As the cultural capital of Kerala (India), Thrissur is one of the best destinations to have a perfect couple of days of stopover in your itinerary. The true spirit of communal harmony in the gods own country is best exemplified in “mmadaeThrissur. “
Developed as the capital to the powerful reign of the Kingdom of Cochin, Thrissur has prospered economically and culturally by this patronage. This cultural abundance is why my parents chose to be here post their retirement. In fact, it is a drama-free town with an immense amount of activity and participation for them and a perfect good feel to go back to be with your parents.
My visits to the town were predominantly just to be with them. This time, I wanted to see them through my parents’ eyes. Being a frequent traveller and efficient writer, my father has accumulated the cultural knowledge by reading and seeing the town. My mother, on the other hand, is a true “thrissurkari” by birth, knows the cultural and building history from her childhood days. Hence, my trip was the most effective. Here is a collection of their best picks from the town.
Religion and culture
Vadakumnathan temple and Thekkinkadu maidanam
The 65 acre around which the town of Thrissur was designed centrally hosts the most magnificent 1000 year old temple,Vadakum nathan kshethram. Covered in mural art the temple walls and structure are now a protected heritage site. With the largest Koothambalam inside and strict religious practices this sprawling temple grounds offers entry only to the patrons of Hindu religion. However the extensive land surrounding, the Thekkinkadu maidanam is the site of the world famous Thrissur pooram and is accessible to all. Grab a small pack of freshly roasted groundnuts and enjoy the perfect spot to enjoy the city in the evening from this spot.
Basilica of our lady of Dolores
The Puttenpalli as it is fondly called has one of the largest church interiors in the whole of south India. Built in 1845, the neogothic inspired steeples are nearly 140 meters tall.
Thiruvampadi Krishna temple And Paramelkavu Bagavathy temple
These two temples are the main participants of the world-famous Thrissur pooram festival. Regarded as two sisters, the annual visit to meet up is the celebration of the pooram, that happens during the last week of April or the first week of May.
Shakthan Thampuran museum
The abode of the King of Cochin and built in Dutch -Kerala architecture the Vadakkethara palace is one of the best-preserved buildings of Thrissur. The museum inside the palace has one of the best-preserved collection of old coins and utensils and statues.
This is on the top recommendations on my dad’s list of best visited. Here is my detailed experience with my dad.
Nature and elephants
Indeed a number of times I have been there. From my childhood with my grandparents and now with my kids and parents. It is certainly not the best, but good to observe a lot of animals. often see a lot of artists in training here as well.
That lands of jumbos with the traditional housing structure is a perfect Instagram-worthy image you don’t want to miss. Head over to Punnathur Kota to see how these gentle giants are cared for. The resonance of the trumpets of 50 to 60 elephants is one of my fond memories. This, however, is not a place where you will find jumbo shows. But against the backdrop of the 500-year-old Punnathoor Kota Mana, a traditional Nalukettu this is an unerasable memory made.
22 km from Thrissur is this irrational project which not only provides for water but also a great picnic spot. A significant fact is that the dam is one of the major drinking water supplies to the area
The 80 ft tall cascade originating at the western ghats is one of the mesmerising waterfalls and a site of many Bollywood song sequence shoots.
5 km away from Athriappally, a leading into the deep jungles of Sholayar, the Vazhachal falls stay amidst the green carpeting of rainforest. It is indeed a blissful treat and a great picnic spot.
A simple zone for the town of Thrissur and a scenic view from. the hillock is what Villangankunnu has to offer
Thrissur is not really a beach town. Yet, the raging waters of the Arabian sea crash into the beach zone at Chavakkad. It a simple evening sunset with family and friend that make this a wonderful evening to remember.
How to reach?
Thrissur is accessible by rail and road easily.
Flying in the nearest airport is Cochin and then you can travel by road to Thrissur. Airport taxis are reliable and polite. To explore
Thrissur at its best, use the best mode, autorickshaw. That three wheeler drive is one you don’t want to miss.
Climate and costume
Kerala has a typical coastal humid climate, with pouring monsoons and hot summers. The best months to visit this region is from Sept to February.
Prepare with light cotton and easy to wear garments.
Heading to the religious centres? The piligrim centres do have their own dress code. Men, please do not wear the printed colourful “lungis” to wander in, choose a neutral colour much more elegant- “Mundu”. Women have specific guidelines to the temples as well. Best carry a wrap-around skirt and a little cardigan to throw around the shoulder.
Travelling with kids or elderly
Check out this post if you are travelling with children or elderly.
There are plenty more to explore in this region, temples, churches, a wildlife sanctuary in the Western ghats, innumerable waterfall and more. Every evening you will find a perfect place to immerse in a cultural experience of dance, drama or music.
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