Guide to Thrissur in Kerala
The district’s East boundary touches Tamil Nadu, south Ernakulam district, west Arabian sea and north Malappuram and Palakkad districts It is located in the middle of Kerala State.
If you have come to Kerala in search of traditional arts, start your journey from Thrissur,known as the cultural capital of Kerala- a status it enjoyed since Maharaja Sakthan Tampuran rebuilt his capital after its destruction by the army of Tipu Sultan in the Mysore wars in eighteenth century. Thrissur town is the headquarters of Thrissur district. Thrissur is a bustling market hub on teh highway of NH 47 and forms a convenient base for exploring the cultural riches of central Kerala.
The famous Vadakkumnathan temple, where the highly acclaimed Pooram festival is celebrated, is situated in the heart of the town. Nearby there are two other famous temples – Paramakavu and Thiruvampady – who are the organizers of Thrissur Pooram. As strange enough, Vadakumnathan temple- the largest temple in the State has no role in the Pooram. Swaraj Round, in the centre of which Vadakumnathan temple is located, is famous on many counts. Sixteen roads sprout from the Round to different directions.
The Lourdes Cathedral in the town has an underground chamber. The beauty of the structure is amazing. A general museum, an archaeological museum and a zoo are there in the town. The famous Shaktahan Tampuran Palace is located in the heart of the town. The Palace is an archaeological asset.
Thrissur is famous for tyre moulds.Over 300 tyre-mould manufacturing units function in the town. The moulds manufactured here find their way to almost all countries in the world. Another noteworthy feature is that Thrissur town boasts of more than 250 gold and jewelery shops. Today, Thrissur derives most of its income from remittance cheques sent by expatriates in the Gulf, which is reflected by the predominenace of ostentatious modern houses in the surrounding villages.
Thrissur is a great place to shop for Kerala handifcrafts such as carved wooden elephants, miniature medallion-fringed colourful umbrellas akin to those used for pooram, snake boats and kathakali figurines. Not forgetting the exquisite range of zari bordered handloom 'mundu', the traditional attire of Kerala folk.
There are countless fast food joints where you can sample the local cuisine - omelettes, dosas, parottas and egg masala- all freshly prepared, lip smacking and unbelievably cheap.
Tourist Office: DTPC, Mon-Sat 10 am to 5pm --0487 232 0800 Ramanilayam, Thrissur
Accommodation: 1 The Sidhartha Regency, Thrissur 2 Kadappuram Beach Resort, Nattika (3 Star) 3 The River Retreat, Cheruthuruthy (3 Star) 4 Casino Hotel, Thrissur, Trichur Towers, Thrissur
Air: Nedumbassery Airport. Distance 45 km Rail : Thrissur., Access from all centres in India Road : KSRTC. Access from all centres in Kerala