Filled with sacred sites, Thrissur is a thriving Kerala city known for lively festivals, impressive temples and palaces. You can also see spectacular waterfalls and wildlife habitats.
Things to do in Thrissur
Piercing the skyline in the centre of Thrissur is Vadakkumnathan Kshetram Temple, a Keralan architectural treasure with elaborate murals honouring Lord Shiva. To view Indo-Gothic designs, stop by Our Lady of Dolours Basilica. Kids will love seeing the elephants at Thiruvambady Temple, while archaeology buffs can discover ancient coins and bronze statues at the museum inside Sakthan Thampuran Palace.
Cascading waterfalls define the natural surroundings of Thrissur, particularly Athirappilly Waterfalls in the Sholayar Ranges. After a short uphill hike, you can relax at the water’s edge or swim in pristine pools. Just a few minutes away, you can join fellow hikers picnicking at Vazhachal Falls.
At Punnathur Kotta elephant sanctuary you’ll see the animals roaming freely in natural habitats. To interact with animals living within the city, head over to Thrissur Zoo and State Museum, home to a snake park housing king cobras, pythons, vipers and cobras. The on-site Art Museum features traditional Kerala lamps, jewellery, wood carvings, swords and stuffed butterflies.
Dining in Thrissur is a mixture of international cuisines at places such as Navaratna Restaurant, which specializes in North Indian, Chinese and Keralan dishes. At India Gate in Kalliath Royal Square, you can indulge in a constantly evolving array of dosas, including a popular cashew dosa.
Getting around Thrissur
Cochin International Airport is located 50 kilometres away at Nedumbassery. Taxis, auto rickshaws and local buses provide transportation.