Thrissur (Trichur) Tourism
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The Land of the Mighty Ethereally (Bahubali) Waterfalls & Ayurveda Vaidyaratnam
Next most important sightseeing is the Ethereally Waterfalls where the most famous Bahubali movie action sequence was shot. Many other movies like Raavan and all have also been shot here. There is an entrance fee here and just at the entrance you have multiple restaurants and small shops selling refreshments such as fruit cuts, juices, etc. Do not miss this for anything. The rainbow effect that gets created because of the waterfall effect, that I have captured in the pics below is a must experience at the bottom of the falls. Reaching there is a little task and having your own vehicle is preferred. Ample parking space available nearby to the entrance. There is a nice walk to the bottom of the falls. Hence please have nice sturdy footwear that is not slippery prone.
While driving back from the Falls take a halt on the way for the Hanging Bridge at The Thumboormuzhi River Garden. Entry fees and details are there in my pics below. It has a good garden with nice blossoming flowers and a small refreshment shop. A Must stop on your visit to Thrissur.
Later also visited the Ayurveda Vaidyaratnam at Thrissur. It is an Ayurveda Museum with Treatment facilities in the authentic Traditional Ayurveda style. They have stay facilities along with treatment and food served will be as per treatment requirement - mostly satvic, light food ideal during Ayurveda treatment. Please plan to visit here and if needed take the treatment here if just for rejuvenation then also very beneficial.
Cultural capital of Kerala
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Thrissur (Trichur) Overview
History of 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. 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 and 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 Akademi 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.
Accommodation in 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.