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thrissur - place and its significance
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THRISSUR, THE PLACE AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE

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Thrissur is referred to as ‘the cradle of Kerala culture’. The name Thrissur was derived from 'Thrishivaperur' meaning the place with ‘Lord Shiva’s name. The city is dotted with old, mythical temples, churches, museums and palaces. In fact, the biggest temple festival in Kerala, Thrissur Pooram is held here.

Kerala Sahitya Academy, Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy and Kerala Lalithakala Academy are headquartered here. The famed Kerala Kalamandalam also finds its home here. In fact, Aryabhata, the first Indian Astronomer is said to have been born near Thrissur. The Apostle, St. Thomas is said to have visited Thrissur and set up a church nearby. Malik Ibn Deenar, the messenger of Allah is also said to have visited Thrissur ages ago.

Some of the places of interest in the vicinity would be:

Punnathur Kota

An elephant Sanctuary near the famed Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple, Punnathur Kota was once a palace which now houses elephants that are part of the temple. The palace has been renamed as Anakkota or ‘elephant fort’. There are over 80 elephants in the campus and they are groomed, trained and are very well-taken care of by a team of doctors and mahouts.

Bible Tower

An architectural marvel, the tallest Church Tower in Asia is located in Thrissur, Kerala. The tower is about 260 feet tall and it is seated in the Basilica of Our Lady of Dolores.

Vazhani Dam

A clay dam built across the Wadakancherry River is a scenic spot. The water is used for irrigation and drinking and the dam has a beautiful four-acre garden adjoining it.

The backwaters at Chettuva

Chettuva is near Thrissur and if one wants to experience the famed backwaters of Kerala and some mangrove vegetation in the waters, then a boat ride in the Chettuva backwaters is an experience in itself.

Thalikulam Snehatheeram Beach

The famed Thalikulam Snehatheeram Beach is 25 kms away from Thrissur and is a great spot to unwind. The sandy shores, the long stretch of the beach area that offers a neat, unobstructed view of the sea and beyond is very calming to just sit and enjoy. If you are here when the sun rises and sets, then that is something that has to be experienced, in the background of the waves gently lapping the shores.

Chavakkad Beach

A beautiful beach that is scenically appealing is considered as one of the best beaches in the West Coast of India. The undulating palm trees and a beach area that is untouched by any alterations or manmade changes, makes this beach all natural and very attractive.

Shakthan Thampuran Palace

The Shaktharan Thampuran Palace is a historic, cultural and architectural spectacle. It is one of the palaces of the erstwhile Maharaja of Kochi and has now been converted into a heritage museum. This palace is a blend of traditional Kerala and Dutch architectural style. With a lot of artifacts, collectives, the megalithic era excavated materials, old coins, weapons and royal artifacts; the museum is definitely worth a visit.

Athirapilly and Vazhachal waterfalls

Nestled in the Sholayar Ranges are the beautiful waterfalls of Athirapally and Vazhachal and both and are five kilometers apart. The twin visual treats of the Athirapilly and Vazhachal waterfalls are definitely a feast to one’s eyes. The view, the verdant green that encloses these waterfalls leaves us spellbound. This is a very popular picnic spot and flowing cascades is a delight.

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