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Thrissur city, Kerala
Thrissur is one of the major cities in Kerala. Thrissur is widely known as the cultural capital of Kerala. Bestowed with breathtaking scenic beauty and warm, generous inhabitants, Thrissur acts as a time warp to the average tourist. It seems one has walked into a settlement that refuses to out grow its quaint, sylvan beauty. The ancient palaces and mansions, the cobbled streets belie the cultural progress made by the people of this beautiful place.
For a short while, during the reign of the royal dynasties of Cochin, Thrissur was capital city. During his reign, Shaktan Thampuran constructed a glorious palace and rebuilt most of the city. Raja Rama Varma also done so many programs in promoting the city. The city also played a vital role in India's freedom struggle.
Places of interest In Thrissur City:
The Shakthan Thampuran Palace: This palace is also known as Vadakkekara Palace was constructed by the great ruler of Cochin, Shakthan Thampuran and rebuilt in 1795 by Sri. Ramavarma Thampuran. The style of architecture bears considerable Dutch influences.
The Church of Our Lady of Dolors: The Church of Our Lady of Dolours is the biggest and tallest church in Asia, situated in the heart of the city of Thrissur. It is famous for the construction in its Gothic style architecture. Built in fine Indo-Gothic style with an area of 25,000 square feet, it has soaring belfries at the entrance, double storeyed aisles all along the nave and transepts, and eleven altars, five on either side of the main one. The construction of this biggest church in India was done in different phases, started in the year 1929. The two front towers are of 146 feet height each and the central tower of 260 feet height makes this church as tallest in Asia.
The Archeological & Art Museum: This museum at Thrissur is a depository of graceful stone sculptures, antique jewelry and intricately carved wooden handicrafts.
Zoological Park: This Zoo situated 2 km away from Thrissur town. Thrissur Zoo houses a number of wildlife animals and attracts locals and tourists alike.
Kerala Sahitya Academy: Kerala Sahitya Academy is built in collaboration with the Kendra Sahitya Academy in New Delhi aims at encouraging Malayalam language and promoting its literature especially to the younger generations.
Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy: Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy was established in 1962 as an attempt to promote the performing and fine arts of the state which had fallen into a decline.
Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy: Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy in Thrissur was established to promote dance, theater and music in Kerala. Thanks to its efforts Thrissur can now boast of a theatre with all modern amenities.
Vilangan Kunnu: Vilangan Kunnu in Thrissur is a recreational center and a picnic spot where various amusement devices for children have been constructed.
Vadakkumnathan Temple: One of the oldest temples in the State, the Vadakkumnathan temple is a classical example of the Kerala style of architecture and has many decorative murals and pieces of art. This is the venue of the world famous Pooram festival celebrated annually in April-May. The fireworks at the Pooram are a spectacular sight. Non-Hindus are not allowed entry into the temple.
Peechi dam (20 km east of Thrissur): This picnic spot offers boating facilities. There are frequent private buses from Thrissur to Peechi dam.
Christian Divine Retreat Centres: They are located at Muringoor and Potta near Chalakudi, on the Kochi - Thrissur route.
Guruvayoor (29 km west of Thrissur): Guruvayoor is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of Kerala. Its main attraction is the Sree Krishna temple. This historic temple is shrouded in mystery. According to belief, the temple is the creation of Guru, the preceptor of the Gods, and Vayu, the God of winds. The eastern nada is the main entrance to the shrine.
In the Chuttambalam (outer part of temple) is the tall 33.5 m high gold plated Dwajasthambam (flag-post in which flag raised on festival seasonn). There is also a 7 m high Dipastambham (pillar of lamps), whose thirteen circular receptacles provide a truly gorgeous spectacle when lit. The square Sreekovil (the place where lord resides) is the sacred sanctum sanctorum of the temple, housing the main deity. Within the temple there are also the images of Lord Ganapathy, Lord Ayyappa and Edathedattu Kavil Bhagavathy. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple.
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: The nearest international airport is in Nedumbassery which is 87 km away from Thrissur.
Nearest Railhead: The nearest railway station is Thrissur Railway station.
By road: Thrissur city is a major city in Kerala as well as India which is very well connected with road.
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