Kerala, also known as "God's Own
Country" is one of the most popular tourism destinations
in India. It's tropical climate, beautiful palm-fringed
beaches with pristine stretches of sand, the serenity of
the backwaters and the clear blue Arabian Sea, make Kerala
one of the most beautiful destinations in India.
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Cultural capital of Kerala, Trichur, gained prominence under
the reign of Raja Rama Varma in 1790. Trichur or Thrissur as
it is called locally, is well known for Vadakkunathan
Temple, the Thrissur Pooram an annual festival held in the
city, the Kerala Kala Mandalam, the Kerala Sahitya Academy
and Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy. The city and the area
around it have a number of museums, art schools, and
institutes, which are dedicated to preserving and promoting
the rich cultural traditions of Kerala. The city holds
annual eight day festival called Thrissur Pooram during
which brilliantly caparisoned elephants lead processions.
Followers representing the Thiruvambadi temple on one hand
and the Paramekkavu temple on the other hand celebrate the
Pooram. Elaborate processions from both these temples start
off amidst much fanfare through the streets of Thrissur. The
elephants belonging to these temples lead the processions.
Each elephant participating in this festival is richly
caparisoned, adorned with ornaments and topped with an
equally well-decorated parasol.
15 elephants from each group. Each side tries to outdo the
other in the decoration of elephants, as the side putting up
a better display than its rival is adjudged as the winner
for that particular year. Though the breathtaking spectacle
of the procession is over by dusk, the night sky over
Thrissur is lit up with an equally breathtaking display of
fireworks. In fact, the Thrissur Pooram festival is a
culmination of similar smaller processions that originate in
the towns near Thrissur and wind their way up to the main
event being held at the Vadakkunathan Temple. While in
Thrissur, you can experience the rich cultural heritage that
the state of Kerala proudly upholds.
The multi-hued past of this city comes alive at the
Archaeological Museum and the Art Museum as also the art
gallery located within the Town Hall. The Vadakkunathan
Temple is the spiritual centre of the city and is famous all
over India for its magnificent annual Pooram festival. The
sight of brilliantly caparisoned elephants during the
festival is one that must not be missed.