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Places of Interest at Thrissur


Monuments Religious places Wild life Picnic Spots
Kerala Kalamandalam, Cheruthuruthy
Shakthan Thampuran Palace, Thrissur

Arattupuzha
Vadakkumnathan Temple
Guruvayoor
Punnathoorkotta
Irinjalakuda Koodal Manikyam temple
Ariyannoor temple, Kandanisserry
Kodungalloor
Peechi -Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary

Chimmini
Athirappalli and Vazhachal
Silver Storm Amusement Parks
Dream World, Athirappilly

 

How to reach

By Air

The nearest airport is 78 km away at Kochi.

By Train and Road

Trichur is an important railway station and is linked to all major towns.

Places of Interest



The dense tropical forests of Chimmini shelter diverse flora and fauna. The dam across the Chimmini river offers a breathtaking view. This picturesque picnic spot is a favourite haunt of the people of Kerala. The Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary which was established in 1984, lies contiguous with the Peechi - Vazhani sanctuary. The sanctuary is endowed with scenic beauty beyond compare. Living here in joyful abandon are Elephants, Sambars, Gaurs, Malabar Squirrels, Sloth Bears etc. Nearest railway station is at Thrissur about 30 km away and Cochin International Airport is about 58 km away from Thrissur town. Best time to visit the sanctuary is between November to April.

Athirappalli and Vazhachal

Athirappalli and Vazhachal, the two scenic and popular waterfalls on the edge of the Sholayar forest ranges are just 5 km apart. The Athirappalli Falls joins the Chalakkudy river after plummeting down a drop of 80 feet. Vazhachal is part of the Chalakkudy river. Both the waterfalls, their cool, misty waters cascading down in the backdrop of thick green forest and rocky terrain, are a scintillating experience to visitors. A good motorable road takes one to Vazhachal and Athirappalli from either Kochi or Thrissur town Which are 58 Km and 63 Km away resp. Nearest railway station is at Thrissur and Nearest airport is at Kochi.

Silver Storm Amusement Parks

This fun-filled; excitement bubbling Water Theme Park is located at Vettilapara near the famous Athirapally waterfalls in Thrissur District. Some of the attractions here have been introduced for the first time in the history of South India, like Go-Karting, enabling one to enjoy the thrills of adventurous driving through wild tracks, akin to the popular Himalayan Rallies. Flying Dutchman is a group of planes that takes one through an amazing 20ft. in what may be described as the most rhythmic and memorable ride ever! Bumping Boats provide a fabulous time for the young at heart. The Striking Cars at Silver Storm is innovative in its scientifically crafted spherical design. Silver Storm is the only park in Kerala with this unique designing. Moreover these striking cars have joystick controls instead of the steering wheel, which provides faster and effective movement. Other attractions include; Surf Hill, Kids Super slide, Kiddies Body, Kiddies Turbo, Kiddies Free Fall, Lazy Mountain River, Kiddies Dry Games, Master Blaster, Hara Kiri, Wild Raft Ride, Wild Body Ride, Super Slide, Turbo Twister, Wave Pool, Super Splash, Mamma Aqua Dance, Baby Train, Columbus, Flying Dutch Man, Bumbing Boats, Go-Karting, Jurassic Splash, Sky Jet, Striking Car, Swing Chair and Tea Cup are some of the lucrative Fantasies we have in store for you. The amusement park also provides an exquisite restaurant with both Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian menu, Food Courts, Ice Cream Parlours and Gift Shops. Nearest railway station is at Thrissur about 63 km away and Cochin International Airport is about 58 km away from Thrissur town.

Contact

Silver Storm Amusement Parks (P) Ltd.
Athirapally, Vettilapara P.O, Chalakudy, Thrissur District
Kerala, India 680 721
Tele/Fax 080-2769116,2769150,2769496,2769700
E-mail: silver@zyberway.com

Dream World, Athirappilly

Dream World, the state-of-the-art water theme park is situated close to the Athirappilly waterfalls and other nearby attractions of Vazhachal, Thumboormuzhy and Sholayar. The park is designed in such a way that tourists belonging to any age group can effortlessly reach all the amusement rides without much walking or climbing. Dream World is known for its exhilarating water amusement rides. It has a total of 42 rides, out of which 24 are water rides, each having its unique element of fun and adventure. The floats/rafts/boats/tubes etc used in each ride is of different types for example: single, double, triple, five-seated and the like. Some of the major attractions at Dream World include, an eight feet deep Wave Pool; raft ride called Stormy River, starts from a height of 30 ft, follows a smooth and beautiful zigzag route, and splashes into a wide pool linked with Lazy River, which is a single ring tube. Rain Dance is yet another fun filled event, where people dance with ecstasy in the rain showered from nozzles fitted on wooden platforms, and snow showers from the sidewalls along with the rhythm of music and rotating colourful lights. Rain Dance with snow effect was introduced for the first time in Kerala by Dream World.

Mermaid Pool is exclusively meant for ladies and children. They can enjoy themselves freely in the pool until the end of the day. The pool is divided into three segments for small kids up to three years with 1.5 ft depth, children up to 12 years with 3ft depth and ladies with 4ft depth. Other rides are the Dream Shower, Zoom Ride, Space Bowl, Crazy Cruise, Mat Racer, Amazon River, Dream Splash, etc. The Dry Amusement rides in the park include Striking Car, Go Kart, Sky Train, Flying Colombus, Baby Car, Caterpillar, Dragon Train, and Revolving Barrel.

Additional Facilities

Some of the additional facilities available in the park are a multi-game complex for children, video games, prayer hall for visitors, toilets and bath rooms in various locations of the park, spacious changing room block with lockers, cloak room, toilets and sale counter for garments. A telephone booth is open for 24 hrs with ISD, STD and local call facilities. The park also provides excellent restaurant service, clinic with qualified personnel, conference and meeting halls with modern sound system and buffet facilities, ice cream parlours, fast food centres etc. Vast area has been allotted for parking about 500 cars and 100 buses in front of Dream World.

Address

Dream World Water Park
Via Chalakudy
Kanjirapilly P.O.
Thrissur. Ph.0484-2746935, 2746955
www.dreamworldwaterpark.com

Wild Life

Peechi -Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary

Established in 1958, this 125 sq km sanctuary is about 20 km east of Thrissur, in the catchment area of the Peechi and Vazhani dams. The sanctuary is part of the Palapilli - Nelliampathy forests and forms the northern boundary of the Chimmini Sanctuary. Having an abundance of enchanting flora and fauna and a lake where one can do boating, this place is a treat for the nature lover. There are more than 50 different kinds of orchids, innumerable rare medicinal plants, teak, rosewood, and so on. The wildlife population includes over 25 types of mammals including carnivores like the leopard, the tiger and the fox and herbivores like the elk, deer, barking deer, spotted deer, the bison and the elephant. More than 60 types of birds and 10 types of snakes are also found. The highest peak in the sanctuary which stands 45 to 900 m above sea level is the 923 m high Ponmudi. The average annual rainfall is about 3000 mm.

For visiting tourists, accommodation is available at the rest house and the information centre at Peechi. There are direct buses from Thrissur to Peechi. Nearest railway station is at Thrissur and Kochi International Airport is about 98 km away from Thrissur town.

Contact

The Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife)
Thiruvananthapuram 696 014
Telefax: 0471 2322217

The Wildlife Warden

Peechi Wildlife Sancutary, Peechi PO
Thrissur District
Phone: 0487 2282017

Museums

Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum was until recently accommodated in the Thrissur Town Hall building. Now it has been shifted to the Kollengode Palace, an architectural delight. The majestic building houses a gallery of murals from all over Kerala and preserves a rare treasure of Veerakallu, temple models, olagrandhangal (manuscripts on dry palm leaves), megaliths etc. Veerakallu or herostones are stone engravings and sculptures of figures and weapons belonging to the heroes of days gone by. Most of these were recovered from the forests of Wayanad and Thrissur. The megalith collection includes earthen pots, urns etc. The temple models cast in plaster of Paris are excellent representations of the ancient temples in the State. It is open from 10 am to 5 pm on all days except Mondays and national holidays. Nearest railway station is at Thrissur and Kochi International Airport is about 98 km

Monuments

Kerala Kalamandalam, Cheruthuruthy

Kerala Kalamandalam is located at Cheruthuruthy, 32 km north of Thrissur. One of the most revered places for the traditional art forms of Kerala, the Kalamandalam is the cradle of Kathakali training in India. This temple of arts has preserved and propagated Kathakali - the classical dance-drama of Kerala - for the past 78 years. Many of the internationally renowned artistes of Kerala and India have been trained here. The Kalamandalam and its surroundings reflect the simple, pure and ethnic atmosphere in which these arts have survived for centuries.

The Koothambalam - the traditional dance theatre - at Kalamandalam is the only one in the State which is built outside a temple complex. Constructed according to vikrushtra madhya, one of the three natya grihas (theatres) specified in sage Bharatha's Natyasasthra - a treatise on art compiled in the 2nd century B.C, the theatre is 14.62 m long and 7.31m wide and has four wooden pillars supporting it. It has three main parts - the aniyara (green room), the rangam (stage) - the space on front and side of it meant for the audience, and the mridanga-patha (where the drum is kept). The Kerala Kalamandalam was established by allathol Narayana Menon, the renowned Malayalam poet. Over the years this unique institution has imparted training for Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Kootiyattam, Panchavadyam, Thullal etc - following the ancient gurukula system of education. Nearest railway station is at Shornur about 10 Km away and Kochi International Airport is about 90 km away from Thrissur town.

Contact

Kerala Kalamandalam,
Vallathol Nagar, Cheruthuruthy, Thrissur,
Kerala - 679531, India. Ph. 91- 0488- 2462418.

Shakthan Thampuran Palace, Thrissur

The Palace of Shakthan Thampuran located in the district of Thrissur is a landmark in the annals of the Perumpadappu Swaroopam, the former ruling dynasty of Kochi. The palace located in the heart of Thrissur town is a major attraction, especially for those with a special interest on rulers and dynasties. At the Shakthan Thampuran Palace, one can come across and understand several interesting and remarkable aspects of the erstwhile rulers of Kochi. The palace also has a very ancient Sarpakaavu or Serpent Grove, which is a place for worshipping the serpents according to Hindu belief, and was once widely practiced in Kerala. Located on the southern side of the Shakthan Palace is the Heritage Garden prepared recently to exhibit and preserve some of the indigenous plants and trees of Kerala. There is also an archaeological garden situated in the north-eastern part of the palace, where one could find collections from the stone age found from the outskirts of Thrissur. The Shakthan Palace, which was recently renovated by the State Archaeology Department with financial assistance from Kerala Tourism, also houses an elaborate museum. The museum houses some interesting galleries like the Bronze gallery, where one can find bronze statues belonging to the period between the 12th and the 18th centuries; a Sculpture gallery displaying granite statues from the 9th century to the 17th century; and the Epigraphy gallery showcasing the genesis and evolution of ancient writings. Other galleries of interest include, a gallery for Household Utensils made of bronze and copper, used by the rulers of Kochi; the Numismatics gallery, which systematically displays ancient coins, which were in circulation in the erstwhile province of Kochi and neighbouring regions; and the History gallery depicting some of the milestones of the Kochi dynasty; and a Megalithic gallery exhibiting remains of the great stone age. Nearest railway station is at Thrissur about 2 kms away and Kochi International Airport is about 58 km away from Thrissur town.

Religious Places

Arattupuzha

This village is known for the annual Pooram festival at the temple in April/May. The uniqueness of this festival is the ceremonial processions carrying the images of the deities of 41 neighbouring temples to this village.

Vadakkumnathan Temple

One of the oldest temples in the State, the Vadakkumnathan Temple is a classic example of the Kerala style of architecture and has many decorative murals and pieces of art. This is the venue of the world famous Pooram festival celebrated annually in April-May. The fireworks at the Pooram are a spectacular sight. Non Hindus are not allowed entry into the temple. (Open: 04:00 - 10:30 am & 05:00 - 08:30 pm)

Guruvayoor

Guruvayoor is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of Kerala. Its main attraction is the Sree Krishna temple. This historic temple is shrouded in mystery. According to belief, the temple is the creation of Guru, the preceptor of the Gods, and Vayu, the God of winds. The eastern nada is the main entrance to the shrine. In the Chuttambalam (outer enclosure) is the tall 33.5 m high gold plated Dwajasthambam (flag-post). There is also a 7 m high Dipastambham (pillar of lamps), whose thirteen circular receptacles provide a truly gorgeous spectacle when lit. The square Sreekovil is the sacred sanctum sanctorum of the temple, housing the main deity. Within the temple there are also the images of Ganapathy, Lord Ayyappa and Edathedattu Kavil Bhagavathy. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. It is situated 29 km west of Thrissur. Nearest railway station is at Guruvayoor and nearest Airport is at Nedumbassery about 87 km away.

Punnathoorkotta

Located around 2 km from the Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple. Over forty elephants are groomed at the Punnathur kotta ( kotta means 'fort'). Many elephants are brought as ritual offering to the temple. One can spend a whole day with these huge mammals here. Watching the naughty baby elephants' playful antics is an entertaining experience. The place provides you an opportunity to watch how the sick elephants are medically treated in the traditional manner. One can also watch the training given to the elephants for various ritualistic performances. Grooming elephants was considered a status symbol. With the decay of the joint family system, supporting elephants became a financial burden for many families. Gradually various temple managements took the charge of looking after these animals. Anyhow, even today elephants play a key role in Kerala's fairs and festivals. It is open from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. Guruvayoor is about 32 km from Thrissur town. Guruvayoor station is at a walkable distance from the shrine and Kochi International Airport is about 58 km from Thrissur town.

Irinjalakuda Koodal Manikyam temple

Situated 10 km away from Irinjalakuda railway station, this ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Bharatha, the brother of Sri Rama. It is perhaps the only temple in India with Bharatha as the deity. The colourful eleven day annual festival with a pageant of thirteen caparisoned elephants is held in April/May. The festival in this temple marks the end of the Hindu temple festival season in Kerala. It is Open from 3.30 am to 11:30 am & 5 pm to 8.30 pm. It is situated 21 km from Thrissur.

Ariyannoor temple, Kandanisserry

This temple has a carved entrance gable which has been compared to the wooden sculptures of American artist Louise Nevelson. The Siva temple at Thiruvanchikulam as well as the Sri Krishna temple at Thirukulashekharapuram are believed to be monuments from the 9th century.

Kodungalloor

The small country town of Kodungalloor is situated 35 kilometres south of Thrissur. Kodungallur situated on the west coast, was once a great port of the Chera rulers of Tamilnadu. It was known by the Greek as the Muziris and is a place immersed in rich history. Kodungalloor is surrounded by backwaters and the sea is also famous as Cranganore and has an illustrious past, to tell. It is said to be the place where St. Thomas first preached Christianity in India. Nearest railway station is at Irinjalakuda, about 20 km and nearest Airport is Nedumbaserry International Airport at Kochi, about 60 km.

Cheraman Juma Masjid

This mosque in Kodungalloor resembles a Hindu temple in appearance. It was earlier made of wood. Built in 629 A.D., this is the first mosque in India where Juma prayers were started. Recent changes have been made and it now has concrete minarets. The interiors remain wooden though with a Kerala oil lamp right in the centre. This lamp is of great significance to people of all religions. Some of them bring oil for the lamp on the auspicious occasion of major family events.

Kodungalloor Bhagawati Temple

The Bhagawati temple at Kodungallur is of great renown throughout the state of Kerala. The Bharani festival at the Kodungallur Bhagawati temple is one of the grandest in Kerala. It is a month of festivities from the Bharani asterism in the month of Aquarius to 7 days after the Bharani asterism in the month of Pisces. During this occasion, one can also witness the largest congregation of oracles, not seen anywhere in Kerala. The Bharani festival also witnesses the offering of worship to the deity in the innermost sanctum by those belonging to castes other than the priestly class. One day before the final Bharani, the Chandanapodi Chartal or the smearing of the image with sandal paste is carried out.

St. Thomas Memorial

Nineteen hundred years ago the first missionary of Christianity to India, St.Thomas, the Apostle set his foot at Kodungallur. The Mar Thoma Pontifical Shrine a monument to him is situated here. It is a historic pilgrim centre of the Indian Christians. The main feast of the church is celebrated on November 21 every year.