Thrissur (Trichur)

Thrissur is in the central region of Kerala and is rich in history, culture and archaeological remains. From ancient times, this district was the capital of Cochin State and was captured by the Zamorin and later by Tippu Sultan in the second half of the 18th century. In the subsequent centuries the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English dominated the scene. In 1790 Raja Rama Varma, popularly known as Sakthan Thampuran, ascended the throne of Cochin and was the architect of present Thrissur town.

Sightseeing

Vadakumnathan Temple: is one of the most ancient in Kerala. There are many decorative wall paintings and other historically important pieces of art in the temple. The famous Pooram festival is celebrated here annually in April/May. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple.

The Archaeological Museum: is situated on Town Hall Road.

The Art Museum: is in the Zoo compound.

Cheruthuruthy: 32 km north of Thrissur (near Shornur railway station), Cheruthuruthy is the seat of Kerala. Kalamandalam, famous for its Kathakali training center. The famous poet Vallathole Narayana Menon, has founded a music and dance academy here, where training is imparted in Kathakali, Mohiniattam, Thullal and other arts of Kerala.

Irinjalakuda Koodal Manikyam Temple:10 km from Irinjalakuda railway station and 21 km from Thrissur, this ancient temple is dedicated to Bharat. A colorful annual festival with thirteen caprisoned elephants is held for eleven days in April/May every year.

Peechi Dam: 20 km from Thrissur, is a good picnic spot. Facilities for boating are provided. There are frequent private buses from Thrissur.

Accomodation

Casino Hotels Limited
T.B. Road
Thrissur 680021
Tel: (0487) 24699
Fax: (0487) 399037

Hotel Elite International
Chembottil Lane
Round South
Thrissur 682001
Tel: (0487) 21033
Fax: (0487) 399057

Kerala