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The town of Thrissur or Trichur has gained worldwide fame because of the Thrissur Pooram Festival, one of the most elaborate festive occasions in Kerala. Due to its cultural wealth, Trichur is also referred to as Kerala’s cultural capital. The town has played a pivotal role in shaping the political history of the state. Trichur owes its existence to Zamorin king Raja Rama Varma. Temples, wildlife sanctuaries, museums, waterfalls and palaces – Thrissur offers travelers a heady combination of history, culture and heritage. Not only this, the place also has some wonderful excursion destinations in store, if you have a few more days in hand.

Activities to Do in Trichur (Thrissur)
If you can plan your holidays in Thrissur around April-May, you have the opportunity to participate in one of the biggest cultural festivals in Kerala. It is a world popular temple festival and takes place according to the Malayalam calendar month of Medam.

Pay a visit to the Peechi Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary in Thrissur. Comprised of dense moist deciduous vegetation, the wildlife sanctuary occupies a place between the Peechi and the Vazhani dams. Watch both rare and endemic wildlife species at the sanctuary.

Take you family and kids to the zoo, positioned at just 2 km from Trichur. The zoo is open for visitors between 0900 hours and 1700 hours. It remains closed on Mondays.

Yet another interesting place to visit both for you and your family is Punnathoorkotta at 1 km. It is an elephant hostel that keeps and grooms 50 temple elephants.

In and Around
Days in hand will end, attractions will not. One of the biggest draws for tourists arriving here is the Kerala Kalamandalam, set up in 1927 AD. It is a cultural school that provides training in Kathakali and others forms of performing arts. During your sightseeing tour in Trichur, do remember to visit the Arachaeological Museum and the Art Museum, great places for art and craft lovers. If you are interested in typical Keralan architecture, the Vadakkumnathan Temple is the place to be. This the very temple where the great Thrissur Pooram Festival is organized. Also make a visit to the Shakthan Thampuran Palace, which spreads over an area of around 6 acres. Travellers can also plan an excursion tour to the widely known Guruvayoor Temple, located at 29 km from Thrissur. Soochipara Waterfalls and Thriprayar Temple are other must-see places in Thrissur.

Where to Stay
Travellers can either choose to stay at Thrissur or at Guruvayoor (29 km). Tourist preferred options include Siddharth Regency, Casino Hotel, Luciya Palace, Yatri Niwas, Hotel Spring Valley, Hotel Richmond Resorts, Vanamala Kusumam, Elite, RVK Tourist House and Anjanam.

Trichur Air / Rail / Road Links
International airport is located at Nedumbassery, at 58 km from Trichur town. The town also has its own railway station with links to key cities of Kerala and other southern Indian states. A well spread network of roads and highways connects Trichur with all the key destinations of southern India.