Kerala Kalamandalam

Kerala the state with the highest literacy rates is famous for many other things also. There are many unique art forms in the state that has fascinated the art lovers for ages. But these art forms were in the verge of extinction. In  1930 in the urge of promoting these art forms one of the greatest poets from Kerala  Vallathol established the Kerala Kalamandalam. Kalamandalam offers training in many traditional art forms such as Mohiniyattam,kathakali,thullal, Drama and fock dances.  Another important places to visit near kalamandalam are the temple of “kozhimamparambu”Bhagavathy , St. Thomas Chruch and the Cheruthutruthy  Mosque. Kerala Kalamandalam is  situated in a place named Cheruthuruthy in the District of Thrissur.  For decades Kalamandalam has been teaching the world the legacy of Kerala  and is one of the most respected art institutions in the world. People from all over the world come here to taste the essence of the spectacular culture of Kerala. Kalamandalam was awarded the status of “Deemed University For Art and Culture in the year 2006 by the Government of India. Kalamandalam has produced many famous personalities including Kalamandalam Appukutty Poduval, kalamandalam Krishnan Nair-a legendary kadhakali performer and so on.

 

How to reach here

The nearest Air ports are at kochi and Calicut both around 90 km from kalamandalam

Its almost 30 km away from thrissur you can come either by bus or can hire a cab

The nearest railway station is shornur railway station which is just 2km away.

Shakthan Thamburan Palace

There are many famous palaces and forts in the beautiful state of kerala. One amoung these is the Shakthan Thamburan palace situated in thrissur. It was constructed by the farmous Ramavarma Thampuran known as Shakthan Thamburan. Shakthan Thamburan was the greatest ruler  of kochi.  Shakthan Thamburan palace was build in the year 1795 in kerala –Duch style.it was first named as Vadakkekara palace but is commonly known as Shakthan Thamburan Palace. In the year 2005 the government of Kerala converted the palace to a museum.

The palace is similar to the palaces built in the 18th century. It has a traditional kerala style out look with the nalukettu , spacious rooms and high roofs. Italian marble is used to do the flooring. The interiors of the palace is ultra comfortable in any weather conditions. The skill of the technicians lived in during the 18th century can be clearly seen in the marvel.

Museum in the palace is attracting large mass attraction to this place. Here we can see the bronze statues belonging to 12th and 18th century. Coins , writings and other valuable remains of the past can be seen here. One of the specialties of this place is the archeological garden where archeological remains even from the Stone Age are preserved.

How to reach here

The nearest airport is Kochi international Airport which is at a distance of 79 km.

The temple is near to the Thrissur city so you can reach by train or bus

 

Vadakkunnathan Temple

Vadakkunnathan Temple is one of the most popular Shiva temples in Kerala. It is situated in Thrissur district in kerala. Kerala the southern state in India has a rich cultural heritage.Vadakkunnathan Temple can be spotted as a fine example for the cultural heritage and architectural style of the state. We can see various artworks and paintings in the temple. Mural paintings which were declared as a National monument by the India government can be seen inside the temple. The temple is surrounded by monumental towers known as kuttambalam on all the four sides. Various artworks carved in wood can be seen in the walls of the koottambalam.

According to mythology surrounding the temple, the temple was built around 1000 years ago by Parasurama, an incarnation of lord Vishnu. Parasurama is also known as the creator of Kerala itself by throwing his axe into the sea. If we talk about Vadakkumnadha  temple and we forgot the legendary thrissur pooram it will not be fair. Vadakkunnathan Temple is the main venue for the famous Thrissur pooram. Non hindus are not allowed to enter the temple.if you have some interest in ancient paintings and art forms then Vadakkunnathan Temple is a much visit place.

How to reach here

The nearest airport is Kochi international Airport which is at a distance of 79 km.

The temple is near to the Thrissur city so you can reach by train or bus by ease.

 

 

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Peechi Dam

Peechi dam is one of the oldest dams in the state of Kerala. Peechi dam is a concrete straight gravity dam. The dam is situated in Thrissur district of Kerala. It was started in order to facilitate irrigation in the surrounding villages. This dam situated about 22 kilometers outside of the Thrissur also provides the drinking water for the city. It is constructed across the Manali River. The dam was constructed in 1958 with E.Ikkanda warrier being its architect. The people of Thrissur first protested against the construction of the dam. A retired engineer from Andhra Pradesh build the dam as the engineers in Kerala was against the construction. The dam and the surrounding area spread to about 125 square kilometers. The surroundings of the Dam is stuffed with natural beauty and flora of different Varity can be seen here

How to reach here
The nearest airport is the Kochi international Airport which is at a distance of 98 km from the dam
We can approach the dam by rail also. The nearest being the Thrissur railway station about 22 km from the dam
The dam is just 15 km from Thrissur, we can hire a cab or come by bus.

 

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Guruvayur temple

India is the land of great spirituality. Thousands of temples  and other religious places are there in the country. Kerala, the gods own country is an abode to many mesmerizing spiritual places. People of all religions live in harmony here. Guruvayur temple is one of the most historical and spiritual places in the country. It is situated in the thrissur district  in Kerala.  People come here to worship lord Vishnu. Guruvayur is often known as the Dwaraka of southern India. Name given to lord of this temple is “guruvayurappan”. Appan in the local language means father hence the word conveys the meaning father of guruvayur. Guruvayur is one of the most holy places in Kerala, people from all over pour into this place to get blessings from lord Vishnu. The history of the temple goes beyond centuries. It is said the temple was build about 5000 years ago, although no historical evidence is about the same but in a Tamil literature book named  “ Kokasandesam” from 14th century  a place named kuruvayur is made. By this we can estimate that the legacy of guruvayur goes behind at least half a millennia.

 

Daily pooja timing in Guruvayur

Temple will open at around 3am and after the days pooja it closes at 10pm. Here is the temple timings for your convenience.

Time

Pooja

3.00am to 3.30am Nirmalyam
3.20am to 3.30am Oilabhishekam, Vakacharthu, Sankhabhishekam
3.30am to 4.15am Malar Nivedyam, Alankaram
4.15am to 4.30am Usha Nivedyam
4.30am to 6.15am Ethirettu pooja followed by Usha pooja
7.15am to 9.00am Seeveli,Palabhishekam,Navakabhishekam, Pantheeradi Nivedyam, and Pooja
11.30am to 12.30pm Ucha pooja (the noon pooja)
4.30pm to 5.00pm Seeveli
6.00pm to 6.45pm Deeparadhana
7.30pm to 7.45pm Athazha pooja Nivedyam
7.45pm to 8.15pm Athazha pooja
8.45pm to 9.00pm Athazha seeveli
9.00pm to 9.15pm Thrippuka, Olavayana
9.15pm The Sreekovil will be closed. On the day of Special Illuminations called “Vilakku” the Thripuka will be  performed after that. The Sreekovil will be closed after Thripuka. Then the Krishnanattam, a colourful traditional dance-drama based on Lord Krishna’s life is enacted inside the Temple on specified days.

 

Accomodation

The Devaswom provides many facilities  in order to accommodate the pilgrims. there is the facility to book the rooms in advance. in order to do this , full room rent and reservation charges should be sent to The Administrator, Guruvayur Devaswom, Guruvayur – 680101.by Demand Draft or Money Order well in advance. Full information about the reservation should be provided  along with the Demand Draft or Money Order.

Satram

The Devaswom Satram is situated  at some distance  from the Eastern Gopuram. It has 82 rooms with attached bath and 27 rooms having common bathroom. Four blocks are there in the Satram, namely South Block, East Block, TC Block and Canteen Block.

Kousthubham rest house( Phone No: 0487 2556537, Fax: 04872554844)

Kousthubhamn rest house is situated near  the sathram building.

Sl.No Rooms No. of Persons Rate
1 2 Bed Non A/c Adults 2 + Children’s 2 200
2 4 Bed Non A/c Adults 4 + Children’s 2 400
3 6 Bed Non A/c Adults 6 + Children’s 2 600
4 2 Bed A/c Adults 2 + Children’s 2 635
5 Dormitory Hall 50 Persons 2000 ( 6 pm to 6 am ) Extra Hours 750/Hour

Reservation Charge : 20/- Reservation Charge of Dormitory Hall: 100/- *Extra Room( A/C Room rs.50/- and Non A/Croom Rs.30/-)

Panchajanyam rest house (Phone no: 0487 2556535, Fax: 04872554844)

The Panchajanyam rest house is located at some distance from the south side of the east gopuram. The rates are as follow

Sl.No. Rooms No. of Persons Rate
1 5 Bed A/c Adults 5 + Children’s 2 1000 + Tax-Caution Deposit 500
2 3 Bed A/c Adults 3 + Children’s 2 750 + Tax-Caution Deposit 500
3 5 Bed Non A/c Adults 5 + Children’s 2 500 – Caution Deposit 300
4 3 Bed Non A/c Adults 3 + Children’s 2 350 – Caution Deposit 300

• Extra Persons ( A/c Room Rs. 50/- and Non A/c Rooms Rs.30/- ) (No Reservation For A/C Rooms)

Sreevalsam Guest House (Phone no: 0487 2556539)

This guest house is situated near the south side of the temple’s east gopuram. There are six airconditioned 2 beddedGURUVAYUR DEVASWOMsuits available in this residence

Suite No Rent Service Charges for 2 Hours
1,2,3,4 1400 + Tax 300
5 1000 + Tax 200
6 800 + Tax 150

* Extra Persons ( A/c Room Rs. 50/- and Non A/c Rooms Rs.30/- **booking facility is not  available for sreevalsam guest house  

 

 

SOME PICTURES OF GURUVAYUR TEMPLE 

How to reach here Guruvayur is situated in Thrissur district in Kerala.   The nearest international airport is the cochin international air port which is at a distance of 87 km There is a rail way station in guruvayur, you can take a passenger train from Thrissur or cochin. There are buses from Cochin and Thrissur. It is situated near the state highway 49 so there will not be any trouble for you to reach here.

Athirappilly Falls

Athirappilly Falls is located in the Trissur district of Kerala which is a southern state of India. The 80 feet high water fall is one of the most popular waterfalls in  southindia. This marvelous water which flows bearing all the perfect memories is situated in the midst of the Chalakudy River which originate from the Anamudi mountains of the Western Ghats. The water of the river swishes, and swirls as it nears Athirapally. The water gets blustery and it gushes around the rocks and pours down in three separate curls.

Either side of the river is the dense forest which holds innumerous varieties of flora and fauna. It is the place left in the Western Ghats where one could find all different varieties of Hornbills chirping merrily.This harmonious and well sustained ecosystem has already been frayed by men. The mining activities and the oncoming of hydroelectric projects on the Chalakudy River has already torn apart this friable piece of land.


 

How to reach here 

The nearest airport is cochin international airport which is at a distance of 55 km

The nearest town is Thrissur which is at a distance of 60 kms  and we can get the falls via road with ease.

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Thrissur Tour Destinations

Thrissur (formerly known as Trichur) is known as the “Cultural Capital” of Kerala and it houses 3 main cultural centres of Kerala namely Kerala Sahitya Academy, Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy and Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy. More over Thrissur is internationally popular and renowned for its festival “Thrissur Pooram”- the most spectacular temple festival of Kerala celebrated during month of April or May. Thrissur city is built around a hillock named “Thekinkadu Maithanam” which houses the temple of Vadakkumnathan. Thrissur is also famous for its beautiful Athirapally waterfalls (natural) which is a favourite destination for Indian cinema crew to shoot song sequences.

How to Access Thrissur:

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport is the nearest and is located at 55 Km from city.

Rail: Thrissur has a main railway station in the city itself and has trains to all cities across India round the clock.

Road: You can access Thrissur using National Highway – NH-47

Most Popular Tour Events:

Thrissur has two spectacular events which creates an ever memorable experience for it’s guests.

1. Thrissur Pooram

Known as the “Pooram of all Pooram’s” (Festival of all Festivals), Thrissur pooram is the most popular, most spectacular, mind blowing temple festival of Kerala. Main attractions of pooram are amazing fireworks,caparisoned Elephants (richly decorated and more than 50 in number) and widely renowned Panchari Melam (a percussion ensemble lasting many hours). Thrissur pooram is now internationally recogonized and tourists from many countries visit Kerala during this period and become a part of it. Pooram is held during month of April or May (as per local Malayalam calendar).

2. Thrissur Puli Kali

Thrissur Puli (Leopard) Kali is a cultural festival celebrated 3 days after the cultural festival of Kerala known as Onam. This mind blowing festival is also known as “Kaduva (Tiger) Kali”, in which people gets their body painted like Tiger (number of people is very large) and they perform traditional dances throughout the Thrissur city. This festival is internationally renowned and it’s history dates back to 200 years.

Most Popular Tour Destinations:

1.  Athirapally – Vazhachal Waterfalls

Athirapally waterfalls is one of the best water falls in Kerala, located in the Chalakudy river, originates from Western Ghats, this 80 feet natural water fall is a major source of worlds bio diversity hosting a number of endangered species. This scenic wonder is a favourite destination of film makers and a number of successful Indian movies (song and wild sequences) has been shot here. 5Km from Athirapally, you can spot the Vazhachal waterfalls, which is notable for it’s thick riparian vegetation. Both waterfalls with their cool, misty water current  cascading down the thick green forest and hilly terrain offers a mind refreshing experience to it’s guest, in fact you can connect with true virgin nature here, a blessed, liberated feeling, a true meditation.

2. Vadakkumnathan Temple

A classic example of Kerala architecture, Vadakkumnathan Temple (also known as Thenkailasam) is an ancient Shiva temple established by Parasurama (sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu). This temple has four “Gopuram” (monumental towers) set in the 4 directions, North, South, East and West.  Mural carvings that depict Mahabaratha is a must see and is classic.

3. Guruvayur Temple

The most popular pilgrim centre of Kerala, Guruvayur temple is an excellant example of ancient architecture (still it is referenced). According to legends the idol worshipped here is 5000 years old. Guruvayur temple which is devoted to Lord Krishna (Guruvayurappan), is internationally renowned and is visited by thousands of devotees from India and abroad any single day. East side has a museum which houses many rare collections of offerings made by devotees.

4.  Sakthan Thampuran Palace

An example of Kerala-Dutch style architecture, Sakthan Thampuran palace (also known as Vadakkechira Palace)  is now preserved by Archeological department of Government. This palace was renovated to it’s present form by Sakthan Thampuran (reigned during AD 1790 to 1805). This palace is a must see for travellers who are interested in the history of Kerala, specially about rulers and administration.

5. Cheruthuruthy Cultural Village

As you already know, Thrissur is the cultural centre of Kerala and it’s heart is “Cheruthuruthy”. All major academy for Cultural and Performing Arts are located here and the striking attraction is “Kerala Kalamandalam”.  Founded by Late Malayalam poet Shri.Vallathol Narayana Menon in 1930, Kerala Kalamandalam is now a deemed university for learning Indian Performing Arts like Mohiniyattam, Kathakali, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Thullal,Kudiyattam and traditional orchestra called Panchavadyam. In addition training is given in various percussion instruments like Chenda, Maddalam, Idayka etc. This institution follows Gurukula Sampradayam (residential education system). A must see place to understand and experience cultural beauty of Kerala.

6. Chimmony Wild Life Sanctuary

Established in 1984, Chimmony wild life sanctuary is an eco tourism project of Kerala. Located in Mukundapuram village of Thrissur district, Chimmony is an ideal place for travellers who are in search for wild life. This wild life sanctuary houses many rare species and you can see Malabar Whistling Thrush, Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Dhole, Nilgiri Langur, Bonnet Macaque, Elephant, Gaur, Sambar etc. Forests here are tropical evergreen and moist deciduous.

7.  Peechi Dam

Peechi Dam is an irrigation dam project to cater the water supply needs for Paddy fields outside Thrissur city.  Located at 23Km from Thrissur city at Peechi Village, this dam is a beautiful picnic spot. The dam is built across Manali river, covers an area of 3200 acres with extensive botanical gardens and cascading fountains which invites traveller’s mind.

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