Thrissur being the land of pooram is left alone with that entitlement, though the place has a lot to offer. Thrissur tells the tales of the pooram - crowd and the beauty of that chaos but there are calm and intriguing places to explore in and around here.
Thrissur spanning an area of 3032 km2 is the cultural capital of Kerala. When we talk or ask about Thrissur, the first reaction would be Thrissur Pooram – the extravagant cultural fest. It has a lot more to offer in terms of flora, fauna, natural environment and even the man-made wonders.
The Thrissur town let alone has a number of places that can create curiosity as well as leave you in a wonder state if mind. The Vadakkumnathan temple located at the heart of the city has a ground around its premises is let alone a place to wander and chatter. The temple has a vast surrounding with trees, seats and we can even find ice-creams and other eateries here. A perfect place to hang around with people, trees, birds and even the Lord Shiva is a step away.
Another place to explore archeology and to get lost in time is the Shakthan Thampuran Palace located at a walkable distance from the town. The palace is an amalgamation of Kerala and Dutch architecture and the walls here speak more about it. The palace was converted into a museum in 2005 and is maintained by the Archeology department of Kerala. The premises has a vast history to tell with its each brick and curve having its own story. It’s a vast bundle of education to the history enthusiasts.
The State Zoo and The Historical Museum is also located in the town with many species of flora and fauna. The compound also has a Zoological garden, Botanical garden and a natural History and Art museum. The place is a heaven for all those people who needs to look at the wild life, up from a close angle.
Thrissur also has its natural wonders to showcase. It has serene beaches and loud waterfalls. Some of the waterfalls to definitely visit here are listed below.
Athirapally Falls can be a sure shot picnic spot for all the nature lovers who’d love to have a good little walk and a lot of nature. The place brings in the vibe of an unsettling waterfall colliding against the calm forest. Athirapally is located at around 60kms away from Thrissur town. Vazhachal waterfalls is not so distant from Athirapally falls. Vazhachal falls is also a quite scenic place to hang out with people. Charpa falls, Ilanjipara waterfalls and Pattathipara water falls are some of the other waterfalls in the district that have their distinct charms.
Thrissur is no way behind in terms of beaches too. It has beaches to let you play around, catch some waves and to build your sand castles. Snehatheeram beach, Munakkal beach, Chavakkad beach and Nattikan beach are some of the eye catching ones in Thrissur.
Thrissur also has a number of places to learn cultural art and music. The Kerala Kalamandalam and Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy are located in the district.
Apart from the chaos and crowd that Thrissur is famous for-with its grand Thrissur Pooram there are several other places that hold calmness. The place is filled with wonderful places to visit, to walk by, stare at and even dance along. Thrissur is truly a mixture of chaos and calm but the chaos part is more famous. Come visit Thrissur and decide by yourself!