20 Places to Visit in Thrissur, Tourist Places & Top Attractions

Tourist Places in Thrissur

Vadakkunnathan Temple, Dolours Basilica, Shakthan Thampuran Palace, Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple, Vilangan Kunnu, Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple, Punnathur Kotta, Nehru Park, Athirappilly Waterfalls, Kerala Kalamandalam and many more.

The best of Thrissur tourist places include the name of attractions like Dolours Basilica, Athirappilly Waterfalls, Vilangan Kunnu, Punnathur Kotta, Shakthan Thampuran Palace, and Thrissur Zoo and State Museum. A religious town in the state of Kerala, Thrissur is very well known for the many religious sites, temples, spiritual centres, and colourful celebrations during the festival season.

Built around a small hillock that spreads for about 65 acres called the Thekkinkadu Maidan, it can be said that the city is also built around the famous Vadakkumnathan temple, located on the hillock. This small city is known to be the cultural capital of Kerala, which is pretty evident in almost all of these interesting and amazing places to visit in Thrissur.

Apart from the religious side of the town, there are also a number of beaches, hillocks, forests, and waterfalls are wait for you when you arrive here. Take a look at this guide to know where to go on your trip to Thrissur in God’s Own Country, Kerala.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Thrissur:

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An ancient temple of Kerala, the Vadakkunnathan Temple is also the oldest temple of the state dedicated to Lord Shiva. Following the architectural style of Kerala, the temple has monumental towers surrounding it. 

Talking about the inside of the temple, there are several mural paintings that depict various episodes from the Hindu Epic, Mahabharata. 

Thekkinkadu Maidan, which surrounds the temple from all sides is where the local festival of Thrissur Pooram is organized every year, granting this place an even more of spiritual importance.

Location: 2.4 km from Thrissur bus stand.

 Everyday, 3 AM to 8:30 PM.

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The Dolours Basilica, or the Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours (as the full name goes), is a distinct building in the city of Thrissur. You can easily recognize this grand church from its white facade. 

Smack in the middle of a lush green valley, this basilica is known for narrating quite a number of stories of love and faith. Spread in an area of about 25,000 sq feet, Dolours Basilica is the third tallest church in Asia and the largest church in the country with double storeyed aisles.

Location: 1.6 km from Thrissur bus stand.

Timings: Everyday, 6:00 AM onwards (mass timings may vary.

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Built after a rather Dutch style architecture, the Shakthan Thampuran Palace is a sight to behold. Finding its name in almost every list of Thrissur tourist places, the Shakthan Thampuran Palace was rebuilt in the place of Vadakkekara Palace in the year 1795 by the then King Ramavarma Thampuram of Cochin.

In the year 2005, the palace was converted into a museum that now showcases a number of relics and really old antiques. A favourite one amongst several art admirers, the two-storeyed complex has high roofs, thicker than usual walls, and Italian Marble on the floor, making it a place right out of a traveller’s dream.

Location: 2.5 km from Thrissur bus stand.

 Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Entry fees:
 INR 10 for adults, INR 5 for kids, INR 30 for cameras.
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The largest temple in the state dedicated to Goddess Vaishnavi, the Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple is one of the most famous places to visit in Thrissur. 

One of the participating temples in the famous Thrissur Pooram festival, where 15 elephants walk in a procession Paramekkavu to the Vadakkumnathan temple. 

The Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple is also well-known for its easy accessibility, as it quite near to the railway station of the city. This almost 1000-year-old temple is a centre of attraction in the time of celebrations in the state.

location: 1.6 km from Thrissur bus stand.

 Everyday, 4:30 AM to 11:30 AM | 4 PM to 9 PM.

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The oxygen jar of the city of Thrissur, Vilangan Kunnu is a hillock located near the city. From its top, one can get a fine view of the Thrissur city and Thrissur Kole Wetlands, making the place one of the most favourite picnic spots in the region. 

Simply surreal, the experience from the 5-acre hilltop is only enhanced by the construction of an amusement park, where there are a number of rides that the kids can enjoy with the amazing view below.

Location: 9.2 km from Thrissur bus stand.

 Everyday, 9 AM to 5 PM.

Entry fees:
 INR 10 for adults, and INR 5 for kids.

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In the town of Guruvayur near Thrissur, the Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple stands as a true testimony of not only the devotion of the people of the state but also of the fine arts and crafts that Kerala is well known for.

Dedicated to the Hindu God, Guruvayurappan, the temple is one of the most sacred locations for the Hindus residing in Kerala. Inside the temple, you can find a number of artefacts that showcase the beauty of the handiwork of Kerala. 

The best part of visiting the temple is that when it is lit during celebrations, the glow of the red and brick structure is a sight worth beholding.

Location: 25.9 km from Thrissur bus stand.

 Everyday, 3:00 AM to 1:30 PM | 4:30 PM to 9:15 PM.

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Not so far away from the Guruvayoor Temple lies one of the best Thrissur tourist places. An Elephant Sanctuary, the Punnathur Kotta was initially a palace belonging to a local ruler. It was then converted to a house of elephants and now has the highest number captive elephant, about 59 of them. 

This is where these beasts are trained to participate in several festivals. Apart from this, the Punnathur Kotta also has a training centre for Elephant Riders (Mahouts), and temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bhagavati.

Location: 28.5 km from Thrissur bus stand.

 Everyday, 9 AM to 5 PM

Entry fees:
 INR 10 per person, and INR 25 for the camera.
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A children’s park in the heart of the city named after the first prime minister of India, Nehru Park is one of the best places to visit in Thrissur. Given the love for children that Jawahar Lal Nehru had, the place is fully dedicated and focussed on providing the best kind of enjoyment to the little guests. 

One can plan an amazing and memorable picnic here, or explore around on foot and come across the beautiful aquarium in the garden.

Location: 1.9 km from Thrissur bus stand.

Timings: Everyday, 1 PM to 8 PM.

Entry fees: None.

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On the outskirts of the city at a distance of some 60 km, the Athirappilly waterfalls mark one of the best places to visit in Thrissur. Standing 80 ft tall and about 330 ft wide, these falls are the largest in the state of Kerala. 

The majesty of this place can be understood by the fact that the falls are located on the Chalakudy River, that originates from the highest mountain in India outside of the Himalayas. A perfect place for a group outing, these falls are sometimes called the Niagra of India

Location: 57.8 km from Thrissur bus stand. 

Timings: Everyday, 8 AM to 6 PM.

Entry fees: INR 15 per person.

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A University of Art and Culture, Kerala Kalamandir is a Government of India recognized institution dedicated to providing learning in the many performing arts native to India. Their main focus has always been on the arts that have been developed in Southern India. 

The Kerala Kalamandalam was what gave three main arts of Kerala a new life, namely Kathakali, Kudiyattam, and Mohiniyattam. For the sake of performing arts, and if you are someone who is a fanatic for them, this is definitely the place to be. The best part is that the institute is housed on the banks of the Bharathapuzha River.

location: 30.9 km from Thrissur bus stand.

Timings: Everyday, 9 AM to 5 AM.

Entry fees: INR 1000 for Indians, and USD 20 for Foreigners.

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Smack in the middle of the city is one of the most alive and beautiful of all Thrissur Tourist Places. Also known as the State Museum & Zoo, the Thrissur Zoo is located at about 2 km from the city centre, the zoo is more than just a place for showcasing the beautiful flora and fauna of the region. 

There is also a natural history museum and an art museum that have exhibits capturing the social and cultural heritage of Thrissur. With it being one of the two Zoological Parks in Kerala, the zoo experiences a good number of visitors every year.

Location: 2.7 km from Thrissur bus stand.

Timings: Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Entry fees: INR 5 for adults, INR 3 for children, INR 5 for a camera, and INR 500 for the video camera.

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Another gem on the Chalakudy River in the Athirappilly region of Kerala, the falls are located between two major tourist spots in the region; Athirappilly Falls and Vazhachal Falls. Not just that, the falls are also a midway stop for a number of tourists who are visiting the above falls. 

The flow of the water on the rocks is as such that the water looks like milk flowing, further adding to the charm of this place. The waterfall is best visited in the months right after the monsoon season when the water spills onto the road nearby.

 61.0 km from Thrissur bus stand.

24 hours, every day.

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Thrissur Beach is one of its kinds in the entire Kerala region which bears every charm to attract people from all walks of life. Situated on the coastline of Arabian sea, the beach offers alluring views during sunrise and sunsets.Earlier, the beach used to attract only the locals but as the time passed the beauty of the beach won hearts of the tourists even in the distant lands.

The Thrissur beach is situated in the city of Thrissur which is also the cultural capital of Kerala. Besides the beach, the place is famous for the ancient temple, churches, and mosques.With people flocking around on the sunkissed golden sand bordered by swaying palm trees and the sound of the waves, the place gets charismatic as the dawn happens.

People coming from all around the world to witness the natural beauty of the place indulge themselves into various activities that happen on and around the beach like swimming, surfing, fishing, sunbathing, boat rides and birdwatching on the dreamy stretch of vast blue water.Water resorts situated around provides a panoramic view of the sea along with an opulent stay option.

Location: 25 km from Thrissur bus stand.

Timings: All day

Entry fees: None

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A well-manicured garden in the heart of the city is simply something that everyone likes, and that is what the Heritage Garden of the city of Thrissur serves as its purpose. It is truly a spot that everyone loves and flocks around. A great picnic spot, the Heritage garden is home to a number of rare species of flora. 

A greatly famous spot for a number of locals and tourists arriving here at Thrissur, there are a number of fountains to look at, and also many benches where you can hang out with your people.

Location: 1.6 km from Thrissur bus stand.

Timings:Everyday, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM.

Entry fees:
 INR 20 for adults, INR 5 for children, INR 10 for a camera.

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One of the most fascinating and unexplored beaches of the state of Kerala, the Chavakkad Beach is popularly one amongst the most famous Thrissur Tourist places. Perfect for picnickers, honeymooners, and tourists of all sorts, the golden sand of the beach is what at the tracts people from all corners of the country. 

The place where the beach is, there is a river that meets the sea, making an estuary. One of the best reasons for people to flock here is the colour of the waters, and the sight of fishermen going about their daily life. One can do a lot here, one of which is witnessing the amazing cleanliness of the area.

Location: 28.3 km from Thrissur bus stand.

Timings: Everyday, 6 AM to 6:30 PM.

Entry fees: None.

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What started as a reservoir built for irrigation, the Peechi Dam has now become one of the best highlights in the list of Thrissur Tourist Places. Not only does this place provide irrigation water to nearby villages, but also makes up for drinking water provided to the city. 

Built on the Manali River, you can find the Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary and a number of elephants who come here to drink water. Apart from this, the tourists absolutely love this place and come here to enjoy boating on the reservoir.

Location: 22.2 km from Thrissur bus stand.

Timings: Everyday, 8 AM to 6:30 PM.

Entry fees: None.
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Another great waterfall located in the Athirappilly region of Thrissur, the Vazhachal Waterfall has located just 5 km from the famous Athirappilly waterfalls. 

The milky colour of the water is what really attracts visitors from all over to come and witness the majesty of the falls situated on the west flowing Chalakudy River. 

Owing to the beauty and the nature of this location, there are a lot of water parks and natural gardens nearby, which combined make monsoons the best time to visit this place.

Location: 32 km from Thrissur bus stand.

Timings: Everyday, 8 AM to 6 PM.

Entry fees: None.

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When you are in Thrissur, you must prepare yourself to see some of the most amazing beauties of the waters around. And one of the best places to witness the magnificence of that is the Chettuva Backwaters. 

Starting from the Enamakkal Lake, the backwater runs through until ending in an estuary at the point where it meets the Arabian sea. One of the most important characters in this spot being known the world over are the mangroves here. Apart from that, there are several islands, a fort, and numerous sightings of migratory birds that make this place one of the best spots in Thrissur tourist places.

Location: 30 km from Thrissur bus stand.


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A beautiful viewpoint at just an hour’s drive from the city, Cheppara is probably the least known of all of Thrissur Tourist Places. The word ‘Para’ means hill, and that is exactly what this place is. 

Spread in an area of about 1 km, visitors claim that the views from the top of the hill are magnetic and captivating, and because it is less known, one can expect the least amount of crowd at any given time. The highlight of this spot, however, is the amazing view of the sunset.

Location: 17.4 km from Thrissur bus stand.

Everyday 6:00 AM  11:45 AM | 4:00 PM 7:00 PM.

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If you are a car fanatic and someone who is into special vintage cars from the ’50s, then the Vintage Vauxhall Velox Car Club is probably one of the best places to visit in Thrissur. You can get to see a great number of classics from the era gone by. 

Easily accessible from major cities nearby, the museum is home to a number of luxury cars like Ford, Citroen, Mini Cooper, Ambassador, and many more, all of which were in rage back in the decades of ‘80s and ‘90s. A great number of tourists appear here every day to have a look at this beauties and sometimes participate in the auctioning of one.

Location: 2.0 km from Thrissur bus stand.

 Monday to Saturday, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

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