Thrissur

Better known as the “cultural capital” of Kerala or to some as a place to find elephant lovers, Thrissur has historically been a center of Hindu scholarship. Literally meaning – ‘the land with the name of Shiva’, it is home to a number of Hindu temples for the Shaivites. The city built around a hillock is said to have had Thomas the Apostle set foot in it, nearly 2000 years ago. A visit to nearby Kuttoor and Cherur will showcase some remains of the Stone age with megalithic monuments scattered around. There are also those interesting Dolmens to spot, stone cave like structures which were meant to be burial sites.

In around 16th century, the Portugese colonized the town, only to be captured by the Dutch in the next hundred years.

The main festival called ‘Thrissur pooram’ is celebrated every year during spring and witnesses large congregations from different parts of the country, of people and of grandly decorated elephants. Kavakli is another such festival where an array artists perform music and dance to entertain the masses on the occasion of the annual harvest season.

Temples, mosques and churches are in abundance and one mustn’t miss the chance to go and visit one. Most famous of them being the Vadakkunnathan temple and the Syro-Malabar Catholic Basilica. Also, the 200 year old rice market of Thrissur just hasn’t ceased to amaze…

Speaking of rice, Vellayappam, a kind of rice hopper is another dish which is special to the city apart from the popular snacks – Achappam and Kuzhalappam.