Visitor attractions in Thrissur

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Thrissur About this sound pronunciation  (Malayalam: തൃശൂര്‍) formerly known as Trichur, is a city in the Indian state of Kerala. Thrissur city is built around a 65-acre (260,000 m2) hillock called the Thekkinkadu Maidan which seats the Vadakkumnathan temple. This area is the city's cultural and spiritual centre, offering --- in addition to religious experiences --- an array of festivals and historical and natural sights. Thrissur is known for the Thrissur Pooram festival, the most colourful and spectacular temple festival in Kerala. The festival is held at the Thekkinkadu Maidan in April or May. Thrissur has a large number of well-known temples including the Thiruvambady temple, Vadakkumnathan temple and Paramekkavu temple, as well as two famous churches, the Our Lady of Lourdes Metropolitan Cathedral and the Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours (Puthan Pally or New Church). Thrissur is also the venue of Pulikali during Onam celebrations in August or September.

Thrissur Pooram is considered as the cultural cherry in Kerala’s culture

Visitor attractions in Thrissur City[edit]

Puli Kali is one the colourful folk art which can be viewed on the fourth day of Onam celebrations

Annual events in Thrissur City[edit]

Thrissur Pooram is called 'the pooram of all poorams' (festival). It is the biggest of all poorams held in Kerala state. The Thrissur Pooram, is celebrated every year in the month of Medam (mid-April to mid-may) as per the malayalam calendar. Thrissur City plays host, for 36 hours from the wee hours of the pooram day, to one of the most largest collection of people and elephants. The richly decorated elephant, as seen during the Thrissur Pooram, is now globally recognised, and its association with Kerala. On the pooram day, fifty (50) or more elephants pass through the very center of Thrissur City, the Vadakkunnathan Temple. The main features of the Pooram are these decorated elephants with their nettipattam (decorative golden headdress), beautifuliy crafted kolam, decorative bells and ornaments etc. Add to this is the panchavadyam, the rhythmic beating of the drum, and what would be a cacophony otherwise is turned into an organized but spontaneous symphony. The fireworks display in the early hours of the next day, rival shows held anywhere in the world, without even using many of the modern and newer pyrotechnics.

Introduced by Maharaja Rama Varma Sakthan Thampuran, Maharaja of Cochin Pulikali is one the colourful folk art which can be viewed on the fourth day of Onam celebrations in Swaraj Round, Thrissur.

Palaces in Thrissur City[edit]

Earlier known as Vadakkekara Palace, this palace was reconstructed in Kerala-Dutch style in 1795 by Ramavarma Thampuran of the erstwhile Princely State of Cochin, well as Sakthan Thampuran (Greatest ruler of the Cochin dynasty). Can see Bronze Gallery where one can find bronze statues belonging to the period between the 12th and the 18th centuries, Sculpture Gallery displaying granite statues from the 9th century to the 17th century, Numismatics Gallery, which systematically displays ancient coins, which were in circulation in the former province of Kochi and neighbouring kingdoms and the History Gallery depicting some of the milestones of the Kochi dynasty and the Epigraphy Gallery showcasing the genesis and evolution of ancient writings.[1]

Nature in Thrissur City[edit]

An Artistic Work from Vilangan Hills

This 65-acre (260,000 m2) hillock which seats the Vadakkumnathan Temple, is oval shaped open ground in the centre of the Thrissur City which is under the custody of the Cochin Devaswom Board (CDB). It host the pectacular cultural festival Thrissur Pooram, which is considered the 'Mother of all Poorams in Kerala.[2][3] King of Cochin, Rama Varma Sakthan Thampuran constructed the Thekkinkadu Maidan at the heart of Thrissur City after destroying the forest around the Vadakkumnatha Temple despite the resistance of Brahmin priests and other orthodox section of people.[4]

This 50-acre (200,000 m2) beautiful green hillock is a popular picnic spot and recreation centre among the youngsters and old. The hill, which is covered in thick bush, gives a panoramic view of the whole Thrissur City from the top. From the top of the hill, one could have the marvellous sight of thousands of acres of green paddy fields intercepted by water-filled kole lands, streams and verdant villages below.[5]

A board which announces the citizen to protect the birds. A view from Thrissur city

The Kole Wetlands gives 40 per cent of the Kerala's rice requirement and acts as a natural drainage system for Thrissur city and Thrissur District. The Kole Wetlands is one of largest, highly productive and threatened wetlands in Kerala and has been declared in Ramsar Convention for protection and it comes in Central Asian Flyway of migratory birds. In terms of the number of birds, the Thrissur Kole Wetlands is the third largest in India. It has been recognised India's Important Bird Areas by BirdLife International.

Vanchikulam in older days was a water way highway connecting all parts of Kerala especially Ernakulam District. It was a big trading hub where goods and people were transported to different parts of the Kerala state and to the nearby ports.

Museums and Zoos in Thrissur City[edit]

The museum displays collections of the wood carvings, metal sculptures and ancient jewellery. Museum showcases a rare collection of paintings and artifacts to create awareness about the architectural heritage of the state among the public as well as the students of archeology. Bearing a distinct mark of traditional and western influence in its construction, the stately Archeological Museum, Thrissur, Kerala boasts of a rare collection of exhibits well preserved for posterity. The museum has the largest collection of excavated materials from Megalithic sites in Kerala.[6]

Entrance of Thrissur Zoo from the Bishop House Road

Spread over an area of 13.5 acres (55,000 m2) of land, it is home to the wide variety of animals, reptiles and birds. There is a special building which houses snakes also. The zoo includes some of the rare and endangered varieties of species. The variety of wildlife in the Thrissur zoo includes tiger, lion, deer, sloth bears, monkeys, hippopotamus, camels, Cobras, kraits, viper, rat snakes and other diverse varieties.[2]

First and the only museum in Kerala state dedicated to mural arts of Kerala. Museum also houses excavated materials from Indus Valley Civilization, Harappa and Cheraman Parambu, Kodungallur. Another main attraction of the museum are manuscripts written on dry palm leaves which is known as Olagrandhangal in Malayalam.

Dedicated to Vallathol Narayana Menon, popularly known as Mahakavi Vallathol, this museum exhibits most of his personal belongings which he used in his life. Situated near the banks of Nila, this museum was the residence of the poet who built Kerala Kalamandalam, a centre of training in Kerala arts.

Monuments in Thrissur City[edit]

The tower is the tallest church tower in India and Asia. The 260 feet (79 m) tower stands tall elegantly behind two towers of 140 feet (43 m) height. The red cross on the top of the Bible Tower is lit to show the presence of the Roman Catholic Church in Thrissur. It can be seen from anywhere in the Thrissur city. In the tower we can see childhood of Christ carved in wood, healing of Jesus depicted in stained glass, miracles of Jesus in brass, sufferings of Jesus Christ in oil paints, beautiful painting of apostles in terra cotta, mural paintings of the life history of St. Thomas, and glorious resurrection of Jesus depicted in canvas.[2]

Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours, Thrissur

Film Festivals & Exhibitions in Thrissur City[edit]

Considered to be the largest alternative film festival in South Asia, the festival is being held every year in February month at Thrissur city.

Temples in Thrissur City[edit]

Churches in Thrissur City[edit]

Visitor attractions in Thrissur Metropolitan Area[edit]

Annual events in Thrissur Metropolitan Area[edit]

Temples in Thrissur Metropolitan Area[edit]

The East Nada gate of Guruvayur Temple

The temple is the fourth biggest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees per day. It is one of the most important places of worship for Hindus of Kerala and is often referred to as "Bhuloka Vaikunta which translates to the Holy Abode of Vishnu on Earth.

Churches in Thrissur Metropolitan Area[edit]

Beaches and backwaters in Thrissur Metropolitan Area[edit]

Water Falls in Thrissur Metropolitan Area[edit]

A long view of Athirappilly Falls. Background seen is Anamudi Hills

Located on the west-flowing Chalakudy River near the Vazhachal Forest Division and the Sholayar ranges, this 24-metre (80 ft) waterfall is the popular tourist destination. It is nicknamed The Niagara of India

Wildlife sanctuaries in Thrissur Metropolitan Area[edit]

Dams in Thrissur Metropolitan Area[edit]

Palaces in Thrissur Metropolitan Area[edit]

Forts in Thrissur Metropolitan Area[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shakthan Thampuran Palace". Kerala Tourism. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tourism and Sports". Thrissur Corporation. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  3. ^ "Poorams". Kerala Tourism. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  4. ^ "Thekkinkadu Maidan". Manoramaonline.com. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  5. ^ "Vilangan Hills". Kerala Tourism. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  6. ^ "Museums". Kerala Tourism. Retrieved 2010-09-03.