Thrissur, Tourist Attractions in Thrissur

Tourist Attractions in Thrissur

Tourist Attractions in Thrissur

Vadakkumnathan Temple, Arattupuzha, Guruvayoor, Irinjalakuda Koodal Manikyam Temple, Cheruthurthy, Athirapally and Vazhachal are the various tourist attractions in Thrissur.

Vadakkumnathan Temple

The Vadakkumnathan Temple is one of the oldest temples in Thrissur. The Vadakkumnathan Temple is a classic example of the Kerala style of architecture and has many decorative murals and pieces of art. The world famous Pooram festival is alsocelebrated  here annually in April-May. The fireworks at the Pooram festival are a spectacular sight. The non-Hindus can't visit the temple.

Vadakkumnathan Temple, Thrissur


Guruvayoor Temple, Thrissur

Guruvayoor is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of Kerala. The main attraction in Guruvayoor is the Sree Krishna Temple. This historic temple is shrouded in mystery. According to local people, the temple is the creation of Guru, the perceptor of the Gods and Vayu, the God of winds. The eastern nada is the main entrance to the shrine. In the Chuttambalam (outer enclosure) is the tall 33.5 m high gold plated Dhwajastambham (flag-post). There is also a 7 m high Dipastambham (pillar of lamps), whose thirteen circular receptacles provide a truly gorgeous spectacle when lit. The square Sreekovil is the sacred sanctum sanctorum of the temple that houses the main deity. Within the main temple there are also the images of Lord Ganesh, Lord Ayyappa and Edathedattu Kavil Bhagavathy. Only Hindus can visit the temple.

The village of Arattupuzha is known for the annual Pooram festival which is being celebrated at the temple in the month of April-May. The uniqueness of this festival is the ceremonial processions that carries the images of the deities of 41 neighbouring temples to this village.

Athirappaly is located at the entrance to the Sholayar ranges. Athirapally is a 80 feet high waterfall and a popular picnic spot in Thrissur. This is very famous waterfall in Kerala which attract plenty of tourists.

Arattupuzha, Thrissur

Irinjalakuda Koodal Manikyam Temple
Irinjalakuda Koodal Manikyam Temple is situated 10 km away from Irinjalakuda railway station. This ancient temple is dedicated to the Lord Bharata, the brother of Sri Rama. Its is perhaps the only temple in India where Lord Bharata is the main deity. The colourful eleven day annual festival with a pageant of thirteen caparisoned elephants is held in April in this temple. This festival marks the end of the Hindu temple festival season in Kerala.

Cheruthurthy is the seat of the Kerala Kalamandalam, which is known all over the world for its Kathakali training centre. The music and dance academy was founded by the famous poet, Vallathol Narayana Menon. Training in Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Thullal and other art forms of Kerala are also provided here and cultural programmes are also organized on special request.

Vazhachal is also the most famous waterfall in Kerala which attract various tourists from the state and as well as outside. This waterfall is located just a short drive from Athirapally. This picturesque waterfall is close to dense green forests and a part of the Chalakudy river.

Martha Mariam Big Church
The grand church built in 1815, is noted for its exquisite carvings. It is a must visit site in the town. Lourdes Cathedral and Church of Our Lady of Dolores are other important churches of the town.

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