Thrissur is considered the cultural capital of the state. Home to several prominent art institutions, this is where the extravagant pooram festival is held annualy. Thrissur Pooram is called ‘the pooram of all poorams’ (festival). It is the biggest of all poorams held in Kerala state. The Thrissur pooram, is celebrated every year in the month of Medam (mid-April to mid-may) as per the malayalam calendar. While all poorams have a huge influence on surrounding neighborhoods and towns, few other festivals require their active involvement.
Thrissur town plays host, for 36 hours from the wee hours of the pooram day, to one of the most largest collection of people and elephants. The richly decorated elephant, as seen during the Thrissur pooram, is now globally recognized, and its association with Kerala. On the pooram day, fifty (50) or more elephants pass through the very center of Thrissur town, the Vadakkunnathan temple. The main features of the pooram (festival) are these decorated elephants with their nettipattam (decorative golden headdress), beautifuliy crafted kolam, decorative bells and ornaments etc. Add to this is the panchavadyam, the rhythmic beating of the drum, and what would be a cacophony otherwise is turned into an organized but spontaneous symphony. The fireworks display in the early hours of the next day, rival shows held anywhere in the world, without even using many of the modern and newer pyrotechnics.
Sakthan Thampuran Palace:
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
The State Museum and Zoo:
Built in 1885 and covering an area of 13.5 acres, the Art Museum, the Natural History Museum is located at Chembukavu. It has a good collection of wood carvings, metal sculptures and ancient jewelers.
Thrissur Zoo: It is a major attraction for children and students with a variety of animals. There is a special building which houses snakes
One of the most revered temples in Kerala, a lofty stone wall and four imposing gopurams enfold the Vadakkumnathan Temple and its cover of sacred medicinal trees. In a unique ritual, ghee, or clarified butter, is poured over the Shiva linga every day.
Basilica of Our Lady of Lourdes:
The 1875-built Roman Catholic Minor Basilica is locally called Puthen Palli. The 140 ft long steeple is visible from anywhere in the town. The chapel has 15 altars. It boasts of neo Gothic spires and the largest interior of any church in South India with a lot of mural paintings on the walls and ceilings
This is one of three most important churches in Thrissur. Established in 1885, it was given the status of a cathedral in 1891. A flight of steps from the altar leads to an underground prayer chamber.