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.
A land of culture and festivals, Thrissur is known for its many festivals and the grandeur of them all, but that is not what makes it a must-visit place in Kerala. There are a number of other places which are equally magical, and worth experiencing and given below is the list of a few beautiful places amongst many.
The major festivals celebrated in Thrissur are –
The most awaited and the most ardently celebrated festival of Thrissur, also known as the festival of festivals, the grand event of Thrissur Pooram celebrated by thousands of people at once, has a historic tradition of more than 200 years which was started by SakthanThampuran, the erstwhile ruler of Kochi. Celebrated on the Moolam asterism in the Malayalam month of Medom (April-May), the event of the festival takes place at the Vadakkumnathan temple located at the heart of the town in the adjoining Thekkinkadu ground. Considered as the mother of all Poorams, the festival is a grand assemblage of Gods and Goddess in and around the town and is unique in its pageantry, magnitude, and participation. The ten participants of Thrissur Pooram are Thiruvambady Bhagavathi and Paramekkavu Bhagavathi, Nethilekkavu Bhagavathi, Karamukku Bhagavathi, Ayyanthole Bhagavathi, Laloor Bhagavathi, Choorakkattukavu Bhagavathi, Chembukkkavu Bhagavathi, PanamukkumpallySastha, and KanimangalamSastha, who make their visit to the Vadakumnathan Temple premises on caparisoned elephants escorted by a grand collaborative of Chendamelam (instrument) and PanchaVadyam. The rituals for each of the deities follow a strict schedule accompanied by the tempo of the Pooram celebrations for 36 hours non-stop without any loss of energy.
The whole town is decorated with vibrant colors and is always in a jubilant mood for the opening of the Thrissur Pooram Exhibition which displays, educates, and advertises products of distinct varieties. The sample fireworks are also displayed in this day in the Vadakunnathan maidan which is a spectacular sight to behold and is a curtain raiser to the real display of pyrotechnics of the Pooram. The fireworks in Thrissur Pooram are on another level in terms of magnitude, effervescence, and performance. The fireworks displayed is different in performance and excellence as in some are more colorful while the others are louder. The night sky studded with stars is lit up by shades of red, green, blue, yellow, orange, and so on, is what makes the Thrissur Pooram festival a unique and a must-experience event.
The participants of Pooram are divided into two groups namely ‘’Paramekkavu side’’ and ‘’Thiruvambady side’’, each consisting of five bhagavathy to their side. The Pooram festival season begins from November and extends up to May and although there are several pooram festivals celebrated in the state of Kerala, the Thrissur Pooram is the most significant one celebrated on the Pooram day ofMedom month of Malayalam era (mid-April to mid-May). The vibrancy, ecstasy, enthusiasm, and the fervent joy with which this festival is being celebrated by the people of Kerala is what makes it an exceptional experience.
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 –
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 –
Some of the best hotels in Thrissur for a comfortable stay include the following –
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 –
Thrissur STD Code – 0487 (to be used before dialling numbers from a number that is not locally registered).
Common emergency numbers:
Malayalam is official language of Thrissur.
The land of colorful festivals and cuisines, Thrissur is a cultural capital of the state of Kerala boasting several religious and spiritual centres, spectacular surroundings, and an amalgamation of distinct cultures with a mystic and blissful aura, that engulfs you into its pure vibes for an enchanting experience.