the name derived from 'Tiru-Shiva-Perur' (the town with the name of Lord
Shiva) is often referred to as the cultural capital of Kerala. The town is
built around a hillock. Its most prominent feature is the Vadakkunathan
temple which has Shiva as its presiding deity. Sankaracharya is supposed to
have spent his last days in this temple.
South East corner of the district is bounded by Tamil Nadu. The Periyar,
The Chalakudy, The Karuvannur and Ponnani (Bharatha Puzha) are the main
river systems in the district. Trichur's rise as a town of importance is
attributed to Raja Rama Varma, popularly known as 'Sakthan Thampuran', who
ascended the throne of the State of Cochin in 1790.
This former capital of Cochin State was captured by Zamorin of Calicut in
the 14 and 15 centuries. Later, in the latter half of the 18th century, Tipu
Sultan held sway over Trichur
until the European domination began
under the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English. The wave of nationalism and
political consciousness which swept through the country since the early
decades of this century had its repercussions in the district as well.
Nearest international airport is at Nedumbassery, 58
Rail : Thrissur
is an important railhead of the
The place is well connected with almost all the
major towns and cities of India.
Places of interest - Trichur
This is a prominent Shiva temple, in downtown Thrissur. This is
one of Kerala's most acient shrines, which also houses a museum of ancient
wall paintings, wood carvings and art pieces of immense historical value.
The Trichur 'Pooram' festival
, falling in April/ May, attracts
devotees and tourists from all over the world. It is a spectacular event,
with majestic elephant pageantry and the frenzied playing of drums and
cymbals and to top it all it has fireworks extravaganza.
Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Swamy Temple : Trichur
a good base for a pilgrim trip to Guruvayoor, 32 km away. It is among
India's most important pilgrimage centres and is also known as the Dwaraka
of the South.
Tradition has it that the temple was created by Guru-the
preceptor of the Devas, and Vayu-the Lord of the Winds.
The temple dates back to the 16th century is dedicated to Krishna known
here as Guruvayurappan or the Lord of Guruvayoor, and the idol is said to
have been worshipped by Lord Brahma himself at Dwaraka. It is at this temple
that Melpatur Narayan Bhattathiri composed his well-known Sanskrit
devotional poem 'Narayaneeyam'. The temple is renowned for its healing
powers. Several offerings are made to the deity here from the simple
'Archana' offering of flowers to the expensive and elaborate 'Udayastamana'
pooja or 'Thulabharam' where a devotee is weighed against offering of
bananas, sugar, jaggery or coconuts. Guruvayoor is the site for several
weddings and 'Annaprasanam', the first feeding ceremony of child.
Peechi Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary :
Sanctuary has dense, moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests is located
in the catchment area of the Peechi and Vazhani dams. With more than 50
species of orchids and medicinal plants, the sanctuary is a veritable
treasure trove of rare flora and fauna. The place is congenial for boating
and trekking. The natural habitat at Peechi-Vazhani Sanctuary is frequented
by Tigers, Leopards and Wild Dogs, besides the Sambar and the Spotted and
This village is known for the annual Pooram
festival at the temple in April/May. The Trichur Pooram Festival
features a ceremonial pageant of over 60 tuskers carrying the images of the
deities of 23 neighbouring temples.
Art Museum :
Located in the zoo compound, the art museum
displays collections of woodcarvings, metal sculptures and ancient
jewellery. Open 10.00 am - 05.00 pm on all days except Mondays.
The Children's Park on this beautiful
hillside picnic spot offers amusement rides. It is situated at a distance of
7 km from Thrissur. It remains open from 07:00 am uptil 07:00 pm.
This home of 50 temple elephants offers
unusual spectacles of the gentle pachyderm. Brought as ritual offerings to
the temple, these elephants are groomed at this fort. Visitors are allowed
into this elephant hostel.
Koodal Manikyam temple :
The ancient temple dedicated to Lord Bharatha,
the brother of Sri Rama, is situated 21 km from Trichur
. It is
perhaps the only temple in India with Bharatha as the deity. The colourful
eleven day annual festival with a pageant of thirteen caparisoned elephants
is held in April/May. The festival in this temple marks the end of the Hindu
temple festival season in Kerala.
Cheruthuruthy is the seat of the Kerala
Kalamandalam, renowned the world over for its Kathakali training centre. The
music and dance academy was founded by the famous poet, Vallathol Narayana
Menon. Training in Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Thullal and other art forms of
Kerala is imparted here. Cheruthuruthy is 32 km north of Thrissur.
Christian Divine Retreat Centres :
They are located at
Muringoor and Potta near Chalakudi, on the Kochi - Thrissur route.