Thrissur in a glance :
Thrissur previously known by its anglicised form as Trichur, is the fourth largest city in Kerala. Thrissur was once the capital of the Kingdom of Cochin. It is located 300 kilometers towards north-west of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. Here are a few places to visit in Thrissur.
Appan Thampuran Smarakam :
Now a cultural museum, the Appan Thampuran Smarakam was established in the year 1976 by Sri. Ramavarma Appanthampuran. Situated at Ayyanthole, the place is famous for its amazing collection of journals, magazines and books etc.
Arattupuzha Temple :
Located close to Thrissur city, the popular Arattupuzha temple houses Lord Ayyappa as the presiding deity. Thousands of people throng the temple especially during the annual Arattupuzha Pooram Festival.
Archeological & Art Museum :
Located in the heart of Thrissur, this Archeological Museum houses a huge and valuable collection of mural and relics from Kerala. Thousands of people throng its exhibits to take a detour into Kerala’s rich ancient past.
Athirapally Falls :
Located 60 km from Thrissur city, Athirapally Falls is a haven for flora and fauna alike. It is a popular picnic spot and the scenic beauty of the waterfall offers spectacular visuals for visitors.
Basilica of Our Lady of Dolores :
With murals on its walls and ceilings, this 1875-built Roman Catholic Minor Basilica has the largest church interior in South India. It is adorned with 140 ft long steeple, which is visible from anywhere in the town.
Charpa Falls :
Charpa Falls is another one of the nature’s delight that displays the blessings of Mother Nature. Cascading down from a shot height, this fall which is a part of River Chalakkudy offers a breathtaking experience. Athirappilly Falls and Lake Vachumaram are a stone’s throw away from Charpa Falls.
Heritage Garden :
This Heritage Garden lying in the heart of the city is famous for housing many rare species of flora. It is a well manicured garden and is quite popular among locals and tourists as a picnic spot.
Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple :
Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple is one of the biggest Bhagavathy temples in Kerala and plays a major role in the Thrissur Pooram. The temple is enshrined with the deity of Goddess Durga and is flocked by devotees throughout the year.
Peechi Dam :
Situated 22 kms outside Thrissur City, Peechi Dam was built in the year 1959 by E. Ikkanda Warrier, the first Prime Minister of the then independent state of Kochi.
Shakthan Thampuran Palace :
Preserved by the Archeological Department now, the Vadakkekara Palace was reconstructed in Kerala-Dutch style in the year 1795 by Sri. Ramavarma Thampuran of the erstwhile Princely State of Cochin.
Shankara Samadhi :
Surrounded by a breath-taking natural panorama, this Samadhi of Saint Adi Shankaracharya is one of the most famous pilgrim destinations of Hindus in Thrissur.
Vadakummnathan temple :
With a collection of beautiful Mural paintings, some of which are more than 400 years old, this gigantic 1000 year old temple and historical structure is famous for the Nataraja Mural near the main gate.
What to Eat in Thrissur : Fresh Vellayappams are the most popular item in Thrissur along with other Kerala delicacies that can be found in the numerous shacks dotting the small lane near Dolors Basillica. Other than this snacks like Achappam, Idiyappams and Kuzhalappam are widespread in the area. All this stands out in the stands out in the town, while the essentials like Dosa, Idli, Uppama, Poori and more are easily available. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian preparations are available in the town and can be enjoyed across the numerous eating places available. One might also get to enjoy a unique dash of North Indian cuisine at certain restaurants.