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Trichur with its rich history, cultural heritage and archeological wealth is the cultural capital of Kerala. Trichur is famed far and wide for its Pooram festival. This festival district has witnessed many rulers and dynasties starting with the Cochin rulers,Zamorins, Tipu Sultan to the Dutch and the British. A place of great antiquity, Trichur was also known by such names as Vrishabhadripuram and ‘Ten Kailasm’ in ancient days. The famous Kerala Kalamandalam,Cheruthuruthi, founded by the late poet Vallathol Narayana Menon, is in Trichur District. Literary and cultural centres like the Kerala Kalamandalam, the Kerala Sahitya Academy and the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy are located here.

The District lies between 10 0 -10-46’ North latitudes and 75 degree 55’ East longitudes. It is bounded on the north by Palghat and Malappuram Districts, on the east by Palghat and Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu, on the south by Idukki and Ernakulam Districts and on the west by Arabian sea. Trichur District has a total geographical area of 3032 and ranks seventh in the state in respect of area.

Trichur is well connected with almost all the major towns and cities of India. The two longest rivers of the state, namely, Bharathapuzha and Periyar flow through the district on its northern and southern sides respectively.Gayathri is the important tributary of the Bharathapuzha. Heavy rainfall,warm humid atmosphere and almost uniform temperature throughout the year are climatic features of the district.

Trichur occupies a prominent place in the history and culture of Kerala and is said to be the Cultural Capital of the State. It is also one of the main trade centers in the state.The present Trichur District was carved out of a bigger District of the same name on 1st April, 1958. It derives its name from the location of its headquarters at Trichur.

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