Thrissur is one of the most beautiful and attractive cities of Kerala. Tourists visit this city all round the year. With a perfect scenic view and spiritual attractions, this city is bestowed with plenty of picnic spots where tourists can have the best time of their lives. The artificial water falls and the lush green meadows are a craving among the visitors. Nature lovers can visit places like the Athirapally Falls, Heritage Garden and Vazhachal Falls. Pilgrims visit this land of shrines and temples to witness the temples like Arattupuzha Temple, Shankara Samadhi, Thiruvambadi Krishna Temple and many more. With a lot more in stored for its visitors, Thrissur holds an unparalleled beauty.
Places to SeeThe Arattupuzha Temple
This is almost 3000 years old temple, situated about an hour away from the city of Thrissur in the village of Arattupuzha. It is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa and attracts devotees throughout the year. The annual Pooram festival is held during March-April for a period of seven days. The event hosts a hundred and one gods and goddesses from the neighboring villages, who come in reverence of the presiding deity of this temple. On the seventh day of the festival, a procession is carried out to the Arattupuzha River. Tip
: The temple is open from 5 AM to 9. 30 AM and from 5 PM to 7 PM. The Archaeological Museum of Thrissur
The museum was established in 1938, however it began functioning in 1975 when the annex of the picture gallery and the archaeological gallery were eventually housed together. The museum also houses several ancient manuscripts, excavated materials and stone sculptures from 7th century onwards. Tip
: The museum is situated in the same compound as the Thrissur Zoo and so you can also plan a visit to the zoo during the trip to the museum. Kerala Kalamandalam
The center was established in 1930 by the illustrious poet Padmabhooshan Vallathol Narayana Menon to promote and propagate the art and culture of Kerala. There are several places of interest in the center including the Vallathol museum, which displays the works of the great poet and pioneer, and the portrait gallery, where you can appreciate a vast collection of paintings by various artists. The Peechi dam
The dam is situated 15 kilometres from the city of Thrissur. It was built as a project for irrigation for the surrounding villages. The dam also caters to the needs of the farmers. The areas around it have been beautifully landscaped and showcases several colourful plants. Puthen Palli
Also known as The Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours, the church highlights the city's multi-ethnicity character through its splendid architecture. In fact, the design and layout are influenced by eastern and western styles. Puthen Palli is the third largest church in Asia, built over a sprawling area of 25, 000 square feet. The Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple
This is one of the oldest temples in Kerala, dating back to a thousand years. It is also the biggest temple in Kerala which is dedicated to Maa Bhagwathy or Goddess Durga. An annual Pooram festival is held at the temple to mark the time when Maa Bhagwathy leaves her temple to pay a visit to the Vadakkumnathan Temple to meet Lord Shiva. Tip
: The Pooram festival is held in April-May and is celebrated with religious fervor. The temple is open from 4. 30 AM to 10. 30 AM and 5 PM to 8. 30 PM.
Things To DoThiruvilvamala
This serene village is situated about 50 kilometres north of Thrissur. Thiruvilvamala is a famous temple town with hordes of temples dedicated to Lord Krishna and Shiva. Set on the banks of the river Bhatahappuzha, this self-sufficient village presents its visitors with serene and tranquil environs to relax and rejuvenate. Tip
: You can rent a car or take a bus from Thrissur to reach the village. The Thiruvambady Krishna Temple Festival
The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is well-known for its spectacular show of gold-bedecked elephants and the elaborate show of fireworks. In fact, the festival has been described as “the most spectacular festival event on the planet” by UNESCO. Tip
: The festival falls between April-May and though the weather is hot and humid at this time, the festival is well worth a visit. Peechi Wildlife Sanctuary
The sanctuary encompasses the forests of Palallilli and the Nelliampathy and spans about 125 Sq. kilometres. Till the 19th century, the area was under private propriety and it was only in 1958 that it was deemed as a sanctuary. While the rare flora and fauna are the main attractions, you can also enjoy a boat ride in the reservoir. Tip
: The town of Peechi is well connected to Thrissur and a number of private buses are available to and from Peechi. Chavakkad
This scenic Chavakkad village is neatly tucked away on the National Highway. Running parallel to the Western Ghats, the village brings alive the pristine beauty of the Arabian Sea. It is situated 25 Kms west of Thrissur and is best known for its beaches, the most famous being the Chavakkad beach, situated a couple of kilometres from the main town. Tip
: While in the village, you can also visit the Church of Palayoor, the oldest church of Roman-Syrian descendant.