LocationThrissur is termed as the beautiful cultural capital of Kerala and a land of colourful festivals. It lies on the west end of Palakkad gap through the low pass between the Nilgiris and the Palani hills. The word Thrissur is a combination of three words 'Tiru-Siva-Perur' that is the town with the name of Lord Siva. The most important feature of this city is the Vadakkunath Kshetram (temple) where the reigning deity is Lord Siva. The temple is also famous for its annual (April-May) Pooram festival.Tourist attractions in Thrissur lie in its old temples, cultural centres for paintings, dances and literature and splendid festivals.
How to ReachBy air: The nearest airport Nedumbassery is only 58 km away from the town. Another nearby airport is Kochi.
By rail: Several important trains connect Thrissur with other places in Kerala and other neighboring states.
By road: An extensive road network links the city to many significant places in southern India.
Tourist AttractionsVadakkunath Kshetram (Temple): One of the oldest temples in Kerala,the Vadakumnatha temple is a classical example of the Keralastyle of architecture. It has many decorative murals and art pieces. Also known as the Rishabhari or Thenkailasam(the Kailash of the south), the temple sits atop a hill at the centre of Thrissur. It is the venue of the world-famous Pooram festival celebrated annually in April -May. Non-Hindus are not permitted inside the temple except during the Pooram festival.
Athirapally: Located at the entrance to the Sholayar ranges 63 km from Thrissur, this 80-foot-high waterfall is a popular picnic spot.
Guruvayoor Temple: This is one of the most sacred pilgrimage centers in the state. Located 29 km from Thrissur, the Guruvayoor Temple has Lord Krishna as its presiding deity. Legend has it that Guru, the preceptor of Gods, and Vayu, the God of wind, created this temple.
Zoo: It is situated near the Art Museum. Spread over 13.5 acres of cool green, flowered area, the zoo is home to a variety of fauna such as the endangered lion-tailed macaque, tiger, lion, sloth bear, several species of deer and many birds. It is reputed for one of the best reptile collections in India. Its snake park has the reptilian collection of the king cobra, pythons, kraits, vipers, rat snakes etc. The zoo also has an aquarium near the Nehru Park.
Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary: This is the largest elephant park in the world. Elephant races and feastsfor elephant are unique features here. Thrissur Festival: The most spectacular festival in the region, held in Thrissur, is one of the major tourist attractions. During this annual (April/May) festival, the caparisoned elephants from neighboring temples walk in an elaborate procession to the complex of Vadakkumnathan Temple. Dazzling fireworks are conducted throughout the night.
Shakthan Thampuran Palace: Also known as the Palace Thoppu, its campus covers an area of 6 acres. Here you can see three shavakudeerams (tombs) including that of the renowned Shakthan Thampuran.
Peechi Dam Wildlife Sanctuary: The Peechy Dam is a beautiful picnic spot located 23 km from Thrissur. Its reservoir has boating facilities. It is surrounded by tea and eucalyptus plantations. Sometimes elephants and wild dogs can be seen roaming in the forest here. The sanctuary has a large variety of orchids. Several buses are available from Thrissur to Peechy.Accommodation is also available.
Anakkayam: It is located roughly 20 km from Chalakudy on the Sholayar Peringalkuthu route. Famous for its lake with cool and placid water, the place got its name from a herd of elephants which used to visit it quite often. The place is breathtakingly beautiful with its rushing waters, chiseled rocks and silent streams.
Vazhachal: Just a short drive from Athirapally, this picturesque waterfall is close to dense green forests and is part of the Chalakudy river. Located about 68 km from Thrissur, Athirapally and Vazhachal are the most famous waterfalls of Kerala and favourite destinations of tourists.