Kerala Unexplored – The cultural capital of Kerala Thrissur

While Kerala is known for the backwaters in Alleppey /Kumarakom the beautiful and lush green mountainous Munnar or the well known Kovalam beach or even the quaint essential sunset in Kanyakumari or the Poovar lake, for a Keralite every part of Kerala is as beautiful or better than any of these places. Tourism is one of the main earnings for the government and they have succeeded well in the South Kerala, but what about the untouched and beautiful Kerala? The places where tourists are yet to folk in large numbers? Next time when you are planning a vacation, you should try and plan there. Hence we thought about letting you know about the unexplored Kerala, the places you missed while you visited God’s Own Country and the much deserving places you should visit if you are a traveler.Let’s start from South Central Kerala or to be precise Thrissur.

Thrissur (Trichur):

 Thrissur is known as the cultural capital of Kerala for the array of festivals and historical and natural sights. Thrissur is known for the most famous Thrissur Pooram, one of the most colorful and spectacular temple festival in Kerala. The Pooram festival is in the month of May (mid may which is summer) and the main attraction of this is the 100+ decorated elephants with their nettipattam (decorative golden headdress), beautifully crafted kolam, decorative bells, and ornaments.

Thrissur pooram

Along with this, there is the great symphony conducted by 100’s of the local artists with the native instruments like chenda(drum), kuzhal(large shehnai), cymbals etc) of Kerala. This is more like a larger than life concert which ends with fireworks late night and that is supposed to be more beautiful.

 Also, there is Anayoott (feeding of elephants). Other than this the city has lots of old temples & churches and also the palace of great ruler Shakthan Thampuran which are ancient architectural marvels which display’s the craftsmanship of old times.

Also, there is Anayoott (feeding of elephants). Other than this the city has lots of old temples & churches and also the palace of great ruler Shakthan Thampuran which are ancient architectural marvels which display’s the craftsmanship of old times.

Athirapally & Vazhachal Falls:

The mighty waterfalls which are well -known shooting location seen in many Indian movies. This is a popular spot located at a distance of 60 km from Thrissur city, at the entrance of Sholayar ranges of Western Ghats. The fall originates from the deep forests of Sholayar range. Athirapilly Falls from a height of about 24 m to the Chalakkudy river.

Vazhachal falls is the sister of Athirapally falls.Like Athirapally falls, River Chalakkudy gives out in three branches, which resumes its flow surrounding the small islands formed by the riparian forests. 

It’s a beautiful sight and one which you get to see after a short hike from the place you park the vehicle. These twins are worth the drive and ideal season for seeing the falls with all its mightiness is past the monsoons which are after August, September.

Peechi Dam –

Peechi Dam built across Manali River is situated 22 km from Thrissur city and was built mainly for irrigation purposes of surrounding villages. Apart from this there is a botanical garden with cascading fountains and watch tower which makes the dam & surroundings a picnic spot. The Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary, established in 1958 is by the side of the dam and catchment area and wild animals like Elephants and Monkeys can be seen there.

The Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary, established in 1958 is by the side of the dam and catchment area and wild animals like Elephants and Monkeys can be seen there.

This place doesn’t have many snack joints or hotels and it is better to carry some snacks if you want to spend time here. Also, photography is prohibited in the dam and surroundings, so be careful & read the signs before you click pictures. In fact, some times the best picture you click is the one with your own eyes.

Punnathoorkota Elephant Sanctuary:

At a distance of 23km from Thrissur lies the famous temple town of Kerala, Guruvayur. The Punnathoorkota commonly known as the Anakotta is an elephant sanctuary home to about 66 Elephants which belong to Guruvayur temple. This sanctuary was once the fort and the palace of Punnathur Raja. Elephant lovers can visit this is a well-managed place with well maintained and smart elephants chilling without trouble and is the largest elephant sanctuary in the world.

Kerala Kalamandalam – For all those who love art forms and love to see the traditional art of Kerala, this is the place. Kerala Kalamandalam or ‘Kalamandalam Deemed University of Art and Culture’ at Cheruthuruthy is a major attraction of Thrissur, which is situated on the bank of Bharathapuzha river. This is a learning institute which imparts training in various dance and theatrical forms and musical instruments in Gurukula Sampradaya.

Training in traditional and classical performing art forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Kudiyattam, Thullal, Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam and Nangiar Koothu, classical orchestration like Panchavadyam and percussion instruments like Chenda, Maddalam, and Mizhavu are available here.

Other than these places there are museums and beaches in and around Thrissur which are beautiful in their own way. Thrissur is a city which hasn’t given up its old age charm and the best example is the mighty Vadakkunnathan temple in the heart of the city which is the main landmark when the word Thrissur comes to any Malayalee’s mind.

How to Reach –

Thrissur is an approximately 2hrs drive from Kochi Airport by road and an hour by train (once you board the train). You can board train directly to Thrissur.

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6 thoughts on “Kerala Unexplored – The cultural capital of Kerala Thrissur

  1. South India and especially Kerala has always been in my travel wishlist. Thanks for sharing the pictures of this heavenly location. 🙂

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