78 kms north of Cochin on National Highway 47 lies at the base of
a hillock, crowned by the famous Vadkkumnathan (Shiva) temple. This
former capital of Cochin state was captured by Zamorin and later
by Tipu Sultan inthe second half of the 18th Century. The famous
pooram festival is celebrated at the Vadakkumnathan Temple every
year during April-May. The Kerala Sahitya Academy and Kerala Sangeetha
Nataka Academy are located in Trichur.
: Sea level.
Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max 35, Min 22.5;
Winter- Max 32.3, Min 20.
Rainfall : 254 cms.
Best Season : October to March.
TO GET THERE
: The nearest airport is Cochin 78 kms connected by Indian Airlines
with Bangalore, Bombay, Delhi, Goa, Madras, Trivandrum.
Trichur is a Railway station directly connected with Bombay.
Trichur is connected by road with many tourist centres in south
India. Cochin- 78 km, Coimbatore- 114 km, Kalady- 55 km, Kanyakumari-
376 km, Madras- 720 km, Palghat- 67 km, Palani- 229 km, Rameswaram-
222 km, Udhagamandalam (Ooty)- 202 km etc.
Service: Trichur is connected by Kerala State Road Transport
Corporation and private bus services to various places in Kerala.
It is also connected by direct buses to Palani, Madurai, Bangalore,
Mysore, Erode, Madras etc.
This temple is a classic example of the Kerala Style of architecture.
The temple contains the sacred shrines of Paramashiva, Parvathy,
Sankaranayana, Ganapathi, Sri Rama and Sri Krishna. The central
shrines and Koothambalam exhibit exquisite vigettes carved in wood.
Legend goes that this temple was founded by Parasurama. Trichur
Pooram, the grandest temple pageantry in Kerala is celebrated here
in April every year. Non Hindus are not allowed inside the temple.
Timings: 0400 to 1030 hrs and 1700 hrs to 2030 hrs.
An imposing building with a Chitralayam or a picture gallery where
mural paintings from all parts of Kerala are exhibited.
Near Art Museum. Tel:21110. Timing : Daily 1500 hrs to 1715 hrs.Closed
on Mondays and holidays(State). Entry Fee: Adult Rs.1/-, Child 50
ps. Camera fee Rs.5/-. Filming: Prior Permission to be abtained
from the Director of Museums & Zoo, Govt. of Kerala, Trivandrum.
Near Nehru Park. Timings: Daily 1500 hrs to 2000 hrs.
Museum, Chembukkavu, Tel:20566. Timings: 1000 hrs and 1700
hrs. Closed on Mondays. Entry free
Museum, Zoo compound. Good collection of wood carvings,
metal sculptures and ancient jewellery. Timing: Daily 1000 hrs to
1700 hrs. Closed on Mondays.
(32 km), Cheruthuruthy (29 km), Peechi Dam (23 km), Tiruvilwamala
Temple (29 km), Cranganore (Kodungallor) (36 km), Triprayar (25
km),Irinjalakuda (21 km).
: (55 km) Kalady, a pilgrim Centre, is situated on the banks of
the river Periyar. It is the birth place of Sri Sankaracharya, the
great Indian Philosopher who lived in the 8th Century. There are
two Shrines in memory of Sri Sankaracharya, one dedicated to him
as Dakshinamurthy & the other to the goddess Sharada. Their
is an ancient Sri Krishna Temple close by, which was the family
temple of Adi Sankaracharya. Another temple known as the International
Temple dedicated to Sri Ramakrishna Deva, was completed in April
Govt. Guest House, Palace Road, Trichur. Tel:20300.
2) Tourist Information Office, Opp. Town Hall, Trissur (D.T.P.C)