Thrissur - Cultural Capital of Kerala

Thrissur - Cultural Capital of Kerala

Thrissur is a city situated in central part of Kerala in Southern India. It is the head quarters of the district with the same name. It is an important cultural centre, and is known as the "Cultural Capital" of Kerala. It is famous for the Thrissur Pooram festival, the most colourful and spectacular temple festival of Kerala. The festival is held near the Vadakkumnathan temple, in April or May. Also the venue of Pulikali during Onam celebrations in August or September(depends on malayalam calendar). Thrissur is also the best shopping center in Kerala for Silks and Gold ornaments.

Things to see:

City:

- Shakthan Thampuran Palace - Named as Vadakkekara Palace, was reconstructed in Kerala-Dutch style in 1795 by Sri. Ramavarma Thampuran of the erstwhile Princely State of Cochin, well as Sakthan Thampuran(Greatest ruler of the Cochin dynasty) is preserved by Archaeological Department.

- Archeological & Art Museum - It has a good collection of wood carvings, metal sculptures and ancient jewelers.

- Thrissur Zoo It is a major attraction for children and students with a variety of animals.

- Appan Thampuran Smarakam - Established in 1976 at Ayyanthole where Sri. Ramavarma Appanthampuran who lived the Kumarapuram Palace. This is also a cultural Museum.

- Basilica of Our Lady of Dolores - The 1875-built Roman Catholic Minor Basilica is locally called Puthen Palli. The 140 ft long steeple is visible from anywhere in the town. The chapel has 15 altars. It boasts of neo Gothic spires and the largest interior of any church in South India with a lot of mural paintings on the walls and ceilings.[3]

- Vilangan Kunnu - This hillock has been converted by the tourism department as an amusement park. While grown ups relish the scenic splendor from the hill top. Children can relax and play to their hearts. Lot of people use this place for their morning walk. Early in the morning walking to the top of hillock is a good exercise. View from top of the hill is really good especially at the time of sun rise and sun set. Now this place is under control of Thrissur District Tourism promotion Council and they charge nominal fee for admission to amusement park and parking the vehicle.

Surroundings:

- Athirappilly Falls (63 km from Thrissur City) This 80 feet high waterfall at the threshold of the Sholayar ranges is a popular picnic spot. Two amusement parks - DreamWorld and SilverStorm - are located nearby.

- Vazhachal - Just a short drive from Athirapilly is close to dense forests and a part of the Chalakudy river.

- Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary - (23 km from city) It is very unique in being the largest elephant park in the world with over 60 elephants.

- Peechi Dam - (20 km from city) It is a good picnic spot

- Chavakad Beach - (25 km) A sea shore for rare scenic beauty. Acknowledged as one of the best beaches along the west coast.

- Kerala Kalamandalam - (30 km) It is in Cheruthuruthy and was founded by the Poet Sri. Vallathol Narayana Menon, to encourage the study of the ancient arts of Kerala such as Kathakali and Mohiniyattom.

- Kallayikkunnu - (30 km) this hill station is also known as nirimadakkunnu. This is a beautiful place near to Kunnamkulam, exactly 2.5 km from Kunnamkulam on Kozhikode road. Many newly married couples prefer this place for still and moving photography, while many film makers also prefer this place for song scenes. Its a place of natural beauty.

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