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Trichur, the cultural capital of Kerala has numerous tourist attractions that make it worthy of visiting. Vadakkumnathan Temple is one of the oldest temples of the state. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity here. Traditional Kerala style architecture, exquisite murals and carvings on the wall depicting stories from epics, are the special features. Thrissur Pooram Festival, which is the most colorful and spectacular temple festivals of Kerala is held at the premises of this temple. The famous and popular Lord Krishna Temple at Guruvayoor is one of the most sacred pilgrimage centers in the country and state.
Punnathur Kotta elephant sanctuary situated nearby is the largest elephant park in the world. “Anayoottu” ritual and an annual elephant race are conducted here. Kerala Kalamandalam is a center for reviving, preserving and developing the traditional art forms of Kerala like Kathakali, Koothu and Koodiyattam.This centre, now a major attraction, was founded in 1930 by revered poet Vallathol.
Archaeological Museum, located on the Town Hall Road in Trichur, is yet another attraction, as is the Art Museum, located in the zoo compound, which displays collections of metal sculptures, woodcarvings and ancient jewellery.
Peechi Dam, situated about 20 km east of Trichur, is an attractive picnic centre which offers boating facilities. Built across the Manali River, the dam is a vast catchment area of nearly 3200 acres with extensive botanical gardens and cascading fountains offering numerous inviting avenues for tourists.The enchanting waterfalls of Vazhachal and Athirapilly are located in this district.
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