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Thrissur, the home town of Westfort Ayurveda Hospital, the best Ayurvedic Treatment Center in Kerala has many tourist attractions for the visitors. When you are availing treatment at Westfort Ayurveda Hospital, the prime Ayurveda hospital in Kerala, you can also take time out to visit these places nearby. Westfort Ayurveda Hospital is known for authentic Kerala ayurvedic treatment & offers effective Ayurvedic treatment packages in Kerala.
Guruvayoor Sreekishna Temple
Guruvayoor, located 30 kms from Thrissur, is one of the most famous Hindu pilgrim centers in Kerala. The famous Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple known as Dwaraka of the South attracts lakhs of devotees every year. The temple is crowded most of the day with people visiting for wedding rituals and Thulabarams. The temple has a 33.5 m high gold plated Dwajasthambam (flag-post). The open air theater just outside the temple gets busy in the evenings with performances of dances and music.
Vadakkumnathan Temple also known as Thenkailasam and Vrishabhachalam is one of the oldest Shiva temples in the State which is believed to have been built by Lord Parasurama who reclaimed Kerala from the sea. Located in the heart of Thrissur city, the temple is a classic example of the Kerala style of architecture & has many decorative murals and pieces of art of which the murals on Mahabharata that adorn the walls of the shrine are just exquisite. The vast area in and around the temple is the venue of the world famous Pooram Festival celebrated annually in April-May. The main attraction of the pooram is the Elanjitharamelam, and Kudamattom. The fireworks at the Pooram are a spectacular sight.
Temple timings: 04:00 – 10:30 hrs and 05:00 – 08:30 hrs.
Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple
Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple is one of the biggest Bhagavathy temples in Kerala and plays a major role in the Thrissur Pooram. The temple is enshrined with the deity of Goddess Durga and is flocked by devotees throughout the year.
Thissur Zoo, also known as the State Museum & Zoo is a 13.5-acre zoo that was opened in 1885 in the heart of Thrissur City, Kerala. Located in Chembukavu, the zoo houses a wide variety of animals, reptiles, and birds like Tigers, Lions, Deers, Sloth Bears, Monkeys, Hippopotamus, Camels, Cobras, Kraits, Vipers, Rat Snakes, Pink Flamingos, Mithun of the North-Eastern Hills, and Lion-tailed Macaques. There’s a special building within the zoo compound which houses snakes alone. The compound also includes a Zoological Garden, Botanical Garden, a Natural History Museum and an Art Museum, showcasing the socio-cultural heritage of the region.
Timings: 09:00 – 17:00 hrs on all days except Mondays.
Shakthan Thampuran Palace
Situated close to the famous Vadakkumnathan Temple in Thrissur, the Shakthan Thampuran Palace was formerly known as Vadakkechira Kovilakam. The palace, built in the Dutch and Kerala style of architecture belongs to the few structures of this kind in Kerala. The main structure of the palace has a two-storeyed building and a traditional Kerala style Naalukettu. High roofs, extra thick walls, spacious rooms and floors paved with finely smoothened Italian marbles are some of the structural specialities of this palace. The museum houses galleries like the Bronze gallery with bronze statues; a Sculpture gallery with granite statues and the Epigraphy gallery showcasing the genesis and evolution of ancient writings. Other galleries of interest include, the one for Household Utensils made of bronze and copper used by the rulers of Kochi; the Numismatics gallery of ancient coins, the History gallery and a Megalithic gallery exhibiting remains of the great Stone Age.
Timings: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM all days of the week except Monday
An elephant sanctuary, located just three kilometres away from the Guruvayoor temple. The 10 acre coconut plot is home to more than 60 elephants belonging to the Guruvayoor Sree Krishna temple. At Punnathur Kotta, you can watch the fascinating animals in their natural habitat. A range of elephants, from juniors to giants can be seen from just a few meters away. If timing is right, visitors also get to see washing or feeding them.
Our Lady of Dolours Basilica
Our Lady of Dolours Basilica alias Puthanpally is a minor basilica of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in Thrissur City in the Indian state of Kerala. The third tallest church in Asia, it is famous for 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. Fine specimens of murals, images of saints and scenes from the scriptures adorn the church.
Cheraman Juma Masjid
Cheraman Juma Majsid, the first mosque in India was built in 629 AD & is located on the Paravur-Kodungallur road, Thrissur district. Legends state that Cheraman Perumal, the Chera king, went to Arabia where he met the Prophet and embraced Islam. On his initiative Malik Ibn Dinar built the mosque which is believed to have been renovated in the 11th century and also 300 years ago. The older part of the mosque including the Sanctum Sanctorum is left untouched and is still preserved. Its grandeur is still kept alive by the wooden steps and ceiling. People of all religions come to this mosque and many non-Muslims conduct Vidhyarambham (initiation ceremony to the world of letters) of their children here.
Located 60 km from the Thrissur district of Kerala, Athirapally Falls is a spectacular vista of scintillating water, emerald jungles and azure sky. The fabulous cascade of frothy waters 80 ft high and 330 ft wide makes its way from the Anamudi Mountains of the Western Ghats at the entrance of the Sholayar ranges and is often referred to as the “Niagara Falls of India”. From here, the Athirapally falls flows through the greenery of Vazhachal Forest toward the Arabian Sea.
Vazhachal Falls is a popular picnic spot to relax with family & friends. Located at a distance of 60 km from Thrissur city and 5 km from Athirapilly Falls, Vazhachal Falls is set amidst dense forests of Sholayar ranges. During its course on rocky terrain, River Chalakkudy gives out in three branches, which resume its flow surrounding the small islands formed by the riparian forests. These three branches gather momentum on its downward course and plummet to the rocky bed of River Chalakkudy to re-unite.
Peechi Dam is at a distance of 23 km from Thrissur & is the main irrigation project of Thrissur. Visitors come here for the fantastic picnic spot it serves as and for the boating facilities which are offered at this reservoir. The Peechi- Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary here which is a must-visit place for the nature-lovers. It is home to a variety of flora and fauna
The dam spread across an area of 3200 acres is constructed across the Manali River. Ponmudi with a height of about 923 m is the highest peak in the sanctuary and experiences an average rainfall of about 3000 mm.
Situated in the village of Cheruthuruthy in Chelakkara, Thrissur District on the banks of the Bharathapuzha River, Kerala Kalamandalam, is a major centre for learning Indian Performing Arts developed in the Southern states of India. As a deemed University of arts and culture, Kerala Kalamandalam has been currently functioning as a grant-in-aid institution under the Cultural Affairs Department, Government of Kerala.
Kalamandalam imparts training in classical dance and theatre forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Kudiyattam, Thullal, Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, and Nangiar Koothu, besides the traditional orchestra called Panchavadyam.