Places to visit

Shopping Centres

The following malls have several shops selling souvenirs, artifacts and authentic traditional clothing from all regions of India

  • Sobha City Mall, Thrissur
  • Selex Mall, Thrissur
  • Mall of Joy, Thrissur
  • Lulu Mall, Kochi
  • Y Mall, Triprayar, Thrissur

Pilgrim Centres

Guruvayur Temple (8 km):

8 kms from Thrissur and a sacred place for Hindus all over the world, Guruvayur Shree Krishna temple is dedicated to the God Guruvayurappan, a four-armed affiliation of God Vishnu. Known as the Bhuloka Vaikunta in Sanskrit language (Holy Abode of Vishnu on Earth), the temple is dedicated to worshipping Vishnu in the form of his avatar Krishna.

Guruvayur Temple is also known as "Dwarka of South India" since the idol represents the most majestic form of Lord Vishnu which has one of the highest number of devotees from the southern part of India. The pooja routines are followed in a strict Tantric way, twice every single day.

The temple houses a famous pond named Rudratheertham in its northern side. In the ancient days, the pond extended up to 3kms from the temple and would be filled with blooming lotus flowers. With deep roots in the historic stories of the pond, it is considered to be holy with Lord Shiva's presence lingering in its arena.


Vadakummnathan temple:

The temple is well known for the beautiful shrines of Vadakkumnathan, Mahavishnu and Shankaranarayan. The Vadakummnathan temple has a beautiful collection of Mural paintings and one the biggest dance halls called Koothambalam which depicts unique Kerala architecture. Thiruvambadi Krishna Temple and Paramekkavu Devi Temple are situated next to this temple. Famous for the Nataraja Mural, this is a 1000 year old temple with a strong historical background.


Thiruvambadi Krishna Temple:

This temple has been a famous pilgrimage centre for Hindus all over South of India. With a beautiful shrine of Shree Krishna, this temple has ancient traditional architecture. The holy vibes created by the morning and evening arti makes this temple a must visit too.


Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple:

Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple is one of the biggest Bhagavathy temples in Kerala and celebrates Thrissur Pooram with galore. The temple has a beautiful Goddess Durga shrine. Owing for the beauty it holds, it has a lot of devotees coming all year round.


Thriprayar Temple:

With three mini temples combined into one, Thriprayar temple in Thrissur is famous for its ancient wooden carvings, ancient murals and depiction of Ramayana all throughout. The temple is dedicated to Lord Triprayarappan.


Cheraman Juma Mosque:

3 kms outside Thrissur, the Cheraman Juma Masjid is the first and oldest mosque built in India situated in the Methala village of Kodungallur town of Kerala. The Mosque has white marble inside which is believed to have been brought from Mecca. The unique aspect of this mosque is that people belonging to other religions as well are allowed inside to offer prayers. Other than Ramadan and Bakri-Eid, many festivals including the Hindu festival known as Vijaya Dasmi, are celebrated here.


Koodalmanikyam Temple:

The Koodalmanikyam Temple is 18 km to the west of Chalakudy Thrissur district. The famous Kudalmanikyam Arattu Festival takes place for 11 days in the Malayalam month of Edavam, i.e. from April to May. With greenery all around, this temple is also well known for the beautiful pond inside. This temple has a strong historical background and the architecture here is one of the best ever that any temple could have thus making this a must visit for every tourist.


Bible Tower Church:

The Bible Tower is located in Thrissur and being the tallest church, it can be seen from all over the town. This church attracts many tourists for its stunning earthquake proof architecture, unique paintings, and narrative wooden carvings and for the view it displays of the entire city over an area of 18 kilometers from the top of the tower. Pooram festival is celebrated with great grandeur here.


Punnathur Kotta:

A few kilometers away from Guruvayur temple, is the famous Punnathur kotta which is home for the largest population of captive male Asian elephants. Also called as Anakotta (Elephant Fort), this elephant yard houses around 56 elephants which have been donated to the temple by devotees. These elephants are considered to be living forms of Lord Guruvayurappa and there is a festive feast day dedicated for them once a year.


Thiruvanchikulam Temple:

The Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple is a 2000 years old major Shiva temple situated in kilometers from Kodungallur district of Thrissur. The architecture of this temple has references in the ancient references.

Historical Sites

Shakthan Thampuran Palace:

Situated in the heart of Thrissur town, Shakthan Thampuran Palace was home to the King of Cochin during the "Golden Age of Kochi". This palace is an attractive tourist destination owing to its intrinsic Kerala- Dutch style of architecture and a breath taking garden. Thrissur Pooram, celebrated during May every year is one of the most famous Hindu festivals in Kerala. There is also a very old Sarpakaavu or Serpent Grove temple in the palace premise where snakes are worshipped.


Shakthan Thampuran Palace Museum:

Various unique bronze and granite sculptures, coins, inscription plates, utensils used by the royals and currency used in the Kochi dynasty are on display here. This also includes various antiques belonging to the Stone Age era.


Thrissur Zoo & Museum:

With a Zoological Garden, Botanical Garden, a Natural History Museum and an Art Museum, this zoo portrays the culture, flora and fauna of Kerala. This zoo is home for a wide variety of animals, reptiles, and birds. A trip to this zoo is not only educational for people of all age groups but also a total treat for nature lovers.


Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University:

Sitting in the Chelakkara of Thrissur District, this Deemed University specializes in courses for Arts and Culture of Kerala. This University aims at keeping the culture and traditional performing art forms alive. Enthusiastic tourists can collect all the information they have been looking for from students and teachers who are acting guides. A portrait gallery of dancers and artists on and off performance, this university has a traditional dance theatre.


Archeological & Art Museum:

Located in the heart of Thrissur, this Archeological Museum houses a huge collection of mural and relics. This place can be of deep interest for historians, sculpture artists and antique item collectors.


Bible Tower Church:

The Bible Tower is located in Thrissur and being the tallest church, it can be seen from all over the town. This church attracts many tourists for its stunning earthquake proof architecture, unique paintings, and narrative wooden carvings and for the view it displays of the entire city over an area of 18 kilometers from the top of the tower. Pooram festival is celebrated with great grandeur here.


Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum:

Nestled in the Thaikkattussery district of Thrissur, the Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum is a must visit for individuals interested in holistic healing of the mind, body and soul. The museum is an 80 year old heritage structure and has sculptures of great Acharyas (Ayurvedic doctors). This Museum houses a huge library dedicated to the journey of Ayurveda, and a digital theatre, a picture gallery, a collection of 300 medicinal plants and four guides dedicated to host the visitors makes this place a must visit for not only the health and fitness enthusiasts but for one and all.


Vintage Vauxhall Velox Car Club:

A top attraction in Thrissur, this club is a must visit for every car lover, this club show cases cars from the 50's! From letting you admire the classics to getting a brief on evolution of cars, this museum is a thoroughly entertaining.


Kollengode Palace:

Kollengode Palace is a popular spot famous for its rich architecture showcasing the beautiful Kerala style of construction combined with art. It has a lovely Mural Art Museum which is worth a visit.


Archeological & Art Museum:

Located in the heart of Thrissur, this Archeological Museum houses a huge collection of mural and relics. This place can be of deep interest for historians, sculpture artists and antique item collectors.

Beaches and Water Bodies

Chavakad Beach:

This beach is the most famous beach in Thrissur. Well maintained, this beach is made of golden sand, stunning sunrise and sunset views and sparkling frothy waters. Open on all days, this is one of the famous picnic spots with a high number of footfalls.


Sehatheeram Beach:

One of the most scenic beaches of Thrissur, Snehatheeram Beach is situated 3 kilometers from the Thalikulam Taluk . Well maintained by the government of Kerala, this beach has won awards for its super clean golden sands. A delight for kids to play in sand and for adults to soak into the scenic views, this beach is a must visit.


Sehatheeram Beach:

One of the most scenic beaches of Thrissur, Snehatheeram Beach is situated 3 kilometers from the Thalikulam Taluk . Well maintained by the government of Kerala, this beach has won awards for its super clean golden sands. A delight for kids to play in sand and for adults to soak into the scenic views, this beach is a must visit.


Athirapally Falls:

Famously known as the "Niagara Falls of India" and an all time favorite of Bollywood film makers, this waterfall is a treat to the eyes as it falls majestically to join forces with Chalakkudy River before reaching its final destination into the Arabian Sea. In between the Anamudi Mountains, Athirapally falls lies at the start point of the Sholayar ranges and flows through the Vazhachal Forest.

With a huge pool to lounge in above the falls, this area is one of the most scenic and famous picnic spots in Kerala. This spot is an ideal paradise for trekkers, hikers, jungle safari enthusiasts and bird lovers! The falls are pleasant all year round but the best time to visit is from the month of September- January.


Vazhachal Falls:

Situated 5 kilometers from the Athirapally falls, the rocky Vazhachal Falls are a must visit picnic spot. Covered with the dense forests of the Sholayar ranges, these falls are famous for trekking.


Peechi Dam:

This is yet another picnic spot which is famous with tourists and locals. 23 kms from Thrissur, boating is the most looked after activity at this spot. Home to the Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary, this place is a must-visit place.


Chimmini Dam:

In Mukundapuram taluka of the Thrissur district, Chimmini dam is constructed across the River Chimoni. The Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary is in the vicinity making this dam a popular picnic spot offering recreational activities including trekking and boating through the Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary.


Mangroves at Chettuva:

Chettuva mangrove forests are at the Chavakkad taluk in Thrissur district. The Chettuva mangrove place has 12 species of mangroves and is one of the largest in India. It houses 43 species of birds and is a delightful face of Mother Nature!

Amusement Parks, Gardens and Zoos

Vilangan Kunnu Amusement Park:

A hillock converted into an amusement park, Vilangan Kunnu is famous for their sunset and sunrise views. Well maintained by the Thrissur District Tourism Promotion Council, this is a must visit as well.


Thumboormuzhi Garden:

55 kms away from Thrissur, Thumboormuzhi Dam and Garden is situated in Chalakkudy River glade on the way to Athirappalli Waterfalls. Famous for its huge butterfly garden which houses butterflies of almost all the species, this garden is a stunner in the monsoon season. Lush green, this area is noise free filled with fresh air thus making this place as one of the top must visits.


Punnathur Kotta:

A few kilometers away from Guruvayur temple, is the famous Punnathur kotta which is home for the largest population of captive male Asian elephants. Also called as Anakotta (Elephant Fort), this elephant yard houses around 56 elephants which have been donated to the temple by devotees. These elephants are considered to be living forms of Lord Guruvayurappa and there is a festive feast day dedicated for them once a year.


Thekkinkadu Maidan:

Thekkinkadu Maidan is an oval shaped open ground situated in the heart of Thrissur. With Vadakkumnathan Shiva Temple nestled here, this is an experience not worth missing for sure.


Thrissur Zoo & Museum:

With a Zoological Garden, Botanical Garden, a Natural History Museum and an Art Museum, this zoo portrays the culture, flora and fauna of Kerala. This zoo is home for a wide variety of animals, reptiles, and birds. A trip to this zoo is not only educational for people of all age groups but also a total treat for nature lovers.

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