Major Tourist Places to Visit around Thrissur Kerala
Athirapally waterfalls is a popular tourist destination located at the entrance to the Sholayar ranges, 1000 feet above sea level. The waterfall is situated at a distance of 63 km from Thrissur and 33 km from Chalakkudi Railway Station. Here, the water falls from a height of about 80 m (150 feet) and joins the Chalakudy river below. June to September is the best time to visit Athirapally.
Anakkayam, about 20 km from Chalakudy on the Sholayar- Peringalkuthu route, is famous for its lake. The place (Elephant crevice) is so called, because it is said that a group of elephants drowned in the deep lake. October to March is the best time to visit.
Situated 30 km from Thrissur, Nattika beach is an ideal place to visit. The resorts in the beach offer modern facilities. Deep-sea fishing, backwater cruise on country boats and elephant rides are some of the attractions here.
Peechi village, which is 23 km away from Thrissur, is famous for this dam. The dam is built across the Manali River. The colorful botanical gardens and the fountains enhance the beauty of the place.
Peechi Wild Life Sanctuary
Established in 1958, the Peechi Wild Life Sanctuary stretches over an area of 125 Sq.km. The sanctuary is home to more than 50 species of orchids and medicinal plants, apart from 25 species of mammals, over 60 species of birds and 10 species of reptiles and snakes. Besides, tigers, leopards, Wild Dogs, Spotted and barking deer are seen here. Ponmudi peak, at a height of 923 meters, lies near Peechi sanctuary. Frequent buses ply from Thrissur to Peechi.
Silver Storm Water Theme Park
Silver Storm Water Theme Park is located at Vettilapara near Athirapally Water Falls and is about 63 km from Thrissur. The park is opened from 10.00 am to 7.30 pm, and at off-season from 11 am to 6.30 pm. The park is 19 km from Chalakkudi junction and 20 km from the Chalakkudi railway station.
Situated on the coastal belt of Thrissur District, Vatanapally beach is a picturesque spot with coconut palms. It is located about 20 km from Thrissur town.
This speeding watercourse in the Chalakkudy River, is located 36 km from Chalakkudi and 5 km from Athirappally Falls. Another attraction here is the medicinal herb garden which lies near the waterfalls.
Punnathoor Kotta or Fort is home to various elephants that are brought as ritual offerings to the Sree Krishna Temple, Guruvayoor, by the devotees. Located about 2 km from the Guruvayoor temple and 35km from Trichur, the fort offers the tourists an opportunity to see the elephants being trained, fed and groomed and the traditional method of curative treatment given to them.
Cheraman Juma Masjid
Situated in Methala Village of Kodungallur taluk, around 40 km from Trichur town, this mosque is considered as the oldest mosque in India. It is believed to be the second oldest mosque to offer Jumu'ah prayers. The unique feature of the mosque is that unlike other mosques in Kerala that face westwards, this mosque faces eastwards. Traditional Hindu architecture is reflected on the mosque. There is an ancient oil lamp which always burns and is believed to be more than a thousand years old. It is to be noted that people of all religions bring oil for the lamp as an offering.
Chimmony Dam in Echippara village is 42 km from Thrissur. This is the area of wild life sanctuary which was established in 1984. Spreading over an area of about 100 km², the sanctuary lies on the Western slopes of the Nelliyampathi hills. It is the abode of deer, elephants and wolves. Trekking paths are here for the adventure travelers.
Previously known as Kunnamkulangara, this is an ancient Christian center in Thrissur District and is about 22 km north of Thrissur and 8 km north-east of Guruvayoor. The town is well renowned for note book manufacture. Juma Masjid, Marthoma Church, Orthodox Syrian Church, Kakkad Maha Ganapathi Temple, Vedakkadu Devi Temple and Thalakkottukara Shiva Temple are the major attractions here.
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