There are various places of interests in the district of Thrissur, which covers religious, educational and recreational aspects. The hotspots of Thrissur tourism are the Archaeological and Arts Museum, which exhibits rare artefacts, ancient jewellery, rare paintings, and various excavated objects from various parts of Kerela. The district also has Mural Art Museum, which is one of a kind in Kerala. It has various excavated materials from Indus Valley, Harappa, and Kodungallur, and also ancient manuscripts written in dry palm leaves.
For relaxation, one can visit the following beaches: Chavakkad Beach, Snehatheeram Beach and Chettuva Backwaters. Thrissur also offers various waterfalls like Charpa Falls, Vazhachal Falls and Athirappilly Falls, which is known as the Niagara of India.
The places of religious interests are Vadakkunathan Temple, where the Pooram festival takes place annually, Guruvayur Temple, which is an important place of worship for Hindus in Kerela, St. Thomas Church, which is the first church in the Indian subcontinent, Mala Synagogue, which is the oldest synagogue in India, and St. Anthony’s Church, which is one of the largest churches in Kerela.
Every region has its own speciality that must be bought as a souvenir.
1. Gold – Major gold retailing companies are based in Thrissur, and hence you can find a wide variety of designs here.
2. Banana chips – It is typical of the region and has a unique taste to it, which can never be acquired outside the region.
3. Ayurvedic products – kerala is the growing hub for various Ayurvedic products. In addition to this, you can get yourself a soothing massage by employing natural herbs.
Thrissur is mainly known for the Pooram festival which happens every year in the months of April and May. This festival happens at the Vadakkunathan Temple where there is a parade of elephants, percussion instruments and colourful umbrellas. It is basically a contest between two strong groups of people, and this has been happening since time immemorial. The Pooram festival attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world.
One can also witness Puli Kali during Onam, when people from all over the region dress like big cats and display their talents to the spectators. Anyone can dress up like tigers or leopards and join the procession.
Thrissurians predominantly consume rice, meat, fish and poultry. They have various dishes that are famous in the region. Puttu is the most famous snack of Kerala, made of rice and usually had for breakfast with various side dishes. Similarly, banana chips, which is famous throughout kerala is also famous in this region.
Achappam and Vellayappam is typical of Thrissur, and is very famous in Christian households. Vellayapam looks like pancakes and tastes like one, too, while Achappam is a sweet delicacy which is made of rice flour, and fried.
In addition to these, Thrissur is also famous for Avial, which is mixed vegetable stew and Meen Porichatu, which is a spicy, fried fish recipe distinctive in the region. All of the dishes principally uses rice flour and coconut powder in their recipes.
Famously known as the Cultural Capital of the State, the district has a lot to offer in this aspect. Thrissur Pooram, which is held annually at the Vadakkumnatha Temple is a parade of elephants, percussion instruments and umbrellas. There is a rhythmic and energetic background accompanying the occasion known as ‘Pandimelam’.
There is an arts school called the kerala Kalamandalam, which was founded to preserve the classical arts, like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Thullal and Kalaripayattu, that were about to go extinct. Today, it is the cultural symbol of South India and attracts many tourists to the tranquil village to see the teaching of various classical arts in progress.
It is believed that Thrissur got its name from the term ‘Thrissivaperur’ which means ‘Town of Lord Siva’. It rose to fame when Raja Rama Varma ascended the throne in 1790. Even before that, Thrissur was famous for fostering trade relations between India and other countries. It was a prime exporter of spices, which increased the income of the region. Thrissur is also known for the fact that it gave shelter to three different communities – Jews, Christians and Muslims.