  • Lives in Thrissur
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"Thrissur nice place with temples"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 19, 2015
Very beautiful place in Kerala gods own country. It is the 2nd capital of Kerala. Thrissur puram is the famous festival in Kerala which is conducted in the heart of Thrissur known as Thrissur where the vadakumnadhan temple is situated. Many movie has bee taken in Thrissur.
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Prasad Naidu

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"The loveliest place on earth"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 16, 2015
I went to Thrissur on September to drop my sisters in college. I am excited on seeing those lovely houses how they were built. Less traffic. I just walked through the city. I appreciate Kerala Government for maintaining of clean roads and footpath. From Thrissur its an 90 min of travel to Athiripalli Water falls, a great place to visit. A great city to visit.
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Vidhya Vasudevan

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"The Cultural city of Kerala"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 15, 2015
Thrissur is described as the cultural city of Kerala. A must trip for religious persons having famous old temples like Vadakumnathan, Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi. Also church like Puthanpally gives you the rich old Christian traditional experience. Amazing restaurants with awesome food and with great people around Thrissur truly deserves 6 points out of 7. Get your cameras and I bet you, you will never stop clicking the beautiful places around there..
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Ashish Goel

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"Beautiful place to see from heritage & beach point of view"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 28, 2015
We have been here for two days and enjoyed this place a lot. First day we have visited the Zoo, swami Padmanbhan temple and beach, which are worth see. We have taken dinner at chitra restaurant, which was very tasty and it was not costly. Second day we have been to kanyakumari the end point of India. The view from the temple and Vivekananda's pillar was unforgettable. Nice place to see.
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Ramasastry Patnala

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"Totally unique place of Siva's abode"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 24, 2015
This is a very unique temple quite away from routine rush, noise, uncleanliness that usually found in many temple areas including famous ones. It is very spacious temple covered with beautiful green lawns around the temple with awesome sculptured gates on 4 sides. Thousands of lamps arranged throughout on all four sides of the temple which are lit on special festival days like pooram.

Covered with sculptures on rocks and mural paintings this ancient temple in thrissur or trichur is an abode of Lord Shiva known as Vadakkumnathan. It is a temple where lord is PRESENT and can't be seen. The reason Siva linga is covered with ghee abhishekam from several years and won't melt and hence a huge mound of ghee only can be seen and the ghee is offered as prasadam.

Unlike other temples generally found the Lord faces west and his consort Goddess Parvati on the back side of the same temple structure faces east. There exist sub temples with unique idols within the temple complex like Lord Rama temple, Sankara narayana temple where Lord siva and Vishnu co-exist in one idol and Lord Ayyappa temple. We can see Adi Shankaracharya temple also. It is believed that Adi Sankara had attained 'Videha Mukti 'in this temple place.

It is a place not only for pilgrims but for anyone who loves peace and wants far away from urban noise pollution and relax. On has to enter the temple preferably in dhoti like in many Kerala temples but otherwise also allowed but without shirt and banian.

It is advisable to carry an umbrella particularly in monsoon season because we have to walk lot of distance in open area. We in a group were drenched in rain as suddenly rain started which is a typical phenomena in Kerala.

We visited this place from Kochi and is nearly 120 km from airport. Thrissur is well-connected from rail and road and Guruvayur is nearby in half-an -hour journey. Food or drinks are not available inside one has to go outside temple compound. It has got spacious parking area.
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