The Cultural Capital of Kerala
Thrissur, with its rich history, cultural heritage and archaeological
wealth, is rich in cultural activities.
From ancient times, this district has played a significant role in the
political history of south India. Thrissur, the name derived from
'Tiru-Shiva-Perur' (the town with the name of Lord Shiva) is the cultural
capital of Kerala.
Its most prominent feature is the Vadakkumnathan Kshetram or temple, which
has Shiva as its presiding deity. Many rulers and dynasties beginning with
the Zamorins of Kozhikode, Tipu Sultan of Mysore and Europeans including the
Dutch and the British have had a hand in moulding the destiny of this
region. Raja Rama Varma, popularly known as Sakthan Thampuran was the
architect of the present Thrissur town.
Today, Thrissur is world famous for its Pooram Festival, which is one of
the biggest festivals of Kerala. Built around a hillock top, Thrissur houses
the Kerala Kala Mandalam, the Kerala Sahitya Academy and Kerala Nataka