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THRISSUR & ATHIRAPALLY WATERFALLS TOUR

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 Destinations | Day 2 Destinations
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 (also known as Thenkailasam or Vrishabhachalam) is one of the largest and ancient Lord Shiva temples in Kerala. This temple is the venue for world famous Thrissur Pooram festival celebrated annually in April / May.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is one of the oldest temples in South India. It is believed that this temple was founded by Parasurama. It is a classic example of the Kerala style of architecture with beautiful murals depicting the scenes from Mahabharata and wonderful wood carvings. The idol of Shiva is covered by ghee offered as daily abhishekam. The temple is surrounded by a massive stone wall enclosing the wonderful temple complex. There are four gopurams each facing north, south, east and west. Shankaranarayana and Rama are also worshipped along with the main deity,

Only Hindus are allowed into this temple (all are allowed during Pooram festival).

Timings: 4 -10.30 AM & 5 .....

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 Kms from Thrissur Railway Station, Thiruvambadi Krishna Temple is one of the largest Krishna Temples in Kerala. The architecture of the temple is very impressive. Thiruvambadi is one of the two groups participating in Thrissur Pooram (other participant being Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple).

Lord Krishna is worshipped along with Devi Vishnumaya at this temple. Though the original temple was constructed in 16th century, the current structure was ordered by Raja Rama Varma (also known as Sakthan Thampuran), the rules of Kochi in 18th century.

The temple conducts a colorful ceremonious procession called Madathilvaravu to the Vadakkumnathan temple during Thrissur Pooram celebrated in April / May. The procession is characterized by caparisoned elephants, drum performers and Panchavadyam.

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 housed in Sakthan Thampuran Palace built by Raja Rama Varma (Sakthan Thampuran).

The palace has been constructed in a unique combination of Dutch and traditional Kerala style of architecture. The palace is marked by high roofs, thick walls, large rooms and Italian marble flooring. The Museum is famous for its collection of murals and relics from different parts of Kerala. It also houses the Royal exhibits of Kochi Kingdom. The museum has big life-size statues of famous and eminent personalities. There are several models of ancient temples, monuments, etc. An interesting collection is a set of manuscripts written on dry palm leaves. There is also a heritage garden within the museum complex. Veerakallu or herostones, the stone engravings and sculptures of figures and weapons recovered from the forests of Wayanad and Thrissur and worth watching.

Timings: 10 AM - 5 PM. Closed on Monday & national holiday .....

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, 73 km from Kochi, 59 km from Thrissur, 100 km from Munnar, 122 km from Kottayam, 170 km from Kozhikode, 174 km from Coimbatore & 269 km from Trivandrum, Athirapally Waterfalls are one of the best waterfalls in India and one of the most famous tourist places in kerala & one of the popular weekend getaways from Kochi, Coimbatore & Munnar. These are magnificent waterfalls on Chalakudy River located at the entrance to Sholayar hill range in Thrissur district.

This waterfall drops from a height of 80 feet through several parallel streams offering a great scenic beauty. In 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 well known for its scenic beauty. Athirapally Waterfalls is one of the top attractions you must include .....

Waterfall

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

At a distance of 7 Kms from Athirapally & 75 Kms from Kochi, Vazhachal Waterfalls is a breathtakingly beautiful waterfall situated very close to Athirapally - Valparai road. It is one of the best places to visit near Athirapally Falls and among the stunning waterfalls in India which can be visited as part of Kerala Packages.

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

There is another seasonal waterfall called Chapra .....

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