Thrissur Tourism - A Cultural Capital of Kerala
Population : 275100,
Distance : 98 kmfrom Cochin
Built around a hillock, Thrissur enjoys
the distinction of being the cultural capital of Kerala, highlighted
by the tourism department of Kerala. It is located in the central
region of Karala and is replete with a rich history and culture. The
name of Thrissur has been derived from 'Tiru-shiva-perur' or the town
with the name of Lord Shiva (the Destroyer in the Hindu Holy Trinity
Once the capital of the State of Cochin, it has been ruled by the
Zamorins of Calicut, the Portuguese and the Dutch. The reins of
control have also been held by Tipu Sultan and Raja Ravi Verma, who is
referred to as Sakthan Thampuran, or the architect of the town.
¤ The Terrain
The district is divided into three regions: the highlands, the
midlands and the lowlands. The highlands in the eastern portion
comprise of densely forested hills and widespread ravines. The lush
and expansive paddy fields along with the network of rivers and canals
form the midlands or the plains.
The 50km long narrow stretch of coastline comprises the lowlands.
Thrissur gets its water mainly from four rivers: the Bharatapuzha,
Keecheri, Karuvannur and Chalakudy.