KERALA INFO: Travel and Tourism of Thrissur District
Travel and Tourism of Thrissur District
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Being one of the oldest temples in the state, the Vadakumnatha temple is a classical example of the Kerala style of architecture and has many decorative murals and pieces of art. The temple is also known as Rishabhari or Thenkailasam meaning “the Kailash of the south”. The world famous Pooram festival is celebrated annually. Non-Hindus are not permitted inside the temple except during the Pooram festival. In addition to its religious function, the temple was the center of an extensive administration with legal and tax raising powers.
The art museum situated in the zoo compound contains rare exhibits of sculpture, religious idols, Kathakali figures, traditional jewellery of Kerala and a delightful collection of traditional lamps.
The Zoo extended over an area of about 13.5 acres, is a flowered area rich in a variety of fauna. It includes endangered lion, tailed macaque, tiger, lion, sloth bear, several species of deer and many birds. It is reputed to have one of the best snake collections in India. The snake park has the reptilian collection of the King cobra, pythons, kraits, vipers, rat snakes, etc.
Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple
Guruvayoor in Thrissur district is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centers of Kerala. Its main attraction is the Sree Krishna temple known as "Guruvayoor Ambalam". It is believed that the temple is the creation of Guru, the preceptor of the Devas and Vayu. It has a high gold plated Dwajasthambam (flag post) along with Dipastambham (pillar of lamps) whose thirteen circular receptacles provide a truly gorgeous spectacle when lit. The square Sreekovil is the sacred sanctum sanctorum of the temple which houses the main deity. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. The festival in this temple is held in Feb/march for 10 days. The festivities start with an elephant procession and performances of Krishnattam dances. There are many other festivals at Gurvayoor Temple like the Utsavam, the Vishukkani, the Ashtami Rohini, and the Ekadasi.
Situated near Shoranur Junction, the famous Kerala Kala Mandalam is responsible for the revival of Kathakali dancing. It is a center for teaching music, drama, Mohiniyattom and Ottam Thullal in addition to Kathakali.
Peechi Dam Wildlife Sanctuary
The Peechy dam is a beautiful picnic spot with boating facilities through the reservoir. It is surrounded by tea and eucalyptus. Elephants and wild dogs of the forest can be seen. The prime purpose of the reservoir is to provide Thrissur's irrigation and drinking water supply. The dam also has a large variety of orchids.
Located on the Sholayar Peringalkuthu route, Anakkayam is famous for its lake with cool and placid waters. The place got its name from a herd of elephants which used to visit the place quite often. The place is breathtakingly beautiful with its rushing waters, chiseled rocks and silent streams.
This is a beautiful picnic spot with 80 foot high waterfall located at the entrance to the Sholayar ranges.
This picturesque waterfall close to dense green forests is a part of the Chalakudy River.
Shakthan Thampuran Palace
Also known as Palace Thoppu, It has three Shavakudeerams (tombs) including that of the renowned Shakthan Thampuran.
The Lourdes Church
This large and impressive Lourdes Church has an interesting underground shrine.
The Town Hall
It is an impressive building, housing and art gallery with murals from other part of the state.
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