Places to Visit in Thrissur
Known to most by its geometric name Trichur, Thrissur is also called the “Cultural Capital of Kerala.“ Built on a 65-acre hillock, Thrissur is home to several temples, learning centers, cultural centers, churches and several colorful cultural festivals. The city was one of the oldest sites of human settlements with megaliths and dolmens belonging to the Neolithic period. Thrissur also came under the rule of the Chera Dynasty of the Sangam era and later under the Kingdom of Cochin and eventually the British. The climate of Thrissur stays pleasant all year round with the city receiving rains between May and October.
Here’s the list of the best places you can visit in Thrissur.
Sri Krishna Temple at Guruvayur is among the most venerated and visited shrines in India. Guruvayur, a divine destination for devotees, is also one of the interesting attractions of Thrissur.
Starting at a confluence between the Enamakkal Lake and the Arabian Sea, the Chettuva Backwater is located in the Chettuva Village and is considered a State heritage. The backwaters are laden with mangroves, sandy shores and an old fort built in 1714 by the Dutch East India Company. The natural surrounding is marvelous and breathtaking. One can enjoy the views of the sea along with the Chinese fishing nets on the shorelines.
Poet Vallathol Narayana Menon founded it in 1927, with the intention of training Kathakali as well as other performing arts.
Kalamandalam has ever been the premier training centre for local arts. The major focus is on Kathakali, the dramatic dance. Becoming a Kathakali performer takes up several years of rigorous training.
Athirapally & Vazhachal Waterfalls
Athirappilly waterfalls in Chalakkudy, Thrissur are one of the most popular tourism destinations in Kerala. Located right at the entrance of Sholayar ranges, the waterfalls at Athirappilly has soothing melodious, rhythmic sounds that make it so relaxing and rejuvenating.
Vazhachal is a few minutes from Athirappilly and is the most prominent waterfall after Athirappilly. The waters come cascading down from the high ranges and join the Chalakudy River.
Paramekkavu Bhagwati Temple
The largest Bagavathi Temple in India, the Paramekkavu Bagavathi Temple is built in a distinctive Kerala temple architecture. The exact date of the temple’s origin is unknown, but according to the locals, the temple is at least 1000 years old and is also evidenced by the archeological evidence. Paramekkavu Bagavathi Temple is one of the two rival temples that are involved in the Thrissur Pooram.
Our Lady of Dolours Basilica
The 3rd tallest Church building in Asia, the Our Lady of Dolours Basilica was first established in 1814 and is a massive 79 meters in height. The Church is built in a fabulous Indo-Gothic style and was designed by Chief architect Ambrose Gounder. The church complex is constructed in a massive area of 2300 sq meters and is the largest church in India with 11 altars.
Shakthan Thampuran Palace
Shakthan Thampuran Palace was coroneted in 1791 and was built by Raja Rama Varma IX the ruler of the erstwhile Kingdom of Cochin. The palace complex is spread over 6 acres and is erected in a typical Dutch-Kerala architecture. The castle’s architecture is a marvel to behold and also contains a small museum that contains several antiquities and relics of the old world.
Maintained by the Kerala Department of Tourism, the Snehatheeram Beach is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea and is one of the most well-maintained beaches of Kerala. The Beach is close to a children’s park that contains a marine aquarium and well maintained landscaped gardens. One can also enjoy the local cuisines in the various eateries located near the beach.
The origins of the temple are mentioned in the ancient texts of the Hindu Puranas, and it is considered to be the place where the Hindu deity Parasurama built a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva as atonement after killing the Kshatriyas. The best time to visit the Vadakkunnathan Temple is during the festivities of Thrissur Pooram. Sadly non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the main temple.
Cheraman Juma Masjid
The oldest mosque in the country, the Cheraman Juma Masjid was built in 629 AD and was rebuilt in the 11th century AD. The mosque was built on a place rewarded by the last Chera ruler who upon witnessing a mysterious phenomenon, traveled to Mecca and adopted Islam. Interestingly the mosque is established in a distinctive blend of Dutch-Kerala and Hindu architectural styles.
Thrissur Zoo and State Museum
Thrissur Zoo and State Museum, located right in the heart of Thrissur is a place worth visiting when you are in the city. Within the 13.5 acres of a well-maintained compound, you can see so many different kinds of flora and fauna while making friends and faces with the monkeys, playing hide and seek with the crawling reptiles, marveling at the king of the jungle, and enjoying the incredible grace of the deer.