Also known by pseudonyms such as the ‘Cultural Center’ of Kerala as well as the ‘Pooram City’, Thrissur is a bustling hub for business, education, banking and so much more. The district is famous for being a spiritual center as it is home to the country’s first church and mosque as well as the famous Hindu pilgrimage center at Guruvayur. Famous for its silk and jewelry showrooms too, Thrissur beckons out to one and all to come settle down in its green and clean beauty. Thrissur is also surrounded by amazing weekend getaway hotspots for its inhabitants. Here’s a look at some that are perfect for a one-day trip:
Also known as the ‘Niagara Falls of India’, this spectacular waterfall cascades down from the Anamudi Mountains – a part of the Western Ghats. Athirapally waterfalls is the largest waterfall in the verdant state of Kerala and falls from a height of 80 ft. and is 330 ft. wide. It meanders through the dense greenery of the Vazhachal Forests and onwards towards the Arabian Ocean. The waterfall creates an outstanding view with its cascading frothy waters amid emerald jungles and surrounded by the majestic green Sholayar Peaks. There is a large natural pool before the waterfall where you can frolic and have fun!
Athirapally is just 60km from Thrissur and makes a great weekend destination.
Known as the ‘Rice Bowl of Kerala’, Palakkad is famous for its endless vistas of green trees, rolling expanses of paddy fields, dense forests and serpentine mountains of the Western Ghats. This visual treat is just 69km from Thrissur and ideal for nature lovers. Places to visit include Palakkad Fort, Malampuzha Dam, Silent Valley national park, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, elephant sanctuary and a fantasy park.
Located just 83km from Thrissur, this ancient port city is also known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. With a trading history going around 600 years back, Kochi is a bustling city that is an eclectic mix of the old and the new and well-known as the commercial and financial capital of the state. It is an amalgamation of Dutch, Portuguese, Phoenician, Arab, Chinese as well as British influences, by virtue of its being a trading center for them. The feudal rulers of the Chera Dynasty also left their mark on the city’s culture and cuisine. Some of the places to see around Kochi are the grand Lulu mall, Fort Kochi, Dutch museum, Kerala Kathakali Center, etc.
This cool hill station is located just 75km from Thrissur, along the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border and is ideal for eco-tourism and romantic getaways. Teeming with unexplored treasures, this weekend getaway offers picturesque tourist attractions amid its jewel-like green surroundings. Covered with tea, coffee and spice plantations, this area is home to a variety of exotic flora and fauna too. Nelliyampathy is the perfect haven for eco-tourism and is surrounded by majestic peaks ranging from 500m to 1600m! Aside from these places, Nelliyampathy is also known for Nanmara Vellanghy Vela festival, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary and the Nelliyampathy Hills.
Also known as the ‘Small Mecca of the South’, it’s dotted with numerous Muslim institutions and a Juma masjid built in 925 AD. Ponnani is a small beach town and is mainly a fishing hub located about 49km from Thrissur. This picturesque town is a paradise for vacationers with its peaceful green scenery rich in colorful flora and fauna. It’s also a birder’s paradise with many migratory and exotic birds being seen during the months of March to May. Some other places to visit include the beautiful Padinharekara beach, Thrikkavu temple and boat racing at the mouth of the Bharathapuzha and Tirur Rivers.
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