Vadakkunnathan Temple, Thrissur

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Surrounded by a massive stone wall enclosing an area of 3.6 hectares (9 acres), Vadakkunnathan Temple features classic Kerala architecture with monumental towers on all four sides. Set in the heart of Thrissur, this represents one of the largest and oldest Hindu temples in the region, with its koothambalam, or temple theater, dating from the 7th century. Pay special attention to the murals, which depict episodes from the Mahabharata, and enjoy the temple's lively colors, elaborate wooden carvings, and expansive surrounding greenery. Every year, millions of devotees flock to see a line of decorated elephants during the temple's famous pooram festival (mid-April to mid-May), culminating in firecrackers. Vadakkunnathan Temple is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Thrissur Edition.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Shiva temple located at the heart of Thrissur is an architectural beauty. Its a vast land temple spread over acres. There is a procedure on how to worship the temple, where you need visit inner sancha...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Vadakkumnathan temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Kerala, located in the heart of Thrissur city. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that the Vadakkumnathan temple was buil...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Cannot rate God's abode with less than 5 stars. Pleasantly peaceful and calm temple. Mundu is compulsory for gents and saree for ladies. Mundu is available for rent. Check timings before going entry i...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    The present and calm atmosphere makes us relax and could meditate here.It is one of most powerful and beautiful temple in Kerala as well as in whole India.The temple has many historical and mythological background.
  • June 18, 2017
    NICE PLACE. LARGE AREA TO SIT AND RELAX. "Huge temple with calm and pleasant atmosphere, a very good ambiance for worship."
  • April 9, 2017
    It is one of the oldest temples in India. It is in heart of Thrissur. And we will get the real devoted experience. And you should follow the correct order of praying. It is full of medicinal plants and it is good to walk in morning inside to refresh. It has large compound.
  • July 17, 2017
    Beautifull..serene temple in the centre of the city. Temple opens from early morning till 11am and 4pm to late evening. But there are specific darshan timings which you should check before you go. Kuds below 1 year is not allowed inside the sanctum. Dress code mandatory.
  • July 7, 2017
    For many this is the heart and soul of Thrissur, especially so for the people of Thrissur.. A place known for festivities.. For me, this very calm place, a place of absolute tranquility, a nice way to spend your morning, taking in the view and air of this place... Lots of place to sit and rest....

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Where to stay in Thrissur

Most of the accommodations in Thrissur lie to the south of the central temple complex and park. Directly next to the park you'll find some luxury hotels, with onsite pools and restaurants, and easy access to the main attractions. Side-street guesthouses and hotels in this central district provide Thrissur's main budget-friendly options, while some larger hotels and resorts have set up shop farther out of town, offering rental villas and outdoor pools.
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