Thrissur is known as the cultural capital of Kerala, and the land of Poorams. The district is known for its ancient temples, churches, and mosques. Thrissur Pooram is the most colourful temple festival in Kerala.
Places of interest in Thrissur district
- Athirapilly Water Falls (63 km (39 mi) from Thrissur City): This 80 feet high waterfall at the threshold of the Sholayar ranges is a picnic spot. Two amusement parks – DreamWorld and SilverStorm – are located nearby.
- Vazhachal : Just a short drive from Athirapilly is close to dense forests and a part of the Chalakudy river.
- Chalakudy River : This Perennial River is the 5th Longest river in Kerala and the richest river in fish diversity perhaps in India.
- Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary (23 km (14 mi) from city): It is the largest elephant park in the world, with over 60 elephants.
- Peechi Dam: (20 km (12 mi) from city) It is a good picnic spot. The dam was started as an irrigation project for the surrounding villages in Thrissur. At the same time, it catered the drinking water needs of the population of Thrissur City. It serves as an irrigation dam, reaching out to the paddy fields in and around Thrissur city. Built across the Manali River. Elephants may be seen on the bank of Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary, established in 1958 covering 125 square kilometres (48 sq mi).
- Poomala Dam: A natural reserve and tourist spot with an irrigation dam.
- Chavakkad Beach
- Vazhani Dam (24 km (15 mi) from city): It is a good picnic spot
- Snehatheeram Beach: This beach is around 23 km (14 mi) from town of Thrissur near by Nattika village.
- Chimmony dam (35 km (22 mi) from city)
- Kerala Kalamandalam (30 km (19 mi)): It is in Cheruthuruthy and was founded by the Poet Sri. Vallathol Narayana Menon, to encourage the study of the ancient arts of Kerala such as Kathakali and Mohiniyattom.
- Koodalmanikyam Temple
- Thrissur Zoo & Museum (2 km [1.2 mi]): Opened in 1885, it is a 13.5-acre (5.5 ha) big zoo. The zoo is home for various animals, reptiles and birds.
Sri Vadakkunnathan Temple, Thrissur
Vadakkumnathan Temple is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva at city of Thrissur. A classical example of the architectural style of Kerala and has one monumental tower on each of the four sides in addition to a kuttambalam. Mural paintings depicting various scenes from the Mahabharata can be seen inside the temple.
Sakthan Thampuran Palace
Shakthan Thampuran Palace is situated in City of Thrissur in Kerala state, India. It is named as Vadakkekara Palace, was reconstructed in Kerala-Dutch style in 1795 by Ramavarma Thampuran of the erstwhile Princely State of Cochin, well as Sakthan Thampuran is preserved by Archaeological Department.
Our Lady of Dolours Basilica
Our Lady of Dolours Basilica alias Puthenpally is a minor basilica of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in Thrissur City. The third tallest church in Asia, it is famous for its Gothic style architecture.
Guruvayur Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Lord Guruvayurappan, Under the Administration of Guruvayur Devaswom, located in the town of Guruvayur in Kerala, India. It is one of the most important places of worship for Hindus in Kerala and Tamilnadu and is often referred to as Bhuloka Vaikunta.
Athirappilly Water Falls
Athirappilly Falls, is situated in Athirappilly Panchayat in Chalakudy Taluk of Thrissur District in Kerala, India on the Chalakudy River, which originates from the upper reaches of the Western Ghats at the entrance to the Sholayar ranges. It is the largest waterfall in Kerala
Kodanad Elephant Training Centre
Elephant sanctuary with tours & viewings. A nice little nature walk with elephants and deer along the way, but do not expect to be touching the elephants or even getting too too close..