Kerala, popularly known and believed as God's Own Country, is an ideal destination for business traveler as well as holidaymaker. One of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia, Kerala is India's only tropical paradise. The state is blessed with myriad features like dense tropical forests, beautiful beaches, cliffs, rocky coasts, an intricate maze of backwaters, still bays and astounding 44 radiant rivers. One such mesmerizing place in Kerala is Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala.
Thrissur, renowned as Trichur , is a town built around a hillock top. Thrissur gained prominence under the reign of Raja Rama Varma in 1790. The city and the nearby places have several museums, art schools and institutes dedicated to the rich cultural traditions of Kerala.
Some of the famous tourist attractions in Thrissur are the:
- Vadakkumnathan Temple : One of the oldest temples in the state, it is a classic example of the Kerala style of architecture with many decorative murals and pieces of art. This is the venue of the world famous Pooram festival.
- Town hall : The picture gallery here displays thousands of mural paintings from all parts of Kerala.
- Arattupuzha : This village is famed for the Pooram festival and the ceremonial processions carrying the images of the deities of 41 neighboring temples.
- Guruvayoor : One of the most sacred pilgrim centers of Kerala, its main attraction is the Sree Krishna temple. Within the temple there are images of Ganapathy, Lord Ayyappa.
- Archaeological Museum : Situated beside the Town Hall Road, it has many relics and heirlooms of archaeological importance.
- Art Museum : Situated in a separate building in the Zoo compound, the museum has a good collection of woodcarvings, metal sculptures and pristine jewelry.
- Puthan Palli : One of the tallest churches in Asia, it is known for its Gothic model of architecture.
- Vilangankunnu : This picturesque hillock is known for its charming splendor overlooking the expansive town and countryside.
- Pooram Festival : The biggest crowd puller of the region, this special religious event involving a spectacular procession of decorated elephants, cultural shows, dance and music competitions, prayer, worship, and percussion performances is celebrated during the month of April or May.
Best time to visit Thrissur is between the months of September and March.
How to Reach
To reach Thrissur, the nearest International Airport is at Nedumbassery (58km). Thrissur being an important railhead of the Southern Railways, several important trains connect it with other places in Kerala and neighboring South Indian cities. Thrissur is well connected with almost all the major towns and cities in India by road.
Some of the major hotels in Thrissur, offering an impressive blend of tradition and modernity, are Kadappuram Beach Resort Nattika, The River Retreat Cheruthuruthy, Pleasant Residency, Hotel Elite International, etc.