Thrissur Guide: What not to miss when in Cultural Capital of Kerala

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The cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur is synonymous with the world famous and spectacular Pooram Festival. The abode of several prominent cultural centers including the Kerala Kalamandalam, Sangeetha Nataka Academy, and Sahitya Academy.


Thrissur has an extraordinarily rich past as well as a vibrant present. From ancient times, Thrissur district with its cultural heritage and archaeological wealth has played a significant role in the political history of South India.

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Few of the places which show its beautiful arch logical side filled with ancient history are:

Shakthan Thampuran Palace

shakthan thampuran palace

Shakthan Thampuran Palace is spread over 6 acres and is built in a typical Dutch-Kerala architecture. The palace’s architecture is a marvel to behold, It also contains a small museum that contains several antiquities and relics of the old world.


Aathirappalli and Vazhachal

aathirappalli and vazhachal

Two splendid waterfalls make this place another important tourist spot in Kerala. Separated by a distance of 5km these waterfalls are a place of scenic beauty.

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Kerala Kala mandalam for dance is situated here. Training in Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Thullal and other art forms of Kerala is imparted here. Koothambalam is an important attraction here.

Snehatheeram Beach

snehatheeram beach

The Snehatheeram Beach is situated on the shores of the Arabian Sea and is one of the most well-maintained beaches of Kerala. The Beach is close to a children’s park which contains a marine aquarium and landscaped gardens. One can also enjoy the local cuisines in the various eateries located near the beach.

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Peechi Dam

peechi dam

Peechi dam and reservoir is a beautiful irrigation project site which offers boating facilities at the reservoir. You can also viist the Peechi Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary which is situated near this picnic spot. 

Our Lady of Dolours Basilica

our lady of dolours basilica

The 3rd tallest Church building in Asia, the Our Lady of Dolours Basilica is a massive 79 meters high church built in a marvelous Indo-Gothic style. The church complex is built over an area of 2300 sqm meters and is the largest church in India with 11 altars.

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guruvayur sri krishna temple

Known as the Dwaraka of the South, Guruvayur is among the most important pilgrim centers of south India. The temple is dedicated to Krishna known here as Guruvayurappan. 

Thrissur Pooram

thrissur pooram

Programs are temple centred festivals in Kerala. Thrissur program is like the mother of all temple festivals of Kerala, is the biggest and most colourful temple festival of Kerala. Thrissur program is held every year during the month of April. The formation of gold-caparisoned elephants is a spectacular scene for tourists as well as locals. A night long fireworks display is another attraction of Thrissur program

Vadakkunathan Temple

vadakkunathan temple

This temple is a classic example of the Kerala style of architecture. One of the most ancient temples in the state, the Vadakkunathan temple contains many decorative wall paintings and historically important pieces of art.

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Other places of tourist interest in Trichur include Shree Rama temple, kodungallore, Anakkayam, Art Museum, Snake park, Cheraman Juma Masjid,  Arattupuzha temple, Urakam amma thiuvadi temple, etc:

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