Thrissur

Culture Capital

Kerala’s Cultural capital, it is home to most of the state’s classical and folk arts. It is the land of temples, festivals and also of the state’s mascot; the elephant. This district is home for the state’s largest number of domestic and temple elephants. The celebrated annual Pooram Festival at theVadakunnathan temple is famous for its glittering page antry of caparisoned  elephants and scintillating fireworks. The hallowed Guruvayoor temple has a stable of 60 elephants which is a treat to visit. The Koodalmanikyam temple here is perhaps India’s only temple dedicated to Bharatha, LordRam’s brother. The secular Trissur’s proud landmarks also include the1380 year-old Cheraman Mosque , India’s oldest mosque and also the twocentury-old Mariyam Chaldean Church. The Palayur Church here is believed to be where St Thomas converted the first Indian Christians in AD52.Kerala’s premier Kathakali school, Kerala Kalamandalam, the state’s highest academi of literature, Kerala Sahitya Academi and also that of performing arts, Sangeet Nataka Academi- all are located here. Chachu Smaraka Gurukulam, a top traditional school of Kutiyattam — the country’soldest surviving Sanskrit theatre- too is in Trissur. Another much-adored artof the district is the folksy Pulikali (tiger dance) where hundreds of malestake to the streets donning tiger masks and tiger stripes painted on theirbodies.Sandwiched between the state’s north (Malabar) and south (Kochi and Thiruvithamkoor) regions, Thrissur provides the point of confluence for Malayalis’ two distinct cultural streams. The district also has its customary Kerala features like hills, jungles, wildlife sanctuary and also spectacular waterfalls.

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