275100 98 km from Cochin
its rich history, cultural heritage and archeological wealth,
Thrissur is called the cultural capital of Kerala. Named
after Lord Shiva, from ancient times this district has played
a significant role in the political history of South India.
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
Rama Varma, popularly known as Sakhtan Thampuran was the architect
of the present Thrissur town.
Vadakkunnathan Kshetram, where the reigning deity is Lord Shiva,
is on a hillock in the heart of the town. Magnificent murals here
explain the epic of the Mahabharata. This temple is famous
for its spectacular celebration of the Pooram festival.
cultural centre, the Kerala Kala Mandalam, the Kerala Sahitya
Academy and Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy are located here.
has numerous other temples including
Paramekkavu Kshetram dedicated to Bhagwati or Durga
and the Thiruvambadi Temple which is dedicated to Lord
bustling town has a splendid Lourdes church with a large
and imposing interior. The State Museum and the zoo, both enclosed
within the same area, are the other attractions of Thrissur..
kms away from Thrissur is the picnic spot, Peechy dam. Wild
tuskers are seen on the forested banks of the wildlife sanctuary.
Tiruvilluamala shrine, Kerala's most important temple dedicated
to Lord Rama, is 29 kms from Thrissur.. Another temple dedicated
to Lord Rama, the Triprayar Temple is south of Thrissur.
It has exquisite wood carving and sculptures.
40 kms south-west of Trichur is Kodungalloor which has
India's oldest mosque, Cheraman Jama Masjid. This place
also has the ancient Shiva temple, Thiruvanchikulam kshetram
and Kodungalloor Bhagawati kshetram. The first Jewish settlement
in India was in Kodungalloor (known as Cranganore, that time).
St. Thomas the Apostle landed here in AD 52.
kalamandalam at Cheruthuruthy, the foremost institution imparting
training in the classical arts like Kathakali, Koodiyattam and
Mohiniattam, is situated on the main road from Thrissur to Shoranur.
known as the Dwaraka of the South is just 29 kms away from Trichur.
Temple is one of the oldest temples of Kerala and is supposed
to have been founded by Parashurama. The temple is also referred
to as the Rishabhadri or Thenkailasam, which means the Kailash
of the south. There are many shrines inside the temple. The presiding
deity of the temple is Lord Shiva (Destroyer). There are shrines
dedicated to Vadakkunnathan (Shiva), Sankara Narayana, Ganesha
(God of Wisdom), Ayyappa, Krishna (eighth incarnation of Vishnu,
the Preserver) and Rama (hero of the ancient Hindu epic, Ramayana).
One of the shrines is dedicated to the Jain Tirthankara (fordmaker),
Vrishabha. The devotees offer a thread from their clothing as
a symbol to cover the saint's nakedness. There are several idols
that look like those of the Buddha, or the Enlightened One.
Pooram festival is celebrated in the month of Medam (April-May).
The festival is marked by colourful processions of beautifully
caparisoned elephants sent for the event from various neighbouring
temples. No stone is left unturned to get the best of elephants
and the most artistic parasols, so that each temple’s display
could turn out to be the most impressive. Some of the very attractive
processions are those that start from the Thiruvampady and the
Paramekkavu temples. The festival attracts large crowds. It is
also followed by a colourful display of fireworks.