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Thrissur

 

Thrissur
Thrissur pronunciation is a city situated in the central region of the state of Kerala, India. It is the headquarters of the Thrissur District. It is known as the 'Cultural Capital of Kerala. Thrissur city is built around a hillock atop which is the Vadakkumnathan temple which has Shiva as the presiding deity. It is the cultural and spiritual centre of Kerala, offering an array of festivals, historical and natural sights as well as religious experiences.
It is famous for the Thrissur Pooram festival, the most colorful and spectacular temple festival of Kerala. The festival is held near the Vadakkumnathan temple, in April or May. It has a large number of well-known temples which include the Thiruvambady temple, Vadakkumnatha temple and Paramekkavu temple, and two churches of note, the Our Lady of Lourdes Metropolitan Cathedral and the Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours (Puthan Pally or New Church) is the biggest in South Asia. Also the venue of Pulikali during Onam celebrations in August or September. Thrissur is an important business centre in South India and also the best shopping center in Kerala for Silks and Gold ornaments. According to a survey, Thrissur city has been placed on 7th among the ten cities in India to reside.
Area: 3032 sq. km
Population: 2, 733, 311 (2001 census)
Altitude: Sea level
Telephone access code: +91- 487
 
Air: Nearest international airport: Nedumbassery (58 km)

Rail: Thrissur is an important railhead of the Southern Railways.

Road: The KSRTC bus station, near the railway station operates long distance and inter-State services Ph: 2421150 Sakthan Thampuran bus stand is 1 km away from town the north bus stand is in the heart of the town.
 
Vadakkumnathan Temple
Vadakkunnathan Temple, also known as Thenkailasam and Vrishabhachalam, is one of the largest and ancient Shiva temples in Kerala and India. It is located in the heart of Thrissur city. This temple is a classic example of the Kerala style of architecture with beautiful murals delineating graphically, various episodes from the Mahabharata. The shrines and the Koothambalam display exquisite vignettes carved in wood. According to popular lore, the temple was built by Parasurama. The sprawling Thekkinkadu maidan encircling the Vadakumnathan temple is the main venue of the Thrissur Pooram.
 
Archaeological Museum
(Open 1000-1700 hrs on all days except Mondays and National holidays)
 The Archaeological Museum, Thrissur was started as Sree Mulam Chithrasala (picture Gallery) in 1938 under the auspices of the Govt.of Cochin. The collections of pictures in the gallery was the result of a number of year's work in making exact copies of a selection out of the many old Mural paintings found in the Mattancherry Palace and certain Temples in the former Cochin State. The copying work was done with the utmost fidelity and skill by Sri.T.R.Madhava Warrior, V.S. Unni Nair and N.O.Antony.They were guided by Sri Jatyanti Lal, T.Prakaskh of Bombay, under the superintendence of V.R.Chithra of the Madras school of Arts. The Gallery was started in the balcony of Town Hall, Thrissur.An Archaeological Gallery was attached to the Picture Gallery In 1948 to exhibit the archaeological findings and excavated materials of the Department of Archaeology of the then State of Cochin.
 
The State Museum and Zoo
The Kerala State Museum and Zoo is located at Town Hall Road in Chembukavu, 2 km from Thrissur railway station. Established in 1885, the museum is spread over an area of 5.5 hectors of land. The museum complex includes an Art Section with a collection of sculptures, religious idols, Kath kali figures, traditional jewellery of the state and traditional lamps. Besides the Art Museum, a Natural History Museum displaying sample collection of different animals, a Zoological and Botanical Garden are located in this compound. It is open all days at 10.00 am to 5.00 pm except Mondays.
Zoo: Thrissur zoo, adjacent to the Art museum is well known for its snake collection including King Cobras, Kraits, Pythons, Vipers, and Rat Snakes etc. The green wooded area of the Zoo spreads over 13.5 acres, and has tigers, lions, tailed macaque, sloth bear, several species of deer and many birds. Open 900 -1730 hrs closed on Mondays.
 
The Natural History Museum
Art Museum
Town Hall: Town hall is an impressive building, located about 1km from the city center. It houses an art gallery which displays mural paintings from all parts of Kerala. It is the venue for public meetings and cultural programme
 
Vilangankunnu: Vilangan Kunnu alias Vilangan hill is a beautiful green hillock located 5 kms from the city premises. It is a popular picnic spot and recreation center among the youngsters. The hill gives a panoramic view of the whole city from the top. The visitors should pay an entry fee at the check post of the Vilangan Kunnu. On top of the hill there is an open space where one can relax and enjoy the view. The whole hill is covered with thick bushes. There is a park here with amusement rides, which is specially designed for children.
 
Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary
The beautiful picnic spot, Peechi dam is located in Peechi village, 23 km away from Thrissur. The dam is built across the Manali River and the area comprises of nearly 3200 acres of land with botanical gardens and fountains. The prime purpose of the reservoir is to provide irrigation and drinking water supply to Thrissur city. There is a facility for boating in the reservoir amidst picturesque surroundings and the area is surrounded by tea and eucalyptus. The Peechi wild life sanctuary stretching an area of 125 Esq. was established in1958. It is a trekking friendly area. More then 50 species of orchids and medicinal plants are there in the sanctuary in addition to 25 species of mammals, over 60 species of birds and 10 species of reptiles and snakes. Tigers, Leopards, Wild Dogs, Spotted and barking deer are seen frequently here. Ponmudi peak that has a height of 923 meters is near Peechi sanctuary. There are frequent private buses from Thrissur to Peechi. 
 
Irinjalakuda Koodal Manikyam Temple
21 km from Thrissur): Situated 10 km away from Irinjalakuda railway station, this ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Bharatha, the brother of Sri Rama. It is perhaps the only temple in India with Bharatha as the deity. The colorful eleven day annual festival with a pageant of thirteen caprisoned elephants is held in April/May.The festival in this temple marks the end of the Hindu temple festival season in Kerala.(Open:0330-1130 am &0500 -830 pm).
 
Guruvayoor: 29 km from Thrissur
Guruvayoor is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centers of Kerala. Its main attraction is the Sree Krishna temple. This historic temple is shrouded in mystery. According to belief, the temple is the creation of Guru, the preceptor of the Gods, and Vayu, the God of winds. The eastern nada is the main entrance to the shrine. Within the Chuttambalam (outer enclosure) is the tall 33.5 m high gold plated Dwajasthambam (flag-post). There is also a 7 m high Dipastambham (pillar of lamps), who do thirteen circular receptacles provide a truly gorgeous spectacle when lit. The square Sreekovil is the sacred sanctum sanctorum of the temple, housing the main deity. Within the temple there are also the images of Ganapathy, Lord Ayyappa and Edathedattu Kavil Bhagavathy. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple.
 
Punnathoor Kotta:
Punnathoor Kotta or Fort, once the abode of the Punnathoor Zamorin (ruler) is now home to elephants brought as ritual offerings to the Sree Krishna Temple Guruvayoor by the devotees. Here the elephants, over 50 in number are trained and groomed in the green wooded environs of the vast compound of the fort. A tour to the fort, just 2kms from the Guruvayoor temple and 35km from Trichur, will give tourists a chance to see these huge animals at close quarters in a domestic environment. One can see elephants being trained, fed and groomed and the traditional method of restorative treatment given to them. There are water tanks inside the fort for bathing the elephants. The center known as 'Aanathavalam' (elephant abode) is managed by the Guruvayoor Sree Krishna temple Division authorities
 
Kerala Kalamandalam.Cheruthuruthy
The famous art school, Kerala Kalamandalam is located at Cheruthuruthy on the banks of Bharathapuzha at a distance of 29 km north of Thrissur. It was founded in 1930 by the Malayalam poet Vallathol Narayana Menon in order to promote Kerala arts likes Mohiniyattom and Kath kali. The school follows the gurukulam system of training and is a center for teaching traditional music, drama, Ottam thullal, Koodiyattam and Panchavadhyam. Besides regular courses the school also offers crash courses. Visitors are allowed to watch training sections from 4.30 am to 6.30 am, 8.30 am to 12 noon and 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm. The school is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It remains closed in the months of April and May.
The two main attractions of Kalamandalam are the 'Koothambalam' (the traditional temple theater) and the art gallery. Koothambalam, also known as 'natyagriha' is built according to the principles of Natyasaastra. The art gallery exhibits statues of Kath kali and other art forms. Here is a museum named Vallathol Museum, which exhibits the poetic works and contributions of the great poet Vallathol Narayana Menon. There is also a portrait gallery that exhibits the portraits of great artists, mementos and honors received by the institution.
 
Kodungalloor
Kodungallur (anglicized name: Carmagnole) is a town and a municipality in the Thrissur district in the Indian state of Kerala. It was known in ancient times as Mahodayapuram, Shinkli, Muchiri (anglicized to Muziris) and Muyirikkodu. Muchiripattinam was a famous and prosperous seaport at the mouth of the Periyar (also known as Choorni Nadi) river in the southern Indian state of Kerala. It is located about 38 km from the present day city of Kochi.
 
Palayur Church
St.Thomas church at Kodungalloor, Thrissur, Kerala, is the first Christian church in India, founded by St. Thomas, the apostle of Jesus Christ. In 52 AD, the saint is believed to have visited Kodungalloor as part of his preaching of Christianity from Ethiopia to China. Kodungalloor was then known as Muziris. 
This church houses many ancient relics. Kodungalloor St. Thomas church is one among the seven- and-a-half churches established by St. Thomas in Kerala, the others being Kottakkavu, Palayur, Kollam, Kokkamangalam, Niranam and Nilackal.
Cheraman Juma Masjid, Kodungalloor
This mosque in Kodungalloor resembles a Hindu temple in appearance. It was earlier made of wood. Built in 629 A.D., this is the first mosque in India where Juma prayers were started. Recent changes have been made and it now has concrete minarets. The interiors remain wooden though with a Kerala oil lamp right in the centre. This lamp is of great significance to people of all religions. Some of them bring oil for the lamp on the auspicious occasion of major family events.
 
Bhagawati Temple, Kodungalloor
The Kodungallur temple is one of the four Devi temples which Bhargava Raman is said to have installed at the four boundaries of Kerala. The popular belief is that in order to save the devotees from the epidemic of chicken pox, the Lokambika was installed in the Kodungallur temple by Bhargava Raman. This is one of the rare temples where the Brahmins are not performing the pooja, since it was originally a Dravidian Temple.
 
Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary
Chimmini's wildlife sanctuary was established in 1984 adjoining to the Peechi-Vazhani sanctuary. Its dense tropical forests shelter a variety of flora and fauna such as elephants, sambars, gaurs, Malabar squirrels and sloth bears. The dam across the river offers some breathtaking views, making it a favorite picnic spot. The forest department organizes trekking and bamboo rafting programmes in and around the sanctuary.
 
Sakthan Thampuran Palace
Shakthan Thampuran palace, located in the heart of Thrissur city near the Vadakkunnatha temple, is only 2kms from Thrissur railway station. The palace, now preserved by the Archaeological Department, highlights several interesting and outstanding attributes of the former rulers of Cochin. The palace also known as 'Thoppu', covering an area of 6 acres of land, narrates the history of Thrissur which was the old capital of Kochi Kingdom. Earlier known as Vadakkekara palace, it is named after the great ruler Raja Rama Varma Shakthan Thampuran who reconstructed the palace in a unique Kerala- Dutch style in the year 1795. The palace is a two storeyed building in the traditional 'naalukkettu' style with high roofs, thick walls and Italian marbled floors. It also has a serpent grove, which is meant for worship of serpents. A highly structured museum with different galleries like Bronze gallery, Sculpture gallery, Epigraphy gallery, gallery for Household Utensils, Numismatics gallery, History gallery and Megalithic gallery is another specialty. An archeological garden is situated at the northeastern part of the palace. Here one can see three tombs including that of Shakthan Thampuran. It is believed that the My sore rulers, including Tippu Sultan had stayed here and the flag mast in front of the palace was erected by him. 
 
Ahirapally
Athirapally is the land of rivers and forests and great waterfalls. Athirapally waterfall is a major tourist attraction place. The soothing sounds take you to the nature’s most relaxing, rejuvenating place, East of Chalakudy, “The Athirappally Waterfalls” in Kerala, Athirappally is an 80ft high waterfall which literally takes your breath away. Starting calmly from the high ranges, and crashing through gorges overhung with trees, this waterfall is one of the best places in India to re-capture a real sense of the classical idea of the “Picturesque”. It is not just calm and sweet, but something wild and natural.
 
Vazhachal: Just a short drive from Athirapally, this picturesque waterfall is close to dense green forests and is a part of the Chalakudy River.

 
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