THRISSUR: The cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur is synonymous with the world famous and spectacular pooram Festival. The abode of several prominent cultural centres including the Kerala Kalamandalam, Sahitya Academy and Sangeetha Nadaka Academy, Thrissur has an extraordinarily rich past as well as a vibrant present. From the ancient times, this district with its cultural heritage and archaeological wealth has played a significant role in the political history of south India. Many rulers and dynasties beginning with the Zamorins of Kozhikode, Tipu Sultan of Mysore and Europeans including the Dutch and the British have had a hand in moulding the destiny of this region. Raja Rama Varma popularly known as Sakthan Thampuran is the architect of the present Thrissur town.
IN AND AROUND ATHIRAPALLY:
MALAKKAPARA:(56 km east of Athirapally)A small and beautiful hill station in the Sholayar rainforest.
THUMBOORMUZHI RIVER GARDENS: (15 km west of Athirapally)A scenic spot by the Chalakkudy River, the butterfly garden here attracts more than 148 varieties of butterflies.(open from 0900-1700hrs)
Bath in the spectacular waterfalls of Athirapally and Vazhachal.
Visit Kauthuka Park ,a beautifully landscaped garden on the way to Athirapally Waterfalls at Chalakkudy. Set on residential land, the park is dotted with hills, streams, caves and medicinal plants.
Telephone Access Code:+91-487
AIR: Nearest International Airport: Nedumbassery
RAIL: Thrissur is an important railhead of the Southern Railways.
The KSRTC Bus station ,near the Railway Station operates long distance and inter-state services ph:2421150,
The Sakthan Thampuaran Bus Stand is 1 km away from town.
The North Bus Stand is in the heart of the town
TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICES:
DTPC,Palace Road,Chembukkavu ph:2320800