Thrissur (Trichur), with its rich history,
cultural heritage and archaeological wealth, is rich in cultural
From ancient times, this district has played a significant role in
the political history of south India. Trichur (Thrissur), the name
derived from 'Tiru-Shiva-Perur' (the town with the name of Lord
Shiva) is the cultural capital of Kerala.
Its most prominent feature is the Vadakkumnathan
Kshetram or temple, which has Shiva as its presiding deity. Many
rulers and dynasties beginning with the Zamorins of Kozhikode, Tipu
Sultan of Mysore and Europeans including the Dutch and the British
have had a hand in moulding the destiny of this region. Raja Rama
Varma, popularly known as Sakthan Thampuran was the architect of the
present Trichur town.
Today, Thrissur is world famous for its Pooram Festival, which is
one of the biggest festivals of Kerala. Built around a hillock top,
Trichur (Thrissur) houses the Kerala Kala Mandalam, the Kerala
Sahitya Academy and Kerala Nataka Academy.
Major Tourist Attractions in Trichur
The famous Ayyappa temple at Aarattupuzha is just 14 kms from
Trichur (Thrissur), and celebrates its annual pooram festival during
The state's flagship training school for Kathakali dance drama and
other indigenous performing arts of Kerala, Kalamandalam was founded
in 1927 AD by the revered poet Vallathol.
'Machattuvela' also known as 'Machattu Mamangam', is celebrated with
great pomp, pageantry and splendour on the last day of the five-day
annual festival at Machattu Thiruvanikavu Temple near Vadakkancherry,
Peechi Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary
The Peechi-Vazhani Sanctuary comprising of the dense, moist
deciduous and semi-evergreen forests is situated in the catchment
area of the Peechi and Vazhani dams.
Soochipara Waterfalls is located 22 kms from Hotel Green Gates. On
alighting the vehicle, one can reach the waterfalls after a 2-km
walk into the dense equatorial forest of Wayanad.
Thriprayar Temple, located south of Trichur is one of the important
temples dedicated to Lord Rama. The exquisite wood carvings,
sculptures and Mural Paintings are an interesting sight.
Trichur (Thrissur) is best known for its mammoth Pooram Festival,
which is the most colourful and spectacular temple festival of
Kerala. Thrissur (Trichur) Pooram is held in the Malayalam month of
Medam (April- May). Devotees and spectators from all parts of the
state and even outside, throng the 'Pooram'.
One of the oldest temples in the state, the Vadakkumnathan Temple is
a classical example of the Kerala style of architecture and has many
decorative murals and works of art. This is the venue of the world
famous Pooram festival, celebrated annually in April- May. The
fireworks at the Pooram are a spectacular sight. Non-Hindus are not
allowed inside the temple.