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Information about Thrissur

The History and culture of Thrissur has been developed by the influence of different cultures like Buddhism, Jainism, Brahminism and other European civilisations. Thrissur became an important centre of Sanskrit learning. The great Hindu Saint, Adi Shankara, was born very near to the city. Sankara's disciple established four Madoms (muth) in the city.
The history of Thrissur is interlinked with the Cheras of the Sangam age, who ruled over vast portions of Kerala with their capital at Vanchi. From the 9th to the 12th century Kulasekharas of Mahodayapuram took over the rule and from the 12th century onwards the history was of Perumpadappu Swarupam. The Perumpadappu Swarupam had its headquarters at Mahodayapuram. Central Kerala was the control of the Perumpadappu Moopil, known as the 'Kerala Chakravarthi'. In the 14th and 15th centuries the Zamorins of Calicut managed to occupy a large part of the present Thrissur district. Kodungalloor, the old harbour of India, attracted European powers to Kerala for trading spices and other commodities. In the consequent centuries the European powers dominated the scene. In the start of 15th century, the Portuguese came and by the beginning of the 17th century the Dutch and the English appeared on the panorama and challenged the Portuguese. Internal conflict in the Perumpadappu Swarupam helped the Dutch to establish their domination in Kerala coast. Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan figured very prominent in the northern part of Kerala during that period. The history of modern Thrissur started with the swearing ceremony of Raja Rama Varma in 1790, who is popularly known as Sakthan Thampuran (1790-1805). The mighty ruler Sakthan Thampuran is legendary as the architect of Thrissur town.

Geography of Thrissur
Thrissur is situated in south western India, 10.52° N and 76.21° E and lies in the central part of Kerala, India. The area is about 66.15 km2. The centre of the city is the Swaraj Round, where the famous Vadakkumnathan temple and Thekin Kaadu Maidan (Teak forest) are situated. It is also the venue of the famed colourful cultural event, the Thrissur Pooram. The city enjoys tropical climate; monsoons start in June. The months of April and May can get pretty humid. The best weather is from October to February.

Tourist attractions in Thrissur

Aarattupuzha Pooram
The famous Ayyappa temple at Aarattupuzha is just 14 km from Trichur (Thrissur). The temple celebrates its annual pooram festival during March. 

Kerala Kalamandalam
Kalamandalam is Kerala's leading training school for Kathakali dance drama and other indigenous performing arts. The revered poet Vallathol founded it in 1927 AD.

Peechi Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary
The Peechi-Vazhani Sanctuary comprising of the dense, moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests is situated in the catchment area of the Peechi and Vazhani dams. It is one of the important wildlife sanctuaries of Kerala.

Soochipara Waterfalls
Soochipara Waterfalls is located 22 km from Hotel Green Gates. On alighting the vehicle, one can reach the waterfalls after a 2-km walk into the dense equatorial forest of Wayanad. 

Thriprayar Temple
Thriprayar Temple is located south of Trichur and is one of the important temples dedicated to Lord Rama. The exquisite woodcarvings, sculptures and Mural Paintings are an interesting sight.

Thrissur Pooram
Trichur (Thrissur) is best known for its huge Pooram Festival, which is the most colorful and spectacular temple festival of Kerala. Thrissur (Trichur) Pooram is held in the Malayalam month of Medam (April- May).

Archaeological Museum
Located on the Town Hall Road in Trichur, the archaeological museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm on all days except Mondays and National holidays 

Art Museum, Trichur
Located in the zoo compound, the art museum displays collections of metal sculptures, woodcarvings and ancient jewellery. 

Peechi Dam
About 20 km east of Trichur, the Peechi offers boating facilities. There are frequent private buses from Trichur. Built across the Manali River, the dam is a vast catchment area of nearly 3200 acres with extensive botanical gardens and cascading fountains offer numerous inviting avenues for tourists. 

St. Thomas Memorial
St. Thomas, the apostle, is said to have landed in Kodungalloor (formerly called Muziris) in 52 AD. The St. Thomas Church established by him houses ancient relics. 

Shakthan Thampuran Palace
Also known as Palace Thoppu, the Shakthan Thampuran Palace campus covers an area of 6 acres. Here one can see three tombs including that of Shakthan Thampuran, the greatest ruler of the Cochin dynasty.
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