Thrissur: The Cultural Capital of Kerala
Welcome to the cultural capital of Kerala! Yes, that is Thrissur. Rich in history and archeological wealth, the town lives and breathes culture. While the Zamorins of Kozhikode, Mysore's Tipu Sultan, the Dutch, the Portuguese and the British have left their influence on the city, it was Raja Rama Varma, popularly known as Sakthan Thampuran, who is considered the father of present-day Thrissur town. The best known destination in the city is the Town Hall with its huge picture gallery and murals from all over Kerala on display.
Near the town is the village of Arattupuzha, famous for the annual Pooram Festival at the Vadakkumnathan Temple in April-May. The uniqueness of this festival is the ceremonial processions carrying the images of the deities of 41 neighbouring temples and the spectacular fireworks. The Vadkkumnathan Temple is one of the oldest temples in the state and has a variety of murals and pieces of art. Non-Hindus are not allowed entry into the temple.
Near Thrissur, barely 30 km away is one of the most revered pilgrimage destinations in the state, Guruvayoor. The historic Sree Krishna Temple is the main attraction. It is believed that the temple was created by Guru, the preceptor of Gods and Vayu, the God of winds. With its tall gold-plated Dwajasthambam or flag post and the seven-metre high Dipastambham or pillar of lamps, the temple is indeed a memorable sight.
Reaching Thrissur: The nearest international airport is at Kochi, 58 km away. The town has an important railway station, also known as Thrissur, on the Southern Railways and is very well connected by road with all major towns and cities of the country.
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