This town, built around an elevated area called ‘The Round’, was planned during the reign of Raja Rama Varma, the ruler of Kochi in the 18th century. In the heart of The Round is the multi roofed Vadakkunathan Temple. Thrissur is often dubbed as Kerala’s cultural capital as the town is home to two prestigious state-run cultural institutions. These are the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy and the Kerala Sahitya Academy.

How to Reach

Air: The nearest airport Cochin, 78 km away.

Road: KSRTC Thrissur station operates buses to all district quarters and major towns in the state. Buses are also to Chennai, Combathore, Bangalore, Palani and Thanchavoor

Rail: Thrissur Railway station is a major one on Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore and Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai routes

Places to Visit in Thrissur

Kerala Kala Mandalam: This renowned performing arts and teaching center, is 32 km northeast of Thrissur. Founded in 1930 by the famous Malayali poet, Vallathol Narayan Menon, at Cherythuruthy on the banKs of Barathapuzha, it offers intensive training in Kathakali, Mohiniattam and Koodiyattom dance forms. Instrumental and vocal music forms are taught here as well. It also has a large natyagriha for staging various performances.

Guruvayur: Kerala’s most popular temple is 29 km north of Thrissur. Legend has it that Guru and Vayu created the 16th century Shri Krishna Temple. The temple’s elephant sanctuary is with in the compound of an old palace nearby. It houses more than 40 elephants that belong to the deity – it is customary to present an elephant as an offering.

Vadakkunathan Temple: This great Shiva Temple was built in the 9th century, and has superb woodcarvings and rich decorative murals. The splendid pooram festival is held here each year with the main activities taking place outside the temple walls. North east of the temple is the state Museum, displaying a good collection of murals, wood carvings, sculptures and antique ornaments.

Fairs&Festivals in Thrissur

Pooram Festival: A pooram is a temple festival marked by the ceremonious congregation, at a particular temple, of deities from various other temples. Though a number of poorams are held throughout Kerala. Thrissur’s Pooram is the most spectacular. Held between April and May, it Celebrates the processional arrival of two goddesses before Shiva, after whom the town is named, Through a sea of devotees and the hypnotic beat of percussion instruments, two rows of elephants, with the central one carrying the deities, move majestically towards each other. A firework display ends the celebrations.