Trichur (also known as Thrisshivaperur and formerly, Trichur) is a city in the south Indian state of Kerala . It is the fourth largest city in Kerala after Trivandrum, Kochi and Kozhikode , and the 21st largest in India.
Thrissur city is known to be the cultural capital of the state of Kerala, and has various interesting and amazing places and sights to see including religious centres (temples, churches, etc), wildlife sanctuaries, museums and ecological attractions like waterfalls and beaches. Some of the top places to see in Thrissur include the following –
- Punnathur Kotta – An elephant sanctuary
- Vilangan Kunnu – A hillock and a viewpoint with beautiful views of the city
- Athirapally Falls – The largest waterfalls in the state of Kerala; a popular tourist attraction, situated about 60 km away from Thrissur
- Vazhachal Falls – Another popular waterfall, located around 5km away from Athirapally falls
- Charpa Falls – Located somewhere between Vazhachal falls and Athirapally falls
- Chavakkad Beach
- Chettuva Backwaters
- Thrissur Zoo and State Museum
- Vadakkunathan Temple
- Shakthan Thampuram Palace – An 18th century palace, with Dutch influences in architecture
- Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours
- Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple
- Mammiyoor Sree Mahadeva Temple
- Chowalloor Shiva Temple
- Kottappuram Muziris Fort – An ancient fort built by the Portuguese, whose remains only exist in Thrissur today
- Kodungalloor Sree Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple
- Archaeological Museum Thrissur – A government owned and maintained museum, showcasing the history of Thrissur and Kerala.
- Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum – A unique museum, showcasing the history of Ayurveda – a medical practice using naturopathy and natural sources in India, and its origins and journey in the state of Kerala.
- Vintage Vauxhall Velox Car Club – An exhibit of numerous vintage cars.
The major festivals celebrated in Thrissur are –
- Onam – This is one of the most important festivals in Kerala state, and is also celebrated in Kochi majestically. Street parades happen with dancers dressed like animals, and people decorate homes and streets with flowers in the form of Rangolis (also called Pookalam).
- Aluva Shivarathri – A festival dedicated to Lord Shiva. People usually fast during daytimes and pray to Lord Shiva during this festival. In Kerala, it is celebrated during the months of February/March.
- Ramadan – A Muslim festival, this marks the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslim people as a month of intermittent fasting and prayer.
- Guruvayoor Ekadasi – A local temple festival of Kerala, celebrated in November.
- Peruvvanam Pooram – Another popular temple festival in Kerala.
- Aanayoottu – A festival involving number of elephants position in temple complex amid a multitude of people who worshipped and feed them.
If you’d like to buy some souvenirs or do shopping in Thrissur, here are some of the best shopping spots to check out in the city –
- The HiLite Mall
- The Mall of Joy
- The Sobha City Mall
- Selex Mall
- City Centre
- Falcon City Mall
- Bombay Shopping Mall
Following is a list of some of best restaurants in Thrissur to try the local delicacies as well as other interesting foods and sumptuous meals –
- Noorjehan’s Hotpan Restaurant
- Sree Radhakrishna Prasada
- Hotel Bharat
- Kalyan Veg Platter
- Copper Spoon
- Madurai Vegetarian
- Ming Palace Chinese Restaurant
- Akshaya Hotel
Some of the best hotels in Thrissur for a comfortable stay include the following –
- Hyatt Regency Thrissur
- Ayur Bethaniya
- Gurukripa Heritage
- Lemon Residency
- Wariyam Heritage
- Hotel Merlin International
- Niya Regency
- The Garuda Hotels & Resorts
- Lulu International Convention Center
Thrissur also has a few good bars and pubs having good food, drinks and ambience, for people to hang out or entertain themselves during late hours. These include –
- Aramana Bar
- Calcutta Bar & Restaurant
- Alukkas Bar
- Kavitha Bar
- Apsara Bar
- J.P Bar
Thrissur STD Code – 0487 (to be used before dialling numbers from a number that is not locally registered).
Common emergency numbers:
- Women Helpline – 1091
- Crime Stopper – 1090
- Child Helpline – 1098
- State Disaster Management – 1070
Malayalam is official language of Thrissur.
- Welcome - Swagatam
- Hello - Namaskaram
- How are you? - Engnganuntu karyangngal?
- What's your name? - Ninte perentha?
- My name is - Ente per ... n
- Where are you from? - Angu evidennanu?