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#1 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
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 .....
#2 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 27 km from Thrissur & 81 km from Kochi, Guruvayoor is a temple town well-known for the most famous Sri Krishna Temple. This is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites near Kochi, and among the must-visit places during Thrissur tour.
Guruvayur Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Lord Guruvayurappan, a four-armed form of the Lord Vishnu who is worshipped in the form of his avatar Krishna. According to the legends, the idol worshipped here is more than 5000 years old. But there are no historical records to establish it. Often referred to as Bhuloka Vaikunta, it is one of the most important places of worship for Hindus in Kerala and among the most prominent religious place to visit Thrissur.
The earliest temple records date back to the 17th century. In 1716, .....
#3 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
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.
Distance (From Thrissur): 55 Kms
Trip Duration (From Thrissur - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
#4 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
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 .....
#5 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
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'.
#6 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
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.
#7 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 22 km from Thrissur, Peechi Dam is a picturesque dam situated at Peechi village near Thrissur. It is one of the scenic tourist places in Thrissur.
Built across the Manali River, the Peechi Dam was built in 1959. Ikkanda Warrier (1890-1977), the first Prime Minister of the then independent state of Kochi, India, was the architect of Peechi Dam. The dam was started as an irrigation project for the surrounding villages in the Thrissur district and caters to the drinking water needs of the population of Thrissur City.
The dam has a catchment area of nearly 3,200 acres. There is a nice botanical garden with cascading fountains near the dam which is an added attraction to the visitors. One can go boating in the reservoir during Thrissur tour. Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary situated near the dam is worth paying a visit. It is home to .....
#8 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
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
#9 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 23 km from Thrissur, Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected sanctuary located near Peechi village. It is one of the prominent places of wildlife in Kerala, and among the must-include places in Thrissur sightseeing tour.
Spread across 125 sq. km, the Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1958. It is situated in the catchment area of the Peechi and Vazhani Dams. It is part of the Palapilli-Nelliampathy forests and forms the northern boundary of the Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary.
There are more than 50 species of orchids and medicinal plants in this sanctuary. There are 60 types of birds, 25 types of mammals, and 10 types of snakes in the sanctuary. The sanctuary provides shelter for Leopards, Tigers, Sambhar Deer, Elks, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer, Wild Dogs, Fox, Langurs, etc.
Peechi village is the entry point to the sanctuary. The .....
#10 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 36 Kms from Thrissur, Chimmony Dam (also known as Chimmini Dam) is a picturesque dam constructed across Chimmony Puzha. Located in Echippara village (2 Kms), near Varandarappilly town, the dam is surrounded by the Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary.
Close to Peechi Dam and Mangalam Dam, the Chimmony Dam provided water supply for drinking and forming to the nearly by villages. Situated on Nelliyampathy slopes of Western Ghats, Chimmony Dam is a place with immense natural beauty. Boating is also available in the reservoir.
It can be reached via Varandarappilly & Palappilly from Thrissur. It has limited public transportation. Best way to reach the dam is to hire private vehicle from Varandarappilly.
#11 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 34 Kms from Thrissur, Chimmony WLS is located in Echippara village, near Varandarappilly town. The sanctuary is spread around Chimmony Dam. This is one of the popular weekend getaways from Kochi and among the popular wildlife sanctuaries in India.
Established in 1958, the sanctuary is spread over 100 Sq. Kms on the Nelliyampathy slopes of Western Ghats. It is bordered with Peechi-Vazhahi Wildlife Sanctuary. The entry point into the sanctuary is at Echipara checkpost (guides can be hired at checkpost). Forest department organizes trekking programs - short (3 Hrs - Rs. 250), half-day (Rs. 400) & full-day (Rs. 800). Bamboo rafting is also offered from Inspection Bungalow (2 Hrs - 100 per person). Elephants, Sambar are most common fauna. There are 200 species of birds and 100 species of butterflies in the sanctuary.
Sanctuary timings are 6 AM to 6 PM. Overnight stay is allowed with prior permission. Basic accommodation .....
#12 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 52 km from Coimbatore, 65 km from Thrissur, 122 km from Kozhikode, 140 km from Kochi, and 336 km from Trivandrum, Palakkad, also known as Palghat, is a town and headquarters of Palakkad district in Kerala. It is one of the prominent places to visit near Kochi, and among the must include places in Kerala packages.
Palakkad derives its name from two Malayalam words Pala (a tree Alsteria scholaris) and Kadu (forest), which goes to prove that this place was once a beautiful stretch of forests covered with the sweet-scented flowers of the Pala tree. Palakkad is a land of valleys, hillocks, rivers, forests, mountain streams, and dams. Palakkad is considered as the gateway to Kerala from the north. It can also be visited along with Coimbatore tour packages.
The history of Palakkad dates back to the .....
Distance (From Thrissur): 64 Kms
Trip Duration (From Thrissur - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
#13 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 1 Km from Thrissur Railway Station, Thrissur Pooram is celebrated on the Pooram day in the month of Medom (April/May) in the premises of the Vadakkunnathan Temple (Thekkinkadu maidan). It is the most colorful temple festival in entire Kerala.
The festival was initiated in 18th century by Raja Rama Varma (also known as Sakthan Thampuran), the rules of Kochi. The best elephants of the state from various temples in Kerala are sent to Thrissur to participate in the festival. The festival is a magnificent spectacle with night long fireworks, colorful 'Kudamattom' and a grand elephant procession.
On the early hours of final day of festival, a procession of 15 beautifully decorated elephants marching from Thiruvambadi Temple carries the idol of Lord Krishna. Another group of 15 magnificent elephants start from Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple carrying the idol of the goddess. The celebration will be continued with fireworks and several competitions throughout the night .....
#14 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 2 Km from Thrissur Railway Station, Arattupuzha Temple is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. This temple is believed to be more than 1000 years old.
It is famous for the annual festival Arattupuzha Pooram celebrated for 7 days in March / April. This festival accommodates the largest elephant stage entry in which about 70 beautifully decorated elephants participate. On the 5th day of festival, 'Thidambu' is carried on a decorated elephant which is accompanied by 8 elephants and drummers. The final Pooram is conducted with 61 decorated elephants bearing bright colored umbrellas. The festival ends with Arattu Ritual.
Timings: 5 AM to 9:30 AM & 5 PM to 7 PM.
#15 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
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. .....
#16 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 2.5 Kms from Thrissur Railway Station, the Marth Mariam Church is the oldest in Thrissur district constructed in 1815. It is also called as 'Vyakula Mathavin Pally'.
The Church was dedicated to King Rama Varma by Abraham Cathanar of Palai. Since the Roman Catholics began to argue that this church was a Catholic Church, the authorities of this church changed the name to Marth Mariam, which is the Syrian translation for St. Mary. This Chaldean Syrian Church is the headquarters of Chaldean Syrian Churches in India. The Chapel has no idols or pictorial representation of Christ or anyone else. The prayer hall has chandeliers and colour glass balls hung from the ceiling. The ornate carving on wooden beams & pulpit are amazing.
#17 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 2.5 Kms from Thrissur Railway Station, Lourdes Cathedral (also known as Our Lady of Lourdes Metropolitan Cathedral) is one of the largest churches in Kerala.
Dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes, the church is noted for its imposing interior. Main attraction is an underground shrine which is a masterpiece of architectural designing. The exterior of this church features an Indo-European facade with pink spires. The Centenary of this church was celebrated during the historic visit of Pope John Paul II to Thrissur in 1986. The Cathedral church attracts thousands of pilgrims every month. There is also a permanent exhibition of artwork depicting the life of Jesus which lines the tower staircase, ranging from beautifully detailed stained glass windows to garish frescoes and wood carvings. The 80 meter Bell Tower is also open to visitors. One can climb the 350 steps or take the lift to the top of Bell Tower.
#18 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 2.5 Kms from Thrissur Railway Station, Sri Maheswara Temple is located near Koorkkencherry on SH22. This temple is dedicated to Lord Siva.
Thaippooyam Mahotsavam is the main festival celebrated for one day, dedicated to Lord Subramanya, the eldest son of Lord Siva. Kavadiyattom, dancing with decorated wood models are the special attractions of the festival.
#19 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 11 Kms from Thrissur Railway Station, Ammathiruvadi Temple is located in Urakam village. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and it is regarded as one of the great 108 Durga temples.
According to the Kerala history, Poomulli Namboothiri or Thiruvalayannur Bhattathiri founded Ammathiruvadi temple about 700-1000 years ago. The temple consists of two majestic Gopurams called Mathilkettu & Ootupura Naalambalam and the double storied Sreekovil (sanctum sanctorum).
The Makeeram Porapadu is one of the great events celebrated at this temple. This festival is regarded as the beginning of Ammathiruvadi's journey for the Arattupuzha Pooram celebrated at Arattupuzha Temple. This temple plays an important role in Arattupuzha Pooram.
#20 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 29 Kms from Thrissur Railway Station, Kerala Kalamandalam is located in Cheruthuruthy on the banks of Bharathapuzha River, on SH22 towards Shoranur.
Founded in 1930 by Mahakavi Vallathol Narayana Menon and Manakkulam Mukunda Raja, it is one of the most revered places for the traditional art forms of Kerala. This temple of arts has preserved and propagated Kathakali, the classical dance of Kerala. Many of the internationally renowned artistes of Kerala and India have been trained here. The Koothambalam, the traditional dance theatre at Kalamandalam is the only one in the State which is built outside a temple complex. Constructed according to vikrushtra madhya, one of the three natya grihas specified in sage Bharatha's Natyasasthra, the theatre is 14.62 meter long and 7.31 meter wide. This unique institute has been involved in giving training in Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Kootiyattam, Panchavadyam and Thullal.
#21 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 18 Kms from Thrissur Railway Station, Thiruvanikkavu Temple is located near Vadakkancherry. This temple is dedicated for goddess Bhagavathy (an incarnation of Goddess Durga).
This temple is famous for Machattu Mamangm (or machattuvela) festival celebrated for 5 days in the month of Kumbham - Feb/Mar. On the final day, richly decorated horse themes brought as offerings by devotees and beautifully decorated elephants accompanied by traditional musicians in the temple courtyard offer great joy to the devotees.
#22 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 21 Kms from Thrissur Railway Station, Sri Rama Temple is located in Thiripayar, close to NH17 on Kochi - Kozhikode route.
The idol of Sri Rama installed at this temple is believed to have been originally worshipped by Sri Krishna at Dwaraka. When Dwaraka was submerged, the idol of Sri Rama was lying on the sea shore along with the idols of Lakshmana, Bharata and Shaturghna, which was later brought and installed here.
This temple is famous for exquisite Wood Carvings, Sculptures and Mural Paintings. During the Onam festival in August / September, there is a snake boat race conducted near the temple in Kornoli kanal.The Ekadashi festival (November - December) is also celebrated in a grand manner at this temple.
Timings: 4.30 AM to 12.30 PM & 4.30 PM to 8 PM.
#23 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 22 Kms from Thrissur Railway Station, Koodal Manikyam Temple is an ancient Temple located in Irinjalakuda.It is the only temple in India dedicated to Bharatha or Lord Sangameswara, the brother of Lord Rama.
The temple has a vast pond called Kulipini Teertham. Daily ritual of the temple include three poojas, and only lotus, chethi and tulasi flowers are used for offering and making garlands. Another peculiarity of the temple is the offering of 'brinjal nivedyam' that is believed to be very effective to cure stomach ache.
The annual festival is celebrated for 11 days in the month of April/May, with 17 colorful & well decorated elephants.
Timings: 3 AM to 11.30 AM & 5 PM to 8.15 PM.
#24 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 21 Kms from Thrissur Railway Station & 5 Kms from Guruvayoor Temple, Harikanyaka Temple is located in Ariyannur, between Thrissur and Guruvayoor.
Dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy (an incarnation of Goddess Durga), this temple was built in early 14th century. This temple is one of the ancient Maha Kshethrams. The carved entrance of the temple is a special attraction. People believe that Maha Vishnu has taken the avatharam of Kanyaka here, hence the name 'Hari Kanyaka'. In the past, this temple had a glorious history and it was much wealthier than Guruvayur Temple. This temple was the head of 32 surrounding Deshams.
Special festival is celebrated for 15 days in the month Meenum (December). One of ancient ritual called Chandrolsavam is celebrated here.
Timings: 5.30 AM to 9.30 AM & 5.30 Pm to 7.30 PM.
#25 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 28 Kms from Thrissur Railway Station & 3 Kms from Guruvayoor Temple, Punnathur Kotta was once the home of Punnathoor Zamorin (ruler), now an Elephant Sanctuary which is home for about 60 Elephants. The elephants housed at this sanctuary are brought for ritual offerings at Guruvayoor Temple.
The elephants offered to the Guruvayoor deity by rich devotees are given shelter at the sanctuary. Elephants are also trained for performing various rituals. These elephants are groomed for various ritualistic performances in festivals like Thrissur Pooram. You can also observe how sick elephants are given treatment with traditional medications.
Tips: Can be visited along with Guruvayoor.
#26 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 4 km from Guruvayoor, and 32 km from Thrissur, Chavakkad Beach is a beautiful beach situated at Chavakkad near Guruvayoor. Lying on the coast of the Arabian Sea, it is one of the stunning beaches in Kerala, and among the top Thrissur tourist places.
Chavakkad Beach is known for its azure waters, clean sands, and serene environment. This famous beach spot is the only place in Trichur, where one can see the confluence of a river and sea, which is known as Azhimukam in Kerala. The beach is bordered by lovely coconut groves and palm trees.
From having a candlelight dinner at the beach to experiencing a romantic walk on the sizzling coastline of the Arabian Sea to a sun-kissed morning on the golden sands, the Chavakkad Beach has every reason to attract tourists as part of Thrissur sightseeing packages. It .....
#27 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 24 Kms from Thrissur Railway Station, Nattika Beach is the place to experience the exotic beauty of the nature. Nattika is a wide and virgin beach blessed with an endless stretch of golden sand.
This picturesque place offers beach holidays and package tours. The resorts in the beaches provide all modern facilities. Prime attractions include ride on country boats, elephant rides, deep-sea fishing & beach games.
#28 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 17 Kms from Thrissur Railway Station, Vatanappally Beach is among the beautiful Kerala beaches. It is situated on the coastal belt of Thrissur District.
It is an enchanting strip of golden sand laced with the rich greenery of coconut palms. Today, this calm and pleasant beach is a dreamy destination for many tourists.
This beach is close to NH17 between kochi and Kozhikode and connected by many bus services from Thrissur.
#29 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 32 Kms from Thrissur Railway Station & 4 Kms from Guruvayoor, St. Thomas Forane Church located in Palayoor is the oldest church in India, established by St.Thomas in 52 AD.
This is one of the seven churches founded by St.Thomas the Apostle. A silver statue of St.Thomas on the roof and charming stone lamps are special features of the church. The main entrance of the church is decorated with 14 granite life size statues of various scenes from the life of St. Thomas. The jubilee door in front of the entrance to the main hall of the church portrays various important biblical events, carved in Burmese teak.
Palayoor Mahatheerthadanam is the main festival celebrated at this church. Devotees walk all the way from Thrissur to Palayoor church carrying wooden crosses.
#30 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
At a distance of 38 km from Kochi & 36 Kms from Thrissur, Kodungallur, also known as Cranganore is a historical town located in Thrissur district on NH17 between Kochi and Kozhikode. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Kochi and also an ideal getaway from Kochi for a short trip.
Kodungallur was the capital of Cheraman Perumal, the last Chera Ruler in the 7th century AD. Kodungallur is home for several important historical monuments:
- Bhagawati Temple is one of the oldest temples in Kerala with history of above 2000 years and was mentioned in the epics Ramayana and Mahabharatha
- Thomas the Apostle of Jesus is believed to have landed in Kodungallur with his followers in the year 52 AD. This place has become the earliest Syrian Christian centre of Malabar. Monuments built in the memory of Thomas still exist here, including St. Thomas Church.
- Cheraman Juma Masjid is the first mosque built in India in .....
Distance (From Thrissur): 36 Kms
Trip Duration (From Thrissur - Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
Winter season from October to March is the best time to visit Thrissur when the weather is pleasant and comfortable for sightseeing. Nov to Jan and Mar to May is the peak tourist season in Thrissur.
Thrissur usually takes half day to full day to visit the most important attractions. Thrissur can be mixed with near by wonderful destinations like Kochi, Alleppey, Kumarakom and Athirapally Waterfalls by adding few additional days to your trip.
Budget of Thrissur trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Thrissur Tour Packages offered by Trawell.in start from as low as INR 5100 per person for a 2D/1N trip and from INR 8300 per person for 3D/2N vacation.
Ensure to cover most important Places to visit Thrissur like Vaddakunathan Temple, Guruvayoor, Athirapally Waterfalls, Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple, Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple, Dolours Basilica, Peechi Dam, Thrissur Zoo, Chimmony Dam, etc.
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