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Thrissur (Trichur) Tourism

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  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Heritage

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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Ramasastry Patnala

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  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 14 Reviews
  •  13 helpful votes
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"Totally unique place of Siva's abode" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
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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Rajeev

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"Cultural & trichur pooram is very famous for this city"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Trichur is a destination point for travellers across the world. Flight by air, road & train available. It is very famous for cultural activity & rich religious temple Vadakkunatan temple is in this city. Pulikali is famous with rich colours. Fort, travel to Guruvayoor is only 20 km & 30 km to kodungalloor an ancient city.
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Pranave Ca

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"The city of temples"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Feb 27, 2015
Known for the biggest round about in the world. City of temples. Good religious background. Good hotels and atmosphere. Also known for festival pooram. Zoo and dams are also present. Vibrant city. There were Parks and rest houses also. Palace of kings and historical places.
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Spandana Siddu

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"Must visit place for religious people."

  • 6/7
  • Posted Feb 21, 2015
Place is having many temples with historic background. Will come to know many religious traditions in old times. Major part of this place is festival called THRISSURPORAM which happens once in a year. Other attraction is park which is more than 7 acres you can relax yourself and see many new kind of plants.
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Rajesh Vj

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  • 3 Reviews
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"A great place to visit"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Aug 21, 2014
Good place to visit. We have specifically gone to kerala to visit temples. Thrissur is the center places for temples. We can able to reach guruvoyur very easily from thrissur. There are lot of other temples in and out thrissur. Other tourist places like museum, place etc.
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Amal Baby

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  • Lives in Batam
  • 3 Reviews
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"A beautiful and clean city"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Aug 7, 2014
I would recommend everyone to visit this very beautiful and clean city. This was a very good place for visit. The Godavari river was a sight to see. We also visited the Trimbakaswar Mahadav Mandir which was 37 km from Nagpur. All these places were really very beautiful.
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Arun Mohan

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"A place of temples and waterfalls"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Jul 22, 2014
Thrissur is a town around the Vadakkumnathan Temple. It is famous for Thrissur Pooram, Church and temple festivals. Sakthan Thampuran Palace and zoo are attractions in the town. Athirappilly waterfalls and Guruvayoor temple are a must visit places.
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Karl dushyant

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"Must Visit Town in Kerala"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 15, 2013
Thrissur is a wonderful place, tucked away 60 kms from Kochi. Though its an old city, the city has developed quite well in recent times. I was there for the first time and felt very nice with the hospitality of the people there. There a number of Autos there who are quite friendly and don't charge more. The place has many good sights to see. Transportation is not a problem at all. Overall a wonderful place to visit
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"A Kerala Experience"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Oct 30, 2013
It was rather official and so did not stop anywhere with sightseeing interest. No shopping, no visits. But the food on the way, especially the beef preparation was good. I may visit Thrissur again as I hear that it is a place with tourist interest. May be the time when there is Pooram celebration is the right time for people to visit. Or may be Onam week is ideal.
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"Cultural Capital of Kerala!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 26, 2013
Thrissur is the cultural capital of Kerala. As far as i have see, the city people are middle or high class and very well educated and mannered. You can find very good hotels, restaurants, theaters etc but no night life There are so many heritage places to visit. Also it is a good location to halt during your travel to scenic locations around like Wayanad or Palakkad...
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