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Thrissur [1] is a city situated in central part of Kerala in Southern India. It is the head quarters of the district with the same name. It is an important cultural centre, and is known as the "Cultural Capital" of Kerala. It is famous for the Thrissur Pooram festival, the most colourful and spectacular temple festival of Kerala. The festival is held near the Vadakkumnathan temple, in April or May.


Get in

By air

Direct flights there from the Middle East, Singapore, Maldives, Europe and Sri Lanka.

By train

Thrissur city is well connected and serviced by rail to all major cities in India like Kozhikode, Mangalore, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi

By bus

You can also reach here by bus from cities like Mangalore, Kochi, Bangalore, Thiruvananam, Chennai, Mumbai and Coimbatore.

By road

Thrissur is well connected to other cities Kochi, Kozhikode, Madras, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Madurai by road.

Get around

  • Bus - local bus service system is cheap.
  • Autorickshaw - Auto rickshaws are the main form of local transport provided you don't have your own means of transportation. Autorickshaws running in the city limits are to use fare meters, while the ones from the adjacent areas need not use them. How ever it is a rule that such autorickshaws without metres should not pick up passengers within city limits. There is a pre-paid auto rickshaw counter at Thrissur Railway Station.
  • Taxi - Local taxis are also available at cheap rates. Please note that there are no local Taxis (Yellow cabs or the one's having yellow roof and black body). The taxis known as 'Tourist taxis' are meant for long travel or one day trips.
  • Car - There are many Car rental companies offering cars with drivers or self drive.
  • Walk - Many places of attractions are near by other so you could walk between them.



  • Shakthan Thampuran Palace Named as Vadakkekara Palace, was reconstructed in Kerala-Dutch style in 1795 by Sri.Ramavarma Thampuran of the erstwhile Princely State of Cochin, well as Sakthan Thampuran(Greatest ruler of the Cochin dynasty) is preserved by Archaeological Department.
  • Thrissur Zoo It is a major attraction for children and students with a variety of animals.
  • Kerala Sahitya Academy Kerala Sahitya Academy was established on August 15, 1956. It aims at the development of Malayalam Language and Literature and works in co-operation with the Kendra Sahitya Academy in New Delhi. There is a good library attached to the Academy consisting of 2 sections the General Section & the Research Section.
  • Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy This was established in 1962, the aim of the Academy is to promote the sculpture, painting and visual arts.
  • Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy It is also located in city and was established on April 12, 1938. It's aim is to foster and develop Kerala Dance, Drama and Music and to promote through the cultural unity of Kerala. It works in close collaboration with the Kendra Sangeetha Nataka Academy in New Delhi for the enrichment of Indian culture. A regional theatre is constructed in Thrissur with all modern facilities.
  • Appan Thampuran Smarakam Established in 1976 at Ayyanthole where Sri.Ramavarma Appanthampuran who lived the Kumarapuram Palace. This is also a cultural Museum.
  • Vilangan Kunnu This hillock has been converted by the tourism department as an amusement park. While grown ups relish the scenic splendor from the hill top. Children can relax and play to their hearts.


  • Athirapilly Water Falls (63 km from Thrissur City) This 80 feet high waterfall at the threshold of the Sholayar ranges is a popular picnic spot. Two amusement parks - DreamWorld and SilverStorm - are located nearby.
  • Vazhachal Just a short drive from Athirapilly is close to dense forests and a part of the Chalakudy river.
  • Peechi Dam (20 km from city) It is a good picnic spot
  • Chavakad Beach (25 km) A sea shore for rare scenic beauty. Acknowledged as one of the best beaches along the west coast.
  • Kerala Kalamandalam (30 km) It is in Cheruthuruthy and was founded by the Poet Sri.Vallathol Narayana Menon, to encourage the study of the ancient arts of Kerala such as Kathakali and Mohiniyattom.
  • Kallayikkunnu (30 km) this hill station is also known as nirimadakkunnu.This is a beautifull place near to kunnamkulam.exactly 2.5 km from kunnamkulam on kozhikode road.Many newly married couple prefer this place for still and moving photography.many film makers also prefer this place for song seens.its a place of natural beaty.


  • Mithila Vegetarian Restaurant - Round North
  • Bharath Hotel - Round South
  • Central Hotel - Chembukkavu
  • Hotel Ambadi - Round West


  • Bini Bar & Restraunt - Round North
  • Central Hotel Bar & Restraunt - Chembukkavu
  • Aramana Bar - Chettiyangadi
  • Alukkas Bar - Chettiyangadi
  • Hotel Merlin International - near Thrissur Railway Station
  • Kovilakam - Near Patturaickal Junction
  • Kolkata Bar & Restaurant - Off Round South
  • Yatri Nivas - Chembukkavu
  • J.P Bar - West Fort
  • Kavitha Bar - Punkunnam
  • Apsara Bar(also known as Pottakulam Bar) - East Fort
  • Hotel Krishna ( near Vilangan hills)
  • Hotel Prince, West Fort

Stay Safe

Thrissur city is generally a safe city for a regular tourist. Take the precautions which you would be regularly taking in various other small cities in India. Beware of Pick pocketing. Certain areas near the bus stands and railway station may not be a good place for women moving around alone in the nights.

Thrissur city has three police stations. The East Police Station located in between the Municipal Bus Stand and 'Sakthan Thampuran' Bus Stand. The West Police Station is located at the suburb of Ayyanthole just next to the District Collectorate (H.Q of the civil administration). The Traffic Police Station is just opposite to the East police station quite close to the Police Club and the Fire Station. Regular patrols of the law and order and the traffic police are present in various parts of the town.

For help dial:

  • 100 - Police Control Room
  • 101 - Fire Brigade Control Room


  • Casino Hotel
  • Coconut Island [2] - an exclusive island guesthouse in the backwaters.
  • Das Continental
  • Elite International
  • Krishna (Near Vilangan Hills)
  • Love shore Inn (near the railway station)
  • Merlin International
  • Pathans
  • Sidhartha

Get out

Thrissur Railway Station is a major station in the Southern Railway network and all important trains stop here. Regular train services are their to Cochin and Palakkad are available from here. Thrissur also has a suburban station Punkunnam, but only local passenger trains and a few express trains stops here.

The 'Sakthan Thampuran' Bus Stand located at the Southern part of the city is the origin point of buses proceeding towards Palakkad.The 'Municipal Bus Stand' located at Round South caters to the local bus transport. The bus station of the state owned Transport corporation (KSRTC) is located at Chettiyangadi and is quite close to the Railway Station.

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