15 Tourist Destinations of Thrissur District to Visit this Onam Season
Now it is Onam season in Kerala, and unlike other years, Keralities get almost 10 consecutive holidays to cheer this time. Though the festival season is almost over, sparing one or two days is enough to visit important tourist locations of Thrissur. Through this column I would like to give a brief description of 10 major tourist spots of Thrissur to enjoy with your family or friends. As monsoon season has ended and it is pleasant atmosphere everywhere, it’s one of the best seasons of the year to conduct a tour to different places of Kerala.
There are many dams, reservoir areas and forest locations in Thrissur. This column would be helpful for you if you have planned to visit Athirapally and other major tourist locations of Thrissur this time.
1. Athirappilly Waterfalls – No: 1 Tourist destination of Thrissur
Nicknamed “The Niagara of India”, Athirappilly Falls is the largest waterfall of Kerala. It’s quite familiar to movie buffs of Indian movies, as many of South Indian and Bollywood films have been shot here. The waterfall was shown as spectacular in the popular film, Baahubali. It’s the favourite location of ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam who shot the films or song sequences of Dil Se, Guru, Kannathil Muthamittal, Iruvar and Raavan at Athirappilly. Two water theme parks – ‘Silver Storm’ and ‘Dream Park’ are on the way to the waterfalls from Chalakkudy.
The major waterfall is situated at Vaazhachal, and the second one at Charppa. Athirapilly is a wonderful tourist location, famous across India. Charppa waterfall is visible on the roadside, and Vaazhachal waterfall is just 2 kms away. Wide spread stream of Vaazhachal that ends as a waterfall and its banks make it a lovely spot and hot favourite for many. Poringalkuthu Hydel Tourism Centre is 10 km away from the site, situated on forest path. It stays as the gateway of tourists to Sholyar Rain forest on the Western Ghats. It’s famous for its dam and lovely scenary. Poringalkuthu, Aana Kayam and Sholyar Dam View are the major spots.
2. Thumboormuzhi Dam and Butterfly Park
3. Malakkappara Hill Station
The main attraction of this hill station is a pleasant climate comparable to Ootty and Munnar. It’s also possible to see wild animals so close. A pleasant journey through the tea gardens during the misty time is an unforgettable trip. Malakkappara Hill station is 115 km away from Thrissur main town. A tourist can also book for rain yatra, jungle safari, hill safari etc with Athirapilly-Vazhachal Destination Management Council in advance.
4. Peechi Dam with a visual treat
Beauty of Western Ghats with pleasant climate is the highlight of Peechi. Main highlight is the dam built on Manali Lake which originates from Vellani Mountain. A pavilion is set on the nearby hill, from where 3/4th of the water reservoir project is visible to tourists. Though monsoon rains fell below year’s expectations, Peechi dam has been a popular spot of tourists this year also.
The garden has been renovated, and children’s park, botanical garden, dancing waterfall, butterfly garden and K. F. R. I are other major attractions of Peechi Dam. There are facilities for accommodation in Peechi house, and small restaurants as well.
5. Chimney Dam and Wild Life Sanctuary
6. Vazhani Dam with amazing construction structure
7. Poomala Dam
Poomala is a beautiful village very close to Thrissur main town. There are several ‘Muniyaras’ – places where old saints meditated and did tapas. A small dam situated 94.5 metres above sea level, and another dam situated at Pathazhakund are major spots of attraction. It’s a visual treat to watch Thrissur town from the top of the mountain at nights. Poomala dam is situated 12kms away from Athani of Thrissur.
8. Vilangankunnu Hill Station
Vilangankunnu is a hilly area of the beautiful Adat village, 6 kms away from Thrissur town in the Guruvayur route. The hill is visible in same perpetual manner, though observed through different angles, earning it the name – Vilangan. The top of the hill is around 5 acres, at a slope of 80 degrees from below. The maidan on the top is the major spot, provided with a children’s park and a small garden. It’s a spectacular scene to watch koel paddy fields and Thrissur town including the residential project – Shobha city from the top of this plateau. Arabian Sea, Sahya Mountain Ranges, Perumala Mountain and Thayyoor Kotta are also visible from here.
9. Snehatheeram Beach
It is situated in Thalikulam of Thrissur District, and to promote tourism, several cultural events are food festivals are conducted here every year. It lies on the coast of Arabian Sea, and several constructions are made to sit and watch the sea. A children’s park and restaurants are also available. Sea food dishes are served in the restaurants near the sea shore. People often come here to have a sea batch, and there are separate areas for men and women.
10. Thrissur Zoo or State Museum
11. Palace of Shaktan Thampuran
12. Anakotta of Guruvayur for Elephant Fans
Thrissur is famous for elephants and elephant festivals collectively called Pooram. For people who visit Guruvayur temple, Punnathoor is the best place to visit elephants. The Elephant Camp is located in Punnathur Kotta, just three kms away from Guruvayur temple. 54 elephants are protected here, and a visual treat to all elephant fans. It’s very are to see more than 50 elephants at a single camp. Ticket costs 5 and 2 rupees for adults and kids respectively. Photography and videography are strictly prohibited here.
13. Chavakkad Beach
It’s the no: 1 beach in the district of Thrissur and one of the best tourist destinations too. The vast beach has a distance of about 2 km, making it a wonderful attraction. A park with special sitting arrangements is also made in the shore to promote tourism. The park is situated near to sea shore, and so a visitor can enjoy the sea beauty by sitting in the park. Munakka Kadavu – a point of union of sea with lake is only 8 kms away from Chavakkad. A few Pulimuttu are also located near to Munakka Kadavu.
14. Azhikode – Munaikkal Beach of Kodungallur
It’s one of the wide spread beaches of Kerala, and owns a special place in the tourism map of the state. The union point of Arabian Sea and lake – Azhikode – Munaikkal Beach is quite popular for its calm and silent nature. The calm and wide spread sea makes it a popular destination of tourists. Munaikkal Beach is just 8 kms away from Kodungallur town – the gateway of three major foreign religions to Indian sub-continent (Christianity, Islam and Parsi).
15. Heritage of Kottappuram
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