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Friday, June 8, 2007

Thrissur google satellite maps

Satellite map of Thrissur,please note that it may take some time to load.
A Brief description of Thrissur follows the map.



Thrissur
Thrissur / Trichur / Trissur) is a city situated in the center of Kerala state, India. It is the head quarters of Thrissur District. The city has a population of around 3.2 lakhs. It is an important cultural centre, and is known as the 'cultural capital of Kerala'. It is famous for the Thrissur Pooram festival, the most colourful and spectacular temple festival of Kerala. It has a large number of well-known temples, Thiruvambady temple, Vadakkumnatha temple and Paramekkavu temple, and two churches of note, the Our Lady of Lourdes Metropolitan Cathedral and the Our Lady of Dolour's "New Church" Basilica (the biggest in South Asia). The Kerala Police Academy (Second largest in India) is situated in this city.
Culture

Culture
Town Hall at Thrissur where public meetings and cultural programmes are held
Thrissur, often hailed as the cultural capital of Kerala, is built around a hillock crowned by the famous Vadakkunathan (Siva) Temple, believed to have been founded by legendary Parasurama. The temple is a classical example of Kerala style of architecture and houses several sacred shrines. It is believed that Adi Shankara spent his last days here.
Thrissur also has added to its name The Church of Our Lady of Dolours, popularly known as the New Church [or Puthen Palli in Malayalam]. It is the biggest and tallest church in South Asia[citation needed]. The Metropolitan of the Chaldean Syrian Church (the name used for the Church of the East in India) is also headquartered in Thrissur, and many religious publications are printed by Mar Narsai Press.


Elephant festival of Kerala 
The major cultural attraction is the Thrissur Pooram festival, called by foreign tourists as the elephant festival is celebrated during April - May, the Elephant - Umbrella Display competition is spectacular, as richly caparisoned elephants carrying ceremonial umbrellas take the deity around the main temple. The passionate drum concerts and the spectacular firework displays are all part of Pooram celebration. Another attraction of this city is the "Puli Kali" ("Puli" = Tiger & "Kali" = Play) on the fourth day of Onam celebrations (Nalaam Onam). It is a procession of different clubs from all over the city and everyone will be in the make up of tiger. It attracts thousands to the city. Also, Thrissur is widely acclaimed as the land of elephant lovers.
Kerala Sahithya Akademy, Sangeetha Nataka Akademy and Kerala Lalithakala Academy are head quartered at Thrissur making the epithet 'cultural capital of Kerala' more meaningful.
Thrissur is also the birth place of Kerala's Indian Coffee House movement. The first ICH owned by its employees of the state opened in Thrissur in 1957.
Jos Theater, the first theater in Kerala equipped with a movie-projector, is in this city, . Malayalam, Tamil, English and Hindi movies are being released in the eight major theaters in the city.
Thrissur is also famous in the Indy-Pop Scene. Bands like Seven and Jigsawpuzzle are from this city.
For the last few years, city has been hosting the International Film Festival of Thrissur(IFFT). Around 100 films from 35 countries take part in the festival. It is the second largest film festival in Kerala after the one in Thiruvananthapuram. In 2006, there was another International Film Festival started in Thrissur, named Thrissur International Film Festival(TIFF).
Lulu International Convention Center (Second Largest in India) with helipad facilities is situated in this city.
Places of interest in Thrissur City
Shakthan Thampuran Palace Named as Vadakkekara Palace, was reconstructed in Kerala-Dutch style in 1795 by Sri. Ramavarma Thampuran of the erstwhile Princely State of Cochin, well as Sakthan Thampuran(Greatest ruler of the Cochin dynasty) is preserved by Archaeological Department.
Archeological & Art Museum It has a good collection of wood carvings, metal sculptures and ancient jewelers
Thrissur Zoo It is a major attraction for children and students with a variety of animals.
Kerala Sahitya Academy Kerala Sahitya Academy was established on August 15, 1956. It aims at the development of Malayalam Language and Literature and works in co-operation with the Kendra Sahitya Academy in New Delhi. There is a good library attached to the Academy consisting of 2 sections the General Section & the Research Section.
Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy This was established in 1962, the aim of the Academy is to promote the sculpture, painting and visual arts.
Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy It is also located in city and was established on April 12, 1938. It's aim is to foster and develop Kerala Dance, Drama and Music and to promote through the cultural unity of Kerala. It works in close collaboration with the Kendra Sangeetha Nataka Academy in New Delhi for the enrichment of Indian culture. A regional theatre is constructed in Thrissur with all modern facilities.
Appan Thampuran Smarakam Established in 1976 at Ayyanthole where Sri. Ramavarma Appanthampuran who lived the Kumarapuram Palace. This is also a cultural Museum
Vilangan Kunnu This hillock has been converted by the tourism department as an amusement park. While grown ups relish the scenic splendor from the hill top. Children can relax and play to their hearts.

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