Thirusiva Perur is what it was called earlier. There are many temple towns in this district, with Guruvayur Temple being the most famous. There is also an ancient mosque much similar to Hindu temples in appearance. It is India’s first mosque and is called Cheraman Masjid. The Vadakkunathan Temple is where the annual Thrissurpooram is held in April-May. It is said to have been founded by Parasurama. This temple has the sacred shrines of Paramasiva, Parvathi, Sankaranarayana, Ganapati, Sri Rama and Sri Krishna.
Sri Koodal Manikyam Temple is dedicated to Lord Bharata (ord Rama’s brother in the Ramayana). It is 10km from Irinjalakuda. The 11-day grand annual festival is celebrated in April-May. Guruvayoor is called the Dwaraka of the south. The Guruvayur temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is believed to have been created by Guru, the preceptor of the Vedas and ‘Vayu’ the Lord of the winds.
Arattupuzha temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. The annual festival is celebrated with pomp, during which the processions of the deities of 41 temples in the neighborhood take place. Sri Rudra Mahakali Temple stands on the beautiful hills at Parthipura at Vadakancherry.
Archeological Museum is situated on the Town Hall Road. The museum remains closed on Mondays and all national holidays. St Thomas Church at Kodugalloor is believed to be where St Thomas landed. It has holy relics from the olden days. Historical data cites the name of the place in 52 A.D. as Muziris.
The Thrissur zoo is about two km from town and has some fascinating species of wildlife.There is an art museum on the premises, with an excellent collection of metal sculptures and wood carvings. Both the zoo and art museum are closed on Mondays. - Thrissur Zoo Photos
Athirapally is about 60km from Thrissur, and is a beautiful picnic spot. It is also easily accessible from Cochin. The water falls from a height of 80ft and is a glorious sight to watch. Vazhachal waterfall is only five km from Athirapally, and is equally stunning.
Cheruthuruthy, about 30km north of Thrissur, is where the Kerala Kalamandalam, a world-famous Kathakali centre, is located. It was founded by famous poet Vallathol Narayana Menon.
Peechi Dam lies 20km from Thrissur. There are boating facilities that attracts a number of tourists. The wildlife sanctuaries of Peechi-Vazhani and Chimmini are nearby.
- “The city has an old world charm of kings and all things royal.”Gerard Yun
- “We loved the historical city, replete with museums, temples and palaces.”Saashi and Terry Maine
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