Thrissur is popularly called ‘the cultural capital of Kerala’. This town is steeped in the tradition, art and literature. It is only here that you pray in a historic church in the traditional way before the cross with no images of Christ. Thrissur is world famous for its Pooram Festival, biggest festivals of Kerala. Built around a hillock top, Thrissur houses the Kerala Kala(Art) Mandalam, the Kerala Sahitya (Literature) Academy and Kerala Nataka(Drama) Academy.

The Temples
Vadakkumnathan Temple: One of the oldest temples in Kerala constructed in classical  Kerala style of architecture with decorative murals and works of art. This is the venue of the world famous Pooram festival celebrated annually in April- May. The fireworks at the Pooram are a spectacular.  Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple as per tradition.

Arattupuzha: Pooram Festival at this village temple in March/April is celebrated with a ceremonial pageant of over 60 tuskers carrying the images of the deities of 23 neighbouring temples.

Art Museum: Located in the zoo compound, the art museum displays collections of woodcarvings, metal sculptures and ancient jewellery.

Archaeological Museum: Located on the Town Hall Road.

Peechi Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary:  This sanctuary occupies the dense, moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests in the catchment area of the Peechi and Vazhani dams.

Zoo:  It is 2 kms from Thrissur town.

Other places to visit
Peechi Dam :20 km east of Thrissur, this is a picnic spot with a botanical garden built across the Manali River near a dam.

Vilangankunnu: A Children Park (7 km from Thrissur) offering amusement rides.

Christian Divine Retreat Centres:  They are located at Muringoor and Potta near Chalakudi, on the Kochi - Thrissur route.

Other Cities of interest around Thrissur
  • Guruvayoor: (29 km northwest of Thrissur):KrishnaTemple.
  • Punnathoorkotta(2 km from Guruvayoor) : A temple with 50 temple elephants.
  • Cheruthuruthy (32 km north of Thrissur): Kathakali Training Centre for music and dance.
  •  Irinjalakuda (21 km from Thrissur) Koodal Manikyam Temple.      
  • Athirapally(65 km from Thrissur): Waterfalls at the threshold of the Sholayar ranges.     
Vazhachal (68 km from Thrissur): Athirapally and Vazhachal waterfalls.
How to Get There Air : Nearest international airport is at Nedumbassery, 58 kms away.
Rail : Thrissur is an important railhead of the Southern Railways.
Road : The place is well connected with almost all the major towns and cities of India. Create My Trip