THRISSUR & ATHIRAPALLY WATERFALLS TOUR (FROM KOCHI)

Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage | Waterfall

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point: Kochi City

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 2 Days

Ideal Start Time: 7 AM (Day 1) & 9 AM (Day 2)

Total Places Visited: 8

Day 1 Attractions | Day 2 Attractions

DAY 1 : THRISSUR ZOO - ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM - VADAKKUNATHAN TEMPLE

Travel from Kochi to Thrissur

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 3 AM - 10.30 AM & 4 PM - 8.30 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 1 km from Thrissur Railway Station, Vadakkumnathan Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated in the city of Thrissur, Kerala. Also known as Thenkailasam or Vrishabhachalam, it is one the popular places of pilgrimage in Kerala, and among the must-visit places as part of Thrissur packages.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Sri Vadakkumnathan Temple is one of the largest and ancient Lord Shiva temples in Kerala. It is believed that this is the first temple created by Lord Parasurama the 6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple, along with the mural paintings, has been declared as a National Monument by India under the AMASR Act. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has recommended 14 sites, including Vadakkumnathan Temple and palaces, from Kerala to include in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2012.

The temple was built at the time of Perumthachan from .....

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 4 AM - 11 AM & 4.30 PM - 8.30 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 2 km from Thrissur Railway Station, Thiruvambadi Krishna Temple is a sacred Hindu temple situated in Thrissur, Kerala. Located to the north of the Vadakkunnathan Temple, it is one of the largest Krishna Temples in Kerala, and among the best Thrissur places to visit.

Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the oldest record of the history of Thiruvambadi Temple dates back to the 16th century. The temple was formerly situated at Edakkalathur, 20 Km Northwest of the Trichur town. The idol was transported to the present place by villagers, and the custody was given to a childless couple at the Kandanath Mana. The couple installed the idol in a hall within their house premises. As ardent worshippers of Kodungallur Bhagavathy, they regularly used to visit the temple. When they grew old, they could not travel to Kodungallur often, and they installed the idol of Bhagavathi on the left side of the Lord Krishna .....

Museum & Gallery

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 10 AM - 5 PM, Closed on Mondays & National Holidays
Entry Fee: Rs. 10 for Adults, Rs. 5 for Children

At a distance of 2.5 km from Thrissur Railway Station, Archaeological Museum is an art and archaeological museum situated in Thrissur, Kerala. Located in the Thrissur Zoo compound, it is one of the prime Thrissur tourist places.

Archaeological Museum at Thrissur was originally started in the balcony of Thrissur Town Hall, as Sree Mulam Chithrasala (Picture Gallery) in 1938 under the patronages of the Government of Cochin. Later an archaeological gallery was attached to the Picture Gallery in 1948. It was shifted to Kollankode house at Chembukkavu in 1975 and named as Archaeological Museum. Later in 2005, it was again shifted to Sakthan Thampuran Palace at Chembukkavu near Vadakkechira Bus Stand of Thrissur.

The palace has been constructed in a unique combination of Dutch and traditional Kerala styles of architecture. The palace is marked by high roofs, thick walls, large rooms, and Italian marble flooring. .....

Wildlife

Duration of visit: 2 Hours
Timings: 10 AM - 5 PM, Wednesday: 1 PM - 5 PM, Closed on Monday
Entry Fee: Rs. 10 for Adults, Rs. 5 for Children & Rs. 15 for Camera

At a distance of 3 Kms from Thrissur Railway Station, Zoo is a major attraction in the city of Thrissur.

The zoo provides shelter for many endangered species like the Asiatic Lion, Tiger and the extremely rare lion-tailed macaque, etc. It has an impressive reptile house with King Kobra, Indian python, krait, etc. The reptile house is on of the best in South India.

The Zoo complex also has an impressive museum complex, which has a good collection of wood carvings, metal sculptures, Kathakali figures and ancient jewellery. There are wonderful figures and good paintings in the museum. It also has a great collection of traditional Kerala lamps.

Zoo Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Monday
Museum Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Monday

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 4 AM - 11 AM & 4.30 PM - 8.30 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 2 Km from Thrissur Railway Station, Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple is one of the largest Bagavathi temples in Kerala. Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple is one of the two groups participating in Thrissur Pooram (other participant being Thiruvambadi Temple).

With wonderful temple structure, this temple is considered to be more than 1000 years old. Dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy (an incarnation of Goddess Durga), this temple is very close to Vadakkumnathan Temple.

This temple is very popular for its traditional panchavadyam 'Palachottil Melom'.

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: Mass Timings: 6 AM , 7.30 AM, 9.15 AM, 2.30 PM, 5 PM & 7 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 1 Km from Thrissur Railway Station, Dolours Basilica (or Basilica of our Lady of Dolours) is believed to be the biggest and tallest Church in Asia.

Built in 1875, this Roman Catholic Church is also called Puthen Palli (New Church). This church was built with the support of Raja Rama Varma, Maharaja of Kochi. However, most of the current structure is the result of major renovation held in the 19th century. With built up area of 25,000 Sq. Ft, this Church has three towers, two at the front side and one at the rear (called as Bible Tower). The towers at the front are 146 feet tall and the rear tower is 260 feet in height.

This church is dedicated to Mother Mary. Eight music bells imported from Germany are special attractions of this church. The chapel has 15 altars. The church is famous for its Gothic style of architecture.

The church celebrates two festivals. Basilica Feast - last Sunday of November & Feast of Our Lady of Dolours - 15th September.

Overnight Stay in Thrissur

DAY 2 : ATHIRAPALLY FALLS

Waterfall

Duration of visit: 2-3 Hours
Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 15 per person

At a distance of 32 km from Chalakudy, 59 km from Thrissur, 73 km from Kochi, 100 km from Munnar, 122 km from Kottayam, 170 km from Kozhikode, 174 km from Coimbatore & 269 km from Trivandrum, Athirapally Waterfall is a scenic waterfall situated at the entrance of Sholayar hill range in the Thrissur district. It is one of the best waterfalls in India, and among the most famous tourist places in Kerala.

Formed over the Chalakudy River, Athirapally is the biggest waterfall in Kerala. This waterfall drops down from a height of 80 feet through several parallel streams offering a great scenic beauty. In the monsoon season, the water gets strength and all the streams join together and appear like Niagara Falls. This is the biggest waterfalls in Kerala and is well-known for its scenic beauty. It is one of the popular places to visit near Kochi.

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Waterfall

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 15 per person

At a distance of 7 km from Athirapally & 75 km from Kochi, Vazhachal Waterfall is a breathtakingly beautiful waterfall situated very close to Athirapally - Valparai road. It is one of the popular tourist places in Athirapally.

Near the entrance of the Sholayar forest range, the waterfall is formed on Chalakkudy River at the lower stream of Athirapally Waterfalls. The surroundings of the waterfalls offer rich natural views. Unlike Athirapally Waterfalls, Vazhachal flows through an inclined slope of more than 300 feet to descend into a huge pool. It is very difficult and dangerous to step into the flow or to reach the bottom of the flow.

This waterfall became famous for not just its view but the endemic species found in the surrounding dense forests. Researchers have found four endangered species of the Hornbill here, the only .....

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