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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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Pranave Ca

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  • 4 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  289 readers

"The city of temples"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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  •  7 helpful votes
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"Must visit place for religious people."

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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  • 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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"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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Shinoj Lal

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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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"Wonderful during monsoons"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Sep 26, 2013
Nothing new to be told about Thrissur. One can go to his place just to see the houses built.
It is away from various destinations but so would be any other city. It is scenic and we went there at the arrival of monsoons. We had wonderful time at this place.
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"Thrissur trip"

  • Posted Apr 30, 2013
The place is very good for piligrimage. Vadakkunathan temple, Thiruvambadi temple and paramekkavu temple are situated in the heart of the city. The thrissur pooram is famous.
The Gurvayoor temple is about 30Km from thrissur city.
Nearest Airport is Kochin international airport

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Athirappally near Chalakkudy is a tourist place.
Peechi dam is near by.

Activities & things to do: Sight seeing, Visiting temples and shopping etc.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Careful about bag and baggages in busstands railway stations etc.
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