The cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur is synonymous with the world famous and spectacular Pooram Festival. The abode of several prominent cultural centres, including the Kerala Kalamandalam, Sahitya Academy and Sangeetha Nataka Academy, Thrissur has an extraordinarily rich past as well as a vibrant present.
From ancient times, this district, with its cultural heritage and archaeological wealth, has played a significant role in the political history of South India. Many rulers and dynasties, beginning with the Zamorins of Kozhikode, Tipu Sultan of Mysore and Europeans, including the Dutch and the British, have had a hand in moulding the destiny of this region. Raja Rama Varma popularly known as Sakthan Thampuran, is the architect of the present Thrissur town.
The term Thrissur is the abbreviated anglicized form of the Malayalam word "THRISSIVAPERUR" which means the town of the "SACRED SIVA". The town is built on an elevated ground, at the apex of which is the famous "VADAKKUMNATHAN" temple. A place of great antiquity, Thrissur was also known as "VRISHABHADRIPURAM" and "TEN KAILASAM" in ancient days.
From ancient times, Thrissur District has played a significant part in the political history of South India. The early political history of the District is interlinked with that of the Cheras of the Sangam age, who ruled over vast portions of Kerala with their capital at Vanchi. The whole of the present Thrissur District was included in the early Chera Empire.
One of the oldest temples in the State, the Vadakkumnathan Temple is a classic example of the Kerala style of architecture and has many decorative murals and pieces of art
Located near the Thrissur Zoo, 2 km. from Thrissur town, the Archaeological Museum was earlier accommodated in the Thrissur Town Hall building. Now it has been shifted to the Kollengode Palace, an architectural delight
The Palace of Shakthan Thampuran is a landmark in the annals of the Perumpadappu Swaroopam, the former ruling dynasty of Kochi. The palace located in the heart of Thrissur town is a major attraction, especially for those with a special interest on rulers and dynasties
Located 2 km. from Thrissur town, Thrissur Zoo & Museum, started functioning sometime in 1885. It has a variety of fauna, like the lion tailed macaque, sloth bear, numerous species of birds and deer
Located on Museum Road, the Town Hall is an excellent monument of erstwhile Thrissur’s administrative, military and cultural history. It houses the Chitralayam Gallery
Located near Nehru Park. All kinds of decorated fish & aquarium accessories are available here. Open 15.00 to 20.00 hrs.
Thrissur city is buiit around an elevated area, the Round and was planned during the reign of Raja Rama Varma, the ruler of Kochi in the 18th century. From ancient times the town was played a significant role in the political history of south India. The city is famous for… read more
Athirappally is located 63 km. from Thrissur and Vazhachal 68 km. from Thrissur. Athirappally and Vazhachal, the two scenic and popular waterfalls on the edge of the Sholayar forest ranges are just 5 km. apart. The Athirappally Falls joins the Chalakkudy river, after plummeting down a drop of 80 feet.… read more
Guruvayoor, 29 km West of Thrissur, is one of the most sacred pilgrim centres of Kerala. Its main attraction is the Sree Krishna temple. 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… read more
Kodungallur is a seaport of great historic importance as St Thomas, the apostle of Jesus Christ, is believed to have first set foot here in 52 AD. He established the Mar Thoma Syro-Malabar Church, which is believed to be the first Christian Church in India. It still houses ancient relics, which are… read more
Located about 30 km. away from Thrissur, the dense tropical forests of Chimmini offer shelter for diverse flora and fauna. The dam across the Chimmini river offers a breathtaking view. This picturesque picnic spot is a favourite haunt of the local people. The Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary which was established in… read more
Peechi - Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary, a 125 sq. km. sanctuary, situated at about 20 km. east of Thrissur, in the catchment area of the Peechi and Vazhani dams. The Sanctuary comprising of the dense, moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests is a haven for a variety of wildlife that consists of… read more
One of the oldest temples in the State, the Vadakkumnathan Temple is a classic example of the Kerala style of architecture and has many decorative murals and pieces of art. This is the venue of the world famous Pooram festival celebrated annually in April-May. The fireworks at the Pooram are… read more
Archaeological Museum is located in close proximity to the Thrissur Zoo. Earlier, it was accommodated in the Town Hall Building campus in Thrissur and recently it was shifted to Thrissur Kollengode Palace, an architectural excellence that delights everyone’s heart and mind. Archaeological Museum Thrissur displays quite a good number of murals collected from across… read more
The Palace of Shakthan Thampuran is a landmark in the annals of the Perumpadappu Swaroopam, the former ruling dynasty of Kochi. The palace located in the heart of Thrissur town is a major attraction, especially for those with a special interest on rulers and dynasties. At the Shakthan Thampuran Palace,… read more
Located 2 km. from Thrissur town, Thrissur Zoo & Museum, started functioning sometime in 1885. It has a variety of fauna, like the lion tailed macaque, sloth bear, numerous species of birds and deer. The snake park has a reptilian collection of king cobras, cobras, python, kraits, vipers and rat… read more
The Town Hall Art Gallery is an important landmark and attraction in Thrissur. It is also known as Chitralayam Art Gallery, a reformed name of its original name i.e. Sree Mulam Chithrasala. The gallery, through the seminars and art-exhibitions, displays the rich tradition, cultural heritage and renowned art forms of… read more
Built in the year 928, Mapranam Holy Cross Church Thrissur is one among the oldest Catholic churches in Kerala. The 1000-plus-years old church, one of the major Christian pilgrim centers in Kerala, was recently rejuvenated in 1989. Relics related to the crucifixion of Jesus -including the Holy Cross, part of… read more
Cheraman Juma Masjid, the first Masjid in India, was constructed in 628. Over the years, renovations have been made to the mosque quiet a good number of times and the last one was made in the year 1974. Cheraman Juma Masjid, where the Friday prayers are conducted for the past… read more
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