THRISSUR TOURISM | TOURIST PLACES TO VISIT & TRAVEL GUIDE TO THRISSUR
Heritage | Pilgrimage
#13 of 22 Places to visit in Kerala
Ideal Trip Duration: Half Day to Full Day
Nearest City to Thrissur: Kochi (68 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Thrissur: October to March
Peak Season: December to January & May to June
At a distance of 81 km from Kochi, 55 km from Athirapally, 69 km from Palakkad, 113 km from Kozhikode, 114 km from Coimbatore, 279 km from Trivandrum and 280 km from Madurai, Thrissur (also known as Trichur) is a city situated in central Kerala. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Kerala and also a famous pilgrimage site in Kerala state. This is one of the ideal weekend getaways around Kochi & Coimbatore.
The name Thrissur was derived from Tiru-Shiva-Peru which literally means the big town of Lord Shiva. The name owes itself to the most prominent feature of the city that is the Vadakkunathan Temple, Shiva as its presiding deity. Thrissur is also known as the Cultural Capital of Kerala because of its cultural, spiritual and religious leanings throughout history.
Thrissur had witnessed the rise and fall of various dynasties that include the Chera and Kulasekharas in the 12th century, Zamorins in the 14th and 15th century followed by Tipu Sultan, Portuguese, Dutch and British. In 18th century, Raja Rama Varma, popularly known as Sakthan Thampuran, re-built Thrissur after attacks from Tipu Sultan.
Thrissur hosts the world famous Thrissur Pooram festival in the month of April / May. This festival is the most colorful and spectacular temple festival in Kerala held at the Thekkinkadu Maidan. It is a festival that continues non-stop for 36 hrs with over 100 elephants, accompanied by the Panchavadyam playing till the final fireworks mark the end of festival. UNESCO has awarded Thrissur Pooram as the most spectacular festival event on the planet. Thrissur is also known for its Onam celebrations in August / September every year.
The city of Thrissur is also very religious and has several temples and churches. The Vadakkumnathan temple, Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple and Paramekkavu temple, and Guruvayur Temple, Our Lady of Lourdes Syro-Malabar Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral and Our Lady of Dolours Syro-Malabar Catholic Basilica are the important pilgrimage sites in Thrissur.
The major tourist attractions of Thrissur are Athirapally Falls, Elephant Sanctuary near Guruvayur, Peechi Dam & Sanctuary, Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary, Chettuva Backwaters, Thrissur Zoo, Vilangankunnu and Shakthan Thampuran Palace and Kerala Kalamandalam. Thrissur is also the home town to the great Hindu Saint, Adi Shankara.
Cochin Airport is the nearest airport which is about 51 km away. Thrissur Railway Station is an important railhead of the Southern Railways, which has trains from Alleppey, Mangalore, New Delhi, Trivandrum, Kochi, Mumbai, Patna, Guwahati, Chennai and Bangalore.
Thrissur is well connected to all major towns in Kerala. KSRTC Bus Station operates long distance and inter-state services. Sakthan Thampuran Bus Stand is 1 km away from town and The North Bus Stand is in the heart of the town. There are number of buses from Thrissur to Bangalore, Kochi, Coimbatore, Trivandrum, Kozhikode, Mysore and Palani.
Best time to visit Thrissur is from Oct to May while the peak season is from Nov to Jan and Mar to May. It usually takes 2 full days to explore Thrissur.
Arattupuzha Pooram (Mar/Apr),
Kodungalloor Bharani (Mar/Apr),
Thrissur Pooram (Apr/May) in one of the most celebrated events in Kerala.