Art, Culture, history, temple festivities, church feasts, fireworks, elephants, a visual treat, and cultural extravaganza..that’s what defines Thrissur- the cultural capital of Kerala.
The name Thrissur is formed from the Thiru-Shiva-Per-Ur which translates to “The city with the name of the Lord Siva, a land which is blessed deeply with culture and history in every aspect. The cultural heritage that one could experience in Thrissur is seen nowhere in the Country. This culturally rich land is situated in south India, in the heart and central part of Kerala. Thrissur acquired its crown under the region of Raja Rama Varma in 1790. The absolute credit of the modern city of Thrissur goes to Raja Rama Varma. The former capital of Kochin kingdom was Thrissur. The city is precisely well planned and built, in Thrissur town wherever you go you can always see the depth of the culture. Situated in the heart of the city, is the Vadakkumnathan Temple which is devoted to Lord Shiva. This temple has amazing murals and also has The Ornate, The famous Indo Gothic Our Lady of Dolors Basilica is nearby this place and has a Bible museum on the premises. Towards the Northside, Thiruvambady Temple homes a number of elephants. Shakthan Thampuran Palace has an archeology museum that boasts of bronze statues and ancient coins
Thrissur is also known as the land of pooram. The name is earned because of the love of people towards the pooram and elephants. Thrissur pooram is the most famous of them, Thrissur pooram is held in the vadakkunnathan temple every year on the pooram day. Thrissur pooram attracts a lot of people across the globe, just like the local people you can see how excited those tourists get when the time arrives. The Thrissur pooram holds a deep and heroic history. Another famous festival that Thrissur has is Pulikali festival, You won’t find anything like this festival ever on this globe. The festival is a 200-year-old folk dance form, Just like the Thrissur pooram it is celebrated annually on the 4th day of the onam. The pulikali festival is held in the town as the Swaraj round being the host.
Artists paint their whole body like tigers with paint stripes of yellow, red and black color and dance to the rhythm beats of ‘chenda’ (a traditional instrument). Thrissur is not only rich in terms of culture but also it is naturally gifted land. The most famous Athirapally waterfalls is situated in Thrissur. It is one of the most loved tourist sites in south India. It is also considered as the top film shooting site too. The magnificent waterfalls are a sight that really worth watching. Vazhachal falls, Chepara falls, and many more..Thrissur is gifted with mother nature.
This bustling place is ever alive with cultural events and one would never want to miss this in their entire lifetime. Rich in culture, history, and nature, Thrissur will surely take your breath away.