Nestled in the heart of Kerala, Thrissur is renowned for its religious and spiritual values. A number of devotees pay a visit to this majestic city. The name of the city was derived from ‘Tiru-Shiva-Peru’ which literally means ‘the big town of Lord Shiva’. The tranquil atmosphere of the city is something which offers great peace to mind. Surrounded by lush green fields, the city provides various attractions to its visitors. The scenic charm and picturesque views of this majestic city will surely grab your attention and also make your holidays more memorable. The city is also renowned for its cultural and traditional values.
The city was earlier known as Trichur. It is said that the city was founded by Lord Parasurama, the 6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The city was ruled by various dynasties and their existence still can be found here. Moving in and around the city, one will find the marks of Perumpadappu Swaroopam, Zamorins of Calicut, Portuguese invasion and British rule. The city is also considered as the hub of cultural, artistic and academic institutions. The city is also known as the cultural capital of Kerala.
Thrissur does not have its own airport but the nearest airport to this place is the Cochin Airport which is approximately 55 km away from the city. The airport connects the city with different parts of the country such as Delhi, Mumbai, Trivandrum, Chennai, Hyderabad, Calicut, Goa, and Mangalore as well. Besides this airport, people can also reach another airport which is at Kozhikode, around 80 km from Thrissur.
Trichur railway station is well connected with all the major cities of India as well as every part of the state of Kerala. A numbers of trains connects different cities to this place. Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi are some of the cities from where one can get a direct train to reach here.
The summer season in the cultural city begins in the month of March and ends in the month of May. During summer, city remains warm and the maximum temperature remains around 38° C. It is a perfect time for indoor activities. The city experiences the monsoon season from June and remains till September. Heavy rainfall occurs during this season especially in the months of July. Winter begins in Thrissur in December and remains till the mid of February. The minimum and maximum temperature of this magnificent city remains between 22°C to 30°C respectively. The climate remains quite enjoyable and apt for outdoor activities. The best time to visit Thrissur is the season of winter when tourists will find the climate pleasant and enjoyable.
Institute of Mural Painting: Established in the year 1989, the Guruvayoor Devaswom’s Institute of Mural Painting is situated in the East Wada of Guruvayoor Temple. The institute offers a five year National Diploma Course which comprises training in Fine Arts for the first two years and specialized coaching in traditional Kerala Mural Painting for the remaining three years. Visitors can admire the work of the students in the form of beautiful paintings that adorn the walls of the institute.
Tomb of Shakthan Thampuran: Tomb of Shakthan Thampuran is the only historical place which reflects the history of the city. Thrissur was ruled by Shaktan Thampuran who was the most dominant Kochi King. Moving in the tomb, one will find the architecture style of Dutch and Kerala.
Athirapally Falls: Nestled at a distance of hardly 78 km away from the Cochin town, Athirapally falls is a famous picnic spot in Thrissur. Find an incredible view of 80 feet waterfalls here. It is also a hub of flora and fauna alike. Chalakudy River is the source for this waterfall. The picturesque views and tranquil atmosphere of this magnificent place are something which attracts your attentions and make you fall in love with its beauty. The best thing about this waterfall is that it is quite serene. Swimming is famous treat for the visitors here.
Nava Mukunda Temple: This temple is located on the banks of river Bharathapuzha in Thirunavaya and is dedicated to Nava Mukunda, a form of Lord Vishnu.
Harikanyaka Temple: Built by Perumthachan, the temple is situated at Ariyanoor, in vicinity of Guruvayur and is preserved by Archaeological Survey of India. The main God of the temple is Harikanyaka which denotes "an outline of Lord Vishnu".
Chamundeswari Temple: Widely known as Thozhuvancode Shree Chamundi Devi Temple, Chamundeswari temple is situated in close proximity to Guruvayur temple and is devoted to Sri Chamundeswari, an admired form of Goddess Durga. The Goddess Chamundi Devi is ornamented with 5 metals named as gold, lead, iron, copper and silver inside the temple.