Over 10 percent of Kerala’s population live in the sprawling district of Thrissur, a land known for its ancient temples, churches, and mosques. This beautiful territory boasts of a long coastline interspersed with the magnificent Western Ghats. The historical artefacts uncovered in this part of Kerala strongly suggest evidence of human settlement since the Stone Age. Ruled in ancient times by the Chera dynasty, this area has played a significant part in fostering trade relationships with other countries during the ancient and medieval times. Thrissur, translated from Malayalam, literally means ‘the land of Lord Shiva*’. Along with the bounties of natures, this area also has its fair share of industries. Thrissur is particularly known for its power loom industry and textile mills.
Major Attractions :
● Punnathurkotta Elephant Sanctuary- Located about 3 km from the famous Guruvayoor Temple, the elephant sanctuary in Punnathurkotta is truly one of a kind. All the elephants in this abode have been donated by devotees.
● Chavakkad Beach - A popular tourist destination, this beach is located along the coast of the Arabian Sea. This beach is where ‘Azhimukham’* takes place.
● Kerala Kalamandalam - If you’re into theatre or dance, then you’ll enjoy visiting the Kerala Kalamandalam, a major South Indian centre for performing arts. This institute is situated in the village of Cheruthuruthy, nearby the Bharathapuzha River.
When To Visit :
The summer months, between March and May, are followed by misty monsoons. The time between October and February is the coolest time to visit this part of Kerala. October signifies the end of the monsoon, while February denotes the beginning of the summer. It also depends on where you’re going to stay in Thrissur. While a beachside town is undoubtedly hot in the summer, a village nestled high up in the Western Ghats, on the other hand, is considerably cooler.
Indian Terms Explained :
Lord Shiva - A popular Hindu deity who symbolises darkness and destruction. Lord Shiva, along with Vishnu and Brahma, form the sacred Hindu trinity.
Azhimukham - This Malayalam term refers to the place where the river merges with the sea.